Prémont back to head embattled Barreau

Following news that Barreau du Québec bâtonnière Lu Chan Khuong has stepped down, the Barreau says its board has unanimously elected former bâtonnière Caludia Prémont to serve a two-year term.

Prémont, a family lawyer at Brodeur Prémont Lavoie Avocats, starts her term today. She was bâtonnière of Quebec City in 2007-2008, and since June, she’s had the role of administrator for the Quebec City region on the board of directors.

Khuong made a joint statement with the Barreau today announcing she’d be stepping down. She had been suspended since July over allegations of shoplifting only weeks after taking office. She was not charged for the alleged incident.

In an announcement, the Barreau said Prémont is “an experienced administrator” who’s been involved in a number of committees, including serving as chair of the Barreau’s committee for women in the profession. A former lecturer of family law at Laval University, Prémont was also the president of the Canadian Bar Association’s family law section for Quebec, the Barreau said.

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