The BC Civil Liberties Association announced this year’s winners of its 2013 Liberty Awards.
The Liberty Awards “celebrate outstanding achievements to protect and promote human rights and freedoms in Canada” and the Liberty Awards recipients are “devoted in their own ways to protecting and expanding hard-won democratic rights and freedoms.”
There are two legal advocacy awards, one for Excellence in Legal Advocacy by an Individual and one for Excellence in Legal Advocacy by a Firm.
The Liberty Award for Excellence in Legal Advocacy by an Individual winner is Sheila Tucker, for her watershed victory in Carter v. Canada (BCSC), which held that the individual has the right to die with dignity and that right is protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. McCarthy Tetrault is the winner of the Liberty Award for Excellence for a firm, for the firm’s superior commitment to providing pro bono legal assistance to promote BCCLA’s mandate of promoting, protecting and expanding human rights and civil liberties in Canada. The firm’s guiding lawyer for this program is Michael Feder. Congratulations!
The Liberty Awards will be given out on June 12, 2013, at the 2013 Annual Liberty Awards Gala. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Suzuki. Tickets are available through the BCCLA’s website, bccla.org.