Davis LLP congratulates associate counsel Sheila Tucker on being selected as the 2013 winner of the Liberty Award for Excellence in Legal Advocacy by the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). Sheila was recognized for acting as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the high-profile Carter v. Canada case, which challenged the criminal law ban against physician-assisted dying.
Lindsay Lyster, BC Civil Liberties Association President, said, "The Liberty Award recipients are devoted in their own ways to the cause of protecting and expanding hard-won democratic rights and freedoms. Their principled, creative, and often courageous efforts to do right and seek justice are invaluable – and essential – to promoting a free society in Canada."
Sheila practises litigation with a focus on administrative and public law. She has acted in numerous high-profile human rights cases, including as counsel for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in the constitutional litigation before the Supreme Court of Canada that succeeded in keeping Vancouver’s safe injection site open.
“The Carter v. Canada case has had a profound effect across Canada. We are proud to see Sheila being recognized for her dedication to human rights and her valuable pro-bono work,” said Rob Seidel, Firm Managing Partner of Davis LLP. “Sheila is an example of Davis leaders who combine their legal expertise and passion to help clients. This is further testament to the level of client commitment we, as a firm, are known for.”
The BCCLA Liberty Awards honour exceptional contributions to the fields of human rights and civil liberties in Canada. Winners are nominated by BCCLA members, and selected by the BCCLA Board of Directors. Sheila will be presented with the award at the Liberty Awards Gala on June 12, 2013.