Carey Linde

Class of 1969-1970

Originally from New York City, Carey Linde was best known for his student radicalism. He had a fond interest in field biology, which led him to initially major in zoology at UBC at the start of 1960. A chance encounter with a roommate led him to explore other endeavours. After completing his freshman studies at UBC, he decided to enrol in the Berkeley Music School for a while before coming back to UBC to finish a degree in psychology.

 Linde entered UBC Law in the fall of 1963, where he attests that he “rarely studied, but never missed a class.” His strong interest in campus involvement led him to serve as AMS Vice-President from 1968-1969 and as LSS president in 1970. He pioneered the creation of the Arts Anti-Calendar, which provided student feedback and course evaluations.

 While Linde often involved himself in radical causes university-wide, he also took part in more local action in and around the law school. He participated in the desegregation of the Faculty washroom, which led to the successful establishment of the first women’s washroom in the Law Building. He was the editor of The Flea, the LSS newspaper from 1967-1969 and was one of the leading voices among students calling for changes to the curriculum. Linde had a significant impact on UBC Law and is still remembered by those who were around in his day.         

After completing his articles in Kamloops, Linde wanted to be a lawyer somewhere that really needed legal help. A chance encounter on a plane eventually led him to become the first lawyer in Haida Gwaii, where he would remain for nine years.

Since the late 1980s, Linde has been working in family law in Vancouver. He has advocated for an increased prevalence of co-parenting agreements. Linde writes, “I want to help reframe the debate from one of ‘gender war’ to a healthier model of co-parenting – for men, women, and especially for the sake of the kids.” He has remained in practice for the last 42 years.