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Thinking Big â€‚ in Small Communities
The opportunity to rise quickly, the lure of the outdoors and work-life balance are just a few of the benefits drawing lawyers to small-community practice.
14 Profile: Rebeka Breder Fighting for the rights of animals.
18 Revolutionizing Cancer Screening Two UBC Law graduates make headlines in the field of medical technology.
20 A Year in Allard Hall A snapshot of an exciting first year in the new building.
Publisher UBC Faculty of Law Editor-in-Chief Dean Mary Anne Bobinski Managing Editor Simmi Puri Copy Editor Sharon McInnis Proofreaders Sharon McInnis, Simmi Puri Contributors Mary Anne Bobinski, Chris Cannon, Heather Conn, Roni Jones, Simmi Puri, Roberta Staley, Kari Streelasky, Rod Urquhart
A Year in Allard Hall
Art Director JNCD John Ngan Communication Design Photography Martin Dee, Don Erhardt
Editorial Board Mary Anne Bobinski, Simmi Puri, Kari Streelasky, Rod Urquhart Advisory Board Sarah Batut; Matt Brandon; Justice Janice Dillon; Anna Feglerska; Anne Giardini, QC; Annie Ho; Geordie Hungerford; Sarah Jones; Kat Kinch; Miranda Lam; Willis O’Leary; Joan Rush; Betsy Segal; Katie Seymour; Brittany Skinner; Allen Soltan; James Spears; Martin Taylor, QC; Chris Trueman; Rod Urquhart
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Alumni Association President The University of British Columbia Faculty of Law at Allard Hall 1822 East Mall · Vancouver BC · Canada · v6t 1z1 Letters to the editor, contributions to Closing Arguments, Class Notes, address updates and general feedback about the magazine can be submitted to the editor by email at email@example.com or by mail at the address above. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Address updates and Class Notes may also be submitted online at www.law.ubc.ca. UBC Law Alumni Magazine is published once a year by the UBC Faculty of Law; 10,000 copies are distributed to UBC Law alumni and the community via direct mail. Copyright UBC Faculty of Law Publications Mail Agreement Number 41130018
UBC Law Community 33 Faculty 37 Students 40 Alumni
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44 Honour Roll
Report on Giving 9 Message from the Assistant Dean 10 Donor Profiles
46 Closing Arguments
14 The Road Less Travelled Justice for the Defenceless Still in its infancy, animal law is a
48 Looking Back
growing area of practice and one that Rebeka Breder is passionate about. by Roberta Staley
47 In Memoriam
UBC Faculty of Law Alumni Magazine
Features 18 Thomas Braun & Anna Trinh:
Revolutionizing Cancer Screening Named one of the “Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2011,” Thomas and Anna’s company is making headlines in the field of medical technology. by Chris Cannon
20 A Year in Allard Hall From inspiring lectures to international
conferences, Allard Hall has hosted some memorable events in its first year.
22 Thinking Big in Small Communities Law school and firms are looking at
innovative solutions to address the issue of access to justice in non-urban centres. by Simmi Puri
27 Alumni Profiles UBC Law alumni working in non-urban
centres share the challenges and opportunities they face working in these regions. by Heather Conn
Profile: Rebeka Breder
Report on Giving
> Winter 2012
[ Message from the Dean ]
As we complet e our first year in our new building, it is evident that Allard Hall has provided our community with more than just an outstanding space for teaching and learning. We have been delighted to open the doors of Allard Hall to scores of speakers, conferences, reunions and other events that have enjoyed great success in the building’s inspiring surroundings and modern learning environment. We are grateful for all who have worked to create an incredible range of opportunities for students and faculty to engage with the profession and broader community. You can read about some of the highlights of this first year on page 20. Over the past year, the legal profession, government and public have been focused on issues connected to access to justice. The Faculty is committed to the important role that it can play in ensuring that students are aware of the challenges and opportunities ahead. One of the great benefits of our new building is the ability to support important partnerships by providing a home for organizations like the Pro Bono Students of Canada, the Law Students Legal Advice Program, the Innocence Project and the CoRe (Conflict Resolution) Clinic. Situated on the main floor at Allard Hall, these important programs provide students with direct experience with helping others while also supporting access to justice for individuals and organizations. These programs supplement other aspects of the curriculum that focus on access, such as our mandatory coursework on legal ethics and the profession and optional programs such as the specialization in Social Justice and our First Nations Legal clinic in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Our students are aware of the need to develop more effective solutions for ensuring access to justice and many leave law school with the knowledge, skills and dedication to help underserved individuals, groups and regions. In this issue of the magazine we explore the issue of access to justice in small communities where legal services are becoming increasingly scarce as more lawyers enter
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retirement age. In the following pages, you will read about many of our alumni who are deeply embedded in these communities, offering more than just legal services. As a law school, we are committed to ensuring our students are exposed to the challenges and opportunities of practicing in smaller communities. The law school’s focus on access to justice is also reflected in its efforts to secure funding for clinical programs and student aid. The Faculty and the Law Foundation of BC jointly fund the First Nations Legal Clinic and the Faculty has been successful in securing commitments necessary to ensure another year’s support for the Innocence Project. We are continuing to search for funding to expand other clinical and internship programs. Student aid remains a top priority given our commitment to ensuring the accessibility of law school. This past year, we have raised just over $1.1 million to support student financial aid, including scholarships and bursaries. You can read about some of these gifts and our inspiring donors in the “Report on Giving” section on page 8. The success of any school is dependent on its people. Our faculty, students and alumni continue to produce outstanding scholarship and make significant impact in all facets of law. As of late fall 2012, the Faculty was among the top 20 law schools in the world as measured by the downloads from the SSRN legal research service. In this issue of the magazine, you can learn more about the many accomplishments of our community including some important national and international awards and achievements. As always, I welcome your feedback and ideas regarding the magazine and other alumni communications. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Very truly yours,
Mary Anne Bobinski Dean and Professor UBC Faculty of Law
[ Message from the UBC Law Alumni Association President ]
2012 UBC Law Alumni Association Members executive members Rod Urquhart, President The Honourable Mr. Justice James Williams, Vice President Michael Feder, Treasurer Kibben Jackson, Secretary
board of directors Geoff Bowman Maggie Campbell Garret Chan Marylee Davies Professor Robin Elliot, QC Anna Feglerska
In May of this year, it was my great pleasure to attend the convocation ceremony for Allard Hall’s first graduating class. Congratulations to the class of 2012! On behalf of the Board of the UBC Law Alumni Association, we wish to welcome you to our Association and look forward to hearing your ideas. As is always the case upon graduation, all newly released UBC Law grads will disperse and find their future careers in various practice areas in various places. Some grads will take to private practice, either as sole practitioners or as part of a small or large firm. Some grads will become in-house counsel; some will work in the public sector. Some will practice exclusively as barristers, some exclusively as solicitors, and some will wear many more hats throughout their careers. As the class of 2012 embarks on this exciting journey, some graduates will remain in Vancouver, others will work internationally and many may choose to move to a smaller community, perhaps even returning to their hometown. The UBC Law graduates whose profiles are being featured in this issue of the magazine demonstrate a few of the many advantages of working in a smaller community. One feature that seems common among those profiled is that they have developed a strong connection to their
Kerry Grieve Oana Hyatt Craig Jones Kat Kinch Derek Lacroix, QC David Miles
David Neave Ryan Parsons The Honourable Mr. Justice Jon Sigurdson Gordon Weatherill
local community. There is tremendous opportunity to directly affect their communities beyond the practice of law. UBC Law graduates working in such places often take on leadership roles that are valuable both to them and the residents. It is that direct impact that makes our alumni in those communities feel deeply connected. Even though many of our alumni choose to live and practise in areas that may be physically quite distant from the law school and large urban centres, the many technologies of today enable them to stay connected better than ever before – connected to the profession, to the Law School and to their colleagues – and we encourage this. Maintain your connection with your professors, your law school and your fellow alumni. Join us on LinkedIn and get involved in our discussion groups. Participate in our events. Come to our Association meetings, even by telephone conference, as you are all fellow members. Stay connected, no matter where you are.
Rod Urquhart President UBC Law Alumni Association
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[ law school briefs ]
This past summer, UBC Law welcomed its newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Galit A. Sarfaty. Professor Sarfaty’s research interests lie in public and private international law, with particular focus in the areas of international economic law, human rights law and regulatory governance. Learn more about her work on page 36.
(l to r) Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, Derek Lew and Joan Lew
UBC Law Receives $2M Gift from Alumnus’ Family In memory of their late husband and father, Franklin Lew, Joan and Derek Lew made a $2 million gift to the law school. The announcement was made at the one-year anniversary
celebration of Allard Hall on September 27, 2012. Mr. Lew, who graduated from UBC Law in 1961, was a successful businessman and an active member of the community. He passed away in 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. The gift will create the Franklin Lew Innovation Fund, which will fund research and programming for students and faculty at the law school. This is the second largest donation to UBC Law by an individual.
leading socio-legal scholar who has made exceptional contributions to family law and feminist legal studies. She publishes prolifically on issues of fundamental importance to our times, such as the changing definitions of family, spouse and parent. Her scholarship questions the precise role of law in fields such as child custody by situating law within its larger socio-economic and ideological contexts.
Royal Society of Canada Fellow Professor Susan Boyd was one of 71 new fellows selected by The Royal Society of Canada for 2012. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences. Professor Boyd is internationally recognized as a Professor Susan Boyd
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Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Making Legal and Social Media History On February 21, students from across Canada competed in the first-ever Twitter Moot. Organized and hosted by West Coast Environmental Law, the virtual moot brought together students from UBC, Dalhousie, Ottawa, Victoria and Osgoode Hall to present arguments entirely via Twitter. In 140 characters or less, UBC Law students Hamish Stewart and Matthew Kalkman argued on the topic of the BC Court of Appeal decision in West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia (Chief Inspector of Mines).
Trudeau Fellowship Professor Catherine Dauvergne was one of four academics from across the country selected for the prestigious $225,000 Trudeau fellowship. Trudeau fellowships are awarded to individuals who set themselves apart through their research achievements, their creativity and their commitment to public issues of importance to Canada. Professor Dauvergne is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on refugee and immigration law. She is committed to transforming how Canada and other countries deal with refugees from a perspective of global justice.
Beverley McLachlin Legal Access Award Recent UBC Law graduates Charles Hutchinson and Theressa Etmanski are the inaugural recipients of the Beverley McLachlin Legal Access Award. Launched earlier this year, this unique award recognizes students who choose to help underserved populations by pursuing articling positions in a rural community or with a social justice/public interest organization. Charles is currently articling with a sole practitioner based out of Vanderhoof, a small community of roughly 4,500 residents in BC’s Interior. Theressa is focusing on improving access to justice for disadvantaged and underserved communities in Vancouver through her articling position with the Legal Services Society (LSS).
Perrin Appointed Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Earlier this year, Associate Professor Benjamin Perrin was appointed as Special Advisor, Legal Affairs and Policy in the Prime Minister’s Office in Ottawa. The position involved providing in-house legal counsel, as well as policy advice related to the Departments of Justice, Public Safety, and Citizenship and Immigration. In 2010,
activism and constitution making in Canada. Her current project focuses on the constitutional struggle of South African women. Vanier scholars receive $50,000 annually for up to three years to support their graduate studies in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering or health sciences.
Law Student Named Action Canada Fellow Professor Perrin published his first book, Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking (Penguin Canada, 2010). The book, an exposé on the issue of human trafficking in Canada, was named one of the top books of the year by The Globe and Mail.
UBC Law PhD candidate Andrew Pilliar is the recipient of the Action Canada Award, which recognizes emerging leaders in law, medicine and / or business. Andrew has been selected as one of 20 outstanding Canadians to participate in this 11-month leadership development and public policy program. Andrew is currently working to improve access to civil justice by developing new entrepreneurial approaches to legal practice.
Law Society Gold Medal Award
(l to r) Associate Professors Gordon Christie and Professor Darlene Johnston
New Law Curriculum Makes Aboriginal Law a Requirement As a result of new accreditation rules affecting law schools across Canada, UBC Law was one of the first Canadian law schools to make an Aboriginal Law course a requirement for graduation. For the first time this past fall, all UBC Law students were required to take Aboriginal Rights and Treaties in Canada as a first-year course. “This sends a strong message to our students and to the legal community, that we consider this area of law to be a core competency,” says Associate Professor Darlene Johnston who, along with Associate Professor Gordon Christie, will be teaching the course.
Graduate Student Wins Prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship UBC Law PhD candidate Susan Bazilli was one of 18 students from UBC awarded a 2012 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. Susan is the director of the movie Constitute!, about women’s
On May 23, UBC Law graduate Emily MacKinnon was presented with the Law Society Gold Medal Award during the Faculty’s graduation reception at Allard Hall. The highly coveted medal is awarded each year to a JD student who has maintained the highest cumulative grade point average over the three years of law school.
Photo: Matthew Murnaghan / Canadian Paralympic Committee
UBC student Josh Vander Vies (r) celebrates with teammate Marco Dispaltro.
UBC Student Wins Paralympic Bronze UBC Law student Josh Vander Vies with teammate Marco Dispaltro defeated Great Britain by a score of 8–2 to capture the bronze medal in the Boccia Mixed Pairs – BC4 bronze medal match at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on September 3, 2012.
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report on giving / Message from the Assistant Dean
As a leading public law to their financial circumstances, and to ensure that UBC school, UBC Law at Allard Hall Law contributes to the profession and to communities has a responsibility to offer across Canada and around the world. We are thankful for extraordinary academic programs, your continued support and commitment. to conduct ground-breaking and solution-oriented research, Kari Streelasky and to create a forum for public Assistant Dean, External Relations debate and discussion. Both public and private funds UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall are necessary to build a vibrant centre focused on the future of the legal profession and the role of law in promoting a just, sustainable and prosperous society. The thoughtful generosity of our alumni helps support What inspired you to give? our continued success. On September 27 we celebrated the first-year anniversary “Mark Twain said, ‘Twenty years from now you will be more of Allard Hall. Supporters and friends of UBC Law along disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you with students, faculty and staff congregated in the school’s did do.’ The new law building was the inspiration we needed to do forum to reflect on the many accomplishments during our something now. We set high standards of integrity and achievement first year in Allard Hall. The building’s many special features for ourselves as lawyers and as members of the community. It is with have allowed wonderful teaching, learning and research this in mind that we chose to establish this award for a first-year opportunities to happen in a facility that now matches the student demonstrating the highest levels of academic achievement, quality of its students. We will continue to ensure that we leadership and community service, and a passion and commitment live up to the promise of this building. to the study of law and the practice of trial advocacy.” Last fall, UBC launched the most significant fundraising Michael Slater, QC from Slater Vecchio LLP and alumni engagement campaign in its or Canada’s The firm donated $45,000 to establish the Slater Vecchio LLP Trial Advocacy Entrance Award. history. Before it is completed, an additional $1.5 billion dollars will be available to accomplish meaningful changes “I have had a thoroughly rewarding career as a litigation lawyer from and through UBC. UBC Law completed the first leg and my enthusiasm for the law and the practice of law is directly of the campaign by raising nearly $35 million for the new attributable to my experience at UBC Law. Increasingly, I have noticed law school building. With the completion of the building that some otherwise very capable students are denied the opportunity campaign, we are working to secure investments in student to obtain a graduate degree, as they lack the economic means to scholarships, faculty positions, and programs and activities do so. My view is that financial support, based upon economic that will fulfill the promise of the inspiring facilities we now need, should be an important priority both for UBC alumni and the have for teaching, research and community outreach. University generally.” Your generosity allows UBC Law to advance legal research, Eric Dolden from Dolden Wallace Folick LLP to attract intellectually outstanding students without regard The firm donated $100,000 to endow the Dolden Wallace Folick LLP Law Bursary.
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Itatinit iumendent auta pa solore, officid quunt ebis dolorio. Verum sima necatemque volenia cum eniendem quam et quideli geniet faccum iure conse optatur cum eniendem quam et quideli geniet faccum. Class—ofDr.‘73 Galit Sarfaty
Grant D. Burnyeat Justice Burnyeat has served as a member of the UBC Senate for six years, was the founding Director of the UBC Law Alumni Association and the president of the UBC Alumni Association. Recently, he agreed to serve as the inaugural Chair of the Dean’s Reunion Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Law. His accomplishments have garnered him many accolades, including being named in 1990 as one of 75 outstanding alumni in UBC’s first 75 years, receiving the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the UBC Alumni Achievement Award in 2009.
To say that The Honourable Justice Grant D. Burnyeat is an active member of the UBC community would be an understatement. Over the years, Justice Burnyeat’s commitment to the University through his countless hours of volunteer work and fundraising efforts has benefited generations of students and has helped shape the university’s success. Justice Burnyeat’s impact on UBC began even before graduation, when he served as the president of the University’s student group from 1971 to 1972. During that year he was instrumental in advocating for two very important referenda that would have a lasting impact on UBC. One proposal was to fund the Pit Pub inside the Student Union Building and the other was to fund a much-needed aquatic centre on campus. He recalls the struggles and challenges of pursuing his education: “During my time in university, my parents were not able to help me financially, so I had to rely on grants and loans to get me through. There were many rainy nights of hitchhiking home from campus because I did not have the funds for
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a bus. I ran up a considerable amount of debt to pay for my education.” Justice Burnyeat recently decided to help current and future law school students who may face similar circumstances by using a creative approach involving both an estate gift and a current award. First, Justice Burnyeat established an annual award to provide the yearly tuition fee of a student enrolled in any year of the JD program who has demonstrated academic merit, has shown significant leadership skills and faces financial challenges that would prevent pursuit or completion of a legal education. Second, Justice Burnyeat established a $1.5 million estate gift to the UBC Faculty of Law to support student financial aid. The gift will eventually provide multiple student awards that have the same criteria as the current award. This combined gift is the law school’s most significant commitment from an individual to assist students in need. “The university has done a great deal for me, and other people should benefit from it. This gift is about supporting deserving people who otherwise could not afford to attend law school or to continue their studies.”
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Harold Meyerman To help finance his education as a student at UBC, Mr. Harold Meyerman started the Thunderbird Shop on campus. Unlike the bookstore, the Thunderbird Shop sold records, magazines and other paraphernalia that appealed to students. “It became a huge success,” Mr. Meyerman remembers. He also served as the “Don” of men’s dormitories at Lower Mall, a supervisory position that afforded him free food and housing. By working several jobs, Mr. Meyerman successfully completed his degrees and moved to New York. He began a position with Bankers Trust. And the rest, as they say, is history.
M r. H aro l d M eyerman’s biography reads like a who’s who of the banking world. His long and prestigious career includes titles like President & CEO of First Interstate Bank, Senior Managing Director of the Global Financial Institution, M&A with what is today JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States’s Advisory Committee, appointed by President George H.W. Bush. But Mr. Meyerman remembers arriving in Canada not so long ago as a fresh-faced immigrant. A time, he laughingly recalls, when he had more ideas than money. He credits UBC for allowing him to unlock his full potential. “To recognize and honour what UBC has done,” Mr. Meyerman and his wife Dorothy have chosen to endow the university with a generous legacy gift. It was 1957 when he arrived from Holland. “I started work immediately at the Imperial Bank of Canada, which later became CIBC.” With visions of reaching the top, Mr. Meyerman knew that university was his best option. But tuition costs were a challenge to the ambitious young banker. By working several
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jobs, Mr. Meyerman successfully completed his degrees and moved to New York, where he began a position with Bankers Trust. UBC was named as a beneficiary of the Meyerman Family Trust over 20 years ago. “Our gift is designated for the Faculty of Law at UBC,” explains Dorothy. “Although Harold never practised law, that experience and education has stood him in great stead.” As a US citizen, Mr. Meyerman admits setting up the gift was complicated initially. Today, UBC has established the American Foundation for The University of British Columbia, which ensures donations can be made more easily and are eligible for tax benefits in the United States. Similar programs are available for people living in the UK and Hong Kong. “I tend to believe being generous and giving back is what life is all about,” says Mr. Meyerman. “I feel a sense of obligation to give to people who made one’s career and chosen life possible. Anyone who’s experienced success should give back to their university in particular. It doesn’t have to be a lot – but it’s an important concept to accept and put in place.” Alumni Magazine UBC LAW 11
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Anne Rowles Ms. Rowles was appointed to the County Court of Vancouver in 1983, to the Supreme Court of BC in 1986 and to the Court of Appeal in 1991. She has served as Executive of the Vancouver Bar Association, the Legal Services Society, the BC Courthouse Library Society and as a Bencher of the Law Society. She was the head of the Bar Admissions Course in Family Law and on the editorial board of the CLE’s Family Law Sourcebook and the British Columbia Family Practice Manual.
S itting in her office in the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR) in UBC Law’s newly constructed building, Allard Hall, the Honourable Anne Rowles recalled her law school days when she graduated in 1968. Classes took place in army huts that were converted for student use after the Second World War, and there was only one other woman in her graduating class. “There was nothing wrong with the huts, except for the noisy hot water pipes,” said Ms. Rowles, who served as the editor of UBC Law’s peer-reviewed journal, the UBC Law Review, during her final year of law school. Just over four decades later, Ms. Rowles continues to be an active member of the UBC Law community as a Director of the ICCLR, a research-based initiative supported in part by UBC and SFU and housed at Allard Hall. There’s no doubt from her years of service to the legal community that Ms. Rowles is passionate about the law. So much so, that she has made a legacy gift of a $200,000 life insurance policy, so that a fund devoted to
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supporting student and faculty research in the area of family law may be established. “I thought it was important to focus on a particular area of law,” explained Ms. Rowles. “Family law underpins a number of our fundamental obligations and rights, many of which must be re-examined as society changes. For example, issues that arise in cohabiting arrangements, same-sex marriages and surrogate parenthood that are topical today were not even on the horizon when I graduated from law school. Scholarly research, sometimes neglected in family law, needs to be supported, particularly since family law probably affects more people than any other area of the law.” “I have always been grateful for my university education, including the education I received while at the UBC Law School. To make a contribution to the university that provided the foundation for a stimulating and rewarding career gives me considerable pleasure and satisfaction.” Ms. Rowles’s gift will establish a permanent fund called the Anne Rowles Research Awards in Family Law Endowment Fund. The income from the fund will go to support student or faculty research projects in family law.
Deferred & Planned Gifts Giving Opportunities to UBC Law
When considering a deferred or planned gift, donors to the UBC Faculty of Law have a variety of giving opportunities to choose from. Below are some types of deferred and planned gifts: Gifts by Will • Gifts of Publicly Traded securities • Gifts of Life Insurance Policies • Gifts of RRSP and RRIF funds • Charitable Remainder Trusts • Charitable Gift Annuities • Immediate Gift of Future Interest in Real Estate • International gifts •
G i f t s by Wi ll provide donors with great flexibility in supporting student awards, research or other educational endeavours under the terms of their will. Such gifts are relatively simple to put into place, can be claimed on the donor’s tax return at death and are only implemented after the passing of the donor. Gifts of publicly traded securities bring significant taxation benefits to the donor while at the same time allowing the donor to fund a charitable gift. Under federal legislation, securities directly gifted to a charity are not subject to tax on their deemed capital gains. With life insurance policies, a donor can donate an existing policy directly to the Faculty or purchase a new policy to benefit the Faculty. Donors also have the option of
directing all or a portion of their RRSP or RRIF plans to the Faculty at the time of their passing by naming the Faculty as a beneficiary of their plans. Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities are two donation vehicles that provide the donor with current income while gifting current and future assets to the Faculty. An immediate gift of future interest in real estate is a planned giving option that allows the donor to live in their home as long as they wish while at the same time receiving the tax benefit of donating their residence to the Faculty of Law. Donors residing in the United States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong can benefit by donating to UBC’s international foundations. The international foundations
have been established so that donors outside of Canada can make a gift with ease and also secure the maximum taxation benefits for their gifts in their own country of residence. All of these options are available to donors at the present time. Professional staff are available to discuss these deferred and planned giving options so that donors can determine which option works best for them. Deferred and planned gifts allow the donor to support the Faculty in a variety of ways in a manner of their choosing, while maximizing the taxation benefits of making a charitable gift. To learn more please contact Kari Streelasky, Assistant Dean External Relations, at 604.827.5026 or email@example.com.
Creating a Legacy at UBC Law We would like to thank the following group of donors who have allowed us to recognize their generous legacy commitment to UBC Law. These commitments, made today by supporters of UBC Law, help shape the future of legal education and research. The Honourable Justice Grant D. Burnyeat Dean Feltham Audrey Fox Diane Gradley Mary B. Hamilton & Kerry D. Sheppard Nikki Hunter Joan le Nobel Patricia Lysyk Harold J. & Dorothy C. Meyerman Leon J. Plotkins Agnes Szilos
Learn more about the start an evolution campaign by visiting: startanevolution.ubc.ca.
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[ The Road Less Travelled ]
Rebeka Breder: Justice for the Defenceless Still in its infancy, animal law is a growing area of practice and one that Rebeka Breder (class of ’04) is passionate about. Her groundbreaking work in this area has garnered the attention of many and is changing the way we view law as it applies to non-humans. by Roberta Staley
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[ The Road Less Travelled ]
Rebeka Breder (class of ‘04) nervously checked her watch. It was just after 9:00 am on a chilly February morning and her client, Devin Kazakoff, hadn’t arrived yet at Boughton Law offices in downtown Vancouver. Kazakoff had left Invermere, British Columbia, 900 kilometres away, late last night, navigating the treacherous Coquihalla Highway and Rogers Pass to deliver crucial documents to Breder. This included potentially 30 affidavits opposing a deer cull in Invermere – an initiative undertaken by the hastily formed Invermere Deer Protection Organization (IDPO) that Kazakoff co-founded. The affidavits would be presented in British Columbia Supreme Court the next day to support a temporary injunction stopping the imminent slaughter of 100 whitetailed deer. Councillors in Invermere, near Kootenay National Park, had voted to cull the animals in response to residents’ complaints that the deer had become aggressive and were eating gardens and ornamental greenery. Citizens were incensed that the decision had been made without proper public input and that more humane animal-control methods weren’t being considered. But the time for protest was past. At the same time that Kazakoff was pulling into Vancouver, clover traps were arriving in Invermere to be used for snaring the deer, allowing a contractor to dispatch them with a bolt gun to the head. The legal battle was on.
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Breder was retained by the IDPO after the nascent group tried unsuccessfully to engage local lawyers to help them stop the cull. As it turns out, the blanket rejection was a blessing, says Kazakoff, as the resulting search led to Breder, a specialist in animal law cases. Breder was also driven, and she was undaunted by the urgency, the distance and the difficulty of the case. “It was impor-
night, jumped up on caffeine, to help Breder prepare for court. Animal law constitutes at least 50 per cent of Breder’s total caseload, which includes general corporate commercial litigation, municipal and administrative law, and environmental law. Breder’s career in animal law started, she says, when she was 13 and found a dead duck peppered with buckshot
“This drive to advance the interests and welfare of animals is something I was born with.” – Rebeka Breder tant for them to have a lawyer who believed in their cause,” Breder says. The difficulty, however, “was being so far away. I had to rely upon the client to have the time and ability to meet with me on short notice.” Kazakoff was ideal; he was willing to take the time off work, foot a $400 round-trip fuel bill for his 1997 Dodge Ram van and drive wintery roads all
along a Montreal waterway. Migrating ducks would set down near shore to rest and feed, and hunters would flush the birds out with motorboats and shoot the fowl at close range as they took wing. The bylaw forbidding such abuse was never enforced. Breder took the dead bird home, put it in plastic and placed it in the freezer. She attended city council
meetings, holding the frozen fowl as evidence that the bylaw prohibiting the discharge of firearms was being ignored. It took five years, but Breder succeeded in convincing councillors to enforce the law prohibiting shooting within 1,000 metres of shore. The protracted fight taught Breder one key thing: existing law must be utilized creatively in order to uphold the loftier goal of animal welfare. “And that was the beginning of my legal career,” says Breder, 35, who shares her home with a 62-kilogram Great Dane-mastiff cross and three cats. Following the bird battle, Breder headed to McGill University. She worked for animal rights organizations, heading protests opposing the East Coast seal hunt. A few years later she received a JD from UBC. During her time at UBC, a visiting professor from Dalhousie, Vaughan Black, gave a seminar on animal law that convinced Breder it was possible to build a practice defending non-humans. Three years later in her legal career, in 2008, Breder created the country’s first Animal Law Section with the Canadian Bar Association’s BC branch. Working long hours – many pro bono – Breder saved dogs that had been declared dangerous from being euthanized and provided advice and assistance to groups like Shark Truth, which works to ban shark fin soup in restaurants. Animal law, Breder says, is in its infancy – at the same point that environmental law, was 20 years ago. Along with a tiny coterie of animal lawyers across Canada, Breder pushes the modern notion that animals are neither property nor chattel – as existing law defines them – but sentient beings with the right to life, liberty and well-being. More and more, as families shrink, animals become beloved companions, which elevates their status to something closer to humans, says Breder. But law is evolving for the benefit of wilderness creatures, too. Having humans, like members of the IDPO, represent the interests of animals requires that a judge interpret the notion of standing within court in a pragmatic way. “You can argue that this is the biggest challenge,” says Breder.
As it turned out, Kazakoff’s journey was not in vain. BC Supreme Court Justice Paul J. Pearlman granted the temporary injunction. Because the case had been decided ex parte, the evidence and court documents had to be delivered to the City of Invermere by 4:30 pm the next day for the injunction to be valid. Kazakoff faced yet another hurried return trip along winter roads. But he made it – handing the box of documents to a disgruntled city employee at 4:00 pm, thus saving the lives of Invermere’s deer. (An extension to the injunction was later denied, which allowed the city to dispatch 19 deer before the cull permit expired.) The fight isn’t over; the City of Invermere and the IDPO will lock horns again in January 2013 when the group files another petition against the cull. Breder is reluctant to predict the outcome and anticipates that it will take at least a month for the court to make a ruling on the lawsuit. However, Breder is optimistic the court will recognize that a fundamental, democratic right is at stake. “It’s a legal argument about procedural fairness and the requirement that citizens who feel very strongly about an issue have the right to a say before a decision is made by a municipality. This is especially so in cases where the decision is lethal and not based on science,” Breder says. Win or lose, Breder wins. Other municipalities where deer proliferate in urban spaces are paying close attention to the eventual outcome, says Breder. Even if the IDPO loses, other municipalities will think twice before initiating a cull program and drawing the ire of its citizenry and fighting them in court, Breder says. Breder is an iconoclast ahead of her time – one whose preternatural sensitivity towards animals matches a zeal to change society’s ideas regarding our rights and responsibilities towards non-humans. “This drive to advance the interests and welfare of animals is something I was born with,” says Breder. Eventually, she hopes, the courts will enshrine more of these enlightened notions into law.
Nominate someone today The Faculty has launched one of the world’s largest prizes dedicated to the protection of human rights and the international fight against corruption. The $100,000 prize will be awarded every two years to an individual, movement or organization that has shown exceptional courage and leadership in combatting corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law. The Allard Prize for International Integrity was created by Peter A. Allard, a UBC alumnus, as part of his 2011 gift of $11.86 million to UBC’s Faculty of Law, the largest gift in the Faculty’s history, which supported the creation of the Faculty’s new home, Allard Hall. Throughout his career as a lawyer and businessman, Allard has assumed leadership roles in human rights, environmental advocacy and other philanthropic work. Nominations for the inaugural prize are now open at www.allardprize.org, and will remain so until the deadline of January 11, 2013. The selection process will occur in the spring of 2013, and the inaugural prize is scheduled to be awarded in September 2013. Additional prizes may also be awarded.
Learn more at www.allardprize.org.
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Thomas Braun & Anna Tr inh Revolutionizing Cancer Screening by Chris Cannon
h oma s B rau n and A nna Trinh are more than business partners; they’re family. Though graduating from UBC Law 12 years ahead of Anna, Thomas’s marriage to her sister led them through a string of shared offices before founding Verisante Technology, Inc. in 2006, a start-up medical technology company that specializes in a revolutionary method of cancer screening. Developed by UBC and the BC Cancer Agency, the technology uses non-invasive lasers to detect potentially cancerous cells in
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just seconds. The reception for Verisante’s detection devices – the Aura for skin cancer, and the Core for lung, cervical, colon and other types of cancers – has surprised even Thomas and Anna. “We’ve gotten this enormous feedback that we didn’t expect,” says Thomas from the company’s Kerrisdale office. “We were so busy last year, we never really looked at what other companies were doing. But we were just notified by the Toronto Stock Exchange that we were the top life sciences and technology
company out of a 183 companies. We traded 75 million shares. The number 2 company traded 25 million.” Popular Science tapped the Aura for last year’s “Best of What’s New” list, and the Canadian Cancer Society named the Core one of the “Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2011.” Since going public in 2010, the company’s valuation has grown tenfold, and after years of working together on other projects, Anna and Thomas are in this one for the long haul.
Did either of you expect your law school experience would lead you to running a company? Anna – A lot of it transitioned pretty naturally. I’m corporate counselling now for this company, so pulling out your PLTC practice manuals and things like that, it’s amazing how much you still do that. All of the general law that you learn, even the securities and corporate law that I focused on in law school, I use every day here still. I have a finance background, so I prepare the financial statements and just keep the corporate business entity running. My position is still very much the legal and corporate focus. How does running a company differ from your previous legal work? Thomas – To actually build something, develop a product and manufacture it, there’s a satisfaction that you get from that because it’s physical and it’s there, you can touch it and then you can actually use it. It’s going to be in doctors’ offices and hospitals and saving people’s lives, so in business, it’s sort of the most satisfying thing you can do. The one thing about being a lawyer is that when there’s a problem that you’re working on, yes you’re under pressure, but it’s actually not your problem. It’s your client’s problem, and you’re getting paid to work on this file. It’s quite a bit different when you’re in the driver’s seat of the company. Now it’s actually your problem and if anything goes wrong, it’s on your shoulders. You’ve gone and collected millions and millions of dollars from investors and now they’re standing there watching you.
Anna’s first job out of college was working alongside Thomas for Liberal MP Ted McWhinney – both of whom convinced Anna to pursue her law degree. By the time she enrolled at UBC Law, Thomas had set up private practice in Vancouver, where Anna worked part-time during school and eventually articled. “We represented high-tech companies all the time, including a medical device company,” explains Thomas. “So I met somebody who pitched me the idea of starting up a
company that would do cancer imaging, and I thought that was a really neat idea.” In March 2010, Verisante graduated from side project to full-fledged company, with Thomas as CEO, Anna as CFO and corporate counsel, and a whole lot of UBC grads along for the ride. From its clinical advisory board to its product development team, “the whole company is stacked with UBC graduates,” says Thomas. “UBC has sort of been a wellspring for this company – just about everybody here has a UBC degree. Who knew!?”
Do you ever look back at law school and think how this experience would be different if you hadn’t learned this-or-that specific lesson? Thomas – Well, every day. Running a public company now is so complicated that I don’t know how people who aren’t lawyers or chartered accountants manage. They must just be faking it or something, because it is so complicated and there’s so much liability. Anna – Just being comfortable with legislations and regulation is a huge thing. As lawyers you can pick up a piece of law and read it and understand it. I would ask a consultant something and wait three days to get an answer back, or I could look it up online or find that section in the law and do it myself in ten minutes. As Thomas said, just knowing the research and having that background to answer your own questions.
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A Year in Madam Justice Louise Arbour at a special reception held in her honour at Allard Hall.
wa s ju s t over one year ago that we welcomed our students, faculty and friends to a brand-new facility designed to serve as the foundation for the Faculty’s efforts to offer outstanding teaching, to carry out research with national impact and global reach, and to support stronger interactions with our alumni, the profession and the public. From special lectures with some of our most prestigious colleagues to informative conferences showcasing some of the Faculty’s groundbreaking work, there was no shortage of inspiring events at Allard Hall this past year. We remain enormously grateful to all who contributed time, funds and other forms of support for our new home.
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The Honourable Frank Iacobucci speaks to a full house.
Here are some highlights of the year. 2012 Law Games For four days, UBC Law hosted over 600 participants from 16 law schools across the country for competition and camaraderie at the 2012 Law Games. Held for the first time at UBC, the event took place from January 2 to 6 and included a wide variety of activities, from sporting events to moots and talent shows. While host school UBC has fielded small delegations for past Law Games, a team of nearly 100 students and a 15-person committee, all clad in gold track suits, welcomed participants to their campus and volunteered their time to make the Games a success.
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci Speaks to UBC Law Students On February 9, the law school had the pleasure of hosting a lecture with UBC Law alumnus the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, CC, QC as part of the annual J. Donald Mawhinney lectureship in professional ethics. Mr. Iacobucci spoke to a packed audience at Allard Hall on the topic, “Parliament vs. Government: The Saga of Afghan Detainees.” Aboriginal Awareness Week 2012 The Indigenous Law Students’ Association and the Law Students’ Society hosted this year’s Aboriginal Awareness Week from February 27 to March 2. Events included eagle feather beading, traditional drumming and dancing, a lunchtime talk with Grand Chief Edward
Allard Hall (l to r) Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, Councillor Howard Grant, Stephen Owen (External Legal and Community Relations, UBC), Councillor Wade Grant and Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow Jr. unveil a plaque honouring the house post installed on the north lawn outside Allard Hall.
John (the current North American representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues), a film screening and salmon BBQ on the north side of Allard Hall. Celebrating UBC’s Ties to the Musqueam In March, guests from across the university and the Musqueam community came together to honour the house post that was installed outside Allard Hall. The special ceremony also served as a way to celebrate the university’s historic and ongoing relationship with the Musqueam community. The carving represents the Musqueam warrior, Capilano (qíy plèn x w ), who is widely recognized for leading the people in defending their territory, laws and customs. He also welcomed the first Spanish and English visitors to this region. The
41-foot post was carved by Brent Sparrow Jr., just outside his home on the Musqueam reserve. A Visit from Madam Justice Louise Arbour In April, the Faculty of Law hosted a special reception for Madam Justice Louise Arbour, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Guests representing various areas of human rights, both within the university and outside, were invited for this informal dialogue with Ms. Arbour. 2012 Slayage Conference From July 12 to 15, UBC Law was the venue for all things Joss Whedon. UBC Law Assistant Professor Sharon Sutherland served as this year’s host for the Slayage Conference, which
A dancer performs at the 2012 Aboriginal Awareness Week.
brought together academics from around the world and across disciplines to discuss the works of Whedon, or, as the scholars refer to his creations, the Whedonverses. A Spotlight on Environmental Taxation In September, UBC Law had the honour of hosting the 13th Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, which brought in over 50 speakers from close to 20 countries. Alongside lead organizer and UBC Law professor David Duff, experts. presented on the barriers and the opportunities for environmental taxation, with an emphasis on the potential of this type of taxation to prompt technological innovation.
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Law schools and firms are looking at innovative solutions to address the issue of access to justice in non-urban centres. by Simmi Puri
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Thinking Big in Small Communities
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10,400 The number of lawyers currently practising in BC. Of those, approximately 80% practise in the urban centres (Victoria, Vancouver and New Westminster).
50 The average age of lawyers in BC.
With the impending retirement boom and with just over 87%† of law students in BC articling in the Metro Vancouver region or Victoria, the issue of access to justice in rural communities continues to be an important one for law schools.
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“I have observed something of a disconnect between the way that the law is accessed in the Lower Mainland and the way that it is accessed in rural areas,” explained Charles Hutchinson, a recent UBC Law graduate who chose to article with a sole practitioner based out of Vanderhoof, a small community in the BC interior with roughly 4,500 residents. “Circuit courts and a lack of lawyers have led to a situation where every type of legal problem takes longer to resolve in small towns than it does in big urban centres. If justice delayed is justice denied, then some
Quick Facts about the Profession*
The average age of lawyers in small communities and rural areas.
The average age of lawyers in some small communities and rural areas.
* REAL Student Guidebook, the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch
areas of the province are being denied justice at unacceptably high rates.” Charles is one of a handful of UBC Law students to participate in the REAL (Rural Education and Access to Lawyers) program coordinated by the Canadian Bar Association’s BC Branch (CBABC). This initiative, delivered by CBABC with funding from the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Foundation of BC, began as a pilot project in 2009 to help address the lawyer shortage in rural communities in the province. Now in its fourth year,
the program continues to facilitate the placement of second year law students in non-urban centers where access to legal services is limited. “Members of the legal community have really embraced this program after seeing its success in such a short amount of time,” explained Michael Jakeman, former head of the REAL program. “We’ve seen an increase in dialogue as well and it’s becoming an issue that more people are aware of.” The program connects second-year law students with established practitioners in
smaller communities by providing the firms with funding for a three-month summer placement. The program also provides promotional support to assist with the marketing of rural opportunities to law students by working closely with Canadian law school career services offices. The hope is that the students articling in these regions choose to stay in these communities. That was the case for Charles, who returned to Vanderhoof to article after graduation. “My wife and I had discussed the idea of working in a rural area since the beginning
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of law school. We actually spent the summer after first year touring some of the more remote corners of the province to see where we might want to settle. We went as far north as Quesnel that summer, and our constant joke was that we would be willing to go as far as Vanderhoof if necessary to find a place we loved. Of course, at that time Vanderhoof was just a name on a map, but a year later, we discovered that it was an ideal location for us. On top of all the professional advantages of being able to choose the work I wanted to do, Vanderhoof is a beautiful, welcoming town and we felt at home right away.” Working for a solepractitioner in a tight-knit community meant that Charles has had the opportunity to stretch out into many areas of law. “I’ve helped with criminal, family, child protection, wills, estates, real estate, corporate litigation, and everything in between.” In addition to going through the REAL program, Charles was also the recipient of
by alleviating some of the financial pressures that students may face upon graduation. “It’s my hope that by working in Vanderhoof, I’m not just helping my clients achieve a resolution to their legal challenges but that I am also helping restore the confidence of the public at large in the potential for the legal system to be a positive tool to build the community. This award has helped me with the transition from the Lower Mainland to Vanderhoof, for which I am truly grateful,” said Charles. The success of the REAL program and other similar initiatives is largely due to the integral partnership between law schools and the CBABC. The UBC Law Career Services Office (CSO) works closely with the coordinators of the program to host networking receptions and information sessions to help promote the program to students. Additionally, the CSO provides literature and one-on-one counselling to anyone interested in learning more about rural practice. UBC Law also hosts an annual Rural Law
“It’s my hope that by working in Vanderhoof… I am also helping restore the confidence of the public at large in the potential for the legal system to be a positive tool to build the community.“ – Charles Hutchinson the Beverley McLachlin Legal Access Award.‡ Launched earlier this year, this unique award recognizes students who choose to help underserved populations by pursuing articling positions in a rural community or with a social justice/public interest organization. The new award complements other programs like REAL by highlighting the importance of these positions to students and
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Panel where lawyers from across the province discuss their experiences with students. Michael believes that one of the biggest challenges in marketing non-urban articling positions to students is helping them understand what small-community practice looks like. “I often meet with students that don’t have a clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of lawyers in these regions.
Rural practice is quite opposite of what bigcity practice is like for an articling student in that there is an early opportunity for client contact and court appearances.” Michael often coaches students on how to land that small-town practice job, which is not just about whether they are a good fit for the law firm, but within the community as well. “Oftentimes these firms want to know what you do for fun, what your interests are. Interviewing and applying for smaller firms requires a different strategy.” As for Charles, he’s already thinking about building a life in Vanderhoof with his family. “My long term professional goal is to build a general practice that keeps me excited to come to work every day. If I can always look forward to the cases I have to work with, I will consider that a success. I’d also love to have one of my children come work with me one day, but that might be a challenge as right now my five-year-old really wants to be a veterinarian. I guess I have some work to do there.” 87.4% of law students in BC articled in the Metro Vancouver region or Victoria. 79% of law students in BC articled in the Metro Vancouver region. (Statistics provided by the Law Society of BC.) †
The Beverley McLachlin Legal Access Award was launched by UBC Law earlier this year with the leadership of UBC Law Alumnus, James. P. Taylor, QC. The award was funded by contributions from members of the legal community and law firms. Matching funds were provided by the Law Foundation of British Columbia. To learn more about this initiative or to make a donation in support of this award, please contact Kari Streelasky at 604.827.5026. ‡
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> Class of ’88
Sh e b are ly advertises. And if you want to see or talk to her as a potential client, be prepared to wait three to four months – if you’re not a vulnerable child who needs legal help, that is. If you are the latter, she’ll make an exception. Irene Peters, a sole practitioner in Prince George since 2006 and in Prince Rupert before that, focuses entirely on family law. Few lawyers in her region, which includes Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers, concentrate on her legal area, offering little competition. That’s one advantage of practising law in a non-urban region, says this UBC law grad of 1988. Others include a familiarity with local Supreme Court judges, and the trust, rapport and communication established between her and other counsel when working on a
case. “Predictability is everything in family law.” When Peters does trials in Vancouver, she often doesn’t know the background or the approach of the opposing lawyer. By contrast, in her northwest region, she can more easily strategize her advocacy role for a young client. She already knows the social workers and local judges, has good rapport and communication with the other counsel and can readily contact foster parents, family members and schools. As a result, she believes that she can make a greater impact in the life of vulnerable children – and her clients ultimately benefit. “I talk to people in the Lower Mainland,” she says. “They don’t have the luxury of that kind of access.”
But easy access to a lawyer can backfire in a small community. While practising in Prince Rupert, Peters sometimes had clients stop her on Saturday morning at the local grocer, eager to discuss their issue over a shopping cart. Such familiarity with locals came with a sense of living in a fishbowl. And geographical distance from BC’s Lower Mainland results in fewer resources for her clients. Prince George is closing its holding centres, so young women, often under age 14, are sent to Burnaby, away from their extended families. Compared to the Vancouver region, there isn’t the same support network of First Nations and grassroots organizations or government funding for children living in poverty. “Vulnerable women
have nothing in Prince George and Prince Rupert,” she says. That’s one reason why Peters co-founded the Prince Rupert Women’s Association and has provided legal workshops targeting economically disadvantaged women for the Terrace Women’s Association. In 2001, the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association recognized her with a Community Service Award. On the home front, when Peters’s husband Darrell O’Byrne was appointed provincial court judge in 2005 in Prince George, Peters was delighted to return to the town where she grew up. “It was like coming home,” she says, noting that she can now have almost two dozen friends and family members to dinner when she chooses.
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by Heather Conn
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Myron Plett by Heather Conn
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> Class of ’07
It wa sn’t a search for the perfect wave in wild West Coast surf that prompted Myron Plett to set up his law practice in Ucluelet, southwest of Tofino on Vancouver Island. “Lord, no,” he says, by phone. “I’m from the Prairies.” Yet he always had a dream of living in a beautiful small town. Above his desk, Plett keeps a photo of his favourite local spot: ocean waters churn under a dash of blue sky as the Broken Group Islands beckon beyond the Lighthouse Loop trail. A quest for more work in the slump of 2008 and early 2009, while a lawyer at Victoria-based MacIsaac and Company, brought Plett to this outdoor haven of 1,600+ people on the exposed tip of a Pacific peninsula. Beyond these practical concerns, though, lay the inspiration from a book by a born-and-raised Ucluelet author. When Plett read Beyond the Outer Shores by Eric Enno Tamm about marine biologist, Ed Ricketts, who visited Ucluelet and marvelled at the marine life along its shores, he thought, “I want to go there.” He admired this pioneering ecologist
diverse needs: they’re salmon farmers, oyster-bed operators, fish plant employees, B&B owners, First Nations entrepreneurs, whalewatching outfits and other touristrelated small businesses. “No end of interesting things happen,” he says. “You can be right in the middle of some very cutting-edge law.” Plett usually juggles 7 to 10 transactional files and about a dozen court files. With only one other lawyer in the region, who travels the island and has a Tofino office, he’s so busy, he can pick and choose his cases, mostly keeping ones that he can get “really, really good and passionate about.” But such benefits come with their own challenges such as daunting demands to practise areas of law wholly new to him. Currently, family law comprises about 40 per cent of Plett’s practice, yet he had done no law in this area before arriving in Ucluelet. And sure, Plett’s commute might be a blissful two-minute walk, but he’s had to learn how to build extensive court-related travel into his workday without losing money. A barrister at heart, he’s
isolated from the court system. Provincial court sits only once a month in Tofino and Ucluelet; otherwise, he has to travel 100 kilometres to Port Alberni. For Supreme Court sittings, he must travel 180 kilometres, or three hours each way, to Nanaimo. (Plett figures that annually, he puts on about 40,000 work-related clicks.) As a cost-saving solution, Plett now has his life partner Christoff drive him to court while he does casework in the car, on his laptop. Some of Plett’s clients don’t have that option. Members of Ahousaht First Nations reserve, on Flores Island north of Ucluelet, have no land connection to Port Alberni. Therefore, any court appearance requires missing three days of work just for travel. Before a case even goes to trial, it might demand 18 to 20 days of missed work to attend hearings and related meetings. “People just cave in,” Plett says. “They say: ‘Just plead me guilty. I want to get this over with.’” Many of Plett’s clients can’t afford a lawyer, yet Port Alberni is the closest place where someone
can sign up for legal aid, which comprises about 15 per cent of his practice. This lack of local infrastructure and resources is hugely prejudicial to his clients, Plett says. “People have it much tougher here. Absolutely.” Despite deep frustration over this issue, Plett says that it also spurs on his advocacy spirit. He’d like to see more lawyers in the region to provide increased service and support for both him and his clients. To gain acceptance as a small-town lawyer, it’s vital to stay involved in the community as a committed resident, says Plett. His office has sponsored a variety of community causes, including the historical society and a small aquarium. Drawing on his musical background, he has also brought the Vancouver Opera into local schools. Not surprisingly, since setting up his practice, Plett has not found time to perform music publicly. However, he does keep his music ready and open on his piano.
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from California who, in the 1930s, inspired friends John Steinbeck and mythologist Joseph Campbell to view all life, including tiny seashore species, as an interconnected, relational web, rather than separate components within a hierarchy. Plett, who had a career as a classical pianist and music conductor before graduating from UBC Law in 2007, views his eclectic practice as its own form of ecosystem. “I’m not a set of boxes,” he says. “These people [clients] don’t want to come in for one thing.” For instance, he might help the same client obtain a separation agreement, sell his house, get a will, and so on. Like most smalltown lawyers, he’s a generalist, offering services from real estate and commercial law to family and criminal law. That’s what makes Plett’s practice an enjoyable intellectual challenge, he says. (Part of MacIsaac and Company’s referral network, he opened Raincoast Law in 2010. He has an office in Ucluelet, and one in Tofino, staffed by associate Patrick Canning.) His clients have
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> Class of ’81
The r es a A rse n ault, QC knew in the early 1980s that she wanted to do corporate law but considered Vernon, where she practised for four years, too small for that. So was Salmon Arm, where she had attended high school. Vancouver, where she did her UBC arts undergrad and law degrees (class of ’81), was too big. This outdoor enthusiast was looking for that just-right place – like Goldilocks, she says by phone with a laugh. In 1985, she found it: Kelowna. Arsenault joined friends at Harder, Pushor, Hannah (later Pushor Mitchell) as a solicitor. Within a year, she was made partner
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and sat on the board of the local Chamber of Commerce – and she hadn’t even hit 30! Today, she acknowledges that a small town, more than a city, offers ample opportunities to rise quickly and take on more senior roles sooner. “I doubt I’d have been able to be on the board of the Board of Trade in Vancouver within one year.” Ah, the lifestyle…Nearby Big White resort lured this avid skier to the area. Arsenault has fulfilled her dream of living in a house on the water: in Westbank, on Okanagan Lake. Her commute to work takes less than 15 minutes and she rarely works weekends.
This married mother of two is still at Pushor Mitchell, grateful for the generalist’s broad knowledge that a small-town practice has given her. This enables her to manage client relations efficiently within many legal areas for her firm of 34 lawyers. She also handles estate law and planning and considerable work for First Nations groups. As for volunteering in small centres, “Everyone knows everyone,” Arsenault says, and someone’s performance sits more in the public eye, open for judgment. Yet she loves her firm’s strong commitment to community service
and the resulting sociability. Her local leadership spans numerous volunteer roles, from director and vice-chair of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation to member of the UBC Okanagan External Advisory Council. In 2008, she received a Community Service Award from the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association and, a year later, was appointed Queen’s Counsel. Currently, she sits on the UBC Board of Governors.
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by Heather Conn
> Class of ’05
Whe n Steven Brandner practised law in downtown Vancouver, focused on commercial leasing, his clients were mostly lawyers, midlevel managers and organizations. With some, he could send a quick memo to them or their lawyer, get a response, and a deal was sealed. “Since it wasn’t their money, they were much less cost-sensitive than the clients I have now, such as homeowners,” says the 2005 UBC Law grad. Brandner was still a relative rookie in the profession when he arrived in Vernon, BC in December 2008 as junior associate at Davidson Lawyers. He now
faced yet another learning curve: whole new areas of law to practise, such as wills. He said that he found the transition of working in commercial leasing, real estate, and wills and estates at a nineperson firm “nerve-racking” at first. Besides, the region’s residential housing boom dried up right after he arrived. Could he thrive in a smaller centre like Vernon? He now spends more time explaining legal concepts to clients, he says; they often require more hand-holding than his previous clients. Brandner considers the law involved in his current work, such as house-purchase requirements,
less sophisticated, and as a result he uses simpler instructions. “It’s a challenge,” he says. But Brandner’s busy, loves the greater variety of work and says he finds it rewarding to act as the go-to person for a client’s entire family. When he worked at Boughton Law Corporation, a 50-lawyer firm in Vancouver, his life of “virtual anonymity” focused on long hours of work in Bentall Tower Three and a daily commute from Port Coquitlam. Now, he lives six minutes from the office, knows more neighbours, works fewer hours and enjoys more relaxation. Lifestyle was a
key draw for him and wife Marina: Kalamalka Lake lies five minutes from their home, with skiing nearby at Silver Star Mountain Resort. Brandner also likes to curl, golf and camp. The couple, with two children aged three and five, met in Vernon years before Brandner entered law. “It’s easy to get involved and to get to know people quickly,” he says. From Monday-night beach volleyball to leadership at the Okanagan Science Centre and other volunteer work, he’s tied to the community and likes running into clients and their families while shopping or at a local park.
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UBC Law Community
33 UBC Law is home to a remarkably dynamic, accomplished and diverse group of faculty who produce innovative and influential legal research. In the following pages is a small sample of their work this past year.
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37 Each year, UBC attracts some of the brightest minds across the country and internationally. Our graduate program is globally recognized, while our JD program is one of the best in the country. In this issue we highlight student achievements in the moot courtroom and the prestigious and highly competitive clerkship program.
40 In the following pages are highlights from some of the fantastic events that successfully bring our alumni together each year.
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Good Reads Books Bruce MacDougall Estoppel (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2012) Shigenori Matsui Constitution of Canada (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2012) John Winterdyk, Benjamin Perrin and Philip Reichel Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities (Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2012) Benjamin Perrin Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations, and the Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012) Benjamin J. Richardson, ed. Local Climate Change Law: Environmental Regulation in Cities and Other Localities (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012) Galit Sarfaty Values in Translation: Human Rights and the Culture of the World Bank (Stanford University Press, 2012)
Select 2012 Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Supplements Natasha Affolder “Transnational Conservation Contracts” (2012) 25:2 Leiden Journal of International Law 443–460. Joel Bakan “Psychopaths, Inc.: On Corporate Personhood” (2012) in Janet Byrne, ed., The Occupy Handbook. Janine Benedet “A Victim-Centred Evaluation of the Federal Sex Offender Registry” (2012) 37 Queen’s Law Journal. Janine Benedet and Isabel Grant “A Situational Approach to Incapacity and Mental Disability in Sexual Assault Law” (2012) Ottawa Law Review. Ljiljana Biukovic “Transparency Issues in Negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union” (2012) 39:1 Legal Issues of Economic Integration 93–109. Christine Boyle and Emma Cunliffe “Right to Counsel during Custodial Interrogation in Canada: Not Keeping Up with the Common Law Joneses” in Paul Roberts & Jill Hunter, eds., Criminal Evidence and Human Rights: Reimagining Common Law Procedural Traditions (Oxford: Hart, 2012) 79–102.
Emma Cunliffe “Sexual Assault Cases in the Supreme Court of Canada: Losing Sight of Substantive Equality?” (2012) 57 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 295–316. Catherine Dauvergne “International Human Rights in Canadian Immigration Law – The Case of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada” (2012) Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 305–326. David Duff Canadian Income Tax Law, 4th edition, (2012), with Ben Alarie, Kim Brooks, Geoff Loomer, and Lisa Philipps. “Transfer Pricing in Canada” (2012) in Eduardo Baistrocchi, ed., Resolving Transfer Pricing Disputes: A Global Analysis, with Byron Beswick. Ben Goold “Mind the (Information) Gap: Making Sense of the European Union’s Strategic Approach to Transnational Organised Crime” (2012) in F. Allum and S. Gilmour, Routledge Handbook on Transnational Organized Crime. Liora Lazarus, Benjamin Goold and Caitlin Goss “Control without Punishment: Understanding Coercion” (2012) in Jonathan Simon & Richard Sparks, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Punishment and Society.
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Bethan Loftus and Benjamin Goold “Covert Surveillance and the Invisibilities of Policing” (2012) 12:3 Criminology & Criminal Justice 275–288. Douglas C. Harris and Karin Mickelson “Finding Nemo Dat in the Land Title Act: A Comment on Gill v. Bucholtz” (2012) 45:1 UBC Law Review 205–222. Fiona Kelly “Enforcing a Parent / Child Relationship At All Cost? Supervised Access Orders in the Canadian Courts” (2012) 49:2 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 277–309. Bruce MacDougall “The Case for GayStraight Alliances (GSAs) in Canada’s Public Schools: An Educational Perspective” (2012) 21:2 Education Law Journal 143–165. Bruce MacDougall, Elsje Bonthuys, Kenneth Norrie and Marjolein van den Brink “Conscientious Objection to Creating SameSex Unions: An International Analysis” (2012), 1:1 Canadian Journal of Human Rights 127–164. Shigenori Matsui “Constitutional Protection of Unenumerated Rights” (2012) in Hidenori Tomatsu & Yasuji Nosaka, eds., Current Problems in Constitutional Litigation 142–64. Robert K. Paterson “Moving Culture: The Future of National Cultural Property Export Controls” (2012) 18:1 Southwestern Journal of International Law 287–294.
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Judith Mosoff “Why Not Tell It Like It Is?”: The Example of PH v. Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority, a Minor in a LifeThreatening Context” (2012) 63 University of New Brunswick Law Journal. Pitman Potter and Sophia Woodman “Boundaries of Tolerance: Charter 08 and the Discourse of Political Reform,” (2012) in Fu Hualin, ed., Charter 08 and the Challenges of Constitutional Development on China. “International and Domestic Selective Adaptation: The Case of Charter 08,” in John Gillespie and Pip Nicholson, ed., Law and Development and the Global Disurces of Legal Transfers (2012). Benjamin Richardson “Are Social Investors Influential?” (2012) European Company Law 133–41. Janis Sarra Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2011, Janis P. Sarra, ed. in chief (2012). Janis Sarra and Susan B. Boyd “Competing Notions of Fairness: A Principled Approach to the Intersection of Insolvency Law and Family Property Law in Canada” (2012) in Janis P. Sarra, ed. in chief, Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2011 207–267. James Stewart “The End of ‘Modes of Liability’ for International Crimes” (2012), 25 Leiden Journal of International Law 165–219.
It is a tremendous source of pride for the law school when our Faculty are cited in important and landmark cases. Below are just a few of the most recent citations. Professor Joost Blom (with Dean Emeritus Peter T. Burns), Economic Interests in Canadian Tort Law (Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2009) was cited several times in XY, Inc. v. International Newtech Development Incorporated, 2012 BCSC 319. Professor David Duff’s casebook and two articles were cited in the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent unanimous decision on the General Anti–Avoidance Rule in the Income Tax Act. Copthorne Holdings Ltd. v. Canada, 2011 SCC 63. Professors Elizabeth Edinger and Joost Blom, The Chimera of the Real and Substantial Connection Test (2005) 38:2, UBC Law Review 373, was cited with approval in the Supreme Court of Ireland, Re Flightlease (Ireland) Ltd.,  IESC 12 (at para. 11 of concurring judgment of O’Donnell J.). Professor Elizabeth Edinger’s article “The Appointment of Equitable Receivers: Application of Rules or Exercise of Pure Discretion?” in (1988) 37:2, Canadian Bar Review 306–334, was cited in Quest Capital Corp. v. Longpre, 2012 BCCA 49, para. 16.
The Supreme Court of Canada recently cited the work of Professor Isabel Grant in its high-profile decision R. v. Mabior (2012) SCC 47, paras. 50, 51, 54. The SCC’s reasons for judgment, written by Chief Justice McLachlan, referred to Isabel’s article “The Prosecution of Non-Disclosure of HIV in Canada: Time to Rethink Cuerrier” (2011) 5 McGill Journal of Law & Health 7 which summarized the contrast between the Canadian approach and the approach taken by England, Australia and New Zealand to non–disclosure of HIV. Professor Michael Jackson’s article “Locking Up Natives in Canada” (1989), 23:2, UBC Law Review, 215–230 was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Ipeelee, 2012 SCC 13, para. 57. Assistant Professor Mary Liston’s casebook chapter on “Governments in Miniature: The Rule of Law in the Administrative State” (in Colleen M. Flood & Lorne Sossin, eds., Administrative Law in Context, Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2008) was cited favourably by the Supreme Court of Canada in the unanimous judgment of Abella J. in Doré v. Barreau du Québec 2012 SCC 12. This is a significant public law decision which restates the relationship between administrative law and the Charter in discretionary decision-making. Assistant Professor James Stewart’s article “Towards a Single Definition of Armed Conflict in International Humanitarian Law: A Critique of Internationalized Armed Conflict,” (2003) 850 International Review of the Red Cross 313–350, was cited in the March 14, 2012 decision of the International Criminal Court in the case of The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, ICC–01/04/01/06, the first verdict to be issued by an ICC Trial Chamber. The case was based on charges of using children under 15 as soldiers and combatants.
Awards & Grants In February 2012, the Law Foundation of BC awarded Legal Research Fund grants to Professor Susan Boyd ($16,286) for her project “Mixed Race Children and Parenthood Disputes” and Professor Cristie Ford ($11,000) for her project “Innovate or Die? Flexible Regulation and Financial Crisis.” Professor Catherine Dauvergne along with Professor Jenni Millbank (from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia) recently received a aud$340,000 grant from the Australian Research Council’s 2012 Discovery Projects competition for their three-year-long international project called “Gender-Related Harms in Forced Migration: A Comparative International Study.” Professor Isabel Grant received $4,650 from the Foundation for Legal Research for her project “The Role of Equality in Criminal Law Defences.” Professor Doug Harris received the John T. Saywell Prize for Canadian Constitutional Legal History by the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. This prize is given biannually to the best new book in Canadian legal history that makes an important contribution to an understanding of the constitution and/or federalism. Professor Harris was given this prize for his book Landing Native Fisheries: Indian Reserves and Fishing Rights in British Columbia, 1849–1925. Professor Michelle LeBaron was appointed to the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies’ Distinguished Scholars in Residence program for the 2013/14 academic year, which includes a research infrastructure grant of $15,000. Building construction has delaying the cohort’s residency by one year.
Associate Professor Benjamin Perrin is the co-recipient of the 2011 Wilson-Prichard Award for Community and Professional Service by the University of Toronto’s Law Alumni Association. This award was given in recognition of his outstanding record of serving the community through his ongoing campaign against human trafficking. Professor Benjamin Richardson is a joint recipient of the Senior Scholar Prize, awarded annually by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law. This prize is awarded to recognize outstanding publications, research collaboration and global scholarly leadership. Professor Tony Sheppard received an Insight Grant of $184,101 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for his three-year project “The Law of Evidence in the Digital Environment: Finding Solutions to Present and Future Challenges.” His co-investigator is Dr. Luciana Duranti, a professor at UBC’s School of Library Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS). Professor Sheppard is co-investigator on another SSHRC Insight Grant, which awarded $335,000 to Professor Duranti for her three-year project “Records in the Cloud.” Associate Professor Margot Young is the co-recipient of the Peter Wall Solutions Initiative Grant with Dr. Penny Gurstein of the School of Community and Regional Planning. The $55,000 grant will go towards their project “Housing Justice: Public Education, Policy Development and Legal Rights.”
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When Organizational Culture Hinders Human Rights by Basil Waugh
Assistant Professor Galit Sarfaty
W h y do orga ni zatio ns such as the World Bank that are devoted to good causes sometimes drop the ball on human rights? A University of British Columbia expert on organizational behaviour and international law says the answer can be found in an organization’s culture and system of incentives. These lessons come from a pioneering study by Galit Sarfaty, who spent four years studying the World Bank before joining UBC’s Faculty of Law this summer from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. “The World Bank shells out $20 billion annually to reduce poverty in developing nations through economic development, but has not adopted any sort of meaningful human rights policy,” says Sarfaty, whose findings were published in June in the book Values in Translation: Human Rights and the Culture of the World Bank. “As a result, the World Bank has periodically funded projects that violate the basic human rights of local inhabitants,” says Sarfaty, who studied law at Yale and anthropology at the University of Chicago. “My research goal was
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to understand what has prevented the bank from adopting a human rights policy with the aim of hopefully helping to advance human rights and identifying lessons for other organizations.” According to Sarfaty, the largest barrier to the bank’s adoption of a human rights agenda is its own employee incentive system. “Employees are rewarded based on the size and quantity of loans that are approved,” she says. “This emphasis on quantity over quality means the social and environmental impacts of projects can be overlooked.” The other key obstacle is a clash of expertise between bank economists and lawyers, says Sarfaty. “My findings suggest that the lawyers emphasize the inherent value of human rights, while the economists tend to view human rights as a means to an end – to them, the larger goal is economic growth,” she says. “As a result of these internal dynamics, the World Bank’s current approach to human rights essentially reflects the views of the economists, because they are the bank’s dominant culture,” says Sarfaty, whose fieldwork included more than 70 interviews with current and former bank officials. The challenge of taking the bank in a new direction has fallen to Jim Yong Kim, who took office as president on July 1, 2012. Sarfaty says he must work to align incentives with project outcomes, and ensure more non-economists are promoted to leadership positions if human rights are going to be taken seriously. Among Sarfaty’s first projects at UBC will be identifying the potential costs of using indicators and rating systems to inform regulatory decision-making. “Organizations have historically been better at measuring the economic aspects of projects because human rights are harder to quantify,” she says.
“The challenge is figuring out a systematic approach to measuring public values such as human rights, and then operationalizing them within organizations.” Sarfaty, who will teach international law at UBC, is an expert on public and private international law, international economic law, human rights law and regulatory governance.
My findings suggest that the lawyers emphasize the inherent value of human rights, while the economists tend to view human rights as a means to an end – to them, the larger goal is economic growth.
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The moot classroom in Allard Hall was designed specifically to hold mock trials and court hearings. Pictured here are two students participating in the Peter Burns Mock Trial Competition, one of the first moots to be held in this classroom.
Highlights from the Moot Cour t Each y ear, second- and third-year students have the opportunity to take part in competitive moots to build their advocacy, client counselling and dispute resolution skills. Moots serve as a valuable learning experience for our students and gives them the opportunity to work closely with members of the legal community. The Faculty of Law would like to thank the many law firms and individuals who make our participation in these competitions possible and to congratulate everyone who took part in another successful season.
Results for 2011/12 ABA Negotiation Competition Sponsored by Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP Members of the top three teams: Noah Stewart, Steve Chasey, Roni Jones, Paul Reid, Blair Shumlich and Evan Straight Coaches: Counsel from Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP Aboriginal Kawaskimhon Moot Sponsored by Mandell Pinder LLP Competitors: Leah George-Wilson, Anthony Oliver, Kennedy Bear Robe, Julia Hincks and Ryan Klausing Coaches: Maria Morellato, Anja Brown, Angela Cousins and Leah Pence Advisors: Darlene Johnston and Andrea Hilland Alumni Magazine UBC LAWâ€‚ â€ƒ 37
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BC Law Schools Competitive Moot Sponsored by Davis LLP Team: Rebecca Coad, Dustin Klaudt, Roni Jones, Brittany Weikum and Jeanette O’Sullivan Advisors: Joost Blom and Elizabeth Edinger Coach: Dean Dalke Results: First place
Jessup International Moot Sponsored by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Team: Deborah Arnold, Simon Charles, Jim Cruess, Iva Erceg and researcher Lacey Bazoian Coach and Advisor : Karin Mickelson Results: Canadian National Champion Team (Bronze Rank)
Canadian Client Consultation Competition Sponsored by Paul D.R. Warnett Law Corp. Team: Stephanie Mui, Matt Stainsby, Elsbeth Eryou and Morgan Fane Coaches: Toireasa Jespersen and Doug Cochran Results: Stephanie Mui and Matt Stainsby won silver and Elsbeth Eryou and Morgan Fane won bronze
Laskin Moot Sponsored by McCarthy Tétrault LLP (a special thanks to the lawyers from Fasken Martineau and Fraser Milner Casgrain for volunteering their time) Team: Erin Kizell, Nathaniel Turner, Savitri Gordian, Victor Schappert and Danielle Lewchuk Coaches: Nikos Harris, Tom Kemsley, Banafsheh Sokhansanj, Andrew Burgess and Servane Phillips Advisors: Mary Liston and Bill Black Results: Fifth place in overall performance and fifth place overall for the factums. Savitri Gordon and Victor Schappert each placed in the top 25 oralists.
Canadian Corporate Securities Law Moot Competition Sponsored by UBC Faculty of Law (team sponsor), Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg (competition sponsor) Team: Sarah Vefghi, Mia Taghizadeh, Tim Pritchard, Martín Ferreira Pinho and David Andrews Advisor: Ron Davis Results: Top oralist award went to Sarah Vefghi Donald G. Bowman Tax Moot Sponsored by Thorsteinssons LLP Team: Jen Flood, Alex Hudson, Liam Bath, Evan Griffith and Will House Coaches: David Duff, Doug Mathew, Justice Campbell Miller and Erin Frew Fraser Milner Casgrain Gale Cup Moot Team: Patrick Williams, Bryan Badali, Lisa Jorgensen and Guy Patterson Advisors: Mary Ainslie and Isabel Grant Results: The UBC team won first place, the Peter Cory Prize for best factum (appellants), the prize for second-best factum (respondents) and the Dickson Medal for top oralist in finals (which went to Lisa Jorgensen).
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Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP Canadian Labour Arbitration Competition Sponsored by Harris and Company, Victory Square Law Office and Professor MacIntyre Team: Natasha Jategaonkar and Glen Tedham Coaches and Advisors: Jim MacIntyre, QC and Ryan Anderson Mentors: Don Jordan, QC, Paul Fairweather, Wayne Moore, Bruce Grist, Rod Germaine, Emily Burke, Julie Nichols, Sebastien Anderson, Joan Gordon, Kim Thorne, John B. Hall and Jennifer Russell Results: First place Oxford Intellectual Property Moot Sponsored by Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP Team: Amanda Riches, Brendan DePoe and Eric Gauf Coaches: Thomas Bailey and Jennifer Marles
Peter Burns Mock Trial Competition Sponsored by Crown Counsel Association and Mike Tammen Team: Claire Haaf, Martina Zanetti, Angela Crimeni, Molly Shamess, Mark McPhee, Tamlin Cooper, Anna Kontsedalova and Geoff Dittrich Coaches: Chris Johnson, Kasandra Cronin, Karima Andani, Michele Peacock, John Esson, Anita Ghatak, Bonnie Craig and Sandra Watson Judges who assisted with practices: Judge Weitzel and Judge Challenger Judges for final trials: Judge Bagnall, Judge Baird Ellan and Judge Dhillon Witness and Jury Recruiter : Emma Cunliffe Faculty coordinator : Nikos Harris Downtown Coordinator : Patti Tomasson Western Canada Moot Trial Competition (MacIntyre Cup) Sponsored by Professor Emeritus Jim MacIntyre, QC and Russ Chamberlain, QC Team: Molly Shamess and Anna Kontsedalova Coach: Patti Tomasson Faculty coordinator: Nikos Harris Results: First place Sopinka Cup Sponsored by The American College of Trial Lawyers Team: Molly Shamess and Anna Kontsedalova Advisor: Nikos Harris Coaches: Patti Tomasson and Karima Andani Results: Second place Wilson Moot Sponsored by Heenan Blaikie Team: Juliana Dalley, Laura DeVries, Jack Finn, Raylene Smith and Michael Manhas Coaches : Kate Bond, Kim Fennwick, Melanie Ash, Joana Thackeray, Melanie Vipond, Ayeesha Lalji, Kristy Sim, Agnes Wong, Jennifer Godwin, Andrea Zwack, Nick Claridge and Justice Lynn Smith Advisor : Margot Young
Law Students Land Prestigious Clerkship Opportunity Judicial clerkships are among the most prestigious and competitive employment opportunities available to recent graduates. Historically, UBC Law has had an impressive number of students who secure clerkships each year for all levels of courts, and this year is no exception. We are pleased to report that the following 22 UBC law students have secured a 2013/2014 judicial clerkship (all students will graduate in 2013 unless otherwise indicated): Supreme Court of Canada • Andrew Burgess (UBC Law JD ‘11; clerking
for Chief Justice McLachlin) – This is the third year in a row that a UBC Law student has secured a clerkship with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. • Laura DeVries (clerking for Justice Karakatsanis)
British Columbia Court of Appeal (UBC Law students secured 5 of the 12 available positions) • Rebecca Coad • Jennifer Flood • Madeline Hodgson • Victor Schappert • Patrick Williams British Columbia Supreme Court (UBC Law students, some of whom are listed below, secured 10 of the 17 available positions) • Kate Addison (New Westminster) • Samuel Arden (Vancouver) • Tamlin Cooper (Vancouver) • Jack Finn (Vancouver) • Natasha Jategaonkar (Vancouver) • Guy Patterson (Vancouver) • Anthony Toljanich (Vancouver) • Nathaniel Turner (Vancouver) • Jan Verspoor (Vancouver)
(Back row l to r) Victor Schappert, Patrick Williams, Aaron Wilson, Samuel Arden, Anthony Toljanich (Front row l to r) Natasha Jategaonkar, Rebecca Coad, Laura DeVries, Madeline Hodgson
Federal Court of Canada • Aaron Wilson Ontario Court of Appeal • Lisa Jørgenson
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Hamilton) • Larissa Bazoian
Alberta Court of Appeal • Rachel Barsky (UBC Law JD ‘12)
Tax Court of Canada • Stephen Hawkshaw (UBC Law JD ’11; LLM ’12)
Message from the Law Students’ Society President
T h i s pa s t y e a r has been an exciting one for UBC Law and for the Law Students’ Society (LSS). We are in the middle of big changes, starting with the move into our new home, Allard Hall, and continuing with some new LSS initiatives. Allard Hall has opened up great opportunities for us to (re)build our community. We have seen great numbers of new clubs started, increased student and faculty involvement and huge amounts of school spirit. As
students become more comfortable in Allard Hall, we are constantly finding new ways to use the space creatively, such as monthly movie nights in the Forum, foosball tournaments and a weekly knitting club. Given this growth in student involvement and clubs, the LSS has undertaken the necessary task of moderate governance reform. With growing funding requests from clubs, we have committed to improving our budgeting process and request guidelines. We have re-affirmed our commitment to a respectful community with the creation of the UBC Law Students’ Statement of Values on Student Conduct. This statement acts as a guide to the values we hold most important as a student body, such as compassion, respect and equity. The Academic Issues Committee has played an instrumental role in implementing the new first-year curriculum, which highlights UBC’s leading commitment to meeting
the core competencies recently outlined by the National Federation of Law Societies. In particular, we are proud to be one of the first Canadian law schools to require a course on Aboriginal legal issues. With all of this growth and change afoot, we are mindful of the strong history of UBC Law and the great traditions that make it the school we love. Of course, by traditions I am referring not only to events like the Trike Race and the Guile Debate but also to traditional values such as respect, community building and academic success. On behalf of my fellow students, we are thankful for the support and donations of the legal community in Vancouver and throughout Canada, which allow us to continue your legacy and to create our own. Ron i Jon e s Law Students’ Society President
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Reunion Repor t times in which these accomplished individuals entered the legal field. Many thanks to Dr. Garde Gardom, QC, OBC and his daughters for organizing the event!
Class of 1949 63rd Reunion On September 13 the Class of 1949 came together for their annual reunion lunch. This tradition, started by Dr. Garde Gardom, QC, OBC a number of years ago, brings the members of the class together every September for lunch at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. These reunions reflect the remarkable camaraderie that still exists between the members of this class. Associate Dean Doug Harris addressed the group and congratulated them on their 63rd anniversary. He noted the many achievements of this particular class, one of the faculty’s first graduating classes, and spoke of the interesting
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Class of 1962 50th Reunion On May 4, members of the UBC Faculty of Law Class of 1962 returned to campus to celebrate their 50th reunion. For most of them, this was their first visit to Allard Hall, and they were thrilled to have tours guided by UBC Law Student Ambassadors. They were then joined by students from the current graduating class (Class of 2012) and members of the Faculty
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for lunch in the spectacular Forum at the heart of Allard Hall. The Class of 1962, including a number of prominent members of Canada and British Columbia’s legal community, were very keen to include the graduates of the Class of 2012, as they hoped to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of practitioners. The Faculty of Law would like to thank Marvin Storrow, QC, LLB and his organizing committee, as well as Blakes, for making this event a success. Class of 1987 25th Reunion On May 25, members of the Class of 1987 came together for their 25th reunion at Allard Hall. Around 60 graduates returned to UBC to celebrate this milestone and to reconnect with friends and classmates. Dean Mary Anne Bobinski shared a few welcoming remarks and recognized the extent to which UBC Law is enriched by the continued participation of its alumni. The class enjoyed tours of Allard Hall, followed by a catered reception. Guests took advantage of the stunning view from the building’s fourth-floor terrace while listening to hits from the 80s.
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Class of 1990 22nd Reunion On May 26, the UBC Law Class of 1990 met at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park to celebrate 22 years since their graduation. About 50 alumni met to eat, dance and reconnect with old friends, surrounded by extraordinary views of the downtown skyline.
Class of 1992 20th Reunion On October 13, about 30 members of the graduating class of 1992 gathered at Allard Hall to celebrate their 20th anniversary. They were greeted by UBC Law Student Ambassadors, who provided guided tours of the new building. The party then moved up to the fourth-floor Faculty and Staff Lounge, where Professor Dennis Pavlich welcomed the class on behalf of Dean Bobinski. Many alumni brought yearbooks, which were pored over (and laughed over) for much of the evening. Many thanks to the planning committee of Sharon Sutherland, Grant Meng, Chuck Reasons and Marina Seretis for organizing the event and making it a memorable evening for all!
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Alumni Events Around the World UBC Desert Days in Palm Springs Following a tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum, a reception for UBC alumni and friends was generously hosted at Bougain Villa, the home of Harold (BComm ’69, LLB ’70) and Dorothy Meyerman. Stephen Toope, UBC’s President, shared news from UBC while alumni and supporters gathered to celebrate and share their UBC connection. Dean Bobinski was on hand to connect with UBC Law alumni in attendance, and everyone enjoyed the magnificent setting for this very successful event. >
The Faculty of Law would like to thank the organizing committee of Greg Bridges, Kim Thorne, Dean Readman and Franco Trasolini for creating such a memorable evening.
UBC Desert Days in Palm Springs: President Stephen Toope (l) with Harold Meyerman (r)
Hong Kong Alumni Dinner On April 24, Dean Bobinski hosted a dinner at Cipriani Restaurant for UBC Law alumni residing in Hong Kong. Dean Bobinski brought news from UBC Law, including pictures of the new law school building, Allard Hall. The Dean expressed thanks to those who supported the project, in particular the Hong Kong Alumni Student Lounge. Alumni enjoyed the opportunity to reminisce about their time at law school and catch up with old friends and new. Joint Law School Alumni Event in London, UK UBC Law hosted a unique event that brought together alumni from various Canadian law schools who currently reside in the London area. UBC alumni were joined by fellow
Canadian law school graduates from the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall and McGill. Close to 50 alumni from all years gathered at the Macdonald House, the High Commissioner of Canada’s official residence in London, on May 31, 2012. Dean Mary Anne Bobinski was accompanied by fellow law school Deans: Mayo Moran from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law; Lorne Sossin from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School; and Daniel Jutras from the McGill Faculty of Law. The evening reception provided alumni with an exclusive opportunity to connect with other Canadian law school alumni that live in the area. Calgary Stampede Warm-Up Reception On July 5, UBC Law alumni in Calgary came together at the Glencoe Club to kick off the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Local alumni engaged in conversation with Dean Mary Anne Bobinski about the new law building and the important connection between UBC Law and Calgary’s legal community. In honour of the Stampede’s centennial celebration, each guest was entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the opening day of the rodeo. Robert Matheson (‘80) and George Little (‘51) and his wife Dorothy were the lucky winners, and they joined Dean Bobinski to take in the sights and sounds of the Stampede the following day. Many thanks to Ed McNally (‘51) of Big Rock Brewery for hosting the event and making it a memorable evening for all!
If you would like to organize a reunion or find out more about our events and services for alumni, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.827.3612.
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Class Notes 1980s Photo: Jeremy Hainsworth
1960s 1970s The Honourable Frank Iacobucci (Class of 1962) Mr. Iacobucci has stepped down from his position as Chairman of the HEQCO (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario). The Council was created in 2005 after a provincial review of post-secondary education, and its mandate is to conduct research on post-secondary access, quality and accountability. Mr. Iacobucci guided the council through its formative years and leaves it in a strong and established state. Mr. Iacobucci currently serves as counsel to the Torys, where he advises government and business on important legal and policy matters.
Robert Brun, QC (Class of 1977) Mr. Brun, QC was appointed National President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) on August 14, 2012.
Judge Gary Cohen (Class of 1981) BC Provincial Court Judge Cohen was the recipient of the Hero Award at the Canadian Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) in August 2012. Judge Cohen’s activism in the mid-1970s included time as president of the Gay People of SFU group and founder and first president of the UBC Law Gay & Lesbian Students’ Association. Miriam Kresivo QC (Class of 1982) Ms. Kresivo QC was elected as a Bencher to the Law Society of British Columbia in May 2012. She is a member of the Ethics Committee.
Don Greenfield, QC (Class of 1978) After moving to Calgary, Mr. Greenfield, QC joined Bennett Jones LLP, where he has worked since 1984. He was named partner in 1988 and is also the co-leader for the Oil and Gas Practice Group. In 1980, he married Joan Barron (BEd, UBC, 1976). They have three children.
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Judge Cohen (pictured with the CBA’s Amy Sakalauskas)
Anna Fung QC (Class of 1984) Ms. Fung, QC has joined TimberWest Forest Corp. as its Vice President, Legal & General Counsel, effective June 4, 2012 after serving as Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Intrawest ULC for the last three years.
Robert G. Harvie, QC (Class of 1985) Mr. Harvie, QC was elected as a Bencher to the Law Society of Alberta in February 2012, and appointed Queen’s Counsel in December of 2011. Richard Berrow (Class of 1986) Mr. Berrow has joined the Ballet BC Board of Directors.
the CBABC Executive Committee, providing valuable input on complicated and sensitive issues affecting the profession. Chuck Reasons (Class of 1992) Mr. Reasons was a member of the Research Working Group of the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System, which published “Preliminary Report on Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice System” in the Washington Law Review, Seattle University Law Review, and the Gonzaga Law Review, Spring 2012. He is Chair and Professor of Law and Justice at Central Washington University.
Winston L. Sayson, QC (Class of 1988) Mr. Sayson, QC was married to Barbara Lisa Brown (a justice of the peace from Robson Square Provincial Court) on December 18, 2010 at the Minoru Chapel in Richmond, BC. In May 2010, Winston received the Criminal Justice System Leadership Award from the Police Victim Services of BC in recognition of his work with victims of crimes and victim services groups. In December 2011, Winston was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General of BC.
Diana Valiela (Class of 1994) After serving on the National Energy Board and practising at Lawson Lundell, Ms. Valiela now has her own practice dealing with environmental law and related areas. She has worked in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory.
Helene Wheeler Love and Kevin Love (Class of 2006 ) Mr. and Mrs. Love are happy to have welcomed their first baby girl, Lucie Jane Love, on August 6, 2011.
Carolynn Conron (Class of 2009) Ms. Conron is currently completing her LLM at Western University. Her thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Robert Solomon, is on how Canada should regulate medical cannabis. She is also volunteering at the Community Legal Services Clinic, working on criminal cases.
Photo courtesy of the CBABC
Valli Chettiar (Class of 1992) Ms. Chettiar was the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2012 Touchstone Award for her outstanding accomplishments in promoting equality in the Canadian legal community. As Chair of the CBABC Equality Committee, she played a key role in the Branch’s adoption of an accommodation policy to facilitate access to Branch activities for all members. She was also the first Equality representative on
James D. Kondopulos (Class of 2003) On January 1, 2012, Mr. Kondopulos became a partner at the Vancouver-based employment and labour law firm of Roper Greyell LLP. He specializes in the practice of employment, labour and workplace human rights law.
Bernard Lau (Class of 2010) Mr. Lau has started a law firm with his partner. The firm, Chak Lau and Co. LLP, is based in Richmond, BC and practises in real estate law, conveyancing, wills and estates, criminal law and impaired driving cases. In his spare time, Mr. Lau serves as a board member on the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala Committee and volunteers with the organization on various events.
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[ honour roll ]
UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall wishes to thank the many donors whose generous support and leadership enable us to remain committed to being one of the world’s great centres for legal education and research. Your donations fund important academic programs, crucial student financial aid and groundbreaking faculty research.
thanks LIFETIME DONORS $10 million and up Peter A Allard, QC The Law Foundation of British Columbia
$1 million and up Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Davis LLP Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP IBM Canada Ltd. Joan Lew and Derek Lew Richards Buell Sutton Vancouver Foundation
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$500,000 and up
$25,000 and up
Helen and Tookie Angus Tom and Elizabeth Cantell Clark Wilson LLP Korea Foundation McCarthy Tétrault LLP Ronald N Stern UBC Law Students’ Society Estate of Anne Margaret Uphill The Wesik Family
(April 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012)
The Hon Justice Grant D Burnyeat Michael B C Davies Davis LLP Charles Diamond & Family Eric Eng The Foundation for Legal Research Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Yvonne Y Ho Insolvency Institute of Canada Law Students’ Society Lawson Lundell LLP Peter Lee The Hon Justice Risa Levine McCarthy Tétrault LLP Leon J Plotkins Richards Buell Sutton LLP Sangra Moller LLP Slater Vecchio LLP Ronald N Stern Anne M Stewart, QC Ron and Arleigh Tysoe Katherine U Vancouver Foundation Sonya Wall The Wesik Family Randy Zien and Shelley Tratch
$250,000 and up Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP Charles Diamond and Family Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP John Grot Prof. James MacIntyre, QC Open Society Institute Sangra Moller LLP Taylor Jordan Chafetz TSX & TSX Venture Exchange
$1 million and up Peter A Allard, QC The Law Foundation of British Columbia Joan Lew and Derek Lew
$250,000 and up Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP Estate of Anne Margaret Uphill
$100,000 and up Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Jeanette K Chan Dolden Wallace Folick LLP Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP Fasken Martineau LLP Law Foundation of Ontario, Access to Justice Fund Olivia S Lee Victor Yang
$10,000 and up The Advocate Laura Bakan, QC Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP The Rt Hon Kim Campbell, PC, CC, QC, LLD Canadian National Railway Company Clark Wilson LLP Ernst & Young LLP Gregory J Fitch, QC Christian and Christine Gauthier Goldcorp Inc. Heenan Blaikie LLP J Geoffrey Howard Timothy Howard Jawl Foundation Morley Koffman, QC Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation Prof. James MacIntyre, QC Bill and Jana Maclagan Dr. Albert J McClean, QC The Notary Foundation of British Columbia Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP David Phillips Roper Greyell LLP Gerald Sauder John C Shaw Singleton Urquhart LLP Stikeman Elliott LLP The Strother Family Taylor Jordan Chafetz Lisa Tuer Lisa Vogt Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company Pete Westcott ZSA Legal Recruitment
$1,000 and up The Hon Justice Elaine J Adair Aird & Berlis LLP Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP Allard and Company Alvarez & Marsal John C Armstrong, QC S Bradley Armstrong The Hon Judge Kenneth W Ball Robert Banno Daniel Barber Ronald M Barron Thomas Bauer and Laura Jessome
The Hon Chief Justice R J Bauman Stanley M Beck, QC R Paul Beckmann, QC Don and Satoko Bell Eric Belli-Bivar William Black Prof. Joost Blom, QC Dean Mary Anne Bobinski and Family Scott Bodie and Patty Dawn Graham and Family Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson Bowra Group Inc. Branch MacMaster LLP Luciana Brasil Gregory F Bridges Peter W Brown Douglas Buchanan, QC Michael E Butler Duncan J Campbell Canada Life Assurance Company Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals Canadian Insolvency Foundation CapServCo Century Services Inc. Peter Chan Thomas Ciz Citizens Charitable Foundation Arthur L Close, QC Patricia C Connor Susan Corn Credit Union Foundation of BC Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP The Hon Judge Pedro de Couto Deloitte & Touche LLP Joseph Deuling Karen Dickson and Martin MacLachlan Gerald Donegan, QC M Julie Donegan James A Doyle W Bryan Dunn Prentice and Toni Durbin Edwards Kenny & Bray LLP James T Engen The Hon Justice S David Frankel Fraser Valley Bar Association Goodmans LLP Granard Management Limited Partnership Don Greenfield Robert Groves Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP
Stein Gudmundseth, QC Guild Yule LLP Harris & Company LLP Harper Grey LLP Craig J Hill Annie Ho Ana-Maria Hobrough and Geoffrey Glave Roderick H G Holloway George Hungerford, OC, QC The Hon Robert B Hunter, QC The Hon Robert B and Cory Hutchison The Hon Frank Iacobucci, CC, QC, LLD Jacqueline Jago James Harper Professional Corporation Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver Barry Joe Cochard Johnson Carl Jonsson Frank Karwandy, QC Thomas Kay Kootenay Bar Association Michael Korenberg KPMG Inc. Shaun Lahay Lando & Company LLP Lawrence Lewin The Hon Justice Linda A Loo Joanne Lysyk Patricia Lysyk Donald MacDougall Mandell Pinder The Hon Justice David Masuhara P Anthony McArthur Nicholas McHaffie McMillan LLP Megan Ellis & Company Miller Thomson LLP MNP LLP Darcy and Lori Moch Maria Morellato, QC Stuart Morrow James N Morton Forrest L Nelson Anu Nijhawan Richard J Nixon Michael O’Keefe, QC The Hon Willis E O’Leary, QC Sucha Ollek Open Society Institute
Master Alan Patterson Paul D R Warnett Law Corp Peck and Company PricewaterhouseCoopers R Lawrence Purdy, QC The Hon Justice M Anne Rowles RSM Richter Inc. Stanley S Schumacher, QC Douglas G Shields Simpson & Company Bernard So SRC Law Corporation Joan Stone Colette and Marvin Storrow, QC Kari Streelasky Robert Swift Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP Thorsteinssons LLP Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Donna M Turko UBC Law Review United Way of the Lower Mainland University of Mexico University Publishers Tako van Popta Washburn University Roger D Watts Webster Hudson & Coombe LLP Michael Whitt, QC Edward Wilson Robert Wilson Janet Lynne Winteringham, QC Wm Wrigley Jr Company Foundation Mark Yang Pamela Yanni Paul Yeung Young Anderson Barristers and Solicitors Prof. Claire F L Young Gordon W Young Linda and Ted Zacks
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy in the 2011/12 Honour Roll. If an error is noted, please accept our sincere apologies in advance and notify the UBC Law Development Office at 604.822.0123 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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[ closing arguments ]
UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall
The Faculty of Law’s new building provides students and faculty with an inspiring setting for the study of law. Part of that setting includes creating space for visual art of demonstrable excellence by artists of significance. The Faculty actively seeks donations of art, with an emphasis on acquiring Pacific Northwest art, Indigenous art as well as works of art that enhance and contribute to the overall appearance and environmental themes found within Allard Hall. The Faculty has a particular interest in art which explores the role of law in securing justice, freedom and equality.
For inquiries regarding a possible donation of art to the Faculty of Law, please contact Kari Streelasky, Assistant Dean, External Relations at 604.827.5026 or email@example.com. Donors may receive a tax receipt for pieces of art with significant value that are accepted by the Faculty. Art can also be bequeathed to the Faculty. Please note that the Faculty and University follow carefully considered art acquisition procedures to ensure that a donation will achieve the intended purposes of the donor and the University.
pictured left Legends Begin. This magnificent sculpture by Allan Houser was donated by Peter A. Allard, QC to commemorate the opening of the UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall on September 23, 2011. This piece has not only helped to enrich the cultural, intellectual and scholarly life of the Vancouver campus and the surrounding community, but it has also become a beautiful focal point of Allard Hall’s outdoor terrace lounge and continues to inspire faculty, students, staff and visitors alike.
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[ in memoriam ]
Donald MacDougall (Professor Emeritus) passed away on August 29, 2012 at the age of 78. Raised by his mother in Melbourne, Australia, Professor MacDougall put himself through the University of Melbourne and graduated with an LLB in 1956. He pursued graduate studies in conflicts law at the University of Chicago. In 1965, he and his wife moved to Vancouver, where he was a professor at UBC Law. Professor MacDougall taught and wrote extensively on family law, children and the law, negotiation and dispute Resolution, and Seniors and the Law. He was a founding member of the International Society of Family Law, was the Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Family Law, and served on boards for numerous legal societies, journals and publications. In memory of Professor MacDougall, the Don MacDougall Memorial Fund has been established. Funds received will be directed towards supporting student financial aid at the Faculty of Law. If you wish to make a donation, please contact the Faculty of Law Development Office at 604.827.5169. Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to the Faculty of Law and sent to the following address: Attention: Lindsay Dybvig Development Officer, Faculty of Law 1822 East Mall, Allard Hall Vancouver BC, v6t 1z1 Please note “Don MacDougall Memorial Fund” in the memo line of the cheque.
Dr. Charles Bourne (Professor Emeritus) passed away on June 25, 2012. Dr. Bourne was a professor emeritus at UBC Law and served UBC as a member of the Senate, as well as an advisor to the president from 1975 to 1986. Dr. Bourne completed a bachelor of arts at the University of Toronto, an LLM from Cambridge, and an SJD from Harvard Law School. In 1950 he moved to UBC to join Dean George Curtis at the newly established UBC Faculty of Law, where he taught from 1957 to 1986. He retired in 1986 and was named professor emeritus. Dr. Bourne also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1993, and was most recently recognized by the UBC Law Alumni Association with the Alumni Award for Research at its 2011 Awards Dinner. Angela Dimitriou (’08) passed away on May 29, 2012 at the age of 32. Ms. Dimitriou graduated with a bachelor of arts from McGill University and attended UBC Law School, graduating with a JD in 2008. She was subsequently employed at Shearman & Sterling in New York City. Peter Leveque (’62) passed away on April 14, 2012 at the age of 73. Mr. Leveque was born in Medicine Hat and moved to Calgary at the age of two. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of science in chemistry before going on to graduate from UBC Law in 1962. Mr. Leveque returned to Calgary after graduation, where he practised for 15 years before being appointed to the bench of the Provincial Court of Alberta. He served as a judge, primarily in the family and youth division, for more than 30 years. The Honourable Robert B. Spevakow (’54) passed away quietly, surrounded by family, on August 11, 2012, at the age of 81. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Andrea (Rob), granddaughter Ophelia, sister Fay (Brian), his aunt Dorothy and numerous cousins and dear friends. Bob was a provincial court judge for over 33 years and sat in most courts throughout
Alberta. He had a distinguished career in which he was well respected. He will be remembered for his generous spirit and infectious sense of humour. Joachim (Jim) Nicholas Michael Strilchuk (’62) passed away on February 26, 2012, at the age of 74. Mr. Strilchuk was born in Mundare, Alberta, the second of five children. He attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a bachelor of science and went on to obtain his law degree at UBC. He returned to Alberta to work and was admitted to the Alberta Bar Association in 1963. Jeanine Terbasket (’96 ) passed away on February 11, 2012 at the age of 44. Ms. Terbasket earned a bachelor’s degree in Aboriginal studies and political science at the University of Regina prior to graduating with her LLB from UBC Law. She was a member of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, and after graduating from UBC Law she spent the next four years learning about her traditional culture and history. She went on to work as the band’s natural resource governance liaison. Anna Wootton (’53) passed away on August 6, 2012 at the age of 81. A devoted daughter and sister, she is survived by her sister, Carol, and numerous cousins. She was a member of a pioneer family, her great-grandfather, Captain Henry Wootton, having arrived in Victoria in 1859. She followed her grandfather, Edward and her father, Robert, in a career in law. Anna practised with her father until he was appointed to the BC Supreme Court in 1961. She then joined the law firm of Pearlman Lindholm where she practised for many years before retiring, she returned to independent practice. Anna was a talented amateur actress and was active with the UBC Players’ Club in the 1950s. With a strong social conscience, Anna supported the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund and the Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative.
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[ looking back ]
UBC Law has many widely respected Faculty members, including the current Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin (pictured here), who taught at the Law School from 1975 to 1981.
photo: jim banham
UBC Law History Project
Thanks to a generous donation of $175,000 from Peter A. Allard, the Faculty is currently creating an online historical law archive to preserve its rich history. This archive will
include information about the Facultyâ€™s former deans, professors, alumni and others who have made significant contributions to the Faculty and the broader community. One
important element of this initiative will be an ambitious oral history project to interview former faculty, staff and students about their memories of the Law Faculty and the impact it
had on their lives, both professional and personal. Visit the history project website to learn more: www.law.ubc.ca/allard/history.html.