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09 October 2009

Donald Brenner, Q.C. Interviewed for Vancouver Foundation Magazine

Donald Brenner, Q.C., Senior Counsel at Farris is interviewed for an article entitled “Life on the Bench: A Retired Justice Reflects on his Life in the Air and a Career Grounded in Law,” appearing in the Fall 2009 issue of the Vancouver Foundation Magazine, and conveying the legacy that Mr. Brenner leaves to the Courts and to the Vancouver Foundation. In the article, Brenner talks about his childhood, his early career as a pilot, and what motivated him to pursue a career in law.

Near the end of the article, writer Catherine Clement highlights the charitable work Mr. Brenner undertook with the Vancouver Foundation during his time on the bench, saying

“A little known fact is that every chief justice of the B.C. Supreme Court is by statute also a member of the board of Canada’s largest community foundation. besides being a director of the organization for almost 10 years, Brenner also served on various committees, including heading the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Brenner believed in the work so much that he and his wife Robin set up their own endowment fund, enabling them to support projects now, while also leaving a legacy to the community.

So although Brenner is stepping down from the bench, and stepping off the board of Vancouver Foundation, he isn’t walking away from his community. In fact, he recently signed on to practise dispute resolution with Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, a firm he spent a summer with as a law student in 1968. Whether he’s soaring through the skies or keeping his feet planted firmly on legal ground, one thing is certain – his family’s endowment fund will be one of many legacies to our community.”

To read the complete article, please click on the attachment below:
Life on the Bench: A Retired Justice Reflects.

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