This award celebrates a CBABC member who has succeeded in advancing equality in the legal profession or generally in British Columbia. 2020 recipient Tina Parbhakar has dedicated countless hours towards advancing equality and diversity in the legal profession and beyond through education, mentorship, policy development, advocacy, community outreach and organizational change. She is the co-founder of the South Asian Legal Clinic of BC, whose main goal is to improve access to justice for low-income British Columbians of South Asian descent in a culturally sensitive and safe manner.
About the Award
The Award celebrates the accomplishments of a CBABC member who has succeeded in advancing equality in the legal profession or generally in British Columbia. The Award recognizes significant contributions to improving the status of women, people with disabilities, people of colour, Aboriginal people or peoples, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or two-spirited people or people who are members of historically marginalized communities.
Candidates must be individual lawyers who are members of the CBABC. Groups are not eligible for consideration.
Consideration will be given to candidates who have successfully championed equality and promoted understanding of diversity through education, policy development, advocacy (including litigation), creating or leading organizational change, volunteerism with equality-seeking groups, or other means.
Consideration will be given to candidates who have worked on race, disability, sexual orientation, gender or other diversity issues in their communities, in government or government agencies, within the institutions of the legal profession (including CBA, the Law Society, CLE, LSS, the judiciary, or the law schools), or elsewhere.
Nomination, Selection and Presentation
Nominations are sought in April. The Board of Directors selects the recipient and the award is presented by the CBABC President at the last Provincial Council meeting of the fiscal year, usually held in June.
The award is a specially-etched crystal globe.
- 2019 - Kamaljit Lehal
- 2018 - Zara Suleman
- 2017 - Adrienne Smith
- 2016 - The Honourable Donna Martinson, QC
- 2014 - Janine L. Benedet
- 2013 - Benjamin D. Levine
- 2012 - Jennifer Spencer
- 2011 - Jennifer Conkie, QC
- 2010 - Sarah Rauch
- 2009 - Kuan Foo
- 2008 - Valli Chettiar
- 2007 - Anna Fung, QC
- 2006 - Anne Bhanu Chopra
- 2005 - Halldor Bjarnason
- 2004 - Joseph J Arvay, QC
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