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that the summons was invalid anyway because his clients were not pack
animals and tended to live alone. Each one of his clients had to be served
with a summons, individually.” Apparently this point gained some traction,
and “a summons was duly posted in the churches of all neighboring towns
(hopefully near the ground at eye level for the defendants).” Again, however,
the rats did not appear. The author continues: “This is where Chassenez
really earned his retainer arguing, quite likely, that the unpaved and
unlit road from his clients’ several residences to the Autun Courthouse,
especially in 1508, was fraught with deadly peril: cats, dogs and hostile people.
Simply, it was unsafe for his clients to attend the Autun courtroom” or,
indeed, a court anywhere else in France. It appears that the rats squeaked
by and were acquitted.
Harveen Thauli was appointed as a member of the British Columbia Farm
Industry Review Board for a term ending July 31, 2021.
Congratulations to Khaled Shariff (In-House Counsel, Squamish First
Nation), Cheryl D’Sa (Managing Partner, Narwal Litigation), Sharon Singh
(Associate, Bennett Jones) and Leena Yousefi (CEO, YLaw Group), who
were all named in the recent Business in Vancouver Forty under 40. According
to the publication, winners are under 40 and demonstrate excellence in
business, judgment, leadership and community contribution.
Roxanne P. Helme, Q.C., was recently appointed to the board of the Canadian
Heritage Arts Society, carrying on business as the Canadian College of
Performing Arts, for a three-year term.
While more will be said in a later edition in Nos Disparus, we are sad to
report that Justice Patricia Mathilda Proudfoot passed away on October 9,
2019 at the age 91. She was, as many have said, a “trailblazing judge”. Among
other things, she was the first woman to be appointed to the Criminal Division
of the Provincial Court, the County Court of B.C. and the B.C. Supreme
Court. She retired in 2001 after serving on the B.C. Court of Appeal for 13
years. She also sat as a deputy judge of the Yukon Supreme Court. On
November 25, 2019, all three levels of court in B.C. held, for the very first
time, a joint sitting in the Great Hall of the Vancouver Courthouse to mark
and celebrate the life and career of an exceptional person in the legal history
of this province.
The film Ratatoing is an animated film described as a “blatant ripoff” of the
Academy Award–winning animated Pixar film Ratatouille. The former was