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had a busy practice both in Nanaimo and in Vancouver, travelling frequently
to appear in the Vancouver courts, so much so that he moved to
Vancouver in 1970 and joined Boughton Anderson, restricting his practice
to family law at a time of great change in that area of the law.
David had both a keen interest in and a unique ability for family law, abilities
which were well recognized by his colleagues. He was a key figure in
the Berger Commission on Family Law. He was one of the founders of the
family law subsection of the CBABC and was chair from 1971 until his
appointment to the Provincial Court Family Division in 1973.
David returned to private practice in 1975 and maintained an active practice
in Vancouver until 1998 when he moved his practice to Surrey and later
joined the firm of Campbell, Burton and McMullan as an associate, remaining
active until his death at the age of 83.
Throughout his career David was deeply involved with the law and its
development, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s when new legislation
and case law demanded the most serious attention of a good practitioner.
He was a member of the founding board of directors of the B.C. Arbitration
and Mediation Institute and a qualified arbitrator (“grandfathered”), a frequent
lecturer and presenter in CLE courses, a member of the Association
of Family and Conciliation Courts for some years and an active mind in the
UBC Law clinical family law program. He also offered numerous pro bono
clinics with the Western Canada Society to Access Justice.
David was a frequent presenter and advisor in family law at the People’s
Law School in Vancouver from 1985 to 1992 and an executive member of the
New Westminster family law subsection from 1995 to 2013. He was a member
of the CBABC family law section advising on drafts of the Family Law
Act from 2010 to 2012 while at the same time advising on proposed Supreme
Court Family Rules and co-chairing the Fraser Valley family law subsection
(Abbotsford) from 2013 until his death.
My first meeting with David occurred in about 1978 when I was a brand
new lawyer. A gentleman called Sefton Levine, who practised in Vancouver
with Neil Fleishman, asked if I could act on his behalf from time to time in
New Westminster chambers. I recall driving to Sefton’s office in Vancouver
and being somewhat taken aback by what I might call the “atmosphere” of
their office—classical music blaring from speakers, Sefton ploughing
through papers on his desk looking for the file to hand to me and Neil yelling
at various staff about some client or judge or some other target of his fury.
I returned to my office with some apprehension about the practice of
family law. I reviewed the materials for Mr. Levine and came to the conclusion
that this application that I was about to present on his behalf was a