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In 1970 Allan was elected as a member of the Provincial Council of the
Canadian Bar Association, where he served until 1973 when he was elected
as the bencher to represent the Cariboo County. He contributed as a member
of committees of the Canadian Bar Association and on virtually every
committee of the Law Society during his time as a bencher. Among his many
contributions, he served on the Practice Standards Committee, as vice-chair
of the Finance Committee and as chair of the Credentials Committee, the
Policy Review Committee and the Policy Department Committee. He was
elected Treasurer of the Law Society in 1982. To mark the occasion, Allan was
featured on the cover of the October 1981 edition of the Advocate – Ed.
Over his time with the Law Society he contributed on many important
and sometimes controversial issues facing the Law Society. His keen analytical
mind, his knowledge of the traditional values of the profession and
his readiness to seek change when it was warranted served both the profession
and the public well.
Many of the accepted parts of the legal profession today found their
beginnings in the efforts and contributions of Allan during his years of service
there. These include his major contributions to the creation and establishment
of the PLTC program, the first establishment of rules and
guidelines for advertising by lawyers and improvements to the structure for
strengthening lawyers’ compliance with practice rules.
In 1982 Allan was appointed Queen’s Counsel and in 1983 he was
appointed a Life Bencher by the Law Society.
In January 2010 Allan was appointed as the vice chair of the Canadian
Industrial Relations Board to be responsible for issues for Western Canada.
Unfortunately, health issues ended his involvement prematurely, but the
appointment was a measure of both his reputation and his ability.
It was a privilege and an honour to know Allan as an articled student, an
associate and a partner in the practice of law. We remained friends for nearly
50 years. I believe I knew him well, and I knew the projected ego to be a
defence mechanism used as a tool by a man of superb talent who was at
heart a humble man. I knew him as one of the finest trial lawyers I have ever
seen; a skilled, talented and respected arbitrator; a man who gave freely of
his time and talent to students, young lawyers, the profession and the public;
and a close and valued friend. In his life and in his career in law he left an
indelible mark on those who knew him and made a lasting contribution to
the profession. Rest peacefully, Allan. You will be sorely missed.
The Honourable Glen Parrett