The Law Society Award for Leadership in Legal Aid recognizes lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the provision of legal aid in British Columbia.

Award criteria

Practising lawyers in good standing with the Law Society of BC, with the exception of current Law Society Benchers, committee members and employees, or employees of Legal Services Society or its board members, are eligible for the award.

Nominees must demonstrate their commitment to the provision of legal aid in one or more of the following ways:

  • by consistently taking on legal aid files over a number of years; and
  • by performing legal aid duty counsel.

Additional consideration may be given to lawyers who publicly demonstrate a commitment to legal aid, whether through public advocacy, writing articles or performing research designed to support a strong legal aid system, engaging in law reform to improve the state of legal aid, or participating in the governance of Legal Services Society.

How to submit a nomination

A Law Society member in good standing may nominate a practising lawyer for the award. This award was initiated in 2017 and is presented in December, every other year. The deadline for 2017 nominations is Friday, September 29.

To submit a nomination, send the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a letter explaining how the nominee meets the award criteria set out above. Nominations may be submitted by email, mail or courier, or in person.

Submit nominations to:

Renee Collins, Manager, Executive Support
The Law Society of British Columbia
845 Cambie Street
Vancouver BC, V6B 4Z9

Further information

For further information about the award, contact:

Doug Munro, Staff Lawyer, Policy and Legal Services