The Law Society Excellence in Family Law Award recognizes lawyers who have contributed to the advancement of justice for families.

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, are eligible for the award. Nominees must demonstrate how they have:

  • helped people solve their family disputes in a manner consistent with the CBA BC’s Best Practice Guidelines for Family Lawyers;
  • demonstrated innovation in the area of family law, with particular consideration to finding creative and non-adversarial ways to help families resolve disputes;
  • developed innovative models and practices for helping people achieve efficient, cost-effective and lasting outcomes to their family law disputes;
  • demonstrated a commitment to pro bono and/or legal aid services; and
  • improved access to justice in family matters for people and groups that face systemic barriers to enjoying equal justice in 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