We are delighted that one of our own has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel. On December 11, 2012, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond announced that Hubert Lai was one of thirty lawyers to be so honoured:
“All Queen’s counsel appointees have demonstrated commitment and leadership in the legal profession. I’m confident that this year’s recipients will continue to be leaders in their fields and will build on this significant contributions to B.C.’s justice system.”
The process for making Queen’s Counsel appointments is rigorous. Nominations are reviewed by an advisory committee comprising the Chief Justice of British Columbia, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the President of the Law Society of British Columbia, the President of the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch, a representative of the Law Society of British Columbia Benchers, and the Deputy Attorney General of British Columbia. To be appointed, candidates must have distinguished themselves as leading counsel or exceptionally gifted practitioners, demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership in the profession, or completed work of outstanding legal scholarship.
Hubert responded to the appointment by saying, “I am deeply honoured. However, much of the tribute should go to the staff of the Office of the University Counsel and to UBC itself. It has been a great privilege to work with such a talented and hard-working team and to have had the opportunity to participate in exciting and innovative legal projects. This work would not have needed doing if UBC was not a dynamic institution undertaking the many important initiatives required to be one of the world’s leading universities.”
We extend our warmest congratulations to Hubert on his appointment as Queen’s Counsel. For the media release issued by the Ministry of Justice, please click here: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2012JAG0313-001992.htm.