The Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

The Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

June 24, 2009 15:18 ET

The Canadian Bar Association Honours Exceptional BC Lawyers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - Whether they're improving the status of historically marginalized communities or working to promote a vibrant legal profession, lawyers are making a difference across BC. The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) recognizes the many unsung heroes in the legal profession who are quietly improving communities, and proudly congratulates the nominated recipients of the following awards:

CBABC Equality and Diversity Award

Kuan Foo of the Vancouver firm Ng Ariss Fong is the recipient of this award, which celebrates the accomplishments of a lawyer who has succeeded in advancing equality in the legal profession or generally in BC. The award recognizes significant contributions to improving the status of women, people with disabilities, people of colour, Aboriginal people or peoples, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or two-spirited people or people who are members of historically marginalized communities.

In nominating Mr. Foo for this award Anna K. Fung, QC singled out his twelve years of work with the Law Society of British Columbia prior to joining his current firm. Ms. Fung says that as the Equity and Diversity Coordinator and later as the policy lawyer responsible for equity and diversity, Mr. Foo's efforts "resulted in female lawyers, aboriginal lawyers and disabled lawyers knowing that they are not foreclosed from a successful career in the law simply by virtue of their differences."

President's Medal

This honour is awarded in recognition of one or more of the following: legal academic proficiency; outstanding works of legal scholarship; significant contribution to the profession; or noteworthy contribution to Canadian public life.

Judith Janzen of Kuhn & Company's Vancouver office is the recipient of the President's Medal. Miriam Maisonville, President of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, commented, "Judith's history of service with the Canadian Bar Association in British Columbia and on the National stage is a testament to her commitment to promoting a flourishing legal profession. As Chair of the CBABC Membership Committee, her tireless efforts have contributed to the retention of Association members and the development of innovative strategies that have encouraged new members to join."

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The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization responsible for representing the interests of more than 37,000 members in Canada, including 6,300 lawyers in British Columbia.

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