On November 23, 2018, the Allard School of Law announced a $100,000 donation from Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. The gift will be used to establish an entrance JD award in honour of Jack Giles, Q.C., in order to support students interested in advocacy. The gift stands alongside many previous contributions from Farris LLP and exemplifies the continued role the firm plays in furthering the development of the Allard School of Law.
Jack Giles, Q.C., graduated from law school at UBC in 1959 and immediately began working at Farris LLP as an articling student thereafter. Giles joined the partnership at Farris LLP in 1967 and went on to practice across Canada, appearing as both trial and appellate counsel in a variety of courts as well as before federal and provincial tribunals. He went on to practice for over fifty years across Canada with a keen advocate’s spirit who strived to address issues such as access to justice and emphasize the importance of the rule of law and judicial independence.
Jack Giles, Q.C., passed away on March 27, 2018. The recent gift from Farris LLP commemorates the life and contributions of Giles’ career with the hope of inspiring and encouraging the next generation of legal professionals.