926 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 days, including ski trips, European adventures and frequent outdoor activities involving hiking or canoeing the Bowron Lakes. The Ottawa press release announcing Carla’s judicial appointment contained alternative facts that, despite Herculean efforts, have not been corrected. Carla earned her law degree from UBC in 1984. She articled at Guild Yule and was called to the bar in 1985. She remained at the firm until her appointment. She maintains strong ties with the UBC class of ’84 and is active in organizing alumni events. She also keeps in close contact with her Guild Yule articling class, including Mr. Justice Anthony Saunders. Carla was a Guild Yule “lifer”. She received excellent mentorship from many lawyers at the firm, including soon-to-be Justices Holmes, MacKenzie, Truscott and Walker, as well as Donald Yule, Q.C. In turn she became an excellent mentor and lawyer. She received the Debra Van Ginkel, Q.C. Mentoring Award from the CBABC in 2015. She was awarded her Q.C. designation in 2012, soon after completing a master’s degree in health law. Carla’s voracious appetite for work and her unparalleled understanding of the law, and the practice of law, made her a formidable opponent. She literally was a lawyer’s lawyer. She often defended lawyers who had been sued by former clients. Many lawyers in B.C. have commented on how very grateful they were to Carla, not only for her wise counsel, but also for the emotional support she provided during stressful litigation. However, such counsel was not reserved only for lawyer clients. Teachers, nurses, chiropractors and other professionals, along with colleagues at Guild Yule and elsewhere, all benefitted from Carla’s legal, ethical and practical advice. Some lawyers who have been on the other side of litigation with Carla have noted that they welcome her appointment as they will no longer have her on the other side of their files. They also say they will miss her friendship, their long post-trial lunches and her sense of fun. One former client observed that Carla had the capacity to bond not only with opposing lawyers, but also with opposing litigants. She was always fair and as helpful as she could be to unrepresented litigants while defending her clients’ interests. Carla’s clients knew her time with them would not be in perpetuity. One said: Selfishly, I feel lucky we had her as long as we did. Some people just seem to have the mojo: the perfect mix of smarts, knowledge, practicality, experience, work ethic, patience, unflappability, generosity, kindness, humility and humour. Those who worked with Carla as counsel will miss working with her on a daily basis, but are pleased the citizens of British Columbia have another excellent addition to the Supreme Court.
Nov Advocate 2017
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