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VOL. 77 PART 3 MAY 2019
Vecchio to join RHE (Rice Harbut Elliott). Gavin Hoekstra joins the Law
Society of B.C. as unauthorized practice counsel, having previously been
with WorkSafeBC. May he never have need to call you in his new professional
Esther E.J. Sohn finds a new home at Miller Thomson’s Vancouver
office. She was most recently with Yulchon LLC, a corporate law firm headquartered
in Seoul. Ryan Morasiewicz moves from Miller Thomson to MLT
Aikins. Amelia M. Boultbee jumps from Solimano Law Corporation to
Branch MacMaster. Sean Jones is now with MLT Aikins, having previously
practised at BLG. Maya Stano departs from Miller Titerle + Company to
join Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office. Joining her at Gowlings are Jill
Dunn, previously with Computershare Canada, and Jessica Ma (Wong),
formerly with McMillan. Tim Nichols and Harry Tomyn both move to
Edwards Kenny & Bray, taking the Tomyn and Nichols out of Hungerford
Tomyn Lawrenson & Nichols. Also moving from HTLN are Ron L. Bozzer
and F. Mikis Manolis, both of whom join DuMoulin Boskovich. Kelly Starrak
moves from Field Law in Edmonton to take a seat at Miller Thomson’s
Vancouver office. Rose Keith leaves behind her sole practice, Rose Keith
Law Corporation, to join Harper Grey as associate counsel.
Andrew Nicholl pirouettes over to Roper Greyell, saying goodbye to Norton
Rose. Bill Kaplan, Q.C., retires from Blakes and has now set up a mediation
and arbitration practice. Kerry L. Simmons, Q.C., has been appointed
as the new executive director of CBABC, having been the acting executive
director for the past year. She takes over from Caroline Nevin. As readers
of our March 2019 issue will recall, Ms. Nevin is now the chief executive
officer of the Courthouse Libraries Society.
Margaret Jean Gee, the first woman of Chinese descent to be called to the
B.C. bar, was called on May 31, 1954 after graduating from UBC law school
in 1953. Allard Law reports that Ms. Gee was “also the first Chinese Canadian
female Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserves”. Ms.
Gee told the CBC in 1957 that she had been “forced to face only a few racial
incidents either at school, in university or her private practice”.
Also called to the bar of B.C. in 1954 was Douglas Jung, who had served
with Pacific Command Security Intelligence during World War II and
attended law school after the war. In 1957, he was elected as the Member of
Parliament for Vancouver Centre. Later, he was appointed (by Prime Minister
John Diefenbaker) to be chair of the Canadian Legal Delegation at the
United Nations. In 1991, he became a Member of the Order of Canada.