Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 26, 2008 12:37 ET

W.A. Derry Millar Elected as Treasurer of the Law Society

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - W.A. Derry Millar has been elected to lead the Law Society of Upper Canada as Treasurer. The Treasurer is the President and head of the Law Society presiding over Convocation, the Law Society's governing body. Treasurer Millar succeeded former Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie on June 26, 2008.

The new Treasurer is very active in the legal community, having served as director on a number of boards, including Legal Aid Ontario, LAWPRO, LibraryCo and Pro Bono Law Ontario. Between 2003 and 2007, he was lead commission counsel for the Ipperwash Inquiry. In 2001, Millar was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

A partner at Toronto law firm WeirFoulds LLP, Millar was first elected as a bencher of the Law Society in 1995 and was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term in 2007. He has held a number of high-profile positions, including Chair of the Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee, which worked successfully to allow lawyers to expand their services across Canada. Most recently, he served as Chair of the Finance Committee.

"It is an honour and a privilege to be elected Treasurer of the Law Society," says Millar. "I look forward to leading Ontario's 40,000 lawyers and 2,100 paralegals as we work together to improve access to justice for the people of Ontario."

"The actions of the Law Society and those of Ontario's lawyers and paralegals should reflect the values and virtues of the society in which we live," says Millar. "The Law Society and the legal professions have a duty to advance the causes of equity, justice and the rule of law."

The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates Ontario's lawyers and paralegals in the public interest by ensuring that every individual who practises law or provides legal services in Ontario meets standards of learning, professional competence and professional conduct that are appropriate for the legal services provided.

Additional biographical information on Treasurer W.A. Derry Millar is available on the WeirFoulds website at www.weirfoulds.com.

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