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B.C. law society to honour excellence with three new awards

Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 4:01 PM | By Paula Kulig

The Law Society of British Columbia has announced the creation of three new awards to honour excellence in the legal profession:

  • The Law Society Excellence in Family Law Award recognizes lawyers who have made specific contributions to the advancement of justice for families.
  • The Law Society Award for Leadership in Legal Aid honours lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the provision of legal aid in B.C.
  • The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes lawyers who have made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession or the law in the province.

The awards will be presented every two years, with the inaugural awards to be handed out in December.

"There are so many outstanding lawyers who have dedicated themselves to improving access to justice through the provision of legal aid, advancing justice for families or increasing diversity in the profession,” said law society president Herman Van Ommen.

"These awards offer an opportunity to recognize the excellent work that’s being done, and to thank those lawyers who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment not only to the profession, but to the members of the public whom they serve."

Nominations are currently being accepted for all three awards, and the deadline for nominations is Sept. 1. Information on the criteria and nomination instructions are available on the law society’s website, under “Awards and Scholarships."