Jean Sorensen|Aug 31, 2011
British Columbia’s Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, looking at suspected multiple murders, has four new lawyers on board to help special interest groups, after First Nations and women’s groups threatened to drop out of participating when government refused to fund legal assistance.
B.C. lawyers Jason Gratl, a past president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, and Robyn Gervais, who previously represented the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council at the B.C. inquiry into missing women have been appointed to represent specific interest groups such as First Nations and those on Vancouver’s downtown eastside.
In addition, two other lawyers will work pro bono. They are Bryan Baynham and Darrell Roberts. The four lawyers will work independently of the commission and attempt to present the interests of specific groups, without serving any individual client.