Canadian Lawyer Magazine recently released its Top 25 Most Influential 2014 list. Congratulations to Joseph Arvay, QC, the sole BC lawyer on the list!
The list honours “lawyers who have been influential within the profession as well as society in the last year and a half”.
Arvay appears in the Criminal Law/Human Rights category alongside Osgoode Hall professor Alan Young and fellow private practice lawyers Elizabeth Grace, Jason Madden and former Ontario premier Bob Rae. Collectively, this group has worked on landmark cases related to Aboriginal rights, censorship, right to die issues, sexual assault, prostitution and drug laws, and many other socially relevant matters.
Here’s Arvay’s write-up in the Top 25 list:
Partner, Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
Arvay has appeared many times in the Top 25 Most Influential because he continues to push the country’s moral and ethical boundaries. He’s not afraid to take on some of the most socially complex cases in Canada, making way for change and improving the lives of Canadians, especially those on the edges of society. He is the lawyer who fought the federal government and won in the Insight injection case at the Supreme Court of Canada last fall. As a result of his work, the only legal, supervised drug injection site in North America will stay open to provide a safe place for use of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and morphine. He also continues to work with the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association in the fight to decriminalize assisted suicide.
Among his many other professional accolades, Arvay received the BC Civil Liberties Association’s Excellence in Legal Advocacy award at their inaugural Liberty Awards in 2012. He currently serves as an elected Bencher for the Law Society of BC.