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then in his role as a bencher, proudly handed Jennifer her credentials at the
call ceremony. While working full-time at Guild Yule, she completed her
master’s degree at Osgoode Hall from 2013 to 2015. Most importantly, while
at Guild Yule, she came under the mentorship of Paul Walker, now Justice
Walker of the B.C. Supreme Court, who picks up the narrative as follows:
Jennifer Brun first arrived on the legal scene in Vancouver in 2007 with
summer articles at Guild Yule. Her legal savvy and work ethic quickly
caught the attention of the partners, resulting in Jennifer’s being flooded
with high-quality work. Those same attributes secured her a much-
coveted clerkship with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, where
her passion and drive helped her judges meet the expectations of former
Chief Justice MacEachern to “do the right thing” in each case.
No one needs to ask Jennifer who her role model is: it is her father,
Robert C. Brun, Q.C. Jennifer is fiercely proud of her father’s reputation as
one of B.C.’s most highly regarded advocates and of his contributions to the
CBA and to the profession more broadly. Like her father, Jennifer determined
that an appropriate path to serving the profession was through the
CBA. As Justice Veenstra writes:
As she moved into the practice of law, Jennifer very quickly became
immersed in CBA leadership roles, initially through the Young Lawyers
sections. She was elected as vice chair of the national Young Lawyers section
in 2011 and assumed the position of chair for the 2012/2013 year.
That position came with a seat on the national CBA board of directors.
Uniquely, Jennifer shared her time on the board with her father, who was
then president of the CBA. As national chair, she represented young
Canadian lawyers in two international meetings of young lawyers chairs
from around the world, learning that issues facing young lawyers are
often very similar.
More recently, Jennifer has turned her focus to the B.C. branch of the
CBA, having been elected to Provincial Council and to the CBABC Executive
Committee in 2017. Her time in leadership roles with the CBABC
has coincided with the NDP government’s time in power and its various
efforts to effect major structural change to the compensation of those
injured in motor vehicle accidents in the province. Jennifer has leveraged
her knowledge of the current tort system and the needs of accident
victims, gained through her legal practice, and has been a key contributor
to the CBABC’s advocacy with the government, highlighting the important
interests of victims and alternatives that the government should be
considering in preference to the abolition of a tort-based compensation
system. More recently, during her year as first vice president and chair
of the Policy and Advocacy Committee, Jennifer has overseen the
CBABC’s advocacy efforts on a number of important fronts.
Jennifer joined Harris & Brun in 2016. Upon its reorganization as a law corporation
in 2019, she became one of its directors. In her second week at Harris
& Brun, Jennifer successfully conducted a liability-only trial (Ceperkovic v.