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1981, Nils taught law at Carleton University in Ottawa and then from 1983
to 1994 worked again as a Crown prosecutor and defence lawyer throughout
the Ottawa Valley, where his two sons, Nicholas and Stewart, were born.
In 1995 Nils and his family moved to Oak Bay, where he would spend the
rest of his life. Between 1995 and 2012 Nils worked as Crown counsel in Victoria.
During that time, he served as a member of the Chief Judge’s Task
Group on Sitting Justices of the Peace, receiving the Premier’s Award for
Innovation and Excellence for leading the creation and implementation of
the Local Government Bylaw Notice Enforcement Act in 2006. He was also a
leader in the use of technology in the courtroom and was awarded the B.C.
Public Service Award for video conference system expansion in courthouses
and correctional centres in 2001. In 2012 he joined the Legal Services
Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General as supervising counsel of
the Civil Forfeiture legal team. He retired from practice in 2015.
Aside from his law practice, Nils was dedicated to teaching law and mentoring
students and young lawyers. He taught at the UVic Faculty of Law for
over 20 years as a sessional instructor and adjunct professor in the areas of
advocacy, evidence and ethics, was a sessional instructor at the UVic Faculty
of Engineering in 2016/17, was a frequent presenter at CLE events and
served as a coach for many mock trial teams. In 2002 Nils was honoured in
the legislature by then Attorney General Geoff Plant, Q.C., after having
coached a UVic Law mock trial competition team to win the Sopinka Cup,
having been instrumental to the team’s success by volunteering countless
hours of coaching. He was also one of the few sessional instructors to have
been invited by the Faculty of Law to teach criminal procedure and advocacy
to Inuit students in Iqaluit, Nunavut, at the Akitsiraq Law School.
Nils was a true mentor, a role he exercised with humility, enthusiasm and
joy (especially when sharing his many “war stories”). He was always generous
with his time with everyone, imparting his experience and wisdom with
young lawyers and law students with an indefatigable sense of humour.
With seemingly boundless energy, Nils also devoted much of his time to
improving the local community. He served as chair of the Capital Regional
District, chair of the Water Board for 12 years, chair of the Oak Bay Police,
a member of the Oak Bay High School Steering Committee, director and
chair of the governance committee of the CREST emergency radio system,
trustee and chair of the governance committee of the Greater Victoria Public
Library, group commissioner with the 12th Garry Oak Sea Scouts and
secretary of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority board of directors. He
also coached youth baseball and soccer for many years. He was elected a
city councillor for Oak Bay in 1996, serving for 15 years until becoming