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a busy practice, but also of coaching his children’s various teams over the
years, be it softball, baseball or hockey. His dedication can be seen in the
story Marilyn Sanford tells of her time as co-counsel with Mark in the trial
of Korody and Nuttal for allegedly trying to bomb the provincial legislature,
when Mark spent breaks in the trial dealing with calls from parents of kids
whose teams he coached.
Mark was always a diligent practitioner, well organized and with a comprehensive
knowledge of the case. He was courteous but relentless in crossexamination.
He was a master of strategy and tactics. He always had the
end of the case in mind and never lost sight of the forest for the trees. He
was a skilled trial lawyer.
Mark has given back to the legal community, lecturing at CLE seminars
and events organized by the CBA, TLABC, BCIT and the National Judicial
Institute, which teaches judges how to be judges. In recent years, Mark has
been an adjunct professor at Allard Law, teaching trial advocacy.
That this worthy man is now a Provincial Court judge is a loss to the bar
and a boon to the bench. He will serve the people of this province well.
The Honourable Judge Peter Whyte
“Tom Hurley,” recounted then Chief Justice John D.
Richard of the Federal Court of Canada, “a colourful
legal personality who graced our courts with Irish-
Canadian humanity, skill, oratory and humour from
the 1920s to the ’50s … once remarked that no one
should be a judge who hasn’t been thrown out of a
We do not know, with certainty, of any judge who has actually been
thrown out of a beer parlour. We do not think that Hurley had actual ejections
from drinking establishments in mind when he made the above statement.
What we think he meant was that the ability to make compassionate
judgments is a key attribute in a judge, and compassion comes from practical
life experience, both favourable and adverse.