The Honourable David J. Brine (1948 – 2009) obtained an undergraduate degree in 1970 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1973, from UBC. He also obtained a Master of Laws from King’s College at the University of London. Known in the legal profession for his fairness and patience, Justice Brine led a distinguished legal career. In 2000, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel, and on April 20, 2001, he became Master of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. He was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on November 26, 2004. Prior to his appointment as a Master, he was a partner in the firm of McQuarrie Hunter, where he practiced in the area of civil litigation.
Justice Brine was active in the legal community. He served as president of the New Westminster Bar Association, as a member of the Executive and Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch), and as an instructor at the Professional Legal Training Program. He also served as a Governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia from 1992 – 2001 and as Chair from 2000 – 2001.
Throughout his career, Justice Brine demonstrated an unwavering commitment to family, friends and the litigants who appeared before him. A seminar room is named in his honour in light of contributions to the UBC Law Building Project made by the Class of 1973.