President Anna Fung, QC accepts award on behalf of Law Society

At a Vancouver news conference on August 10, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies presented Law Society President Anna K. Fung, QC with an award recognizing the society’s efforts in “promoting the independence and strength of the BC bar in the ongoing battle against intolerance, discrimination, bias and the rise of terrorism.”

Anna Fung receives awardFriends’ director of national affairs Leo Adler (pictured above) expressed appreciation for the Law Society’s support in bringing the internationally renowned Lawyers Without Rights travelling exhibition to Vancouver and Victoria this fall. Launched 10 years ago by the Israeli and German federal bars, Lawyers Without Rights chronicles the fate of Germany’s Jewish lawyers before and during World War II, and traces the implications of their persecution for the rule of law.

“Imagine what would happen if half of BC’s lawyers were summarily disbarred, the legal system transformed into an instrument of tyranny and the rule of law disappeared,” Fung said as she accepted the award. “It’s imperative that all citizens understand the importance of the rule of law in promoting a just and democratic society and the Law Society of BC, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre would like to officially invite you to join Lawyers Without Rights in spreading this important message.”

Lawyers Without Rights will run from November 1 to 25 at the Harbour Centre Tower atrium in Vancouver and from November 28 to December 9 at the University of Victoria. As part of the exhibit, the Law Society will present an evening public forum on November 22 at SFU Harbour Centre examining why it is so important to have a legal system that is independent of politics, what happened in Germany and what is happening around the world today in societies where the independent legal system is threatened.