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Brian Higgins

$36,046.81 (raised so far)

About Brian Higgins

Brian Higgins died peacefully on July 16, 2017 at the age of 67. Brian is survived by his wife Jennifer Davidson; his sisters Peggy, Mary Anne, Kathleen and Julia; his brothers Kevin and Brendan; and his faithful companions Brillo and Bubba Looey.

Brian was the Supervising Lawyer for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) at UBC Law for 23 years from 1988 to 2011. Over his time at LSLAP, Brian mentored, taught and inspired thousands of law students who in turn provided pro bono assistance to tens of thousands of low-income clients. Brian’s optimism, humour, passion and knowledge made LSLAP the best part of law school for innumerable students and helped create generations of lawyers committed to the cause of access to justice. Brian’s good cheer reached everyone at the law school: students, staff, professors and colleagues. Neither LSLAP, nor the Allard School of Law would be what they are today without Brian.

Outside of LSLAP, Brian extended his love of teaching and mentoring by coaching youth football. Just as he did in his role as LSLAP Supervising Lawyer, “Coach Higgins” helped to shape and develop the skills and character of his players.

In everything he did, Brian touched the lives, hearts and souls of countless people.

Brian’s dedication to access to justice, legal education and mentoring is now carried on by the myriad lawyers and the many football players he both coached and inspired.

A Celebration of Brian’s Extraordinary Life will be held on July 31, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Northview Golf Course, 6857 168 St. Surrey, British Columbia.

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The impact of your support

Brian’s family, the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), the Allard School of Law and many other individuals who were inspired by Brian have created a fund for a scholarship in his honour at UBC.

Your gift to the Brian Higgins Memorial Fund will help to establish a scholarship to support an LSLAP student who has shown dedication to the cause of access to justice and who has volunteered substantial time and effort in delivering pro bono legal services to those who would otherwise have none. Providing financial support for law students who are dedicated to volunteering their knowledge and skills to those most in need is a fitting way to honour and continue Brian’s legacy.

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  • Brian was an amazing mentor throughout law school! He not only provided excellent leadership for the LSLAP program but also kept an open door for stressed out students who needed advice, encouragement, a laugh and snuggles from his cute puppy. I owe my success in law school and developing a lifelong dedication to giving back to my community to Brian. I am sad to hear he is no longer with us and hold his family in my prayers!

    S. Hyer, Law Student & LSLAP Volunteer
  • Brian Higgins made a huge impact on me when I first attended law school in 1987 and started with the Law Students Legal Advice Program. His very first words of practical advice, Never ASS/U/ME anything or you will make an ass of you and me, has stayed with me to this day and I remember him writing it down on a piece of paper like it was yesterday. He was always available and willing to give solid, practical advice to help me advise the program's clients and the skills I learnt as a lawyer started with him. Thank you, Brian, you made your mark on many and will not be forgotten.

    Adam Williams, LSLAP student taught by Brian Higgins
  • I think that what most people will recall about Brian is how well-liked and respected he was. Everyone who met him in their early days at UBC Law and knew that he had practiced was encouraged by how down to earth and unpretentious he was - he was definitely "one of the boys" and I never heard anyone say an unkind word about him. Quite a standard to be judged by. He was always in the mix on campus and was featured in many of our Law Revue productions, lending a hand onstage with his natural timing and comic wit. Most of all a great friend and mentor to many aspiring lawyers who cut their teeth in the Law Students Legal advice program. Gone but never forgotten.

    Jeffrey J. Richl, Esq., Law Student - Class of '92
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