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Outside the law John has enjoyed a happy family and personal life.
Rebecca went on to have a long and successful career at the Department of
Justice, retiring in 2015. They raised three children: Claire, Gillian and Rob,
who since the writing of Stan’s profile in 2008 have all returned to live and
work in Vancouver. In 2014 John and Rebecca welcomed their first grandchild
and they are now proud grandparents of three. In addition to volunteering
to babysit, John and Rebecca continue to enjoy classical music,
travel, wine and the Seattle Seahawks.
John was an exceptional lawyer and law firm builder. He excelled in the
profession at every level: as legal practitioner, in public service as president
of the Law Society and the Federation of Law Societies, and as advocate
before the courts in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada.
The level of respect he earned with the courts as advocate, and with the
legal community as public servant in the law, heralded his appointment to
the Court of Appeal where he can continue to use his legal skill and good
judgment for the betterment of the administration of justice in the
The Honourable Mr. Justice Len Marchand
It came as no surprise to those who know Len Marchand
when he was appointed as a judge of the
Supreme Court of British Columbia on June 21, 2017.
During the years that Len practised law he built a
reputation of having a brilliant legal mind, an
extraordinary work ethic and a healthy sense of fairness
and compassion. This reputation followed him
to the Provincial Court bench when he was appointed to that court on
September 3, 2013. These attributes will serve Len well as a judge of the
Supreme Court and are all that we could want in the members of our
Len grew up in Kamloops. He graduated from Kamloops Senior Secondary
School in 1981. In his senior year he was the class valedictorian and was
the recipient of the “Gold K” award. The “Gold K” was a rarely awarded