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VOL. 77 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2019
league quipped if his career as a judge doesn’t work out, he has a bright
future as an Olay spokesperson.
Andrew readied himself to call out the thief in the Dolphin, but the man heard
his approach and looked up. The face was thin, panicked and … familiar.
Andrew immediately recognized the man as his current client. “Hey Reginald
not his real name, that’s my truck,” Andrew called out in a mix of disbelief and
disappointment as he saw Reginald scooping change from the ashtray.
It was not as though Andrew did not see the amusing irony of a criminal
defence client breaking into his truck and stealing his change. In later relating
this and other stories from his time as a defence lawyer, Andrew was
often heard to lament, “Man, I wish we could write this stuff down.”
Andrew’s sense of humour was often evident around the office with
hearty belly laughs that dwindled to a breathless state approaching asphyxiation.
He is a consummate Seinfeld fan; references to antics of Jerry and his
gang were almost as frequent as Quentin Tarantino riffs. One friend even
purchased a replica of the wallet used by Jules in Pulp Fiction, much to the
confusion of many cashiers and servers who did not know its origin.
Andrew’s dark sense of humour extended as far as dubbing the family dog
“Morbid” when he won the naming rights in a bet.
Andrew also enjoys more conventional fun. One of those annoying people
who have a natural grace with whatever ball, club or racquet you put in
their hands, Andrew excels at curling, softball, volleyball and squash.
Always the calm hand at the helm of a team, he skipped, short-stopped and
played to glory in Victoria lawyer tournaments as well as “real” sporting
What, then, to do about Reginald? Having quickly slipped out of the vehicle,
Reginald, ever the good Canadian, poured forth his deepest apologies. He had not
known this was Andrew’s truck. In a decision indicative of Andrew’s patience
and kindheartedness, he accepted Reginald’s apology and presaging the trend of
restorative justice, satisfied himself that Reginald had taken responsibility and
was truly remorseful. There was no further action required. Andrew advised
Reginald he could exit the parkade.
Andrew Tam exemplifies judicial temperament and will, no doubt, rise
to the considerable emotional and intellectual challenges of passing judgment
on his fellow humans. He still gets his hair cut on Chinese New Year,
he still enjoys dark humor, but his overriding professionalism guarantees
those who appear before him as counsel or as unrepresented litigants will
be heard, treated with respect and, even when unsuccessful, feel as though
they have been offered justice.