Mary Southin Lecture with The Honourable Selwyn Romilly

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:00

Indigenous Classroom, Room 123 (Allard Hall)


The Honourable Selwyn Romilly

The Accidental Judge: A Life in the Law

The Honourable Selwyn Romilly is by all accounts a trailblazer. An alumnus of the Class of 1966, he was the first person of African descent appointed to any court in BC when he was appointed to the provincial court in 1974. Then in 1995, when he was elevated to the British Columbia Supreme Court, he was the first person of African descent named to such a role.

For decades, Mr. Romilly has contributed to the development of the law in British Columbia and has received numerous distinctions and awards for his contributions to the community. In 1991, he was voted by BC lawyers as one of the four best Provincial Court Judges in the province. In 1996, he was recognized by the Harambee Foundation and the Congress of Black Women for his deep commitment to public service. In 2015, the City of Vancouver honoured Mr. Romilly and his many years of service at a special event commemorating his retirement.

About the Southin Lecture

Endowed by her friends and colleagues, the annual Mary Southin Lecture focuses on the law of equity or British Columbia legal history and is held alternately at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. 

This lecture qualifies for one hour of CPD credit. 

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