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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 401 we, as B.C. lawyers, should be very proud of our profession, as displayed at LRWC; B.C. lawyers seem to have the desire to make a positive difference by dint of hard work—and not a bit of vacuous “virtue signalling”. Further, in our work, the true heroes and heroines are the advocates facing challenges and threats that are hard to imagine from the comfort of our offices. Particular mention must, however, go to LWRC’s unbelievable founder and executive director, Gail Davidson, who has led the organization through its “heroic period” to this point. LWRC has grown to a size—in terms of the quantity and quality of its output—where it must transition to having paid staff, more people with time to devote to being directors, campaign and operations managers and country monitors, all without losing the vitality and effectiveness of the working groups that currently deploy to address international human rights challenges. There is much more to do, for those who have an interest, time and ability. For example, LRWC can provide ideas for lawyers wanting to engage in trial monitoring, or other initiatives such as to “adopt a lawyer in danger”, whereby a lawyer or a law firm could adopt the case of a lawyer in danger or difficulty and plan actions to achieve justice for that person. Such actions could include seeking release, withdrawal of charges, acquittal, reinstatement of licence to practise, cessation of interference, investigation of murder, providing effective protection, going to the country to meet with affected people, trial observation, visiting prisons, engaging in public displays of support for affected lawyers, advocating for dismissal of criminal defamation or sedition prosecutions, interventions, etc. That is an incomplete list and, as with many areas of law, a creative approach can lead to the design of a new remedy. It is a privilege just to be involved. Information about lawyers and other human rights defenders in danger can be accessed on the LRWC website at <www.lrwc.org>. ENDNOTE 1. 2016 ONCA 518, leave to appeal to SCC granted, t t t t t 2016 SCCA No 418 (QL).


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