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

This award is presented on a biennial basis in odd-numbered years. This year’s award will be presented to the recipient at the Law Society’s Recognition Dinner taking place on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Award criteria

Current and former Law Society members are eligible for the award. Nominees must demonstrate how they have:

  • helped people solve their family disputes in a manner consistent with the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch’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 an eligible candidate to receive the award. This award was initiated in 2017 and will next be presented in December 2021. Nominations are currently open and will close on October 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

To submit a nomination, send the nominee’s curriculum vitae, the completed Nomination Form, and the completed Consent Form by email, mail or courier, or in person, to:

Avalon Bourne, Manager of Governance & Board Relations
The Law Society of British Columbia
845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 4Z9

2019 award recipient

Nancy Cameron, QC

The Law Society selected Nancy Cameron, QC, as the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Family Law Award.

Cameron practises family law in Vancouver, specializing in collaborative practice and mediation. She has contributed to developing the International Academy of Collaborative Professions standards and ethics resources, which have been adopted in BC and throughout the world. In addition, she trains lawyers and other professionals in applying best practices to hard cases.

Since 2000, Cameron’s practice has focused solely on consensual dispute resolution, primarily through collaborative practice, which draws on trained collaborative lawyers and mental health and financial professionals to educate, empower and guide parties to reach balanced, respectful and lasting agreements.

Cameron also envisioned and developed the Collaborative Pro Bono Project and the Low Bono/Fixed Fee Model for use through the BC Collaborative Roster Society. This offers lower income families a way to separate peacefully that does not involve contested court processes. The project is available in Vancouver, is expanding into other areas of BC and has been taught to international groups.

“Nancy is always learning and seeking new ways in which we can improve how lawyers assist clients, both in terms of the larger justice system, and also through commitment to efficiency and cost-effectiveness in collaborative dispute resolution processes. She has pioneered ways for lower income families throughout BC to access justice in family disputes,” said Sarah Westwood, chair of the Excellence in Family Law Award Selection Committee.

Further information

For further information about the award, contact Bencher Relations.