THE ADVOCATE 423
VOL. 78 PART 3 MAY 2020
By R.C. Tino Bella
The Honourable H.A. (“Bud”) Hollinrake
Harold Acheson Hollinrake was born on June 15,
1929 to Canadian parents who were living temporarily
in New York City. The family moved back to
Toronto, where Bud grew up and attended Lawrence
Park High School and later the University of Toronto,
where he spent most of his time playing bridge.
In his early 20s, perhaps as a way of evading his
grandfather’s expectation that he would enter the ministry, Bud, as he was
known to everyone, moved to Vancouver. Although he had not completed
an undergraduate degree, he entered law school at UBC in 1953. He lived at
Fort Camp, which was near the law school but apparently not close enough
for regular attendance. His son Douglas recalls being told that Bud almost
got kicked out of law school for non-participation and was read the riot act
by the dean. The exhortation must have worked, as Bud began attending
classes, got excellent marks and graduated in 1956.
Obtaining an articling position ‘was less formal then and Bud, who was
then out of town, asked his law school classmate Hamish Cameron to call a
firm and arrange articles. That was how Bud obtained an articling position
at Guild, Nicholson, Yule, Schmitt, Lane & Collier (as it was then known).
Bud stayed with that firm upon his call to the bar in 1957.
The Class of 1956 was notorious and contained many distinguished
jurists and lawyers. However, its members were also apparently traditionalists
and formed a dinner club that was dedicated to the repeal of the general
action in negligence in favour of the more traditional forms of action. The
club was called the Joint and Several Tortfeasors and at their gatherings
they would sing: “To these old forms forever true, ejectment, case and detinue”.
You have to have attended law school to understand this.