BC Legal Aid Loses a Champion

June 20, 2012

The BC legal community is in mourning after hearing the news of Allan Parker, QC’s passing on June 13.

Parker was a distinguished lawyer and champion of legal aid in the province. From Access Pro Bono’s notice:

“Allan was admired inside and outside of BC’s legal community for his relentless passion for law and social justice. He served the public interest in many diverse ways throughout his storied legal career, including as a poverty law lawyer in Nanaimo, as a teacher of the Law Society of BC’s Professional Legal Training Course, as the manager of the Legal Services Society of BC’s former LawLINE service, as a Provincial Court mediator, and as an architect of the Law Foundation of BC’s Legal Advocacy Training Course.

He was best known in BC’s pro bono community for having led the Western Canada Society for Access to Justice in the critical years following Dugald Christie’s own untimely passing in 2007, and for having steered the organization toward its monumental 2010 merger with Pro Bono Law of BC into Access Pro Bono. Allan was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2010.”

Condolences and memories are pouring in on Parker’s obituary guestbook and on Twitter. The legal community will remember him as “an advocate, leader, and mentor”.

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