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B.C. lawyers honoured

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 3:30 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

During a recent awards ceremony, the Law Society of British Columbia recognized three members of the provincial bar for their work in family law, legal aid and diversity and inclusion.

Trudi Brown, a partner at Brown Henderson Melbye in Victoria, won the excellence in family law award. A family law mediator and arbitrator, she is a member of the B.C. Hear the Child Society and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

“Trudi is a trailblazer in family law in this province. She has led by example through her passionate interest in the practice of family law, her innovation in the delivery of legal services and her dedication to the reform of family justice processes and legal education,” said Nancy Merrill, second vice-president and chair of the excellence in family law award selection committee.

Richard Strahl who has a private practice serving the East and West Kootenay areas, does criminal defence. He frequently works on behalf of legal aid clients and acts pro bono for people challenged by court processes.

“Rick is known throughout the Kootenay region as ethical, diligent and an excellent advocate for his clients. Judges appreciate the advice he provides to the court as well as to those in need. Lawyers know him, not only as a tireless advocate, but also as a friendly and affable individual with a certain charm that makes him one of those people everyone likes,” said Sarah Westwood, chair of the award for leadership in legal aid selection committee.

Jennifer Chow is a senior legal counsel and team leader for the Department of Justice in Vancouver. She is the first visible minority president of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. branch, and is known for spearheading efforts to acknowledge diversity and nurture inclusion in the profession in this province.

“Through perseverance and dedication, Jennifer has helped move diversity and inclusion to the top of the agenda for change in the legal profession, and she is an inspiration to all of us,” said Jamie Maclaren, chair of the diversity and inclusion award selection committee.

“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,” said Law Society of British Columbia president Herman Van Ommen.