THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 6 P A R T 5 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 659
BRIAN JAMES HIGGINS
By Kathleen Higgins and Jim Pozer, Q.C.
Brian was the supervising lawyer for the Law Students’ Legal
Advice Program (“LSLAP”) at the Allard School of Law at UBC
for 23 years, from 1988 until his retirement in 2011. Over his
time at LSLAP Brian mentored, taught and inspired thousands
of law students who in turn provided pro bono assistance to tens of thousands
of low-income clients. Outside of LSLAP Brian extended his love of
teaching and mentoring by coaching youth football. Just as he did in his
role as LSLAP supervising lawyer, “Coach Higgins” helped to shape and
develop the skills and character of his players. On July 16, 2017 Brian peacefully
folded his final hand in the loving presence of his wife, Jennifer Davidson,
and his faithful canine companions, Brillo and Bubba Looey.
How do you put such a big life that was lived so well into perspective?
Brian was a charismatic man with many friends from different walks of life,
as was very evident at his celebration of life on July 31, 2017, which was
attended by a crowd—standing room only—of judges, lawyers, former law
students, football coaches, former football players, high school friends, university
friends, poker friends and friends he had made during retirement at
his winter residence in Palm Springs. Though Brian was a natural leader,
even those who were not inclined to be led followed him out of sheer curiosity
because he was such a character that you never knew what was coming
next! He was also smart and wise and lived his life with class, integrity,
kindness and enthusiasm. He believed in doing the right thing and always
stood up for the little guy. Life took him on an interesting journey to find
his destiny, which was to teach and mentor, and so many people benefitted
from him doing so.