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Sheila has been awarded the BC Civil Liberties Association’s Liberty
Award for Excellence in Legal Advocacy and the CBA’s Harry Rankin, QC
Pro Bono Award, and was a finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction
Awards. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016.
Among those who know her, Sheila is appreciated not only for the ingenuity
of her advice and the logical clarity of her legal reasoning, but also for
her frank and open personality, her wicked (sometimes scathing) sense of
humour and the kind and generous heart that lies beneath. Sheila has been
particularly supportive of younger lawyers, especially young women, and
is the beloved mentor of many.
Exceptional intellect, analytical rigour, a strong sense of fairness and a
demonstrated empathy for the more vulnerable members of society—could
one look for more in a judge? Oh yes, Sheila also has an ample supply of
common sense, a practical view of the law, an innate egalitarianism and,
last but not least, a careful and lucid style of legal writing. In short, Sheila
is the full package. Those of us who know her expect great things from her
time on the bench.
The Honourable Madam Justice Amy Francis
On March 8, 2019, Amy Francis was appointed to the
Supreme Court of British Columbia. Madam Justice
Francis sits in Vancouver. Her colleagues in the
estate bar celebrate the appointment of a knowledgeable,
energetic and dedicated new judge with expertise
in this area of the law.
Amy was born and raised in Vancouver, the
youngest of three daughters of Michael and Daphne Francis. Amy’s decision
to practice law can be seen as coming from deep family roots in the
legal profession, and also from being somewhat rebellious.
Amy’s family has a long and prominent place in British Columbia history,
including in the formation of the legal profession in the province. Her
maternal grandfather, Walter Owen, was born in Atlin, right along the bor-