Jim Taylor began his legal career as a student at the University of British Columbia, where he obtained an LL. B. in 1968. He returned to the school in 1974 as faculty and by 1979 was a fully tenured professor known for his commitment to legal education. While at the law school, he co-authored the civil procedure 'bible' for British Columbia with the eventual Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.
Professor Taylor was called away from the school in 1983 when he was appointed to serve as Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice in Saskatchewan. He returned to Vancouver in 1984 to take up the practice of law. Rather than accept an offer from one of the many major firms courting him, Mr. Taylor instead joined the four lawyer firm of Jordan & Gall. This reflected his desire to choose the undertook over the favorites. Five short years later the firm of administrative law litigators was approached by Blakes to join their Vancouver office. Mr. Taylor left in 1994 with the establishment of Taylor Jordan Chafetz, which he led with the usual wisdom, generosity and energy for which he was known.
Jim Taylor was an integral part of the University of British Columbia throughout his life. He helped to create the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA), served as it's first chairman, and continued to serve as its counsel while the Association grew. He regularly spearheaded drives to raise money for the University and the Law School.
Professor Jim Taylor passed away in the fall of 2016.