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AJ Park. In a move of nearly equal distance, and also landing at Gowlings,
Edith P. Geraets came over from UDL in London.
Stefan McConnell moves to Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office from Gowlings.
Jessica Campbell sashays down the street from Branch MacMaster to
join Fasken. Ellen S. Kief brings her U.S. immigration practice to Miller
Thomson’s Vancouver office, having previously been a sole practitioner in
Boston. Jeff Read leaps from Lawson Lundell to Miller Thomson. Simon
Pinsky lands at Edwards, Kenny & Bray, following articles at BLG.
Allison Lepp says goodbye to the Calgary office of Bennett Jones to return to
her hometown of Vancouver and to join Harper Grey. Nolan R. Hurlburt
moves from Lawson Lundell to join the Vancouver office of Dentons as their
in-house practice support lawyer. Camille Chisholm returns to Lawson Lundell
after a stint with McMillan. Mona Yousif moves from Blakes to Lawson
Lundell. Jim Boyle joins Peninsula Group as in-house counsel, moving from
Lawson Lundell to do so. Karl Maier returns to Vancouver Island to join Beacon
Law Centre. He was previously with the Office of the Public Guardian
and Trustee. Derek Deacon takes on a new role as in-house counsel with the
Justice Institute of B.C., having previously been with Ardenton Capital Corporation.
Nick Shon moves to Dentons’ Vancouver office, bidding adieu to
Lawson Lundell. Eric Rines shifts from Bilkey Law to Jensen Law. Andrea
Sam moves from Lawson Lundell to go in-house with TransAlta’s litigation
team. Zachary Rogers takes a seat at Clark Wilson, moving from Alexander
Holburn Beaudin + Lang. Serin Remedios moves from Willms & Shier Environmental
Lawyers in Toronto to join Miller Titerle + Company.
At the 35th Annual Bench & Bar Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
on November 6, 2019, Robert Brun, Q.C., was awarded the 2019 Georges A.
Goyer, QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. Mr. Brun served the
legal profession as CBABC president in 2003/04 and as CBA national president
in 2012. He was also a bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia
from 2005 to 2011 and was recently recognized by CLEBC as a prolific contributor
to legal education. Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem, Q.C., was
the recipient of CLEBC's Leaders in Learning Award.
As described under the heading “The Trial of the Autun Rats” at
<duhaime.org>, in 1508 the town of Autun, in France, issued a citation to
the rats who were infesting the town and eating local farmers’ barley crops.
In a trial likely held at Autun Cathedral, the rats were defended by noted
counsel and scholar Barthélemy de Chassenez. As legend has it, when the
rats did not appear to face the charge, “Chassenez pointed out to the Court