The Canadian Bar Association Honours Exceptional BC Lawyers

  • June 23, 2009

VANCOUVER - Whether they’re improving the status of historically marginalized communities or working to promote a vibrant legal profession, lawyers are making a difference across BC. The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) recognizes the many unsung heroes in the legal profession who are quietly improving communities, and proudly congratulates the nominated recipients of the following awards:

CBABC Equality and Diversity Award
Kuan Foo of the Vancouver firm Ng Ariss Fong is the recipient of this award, which celebrates the accomplishments of a lawyer who has succeeded in advancing equality in the legal profession or generally in BC. 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.

In nominating Mr. Foo for this award Anna K. Fung, QC singled out his twelve years of work with the Law Society of British Columbia prior to joining his current firm. Ms. Fung says that as the Equity and Diversity Coordinator and later as the policy lawyer responsible for equity and diversity, Mr. Foo’s efforts “resulted in female lawyers, aboriginal lawyers and disabled lawyers knowing that they are not foreclosed from a successful career in the law simply by virtue of their differences.”

Photo: CBABC President Miriam Maisonville presents the Equality and Diversity Award to Kuan Foo.

President’s Medal
This honour is awarded in recognition of one or more of the following: legal academic proficiency; outstanding works of legal scholarship; significant contribution to the profession; or noteworthy contribution to Canadian public life.

Judith Janzen of Kuhn & Company’s Vancouver office is the recipient of the President’s Medal. Miriam Maisonville, President of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, commented, “Judith’s history of service with the Canadian Bar Association in British Columbia and on the National stage is a testament to her commitment to promoting a flourishing legal profession. As Chair of the CBABC Membership Committee, her tireless efforts have contributed to the retention of Association members and the development of innovative strategies that have encouraged new members to join.”

Photo: CBABC President Miriam Maisonville presents the President's Medal to Judith Janzen.

CBABC Certificate of Special Recognition
Jack Huberman, QC in recognition of thirty years of exceptional contributions to the education of the legal profession.

Presidential Citations
Sharon Matthews for assistance to the President and Executive Committee respecting the Villardell v. Dunham intervention for 2008-09.

Charlotte Salomon for assistance to the President and Executive Committee respecting the Villardell v. Dunham intervention, Civil Rules and her outstanding work as Chair of the Civil Litigation, Vancouver Island Section for 2008-09.

H. William Veenstra for assistance to the President and Executive Committee respecting the Villardell v. Dunham intervention, Civil Rules and his outstanding work as Chair of the Civil Litigation, Vancouver Section for 2008-09.

Mary Ainslie for leadership as Chair of the CBABC / Crown Counsel Ethics Conference 2009.

Alison Campbell for outstanding work as Chair of the Law Week Committee, Lower Mainland for 2008-09.

Kathleen Kendall for outstanding work as Chair of the Law Week Committee, Regional for 2008-09.

J. Douglas Jevning for outstanding work as Chair of the Legal Aid Committee for 2008-09.

CBABC Commendation
Marina Morgan for exemplary service to the legal profession through leadership in the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch as an Executive Committee Member 2008-2009.

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The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization responsible for representing the interests of more than 37,000 members in Canada, including 6,300 lawyers in British Columbia.