Congrats to UVic Alumni appointed Queen's Counsel

Three UVic Law alumni were awarded the honorary title of Queen's counsel this year. Ron Skolrood ('86), Herman Van Ommen ('84) and William Younie ('83) are among the thirty exceptional lawyers to receive the designation.

Appointments to Queen's counsel are made on an annual basis to lawyers in recognition of professional integrity, good character and exceptional merit. "All Queen's counsel appointees have demonstrated commitment and leadership in the legal profession," Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond said in a written statement.

Ronald Arthur Skolrood graduated from UVic Law in 1986 and is now a partner and senior litigator with Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver. His practice is particularly focused on commercial disputes, pension and benefit matters, and health and public law. He is the past chair of the B.C. Law Institute and a frequent commentator on legal affairs for various local and national news organizations. Skolrood is also a former sessional lecturer at the University of Victoria (UVIC) faculty of law and has participated in the UBC advanced advocacy course.

Herman Henry Van Ommen graduated from UVic Law in 1984 and now practises as a regional managing partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. His practice involves real estate litigation, corporate litigation and professional discipline proceedings. Van Ommen was elected as a bencher of the Law Society of BC in 2009 and is currently the chair of the Discipline Committee and vice chair of the Rule of Law and Independence Committee. He also has served as an instructor at UBC's law faculty.

William Ross Younie graduated from UVic Law in 1983 and is now a partner at Ridgeway and Company in Duncan. His practice is focused on creditor remedies, including foreclosure and insolvency matters, commercial lending, real estate and wills and estates. He is the current president of the Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C., as well as a local area education coordinator for the CLEBC and has instructed at Vancouver Island University (VIU) since 2000.