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brought him to national attention within the PPSC. Paul then became a regular
in the Supreme Court of Canada and appeared as counsel in 18 appeals
to that court, frequently with other leading PPSC counsel such as S. David
Frankel, Q.C. (now Frankel J.A.) and Martha M. Devlin, Q.C. (now Devlin J.).
Paul was and is a dedicated runner subject to two prematurely aging
knees. Paul has run marathons including the Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle
marathons, and he and Karen ran a number of them together. Paul
proudly reports that Karen ran a time in one that qualified her for the
Boston Marathon, which is no mean feat. Paul himself boasts an impressive
iron man streak. There was a time when he ran every day for a nine-and-ahalf
year period, only giving up when after a few months of trying to suffer
through a knee injury he realized he had to take some time off. While other
newly appointed judges brushed up on areas of the law they were not familiar
with, Mr. Justice Riley spent just as much time calculating new running
routes and scoping out the local high school tracks he planned to frequent
around his chambers in New Westminster.
What might appear as a healthy and balanced life does not necessarily
extend to food. Paul’s sweet tooth was and is legendary. Others in the office
naturally took advantage. Paul could easily be convinced to review (a.k.a.
rewrite) a colleague’s legal argument or factum if the price was paid in
Wagon Wheels. The freezer in the office kitchen always had a supply of his
entrées (mac and cheese being the favourite), which would be his lunches
and dinners if working late.
Working late is something that Paul did frequently and intensively. It was
not unusual for colleagues to receive a factum to review in the middle of the
night. Paul received a key to the first aid room as it had a cot for the nights
he worked through the night. Notwithstanding his own intense workload,
he was always available to his colleagues, managers and the police to
answer questions. Paul was completely selfless in this respect. He always
made time for others, even if it meant another late night for him to meet a
In addition to his prodigious workload, Paul was a frequent and highly
valued instructor at numerous CLEs, in-house training sessions and the
School for Prosecutors in Ottawa. Paul also valued and found time for community
service. He volunteered regularly at Access Pro Bono clinics and
spent one night per week volunteering at the Salvation Army’s Gateway of
Hope homeless shelter.
Paul was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014. It was an honour richly
deserved and a surprise to absolutely no one who saw him in court, worked
with him or attended training he provided.