Media Advisory - Free public forum addresses need for legal independence

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - What happens when politics interfere with the
right to justice? Join the Law Society of BC on Thursday, November 22 at
Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre for a free public forum presented in
partnership with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

    When      Thursday, November 22, 2007
              6 to 8:30 pm

    Where     Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre
              Fletcher Challenge Theatre
              515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC

    Moderated by CBC National reporter Duncan McCue, the forum will feature an
international panel of legal experts including:

    -   Leo Adler, Director of National Affairs for Friends of
        Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies since 1999

    -   Dr. Norbert Westenberger, Vice-President of the German Federal Bar
        since 1995

    -   Joel Levi, founder of Lawyers Without Rights and the 2007 Israel Bar
        Association distinguished lawyer of the year

    -   Professor Stephen Toope, President and Vice-chancellor of the
        University of British Columbia since 2006 and an international expert
        in human rights law

    Topics to be covered include a detailed discussion of what happened to
German-Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany and the far reaching impact that had on
society at large, what's happening around the world today in places where
individual rights and freedoms are threatened by political interference and
why it's important for Canadians to protect legal independence.
    The Lawyers Without Rights public forum is presented in association with
an internationally acclaimed exhibit by the same name that chronicles the fate
of German Jewish lawyers before and during the Holocaust. The exhibit is
featured from November 1 to 25 at Harbour Centre Tower Atrium and at the
University of Victoria from November 28 to December 9, with a roundtable
discussion on November 29.

    The Law Society of BC is the governing body of the legal profession in
BC. Visit

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with one of the
forum panellists contact: The Law Society of BC, Brad Daisley, Public Affairs
Manager, Tel: (604) 443-5724 or (604) 836-3257, 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in
BC, Email:

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