Federation names new President for 2015-2016November 16, 2015The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is pleased to announce that Jeff Hirsch has been elected President for 2015 - 2016. Mr. Hirsch is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg, practising in the areas of administrative law, commercial litigation, and professional negligence. He provides advice to self-governing professions as counsel to discipline and complaints committees, as a prosecutor, and with respect to policy development. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Manitoba and was called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1987.

Mr. Hirsch joined the Federation Council as the representative of the Law Society of Manitoba in 2009. He currently chairs the Federation’s Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services and represents the Federation on Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. He is an advocate for and frequent lecturer on improved access to justice for all Canadians.
Mr. Hirsch notes that in a regulatory world where the legal profession is increasingly mobile “there is a critical need for more national conversations and collaboration amongst Canada’s law societies”.

The development of that collaboration and how it is carried out is part of the focus of the Federation’s current governance review process. Mr. Hirsch believes that it is vitally important for the Federation to be responsive to the need for change. “As we complete our governance review, I am reminded that we must listen to our members and deliver the value they want from the Federation”.

Mr. Hirsch served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba for seven years and as President in 2009 - 2010. During that time, he chaired the Law Society’s Special Committee on the Independence of the Legal Profession, the Complaints Investigation, Discipline, Nominating and Equity Committees. For the past 10 years, Mr. Hirsch taught the Remedies course at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.