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VOL. 77 PART 1 JANUARY 2019
On October 19, 2018, the Honourable Judge Melissa Gillespie, Q.C., was
appointed Chief Judge of the B.C. Provincial Court. She was formally welcomed
to that post on December 14, 2018 at the Robson Square Provincial
Courthouse. Her term runs for seven years. On November 8, 2018, the Honourable
Paul Dohm was designated as an Associate Chief Judge of the
Provincial Court for a two-year term.
The Provincial Court also saw a number of appointments to the bench.
David H. Albert, Georgia Docolas, Jennifer E. Lopes and Craig D. Sicotte
were each appointed a judge of that court.
St. Valentine is the patron saint of lovers as well as beekeepers and epileptics.
Vermont’s Burlington Free Press reported in 2015 on the appointment of “the
first husband and wife team to the judiciary”, one to the Vermont Superior
Court and the other, fittingly named Brian Valentine, as a magistrate of the
Family Division of that court.
At the 34th annual Bench & Bar Dinner held at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
on November 7, 2018, the Law Society awarded Richard C.C. Peck,
Q.C., the 2018 Law Society Award, which recognizes the contributions of an
exceptional member of the legal community. Mr. Peck has made extraordinary
contributions to the administration of justice and to the legal profession
for more than 40 years. He has served in a number of leadership roles
throughout his career, including as a bencher of the Law Society from 1988
to 1997. Mr. Peck appeared on the May 2015 cover of the Advocate. The
CBABC Georges A. Goyer, QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service
was presented to Terry La Liberté, Q.C., who appeared on the September
1990 cover of the Advocate.
The 2018 edition of the Law Courts Inn Trivia Contest was recently held,
with the members of “Fasken Furious” clawing their way to the top. The
team consisted of Tariq Ahmed, Stephen Hsia, Kerry Kaukinen, pop culture
guru Stanley Martin, Alexandra Mitretodis, Tom Posyniak, Rachel
Schechter and Caroline Senini. Tied for second place were “Firm Name”,
a somewhat less witty and original name for EKB, and Gudmundseth Mickelson
(they who had no team name at all). Third place went to “If You Like
Subpoena Coladas”, which comprised Singleton Reynolds people.
“A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued
by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coastguard spokesman commented:
‘this sort of thing is all too common.’”—The Times