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CBA’s B.C. Branch honours Vancouver lawyer

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 9:51 AM | By John Chunn

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) announced that Vancouver lawyer barbara findlay (who spells her name without capital letters) is the 2020 recipient of the Georges A. Goyer QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. CBABC will present the award at its virtual Annual General Meeting Feb. 6.

“The common themes in each letter and statement nominating barbara are her fierce dedication to pursuing social change and her unwavering support of the LGBTQ2SI+ community within the legal profession, in Canada and internationally,” CBABC president, Jennifer J.L. Brun, said in a press release, adding, “she is a worthy recipient of this award.” 

She began her practice when called to the B.C. bar in 1977 and worked in the Legal Services Society for over a decade, and then as an adjunct professor and tenure-track faculty member at the Allard School of Law at UBC. In 2001, she founded the Law Office of barbara findlay, QC, a private practice specializing in LGBTQ2SI+ legal work. In addition, findlay founded the CBABC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) Section and co-founded the CBA National SOGIC federation. In B.C., SOGIC is now a community of over 215 LGBTQ2SI+ lawyers, law students and judges. Over the years, findlay has continued to support SOGIC through mentorship of junior members, as a leader of the section for many years, and presenter of various topics of interest.

The Georges A. Goyer award annually recognizes exceptional contributions to the legal profession, the law, jurisprudence, or a significant law-related benefit for British Columbians. The award is in memory of Georges A. Goyer, a respected lawyer who served as a member of the CBA.