The Law Society of Manitoba late last week announced to its members the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer. C. Kristin Dangerfield will replace Allan Fineblit, Q.C. as CEO when he retires at the end of this month.
Ms Dangerfield, who will assume the post on November 1, 2014, is well known both to Manitoba lawyers and lawyers across the country. She has served as Senior General Counsel to The Law Society since 2002, and before that she was General Counsel for several years. She has practiced law in Manitoba since 1983.
Kris volunteers on the national stage with the CBA, currently sitting as a member of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and on the Ethics and Regulatory Issues team of the Futures Initiative. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the Federation of Law Societies Code of Conduct Committee and she currently continues to serve as a member of the Federation’s Standing Committee on the Model Code of Conduct.
She has been closely involved in issues of professional ethics throughout her career; in fact, she was the young lawyer whose move between firms spurred the action in MacDonald Estate v. Martin.
I was fortunate to work with Kris during my years as a Law Society staff member and am not surprised that the Benchers selected her to take the helm of the LSM going forward. I, for one, look forward to seeing what changes she’ll bring to the profession in Manitoba.