Miller Thomson Joins the Fight for Veteran’s Rights.

October 14, 2011 | Donald J. Sorochan | Vancouver

National law firm to provide pro bono support to Canadian
veterans injured in Afghanistan

VANCOUVER, October 14, 2011 – Canadian veterans are
getting a boost in their fight for equitable compensation with the announcement
of pro bono legal representation from business law firm Miller Thomson LLP.  The relationship was announced tonight at a
meeting of the Equitas Disabled Soldiers
Funding Society
, which provides legal disbursement funds to support the challenge
on behalf of disabled soldiers as they await a proper and equal disability
compensation program.

Thomson is committed to assisting community members unable to obtain access to
justice or legal services,” said Gerald Courage, Chair of Miller Thomson. “The
legal representation of veterans injured in the war in Afghanistan is a key
part of our National Pro Bono program, which is designed to make a difference
in lives of Canadians.”

Thomson is representing the injured soldiers in a proposed class action suit
challenging the constitutional validity of veterans’ disability settlements
under the 2006 New Veterans Charter.
The suit is based on veterans’ constitutional right to protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Sections
7 and 15).

“This may
be the beginning of a nation-wide call to action for veteran’s rights,” said
Donald Sorochan, QC and Senior Partner, Miller Thomson Vancouver.  “In putting their concerns and claims before
the courts, we are continuing our commitment to the rights of Canadians living
in the communities we serve.”

Miller Thomson has a long history
of community involvement. The firm’s formal pro bono program works to identify opportunities to
provide individuals and groups within communities with the legal assistance
they need. 

Thomson’s pro bono services in Western Canada include the services of Darrell Roberts, QC, a
Miller Thomson associate counsel in Vancouver, in assisting
unfunded participant groups and affected organizations and individuals at the Missing Women
Commission of Inquiry.  His pro bono
awards include the 2005 Canadian Bar Association’s Georges A. Goyer Q.C.
Memorial Award for Distinguished Service and the Harry Rankin, Q.C. Pro Bono
Award.  Saskatoon-based Miller Thomson
lawyer Charmaine Panko recently received a Zenith Award
in the category of Pro Bono of the Year by an Individual for her efforts to
protect the rights of children and youth in Saskatchewan.

Miller Thomson

Miller Thomson LLP is a national
business law firm with more than 470 lawyers working from 11 offices across
Canada.  The firm offers a complete range
of business law, advocacy and personal legal services. Miller Thomson works
regularly with in-house legal departments and external counsel world-wide to
facilitate cross-border and multinational transactions and business needs.  Miller Thomson offices are located in Vancouver, Calgary,
Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto,
Markham and Montréal.


For more information:

Donald J. Sorochan, QC, Partner, Miller
Thomson LLP | 604-643-1214 |