The APB Board of Directors consists of several lawyers and non-lawyers from across BC who share a dedication to the pursuit of equal access to justice for all British Columbians.

Claire Hunter QC - President

Claire is counsel at Hunter Litigation Chambers with a broad commercial litigation, administrative law and appellate practice. Prior to returning to practice in British Columbia, she was a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada and associate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York from 2004 to 2010. Claire has received a number of awards both in New York and in BC for pro bono service, including the 2012 APB Allan Parker QC Award for Representation Services and the 2015 Harry Rankin QC award from the CBABC. She currently represents British Columbia on the CBA’s national pro bono committee and is a former chair of that committee. Claire also sits on the boards of the VSO School of Music and serves on the Law Society of British Columbia’s Access to Legal Services Committee.

Simon Coval QC - Vice-President

Manager of Fasken Martineau’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in Vancouver, Simon is a commercial litigator with a broad practice focused on business disputes involving real estate, contracts, economic torts, companies and partnerships, civil fraud and white-collar crime, and injunctions. He advises on matters for private and public clients involved in litigation across a range of sectors and industries. Simon is a frequent instructor and lecturer on commercial litigation and real estate issues.

Jasmine Allen - Secretary

Jasmine is the Director of Development and Communications at Mission Possible, an employment readiness non-profit in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. She has worked in the non-profit sector for a decade with a focus on fundraising, donor relations, event management, community relations and volunteer management. She has been fortunate to work with a wide range of organizations, including Easter Seals BC/Yukon, Special Olympics BC, UNICEF Canada, and the David Foster Foundation. In addition to her paid non-profit work and her role at Access Pro Bono, she also volunteers with Cloth for a Cause as an educator.

Sean Akeroyd - Treasurer

Sean is a Chartered Professional Accountant and partner with Akeroyd Leung Amlani CPAs. He attended the University of Victoria, receiving his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2006. In 2008, he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation and advanced to manager level of the Private Enterprise Group of a leading mid-size firm. In 2011, having developed experience in a wide variety of industries, Sean and his partners established Akeroyd Leung Amlani CPAs, specializing in working with owner-managed private companies, corporate tax, personal tax, and assurance engagements.  The team has grown over the years, currently operating with a team of 20 staff in downtown Vancouver.

The Honourable Thomas Cromwell

The Honourable Thomas Cromwell received law degrees from Queen’s and Oxford, practised law in Kingston and Toronto and taught at the faculty of law, Dalhousie University. During his time at Dalhousie, he was active as a labour arbitrator and served as Vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board. He served as Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice Canada from 1992 – 1995 and was appointed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in 1997. He served there until his appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2008. Justice Cromwell was awarded the C.B.A.’s Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence and was elected an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is the recipient of four honorary doctorates in law and an award in his name, The Honourable Thomas Cromwell Award for Public Service, has been established by the Queen’s law faculty. He is the chair of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters and a member of the Canadian Judicial Council’s Working Committee on Jury Charges. He retired from the Supreme Court of Canada on September 1st, 2016. He is senior counsel with Borden Ladner Gervais in Ottawa and Vancouver.

The Honourable Lance Finch QC

The Honourable Lance S.G. Finch, QC had a 20 year litigation practice that included insurance defence, plaintiff’s injury claims, municipal law and general commercial litigation prior to his appointment to the British Columbia Supreme Court in 1983. In 1993, he was appointed a Justice of the British Columbia and Yukon Courts of Appeal and in 2001 was appointed Chief Justice of British Columbia. Since his retirement from the Court in 2013, Lance has rejoined Guild Yule LLP as associate counsel, providing advice on trial and appellate matters as well as acting as an arbitrator and mediator. Lance is the recipient of many honours and awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and has been awarded honourary doctor of laws degrees by each of University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and Thomspon Rivers University. He is an active supporter of pro bono work, including by serving as trustee of Pro Bono Canada, an organization created to encourage and support the development of province-wide pro bono programs.

Sarah Levine

Sarah is a mediator at Grounded Mediation, where she mediates family and estate law disputes throughout the province. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin, former Chief Justice of Canada. Prior to opening her mediation practice, Sarah practiced estate and commercial litigation with top Vancouver litigation firms. She has been a member of the Teacher Review Board since 2014, where she adjudicates claims of misconduct against teachers. She has done extensive volunteer work both in the legal community and in the broader community, and has been recognized for her dedication and accomplishments as a volunteer. She has been an APB volunteer since 2010, in the courthouse clinic program, the Mental Health Program and on the Family Mediation Roster.

Raji Mangat

Raji practices in the area of constitutional and administrative law. She is the Executive Director at West Coast LEAF and works on a variety of litigation and law reform programs on a broad range of issues, including prisoners’ rights, criminal justice, surveillance and privacy, democratic governance, and accountability for law enforcement actors.

Tim Outerbridge

Tim is the Registrar of the BC Court of Appeal. In that role, he performs judicial and quasi-judicial functions, including conducting registrar’s hearings, assessments and other matters set out by statute or the Rules of Court or referred by a judge of the Court of Appeal. He manages the Office of the Registrar, provides legal, technical and procedural direction to the Deputy Registrars, and provides oversight to the Registry and its staff.

Micah Rankin

Micah is an Associate Professor of Law at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, where he teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, evidence and criminal law. Prior to joining TRU’s law faculty, Professor Rankin was a law clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. He then worked as an associate at Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver for several years. In addition to his academic work, Professor Rankin regularly acts as pro bono legal counsel in public interest cases and on criminal appeals. He has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and on several occasions in the Supreme Court of Canada.

Kay Scorer

Kay (pronouns: they/them) is a sole practitioner specializing in immigration and refugee law. They practice extensively in the areas of refugee and immigration admissibility, at both the Immigration and Refugee Board and Federal Court. Kay received their law degree from the University of Windsor, where they were selected valedictorian of their graduating class. They are a Director of Rainbow Refugee, and an executive member of the CBABC-SOGIC.

Cyndi Stevens

Cyndi was born in Vancouver and raised in Port Alberni most of her life. She is Nuu-chah-nulth from the Ahousaht First Nation and was adopted into the Hesquiat First Nation. Her ancestral name, Waa-kii-tuu-sis, which is very reflective of who she is, means ‘Never Gives Up.” She is guided by the knowledge she has gained from the elders, leaders and community, which has taught her the value of living with integrity, speaking with honesty, and the importance of “iisaak” which means ‘Respect’. Cyndi’s desire to make a difference in the lives of her people began in 1978 when she volunteered as a Youth Worker at the Port Alberni Friendship Center. In 1986, she was hired as a full-time employee and moved into several positions, leading to her current role of Executive Director of over 24 years. She has served on many provincial and national Boards, including the Native Court workers Association of BC, Community Native Law Association of BC, the National Association Friendship Centres, BC Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Pro Bono Law of BC.