Miller Thomson sponsored the 27th International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (“ISRCL”), Crime and Punishment – Back to the Future for Sentencing and Corrections Reform, which was held in Vancouver on June 22 – 26, 2014. The conference was chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada, Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin P.C. with Justice Elizabeth Bennett of the British Columbia Court of Appeal being the Program Chair. The over 230 participants from more than 21 countries included judges, lawyers, academics, police officers, corrections administrators and senior government officials.
In addition to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Conference welcomed the participation of the heads and senior members of a number of Canadian and international judicial bodies, including: Chief Justice Mariam Aloma-Muktar (Chief Justice of Nigeria), Rt. Hon. Lord Carloway (Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland), Hon. Chief Justice Robert Bauman (Chief Justice of British Columbia), Justice Thomas Cromwell (Supreme Court of Canada), Chief Justice Alan Blow (Chief Justice of Tasmania) and Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree (Provincial Court of British Columbia). Hon. Suzanne Anton QC (Attorney General of British Columbia) and Lesley Thomson QC (Solicitor General for Scotland) also addressed the conference.
A motion of appreciation for the long-time support of Miller Thomson was passed at the General Meeting of the ISRCL, as well as motions of appreciation for the many years of contributions of Vancouver partner Donald J. Sorochan, QC and his wife Kathleen. Don Sorochan was very busy at the conference, performing a leading role in the Conference Organizing Committee, chairing two conference sessions on Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System, and being re-elected as ISRCL Secretary Treasurer.
At the conference Gala Dinner, Don Sorochan was further honoured when the International Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Policy (an international institute with the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme) announced that: “[t]o recognize his substantial contributions to the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the International Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law in furthering their work and objectives, the Centre will establish a scholarship in the name of Donald J. Sorochan, QC to be awarded to students from Simon Fraser University or the University of British Columbia.”