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Three appointed as judges to B.C. Supreme Court

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 3:43 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the following judicial appointments in the province of British Columbia:

Alan M. Ross, partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Justice Ross replaces Justice Robert Sewell, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 22, 2019.

Sheila Tucker, counsel at Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court. Justice Tucker replaces Justice B.J. Brown, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Feb. 19, 2019.

David A. Crerar, partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court. Justice Crerar replaces Justice Patrice Abrioux, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on March 7, 2019.

Justice Ross was raised in Victoria. He obtained his BA, with a double major in English and history, from the University of Victoria in 1984, and he obtained his LL.B from the University of British Columbia in 1988.

Justice Ross articled at the firm of Douglas Symes & Brissenden, then practised civil litigation at that firm until 2000. Along with five other partners, he joined Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, where he practised civil litigation, with an emphasis on insurance defence litigation, for the past 18 years.

Justice Tucker was born and raised in Revelstoke, B.C. She received a BA in English literature in 1986 and a bachelor of laws in 1991, both from the University of British Columbia. She obtained a master of laws from Harvard Law School in 1992 and was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1993. She began her career in the area of administrative law, practising at several national law firms and, for a time, serving as in-house legal counsel for the British Columbia Labour Relations Board.

For the last decade, a substantial portion of her practice focused on public law, including Charter litigation. Beginning in 2016, she practised general litigation and public law at Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer, with an emphasis on legal research and analysis.

Justice Crerar was born in Vancouver and grew up in North Vancouver. He received his BA and LL.B from the University of Toronto and was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1998. He was the national leader of the firm’s defamation and media group, also practising in shareholder disputes, Internet litigation and banking and pension litigation.

He is the author of Mareva and Anton Piller Orders in Canada (Irwin), and the co-editor and co-author of the leading Canadian text on civil procedure, The Civil Litigation Process (Emond), and British Columbia Business Disputes (BC CLE). He is a contributing author to BC Creditors’ Remedies and the BC Civil Trial Handbook. He has published numerous articles on various legal topics and has contributed to many legal education conferences. Among these, he created the BC CLE Litigator’s Arsenal, chairing six conferences. He also co-authored The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore, a hiking and historic guide (RMB).

From 2004 to 2018 he was an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, lecturing in civil procedure. Justice Crerar served on the boards of the Vancouver International Marathon Society and the Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association, and he has volunteered with Access Pro Bono and the BC Civil Liberties Association, among others.