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But I am getting ahead of myself, as basic biographical information must
be provided. Nancy was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario and moved
with her family as a teenager to Niagara Falls. She graduated with a degree
in psychology from the University of Waterloo, a law degree from the University
of Windsor and a master’s degree in tax law from Osgoode Hall.
Nancy articled in Windsor at Schwartz, Udell and Shanf ield and was
called to the Ontario bar in 1990. She articled in Nanaimo at MacIssacs and
was called to the B.C. bar in 1991. She started a law practice with her husband,
Randie Long, in 1993 under the name of Merrill, Long and Company.
She met Randie on the f irst day of law school. He wisely saw that she would
be the right partner, in life and in law.
Nancy practises predominantly in the areas of family law, estate litigation
and mediation and arbitration. Nancy also worked as a federal prosecutor
in Ontario when she returned there to complete her master’s.
Nancy is an experienced world traveller, having been around the globe
from Great Britain to India to the islands of Bali, Roatán, Caye Caulker and
Cuba. She has been from the urban splendors of Florence, Venice and Paris
to the southern frontier of Mexico, over into Guatemala and Honduras,
where she has travelled into the jungles of the lost Mayan civilization. In
yet another continent she has sailed in the South China Sea and trekked by
elephant overland into the furthest reaches of Thailand, as well as having
travelled by camel in Rajasthan. She has stayed in the historic summer
home of the Dupont family in Varadero, Cuba and has camped in the Mexican
jungles of First Nation communities.
Service is fundamental to good leadership, and over the past 25 years
Nancy has consistently worked on a variety of community boards and committees.
This work has reflected the diversity of her interests, from protection
of animals with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, of
which she remains a life member, to working on a number of legal projects
dealing with the rights of children. This includes her most recent work,
which is an international project in conjunction with the Canadian
Embassy in Havana, Cuba focusing on the rights of children.
I met Nancy when I was appointed to the board of the Law Foundation.
Many of the lawyers I have met in my volunteer work have been very
smart, extremely hardworking and possessed with a welcome sense of
humour. Nancy was no exception, and in addition to being very smart,
extremely hardworking and wickedly funny, she was kind, thoughtful and
It was no surprise to me that she was chosen to work for the Ministry of
the Attorney General of British Columbia to provide a practitioner’s perspective
for the f inal drafting of the Family Law Act.