CBABC Honours B.C. Lawyers

July 4, 2013

On June 22, 2013, the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) handed out three special recognition awards to two local lawyers and a local law firm.

  • CBABC Harry Rankin QC Pro Bono Award:  This award is given to a lawyer who makes significant contributions to the provision of pro bono legal services, the organization of pro bono clinics, and the promotion of a pro bono culture in the legal industry.  The award was given to Donald Sorochan, QC, of Miller Thomson for his many hours of service and his “40 years of pro bono advocacy.”
  • CBABC Work Life Balance Award.  This award is given to lawyers, law firms or organizations who demonstrate leadership and innovation in promoting wellness in the practice of law.   Branch MacMaster was awarded it for “creativity and innovation in the workplace through a number of no-cost strategies and principles that include: associate retention through set bottom line goals, regular status reports and pro-rata incentives; freedom to work where you want and when you want; and trust that is earned then acknowledged.”
  • CBABC President’s Medal.  This Medal honours an outstanding lawyer who has been “recognized for one or more of the following: legal academic proficiency, works of legal scholarship, significant contribution to the profession or noteworthy contribution to Canadian public life.”  Eric Gottardi of Peck & Company was awarded the medal for his selfless donation of “his time and talent to represent the CBA in many areas of criminal justice reform in BC and Canada.  Mr. Gottardi was willing to challenge assumptions and to make sure that the front-line experiencesof trial counsel and their clients were considered in the discussions and review of the criminal justice system in BC.”

Congratulations to the recipients of these prestigious awards!

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