In Memoriam: Notable Alumnus and Lawyer, J. Donald Mawhinney, Q.C.
J. Donald Mawhinney, Q.C.
Mr. J. Donald Mawhinney, Q.C. passed away on September 23rd at Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 79. Mr. Mawhinney, who graduated from UBC Law in 1954, was a highly respected and well-known member of the legal community.
After graduating from UBC Law in 1954 with his LL.B., Mr. Mawhinney articled with Ladner Downs (now Borden Ladner Gervais LL.P.). He became an associate in 1955, a partner in 1959, and acted as Managing Partner of the firm from 1976 to 1978. In 1980, he joined Howard J. Kellough, Q.C., to establish Mawhinney & Kellough. Over a ten year period, Mawhinney & Kellough grew to become a firm of 28 lawyers whose primary focus was business law. In the 1990's this firm merged with Fraser Milner Casgrain LL.P. Mr. Mawhinney served as a Vice-Chairman of the firm and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Vancouver office until 1994.
Mr. Mawhinney was also a firm believer in community service and most recently served as vice-chair and then chairman of University and Shaughnessy Hospitals.
In 2006, his friends, family and colleagues raised more than $200,000 to establish a lectureship at UBC Law in honor of Mr. Mawhinney and his dedication to ensuring the very highest standards of ethics and technical expertise in practice. Each year the J. Donald Mawhinney Lectureship in Professional Ethics brings and individual from the judiciary, the practice of law or academia to UBC for two lectures focused on professional ethics, one for the profession, and one for students.
The 2010 J. Donald Mawhinney Lectureship on Professional Ethics will be held on November 24th, from 6pm to 8pm at UBC Robson Square. This year's speaker is the Honorable Michael Code. More details on the lecture topic and speaker can be found by downloading this brochure.
In remembrance of Mr. Mawhinney, his family and colleagues request donations to the J. Donald Mawhinney Lectureship in Professional Ethics at the UBC Faculty of Law. Donations can be made online or by contacting Kari Streelasky, Director of Development at 604.827.5026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.