Chatter with Chairs

  • August 01, 2014
  • John Bilawich

John Bilawich has served as a member of the Civil Litigation – Vancouver Section Executive for five years. He began as a Section Secretary in 2009 and was elected as Chair in 2011. John attended law school at the University of Alberta (LL.B. 1991). He practised general civil and family litigation in Victoria (1992–2000). In 2000, he married his beautiful wife Ana-Maria, relocated to Vancouver and joined Holmes & King. We would like to thank Mr. Bilawich for his continuous support and asked him to share his thoughts as outgoing Section Chair: “I have a strong interest in continuing legal education generally and wanted a volunteer outlet to help me explore and develop that. Being a Section Executive provides exceptional opportunities for working closely with other members of the executive, prominent guest speakers, including judges, masters, registrars, senior lawyers and academics. I have met hundreds of Section members at Section meetings. I have had the opportunity to get involved as a CBA representative in numerous ad hoc consultations with the court and government, including providing feedback on various draft legislation, technology in courtrooms and court services. My involvement in the Section Executive has been extremely rewarding – far more diverse than anything I expected when I first decided to get involved. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking an enriching volunteer experience.” His closing advice for future Section Executives was “You will get out of the experience what you decide to put into it. The more initiative you take once you get involved, the more opportunities you will find coming your way for networking with others and enjoying enriching, rewarding volunteer experiences.”