VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2012) - Kerry L. Simmons of Victoria, BC becomes President of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) today as Sharon Matthews of West Vancouver becomes Past President at the close of the annual CBA's Canadian Legal Conference.
She brings to the presidency an enthusiastic sense of pride in the profession and a dedication to volunteerism; encouraging BC lawyers to continue to give back to both their legal and local communities.
"I am proud to be a lawyer in British Columbia and believe that we provide an incredible service to our communities," noted Simmons at the CBABC reception welcoming lawyers from across Canada to the host city. "We have the ability to influence, provide leadership and advocate on behalf of our clients and we should be proud to shine a light on our profession."
Kerry Simmons is a partner at Cook Roberts LLP in Victoria, BC where she assists clients with civil litigation and family law disputes. Kerry has been a member of the CBABC Executive Committee since 2008 when she was first elected as the Young Lawyers Representative. She has served on the CBABC Provincial Council continuously since 2001. Among her professional contributions Ms. Simmons has instructed at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, as well as Family Law at the Professional Legal Training Course and has been a contributor to Continuing Legal Education and CBABC section meetings. She has chaired several CBABC sections and served as president of the Victoria Bar Association in 2007.
Originally from the Cowichan Valley, Kerry holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Victoria in History and in Child and Youth care. She completed her law degree at the University of Calgary and was called to the Bar in 2000.
The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch boasts 78 sections and fora including the Women Lawyers Forum of which Simmons has been actively involved on Vancouver Island, including the role of past-chair. In addition to the many leading positions Ms. Simmons has held within her professional membership and community involvement, she was also the recipient of the Pamela Murray Award in 2010 from the Victoria Bar Association, for her high professional standards and service to the profession.
With more than 6700 members in the province, Simmons is dedicated to leading the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch through extensive community outreach and advocacy for the profession. "Collaboration with government and the courts for justice reform, advocating for access to justice, facilitating young lawyers to small and rural communities and welcoming other legal and regulated professionals, will all take priority for our organization this year," stated Simmons.
The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing more than 38,000 lawyers, judges and law students in Canada, including 6,700 members in British Columbia.