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The International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives held its 2016 conference and AGM in Wellington, New Zealand from 26 to 29 October 2016.  

The theme of the conference was “Preparing for the Future – Demographics, Trends and New Realities.”

Topics included:

  • Legal Education
  • Shifting Generations and Shifting Times
  • How Core is Our Core Values?
  • Diversity in the Legal Profession is an Access to Justice Issue.
  • Navigating Our Global Future
  • Innovations in the Delivery of Legal Services to the Consumer
  • Building a New Regulator – Renovate or Tear Down?
  • Resilience Under Pressure – Thriving Over Surviving
  • Governance for a Culture of Success

The Executive Committee, elected for a two-year term, is:

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Christine Grice (Law Society of New Zealand) – Officer at Large,
Retha Steinmann (Law Society of Namibia) – Vice President
Paula Littlewood (Washington State Bar Association) – Officer at Large
John Hoyles (Canadian Bar Association) – Honorary Executive Member
Cord Bruegmann (German Bar Association) – President
Paul Mollerup (Association of Danish Law Firms) – Officer at Large
Timothy McGee (Law Society of British Columbia) – Immediate Past President
Absent:  Heidi Chu (Law Society of Hong Kong) – Officer at Large
Editor’s Note:

Iilace (pronounced “eye-lace”) is an association of Chief Executive Officers of the Law Societies and Bar Associations from around the world.
IILACE provides a focused forum for exchange of views and information of common interest of local, national and international executive officers of law societies and bar associations.
The purposes of IILACE are to:

(a) Facilitate the exchange of views and information between members on key issues affecting law associations, being law societies and bar associations; and develop a network for communication among chief executive officers of law societies and bar associations.

(b) Promote and defend the status and interests of the legal profession, law associations and the rule of law.
(c) Hold periodic forums for discussion of matters of mutual interest.

One of the most valuable benefits of IILACE membership is the ability to network and interact with other Chief Executives of law societies and bar associations from around the world. This is accomplished both through face-to-face meetings at the IILACE Annual Conference and also using emerging technologies.
IILACE held its inaugural meeting in Edinburgh in July 1999, followed by its annual meeting in Hong Kong in November 2000.  

Thereafter the following conferences and meetings took place:

2001 – Chicago, USA
2002 – Durban, South Africa
2003 – Montreal, Canada
2004 – Auckland, New Zealand
2005 – Prague, Czech Republic
2006 – New York, USA
2007 – Singapore
2008 – Windhoek, Namibia – hosted by the LSN
2009 – Dublin, Ireland
2010 – Vancouver, Canada
2011 – Adelaide, Australia
2012 – Hong Kong
2013 – Berlin, Germany
2014 – Cape Town, South Africa
2015 – Washington, DC
2016 – Wellington, New Zealand