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faced again when he took on the leading role in UBC’s production of Li’l
While at university, to make ends meet, Jim always found work. This
included working on fishing boats on B.C.’s coast, logging, driving a tourist
bus and working at a gas station in Banff, selling suits in a department store
and driving a pop truck for Canada Dry. The day classes finished for the
Christmas or summer break, Jim would be starting work or travelling in
search of a job. While at law school Jim made many new friends, with
whom he maintained a relationship throughout his long legal career; those
law school friends included Winton Derby (later Q.C.), Jim Barrett, Rick
“Chico” Wynman, Charlie Gorrick and Harrison Doig.
Jim was in the UBC Law School graduating class of 1964 and immediately
upon his graduation began articling with Guild Yule. He was called to the
bar in 1965. In those days there were no courier services, fax machines or
e-mail attachments. Articled students were called upon to pick up laundry,
sandwiches and even cigarettes for the higher-ups in the firm. They were
also the couriers of the day, delivering mail to clients and other law firms.
Jim detested having to carry out these menial tasks but, as was often the
case with Jim, they led to unexpected good fortune. While delivering a letter
to the firm of Kincaid Epstein, an attractive young secretary caught his
eye and it wasn’t long before the handsome young lawyer convinced that
young secretary, Janice Selway, to go on a date. In March 1966 they were
married and soon thereafter moved to Prince George, where Jim went into
practice with John Steeves (now Mr. Justice Steeves of the B.C. Supreme
Court), while Janice did the secretarial work.
In the spring of 1967 Jim returned to Vancouver and joined Rankin & Co.
Apparently Jim met Harry Rankin in the morning, was hired and handed a
file and was in police court, across the street on Main, that afternoon. That
firm was a great fit for Jim, as it was populated by, in addition to the always
colourful Harry Rankin, outstanding young trial lawyers including Frank
Maczko (later Mr. Justice Maczko of the B.C. Supreme Court), Terry Robertson,
Romano Giusti and Russ Chamberlain, all of whom enjoyed hard work
(and as a result were recognized with Q.C. designations), but equally
enjoyed the other good things life had to offer. It was during this time that
Jim honed his skills as a barrister, appearing in court, mainly on criminal
matters, at all levels and on a regular basis.
However, two years later, in 1969, Jim and Frank left and established
their own practice under the name Maczko & Poyner, at first in offices
upstairs from Rankin & Co. and shortly afterwards moving to 890 West Pender.
Later that year I, having had the good fortune of marrying Jim’s sister