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Another big change was CLEBC’s decision in the late 1980s to begin publishing
practice manuals. CLEBC’s model of volunteer authors writing book
chapters and respected editorial boards reviewing entire books continues to
this day. In publishing, technology and online content has allowed new
opportunities such as click-through references to primary law and soon
even real-time updates to online books.
On the horizon, Ron sees lawyers’ interests moving away from traditional
courses and books towards practical solutions to immediate problems. So
with continued progress, CLEBC is currently working on pulling content
from various books and courses to create unique online packages that
answer lawyers’ specific questions.
Ron’s proudest achievements as CLEBC’s CEO revolve around the theme
of change within the legal profession. In particular, Ron is proud of developing
alternative dispute resolution training, encouraging CLEBC to recruit
more female lawyers as faculty, supporting access to justice for children,
working on Truth and Reconciliation projects and building relationships
with other legal organizations.
For CLEBC, Ron has this parting message: “I love CLEBC. I’ve had a fabulous
career and love that the work is always changing. I will miss the
thoughtful and professional people I work with each day, and I hope that
CLEBC continues to strive to be an outstanding organization that works
with the legal profession.”
CLEBC thanks Ron Friesen for his 32 years of service and dedication and
wishes him all the best with retirement adventures of travelling, spending
time with family, playing guitar, canoeing and hiking. To Ron!
Linda Russell: An Exciting New Chapter
CLEBC is delighted to announce the appointment of
Linda Russell as CEO effective July 1, 2017 on the
retirement of Ron Friesen.
Linda comes to CLEBC from a background of success
with California Continuing Education of the Bar
(“CEB”), a leading North American continuing legal
education organization that supports almost 190,000
actively practising Californian lawyers. During her
19 years with CEB, Linda served as a publications
and programs attorney, civil litigation practice group
manager and most recently director of content development.
Prior to working with CEB, Linda was a litigation attorney for a large private
law firm and corporate counsel for Bank of America. Linda received
her Juris Doctor from the University of California’s Hastings College of the