The Honourable Chief Justice Robert Bauman: Ensuring democracy through legal advocacy
2012 JIBC Foundation Anthony P. Pantages, QC Medal Recipient to be honoured December 3
Chief Justice Robert J. Bauman has been described as having an outstanding mind and an unwavering sense of fairness and compassion. He has been an outspoken advocate for the judicial system, describing it as “a foundational institution in our democracy." These characteristics have earned him recognition as one of Canadian Lawyer Magazine's Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada, in 2012.
Bauman was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1996, and a Judge of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia in 2008. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on September 9, 2009.
During his years practising law, Chief Justice Bauman always found time to share his expertise, serving as a member of the Provincial Attorney General Rules Committee, Chair of the Supreme Court civil law committee, Chair of the CBA Municipal Law Section, and a panellist at Continuing Legal Education.
Chief Justice Bauman completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, and Bachelor of Laws (LLB with Honours) from the University of Toronto. He was an associate and partner with Wilson, King Co in Prince George, British Columbia from 1975 to 1977. It was during this period that Chief Justice Bauman gained a reputation for excellence in administrative law, advising towns and municipalities throughout Northern BC.
He was a partner with Wilson, Bauman in Kelowna and then practised with Bull, Housser & Tupper in Vancouver, from 1982 to 1996, just prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. While practising law, he taught administrative law at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law as an adjunct professor, and also lectured at BCIT.
In recognition of his contributions to the justice system and legal profession, Chief Justice Bauman will be honoured with the Anthony P. Pantages, QC Medal at the 11th Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Foundation Awards for Justice and Public Safety Gala, on December 3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver. Established in 1996 by the JIBC Foundation, this award is presented for outstanding contribution in the field of justice.
Bauman is one of several individuals and organizations to be recognized for outstanding contributions to justice, public safety, and community leadership at the Gala. Proceeds from the event will provide financial support for JIBC students, starting or advancing their careers as justice and public safety professionals.
Last updated November 29, 2017