Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

June 25, 2013 17:34 ET

Outstanding Lawyers Honoured With Bar Awards

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 25, 2013) - The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) has once again honoured both outstanding BC lawyers and an impressive law firm, all of whom have contributed to the profession and community. CBABC President Kerry L. Simmons presented these three special recognition awards to Eric Gottardi, Donald Sorochan, QC and Branch MacMaster LLP on Saturday, June 22nd at the CBABC Provincial Council meeting of more than 120 leaders of the legal community.

CBABC Harry Rankin QC Pro Bono Award

The Harry Rankin QC Pro Bono Award recognizes significant contributions of: pro bono legal services to a client; community organizing in establishing pro bono clinics; coordinating pro bono services, and education and advocacy work to promote pro bono culture. The 2012 Harry Rankin QC Pro Bono Award recipient is lawyer Donald Sorochan, QC of Miller Thomson LLP in Vancouver.

"Mr. Sorochan gives tirelessly to more than a dozen community and law-related organizations in BC and the Yukon," stated Kerry L. Simmons, president of the CBABC. Adding, "His 40 years of pro bono advocacy on behalf of so many who would otherwise be without a voice is an inspiration. The public and the profession have certainly benefitted from the advice and counsel of Donald Sorochan."

CBABC Work Life Balance Award

The CBABC Work Life Balance Award was established to recognize lawyers, law firms or organizations who demonstrate leadership and innovation in promoting wellness in the practice of law. The 2013 CBABC Work Life Balance Award is presented to Vancouver firm Branch MacMaster LLP.

President Simmons commented that, "Branch MacMaster LLP demonstrates 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. Lawyers who seek work-life integration can learn much from this firm's example."

CBABC President's Medal

Awarded personally by the CBABC president each year, 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. This year, the CBABC President's Medal was awarded to Eric Gottardi of Peck & Company in Vancouver.

"This year's recipient of the President's Medal gave selflessly of his time and talent to represent the CBA in many areas of criminal justice reform in BC and in Canada. Mr. Gottardi was willing to challenge assumptions and to make sure that the front-line experiences of trial counsel and their clients were considered in the discussions and review of the criminal justice system in BC," said Simmons.

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