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Cord Brügmann

Cord Brügmann


Chief Executive Officer
German Bar Association
Deutscher Anwaltverein
Littenstraße 11
D – 10179 Berlin
Tel.: 49 30 72 615 2127
Fax: 49 30 72 615 2196
e-mail: bruegmann@anwaltverein.de

Dr. Cord Brügmann is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the German Bar Association. Prior to that, he was Director of the Legal Education Department of the German Bar Association. He is a member of the Berlin Bar.

Cord was born in Minden/Westphalen, and he is married with two children. His past experiences include, amongst others, work for NGOs in Israel, the U.S. and Dachau, Germany, where he was director of an association for international youth exchange. Cord’s past charitable volunteer work includes working as a mediator in a Berlin inner city primary school.

Cord studied law and history in München (Ludwig-Maximilians-University) an Berlin (TU Berlin). He acquired the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.), completing a thesis on legal action against anti-Semitic economic boycott during the Weimar Republic (“Flucht in den Zivilprozess – Antisemitischer Wirtschaftsboykott vor den Zivilgerichten der Weimarer Republik”).

Cord teaches law to BA students at a Berlin university.

Retha Steinmann

Retha Steinmann


Law Society of Namibia
333 Independence Ave, 1st floor
PO Box 714
Windhoek, Namibia
Tel.: 264 61 230 263
Fax: 264 61 230 223
e-mail: rsteinmann@lawsocietynamibia.org

Retha Steinmann is currently the Director of the Law Society of Namibia.  She is also an admitted legal practitioner and is a member of the Law Society of Namibia since 2006.

Her past employment includes working for Old Mutual as Client Services Manager at Employee Benefits and Legal Advisor and prior to that Principal Legal Officer at the Ministry of Justice – Namibia, where she held the positions of Control Prosecutor and later as Magistrate.  Before moving to Namibia she worked as a Prosecutor at the Department of Justice in South Africa.

Retha was involved in the Savanna Club, a friendships club between Namibian and South African ladies who supported various charitable courses and which club also established the Namibian Business Women of the Year Award, as a committee member and later as Chairlady.

She is also the Namibian country representative of the University of Pretoria’s (Tuks) Alumni.  She received a Tuks Alumni Star Award during 2002 for meritorious service.

Retha is a member of the executive committee of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE) since 2008, the same year that she hosted the conference of IILACE in Windhoek, Namibia.

She is also the recipient of the Law Society of England and Wales 2008-2009 Commonwealth Professional Fellowship.

Paula Littlewood

Paula Littlewood


Executive Director
Washington State Bar Association
600 – 1325 4th Ave
Seattle WA 98101
Phone: 206-443-9722
E-mail: paulal@wsba.org

Paula Littlewood joined the WSBA staff as Deputy Director in September 2003 and became the Executive Director in May 2007.  Paula is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and also received a master’s degree in International Studies from the UW.  Prior to law school, she was a professional campaign coordinator and fundraiser here in the state, working both on statewide candidate and initiative campaigns as well as local legislative races.  She also taught English in Taiwan for 2 years and spent another 10 months traveling in China and Southeast Asia.  After law school, she served as Assistant Dean for Administration and Public Relations at the UW Law School for 5 years, then spent a year in Telluride, Colorado, before joining the WSBA.

In addition to her full-time position as Executive Director of the WSBA, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Washington School of Law’s Leadership Council; serves as a member of the International Institute of Law Association Executives (IILACE) Executive Committee and on its Program Committee; she is also a member of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) Board.  She recently served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services, co-chairing its Regulatory Opportunities Subcommittee, and was a member of the ABA’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education.

Timothy McGee

Timothy McGee


Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society of British Columbia
845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 4Z9
Tel: (604) 443-5766
Fax: (604) 669-5232
e-mail: tmcgee@lsbc.org

Tim McGee has been Chief Executive Officer of The Law Society of British Columbia since June 1, 2005.

Prior to Mr. McGee joining the Law Society, he was President of Bell TV, Canada’s largest provider of digital television. Previous roles include service as Chief Legal Officer of Bell Canada and Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of AT&T Canada Inc. Mr. McGee was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987 and began his legal career with the Toronto law firm now known as Torys LLP. He also served two years as Executive Assistant to BC’s Attorney General.

Born and raised in Victoria, Mr. McGee was educated at Harvard University and the University of Ottawa Law School. He has competed internationally for Harvard University in rowing.

With more than 10,000 members, the Law Society of BC is the governing body for the BC legal profession. The Law Society’s principal responsibility is to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of justice and to set standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of practicing lawyers in the province.

Heidi Chu

Heidi Chu

Executive Member

Secretary General
The Law Society of Hong Kong
71 Des Voeux Road Central
3rd floor, Wing on House
Hong Kong
Ph: 852 2846 0500
e-mail: hc@hklawsoc.org.hk

Heidi was admitted as a solicitor of Hong Kong in 1991. She has worked in private practice and as an in-house counsel before her appointment as Secretary General of the Law Society of Hong Kong in 2011. Heidi’s main areas of interest are legal education, professional ethics and changing practice environment.

The Law Society of Hong Kong is the professional body of solicitors in Hong Kong, tasked with both representative and regulatory functions. With over 8,500 solicitor members, 1,500 registered foreign lawyers, 930 trainee solicitors and 15,000 supporting staff in law firms, the Law Society’s jurisdiction extends to over 27,000 individuals in Hong Kong’s legal service industry. The Law Society is committed to defending the rule of law, protecting human rights, maintaining the highest standards of the solicitors’ profession as well as providing relevant and effective services and support to its members.

The Law Society of Hong Kong is a founding member of IILACE and Heidi joined IILACE in 2011 when she took over as the Secretary General of the Law Society in the same year. She was honoured that Hong Kong had the opportunity to be the hosting venue for the IILACE Annual Conference in the following year in 2012.

Paul Mollerup

Paul Mollerup

Executive Member

Managing Director
The Association of Danish Law Firms
Vesterbrogade 32
Copenhagen 1620
Phone: +45 33 43 70 10
E-mail: pmo@danskeadvokater.dk

Paul Mollerup is the Managing Director of the Association of Danish Law Firms, a position he has held since September of 2009.

Formerly the CEO of the Association of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, he has over a decade of experience working with both government and the private sector.

Driven by the challenge of developing and implementing organization-wide strategies, he also finds great satisfaction from offering his time and energy as a volunteer.  He has spent many years involved in the scouts movement,  the international student exchange (United World Colleges), cultural organizations and NGOs working in the field of development assistance (DanChurchAid).

Christine Grice

Christine Grice

Executive Member

Executive Director
New Zealand Law Society
26 Waring Taylor Street
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6001
New Zealand
Tel.: +64 4 463 2953
e-mail: Christine.Grice@lawsociety.org.nz

Christine is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Law Society and was President from 2000-2003.  She has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer.  Christine is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and has held a number of directorships including as Chair of Perry Group Ltd and Radio New Zealand.  She sits as a judge in the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Cook Islands.

John D.V. Hoyles

John D.V. Hoyles

Honourary Executive

Chief Executive Officer
Relationships are Everything Inc.
190 O’Connor Street, 7th Floor
Ottawa  Ontario  K2P 2R3
Tel.: (613) 799-3856
e-mail: johndvhoyles@gmail.com

John Hoyles is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Relationships are Everything Inc. having recently retired his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bar Association for the past 20 years.  Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the National Capital Commission.  Before that he was Head of the GST Consumer Information Office.

John grew up in Val d’Or in northwestern Quebec and practiced law for a number of years in New Liskeard in northeastern Ontario before moving to Ottawa.  He is the Past President of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives.  He is also Past Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE).

His past charitable volunteer experiences have included Chairing the Board of the Temiskaming Hospital, Chairing the Red Shield Appeal for the Salvation Army, and actively supporting fundraising for the University of Ottawa. John has been a member of the Board of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation since 2005 and is currently Vice-Chair and a member of the Courage Campaign Cabinet.

In 2006 John received the Pinnacle Award, which is the highest award given by CSAE to an individual exhibiting exemplary association executive leadership.

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