Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lawyers In British Columbia Want Trinity Western Law School Rejected

In Canada, British Columbia-based Trinity Western, a Christian liberal arts university, has suffered a setback in its efforts to open a law school in 2016. The school is controversial because of the university's "community covenant" which requires staff, faculty and students to refrain, among other things, from sex outside of heterosexual marriage.  As previously reported, earlier this year the benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia voted to approve the proposed law school, making its graduates eligible to enter the Law Society's bar admissions program. Subsequently, however, over 1,000 British Columbia lawyers petitioned the Law Society to allow a vote of the entire membership on the issue.  Canadian Press reports that an advisory vote of the general membership was held on Tuesday and lawyers voted 3,210 to 968 for a resolution calling for the benchers to reject the school. Trinity Western is already in the process of suing law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia which have refused to approve the school's graduates for bar admission. (See prior posting.)