The Trial Lawyers Association of BC has announced the winners of the 2013 Bench and Bar Awards, to be presented this April.
Chief Justice Robert M. Bauman will receive the 2013 Bench Award. From the announcement:
“Chief Justice Bauman was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1996. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2008 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 2009. During his years in practice, he gained a reputation for excellence in administrative law and municipal law. His expertise was later shared in various roles of service as a member of the BC Attorney General’s rules revision committee, chair of the Supreme Court civil law committee and chair of the CBA’s municipal law section. Additionally, he has lectured at the BC Institute of Technology and was an adjunct professor of administrative law at the University of British Columbia.”
Michael Slater, QC will receive the 2013 Bar Award. Also from the announcement:
“A lawyer since 1976, Michael Slater QC devotes his practice to complex cases involving traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. He is the founding partner at Slater Vecchio in Vancouver, and he has excelled in practice, earning clients some of the largest trial awards in his highly specialized area of law. A dedicated leader in his field, Mr. Slater has earned the highest degree of respect from peers across the country. In 2002, he was designated as Queen’s Counsel by the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Attorney General.”
The TLABC also recently announced the winner of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) Champion of Justice – Legacy Award. Faith Hayman is the inaugural recipient. From the announcement:
“Faith is a fine example of not only the kind of lawyer, but the type of person one should strive to be. As a TLABC member, Faith has been a true light in a sometimes challenging environment. … She is passionate about her work, especially with regards to disability claims and is always on hand for TLABC, even as she started up her own practice and her schedule was jam-packed. Faith is a true Champion of Justice and embodies exactly what this award is meant to honour, and we are very pleased to present her with this special award.”
The Champion of Justice Award is presented to an individual who “has been a donor for a minimum of 5 years, has participated in at least 2 special roles during their time at TLABC and has demonstrated a Passion And Commitment towards justice in BC, in ways that are above and beyond the basic guidelines of their profession.”