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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 123 importance is accomplished. We all seek a sense of fairness in how conflict is resolved. The public counts on us for that.” With Maria’s appointment, the Supreme Court receives a justice who is an excellent listener, who has a deep sense of empathy and who strives for fairness. t t t t t The Honourable Judge Brian Harvey Brian Harvey was appointed to the Provincial Court on May 2, 2016 and was assigned to the Vancouver Island Region with resident chambers in Nanaimo. Brian was born and raised in British Columbia and attended Prince of Wales High School in Vancouver. As a child Brian was quite athletic and competitive. Indeed, initially his career aspirations were to pursue a professional hockey career as a goalie, but these aspirations were thwarted by his size, since he could barely fill the goalmouth (unlike Ken Dryden). After that he thought about being a pilot but at times, particularly on the west coast, one has to run across log booms to get to shore from a Beaver floatplane and his three-foot “span” between steps just could not cut it. Brian furthered his education by attending the University of North Wales at Aberystwyth where, after three years, he graduated with honours, obtaining his LL.B. Brian’s father, Kerr, had earlier immigrated from Wales and both Kerr and Brian’s mother, Georgina, live in Vancouver. From Aberystwyth Brian returned to Canada to pursue his law career. He attended the University of Windsor for his formal Canadian law school accreditation. Brian then returned to British Columbia and was called to the bar in early 1992. He articled with Art Vertlieb, Q.C., in Vancouver, in a very busy civil and criminal litigation practice. It is clear that Art—who is both strategically bright and deeply competitive, which are great attributes for a lawyer—imparted these attributes onto Brian. After his articles Brian moved from Vancouver to Nanaimo. He practised as an associate with MacIsaac and Company in Nanaimo for five years, practising criminal and civil litigation. Brian then opened his own private practice doing almost exclusively criminal defence work.


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