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However, Marlene thrived at UBC Law and made many lifelong friends,
including what became the entire partnership of Ray, Wolfe, Connell, and
Lightbody, all ’59 alumni. She supported and led her class reunions over the
many years that followed.
Finding an articling position was not easy, so Marlene called New Westminster’s
pre-eminent lawyer, Colin McQuarrie, Q.C.:
M: I’m seeking articles
C: What is the deadline?
M: 4 p.m. today.
C: OMG, you’d better get in here!
Colin’s partner Douglas Hogarth was livid (“You hired a woman?”), but
that was the start of a new friendship. When Hogarth stood as a candidate
for the federal Liberals in 1968, his official agent was the (Conservative)
Marlene. She and her sister knocked on doors (even in Sapperton, where
they were not always well received), and Doug won.
Her special relationship with Mr. McQuarrie, from whom she could
always get sage advice, lasted through the decades. As her law partner Paul
Levy said in his homage to Mr. McQuarrie ((2006) 64 Advocate 580 at 582),
Marlene was one of his “distinguished” articled students, and “in all who
were privileged to work for or with him, Colin instilled his life-long values
of integrity, diligence and service to the profession he loved and served so
After her call to the bar, Marlene travelled to England, but the one-year
visit extended as she worked at Theodore Goddard—her time there
described by her friend Paul Leonard:
The hard-worked indentured articled clerks at the firm in London in the
mid-1960s spent much of their time in the library, not because of the fascinating
legal tomes but because of the young Canadian barrister who
was acting as librarian by day and painting the town red by night. She was
beautiful, great fun and a terrific dancer—and no slouch as a lawyer
When the Profumo Affair broke in the English tabloids and Theodore
Goddard was retained, depositions were taken. Security was tight. Rather
than use court reporters, the firm had Marlene type up the depositions of
Mandy Rice-Davies and others, and they knew the confidences would be
In 1967 Watson Hunter, Q.C., formed the firm of McQuarrie, Hunter,
Fisher, McKinnon, Gates, Pettenuzzo and Pearce What, did they run out of
names? – Ed., and Mr. McQuarrie convinced Marlene to return to New Westminster
to join them. On her return, the James sisters visited the Hastings
Racecourse. They were making “$2 to show” bets when they caught the eye