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B.C. law society names new chief legal officer

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 12:57 PM | By John Chunn


The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) announced that Natasha Dookie is its new chief legal officer. Her appointment takes effect on March 5, 2019.

According to the LSBC’s press release, Dookie brings considerable regulatory and professional conduct experience to her role. In 2008 she was legal counsel with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, where she advised on matters involving disciplinary proceedings against licensees. She later joined the British Columbia College of Teachers, where she was the director of professional conduct and legal counsel. In September 2012, she was recruited to be the deputy registrar and chief officer with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, where her responsibilities included instructing and supervising counsel for inquiry proceedings, discipline hearings, reviews and appeals.

Most recently, when multiple B.C. nursing regulators were amalgamated in 2018 to become the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals, Dookie was named deputy registrar of the college’s Inquiry and Discipline group.

Law society CEO Don Avison first came to know Dookie in 2010 during his review of the B.C. College of Teachers. “I found Natasha to be highly intelligent, principled, courageous and tenacious and I’m delighted that my colleagues and I will now have the benefit of working with her,” said Avison. “I believe she is a tremendous addition to the staff leadership group at the law society and that we will benefit greatly from her record of unwavering commitment to the public interest.”

“I am honoured by the opportunity to contribute to the important work of the law society,” said Dookie. “I became a lawyer because I wanted to make a positive difference in society, and I plan to bring my passion for serving in the public interest to my role as chief legal officer.”