Law Society welcomes new Chief Justice

Robert J. BaumanThe Law Society welcomes The Honourable Robert J. Bauman, who was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on September 10, 2009. He replaces the Honourable Chief Justice Donald Brenner who retired on September 7.

Chief Justice Bauman was born in Toronto. He completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1971 and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Toronto in 1974, graduating second in his class. He articled at Wilson, King & Co. in Prince George, where he became partner within six months of completing his articles. It was during this period that Chief Justice Bauman gained a reputation for excellence in administrative law, advising towns and municipalities throughout Northern BC.

In 1977, Chief Justice Bauman moved to Kelowna with his wife and two young sons. The next four years were spent at the firm of Wilson Bauman. The family moved to Vancouver in 1982 where he joined Bull, Housser & Tupper, and continued to specialize in administrative and municipal law. In 1996, Chief Justice Bauman was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of BC and was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2008.

During his years practising law, Chief Justice Bauman always found time to share his expertise. He has been a member of the Provincial Attorney General Rules Committee, Chair of the Supreme Court civil law committee, Chair of the CBA Municipal Law Section, and a panellist at Continuing Legal Education. He also lectured at BCIT and was an adjunct professor of administrative law at UBC. He performed these, and other professional duties, in tandem with enjoying family life. Chief Justice Bauman is described as having an outstanding mind and an unwavering sense of fairness and compassion.

The Welcoming Ceremony for the Honourable Chief Justice Robert Bauman will be held at 9:15 am on Friday, October 30, 2009 in Courtroom 55 at the Vancouver Law Courts.