The certificate says that he was duly called to the Bar of the Province of British Columbia and admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of British Columbia on the 21st day of May, 2010. For the past couple of days, we’ve been celebrating this momentous accomplishment in the life of our oldest son!
The celebration began with a Thursday afternoon reception at the downtown Vancouver offices of McCarthy Tetrault, one of Canada’s biggest law firms. Matt’s relationship with McCarthy Tetrault began when he was hired as a summer intern in 2008. After graduating from law school last spring, he returned to the firm as an articling student and was delighted when he was recently invited to join the firm as an associate in the litigation department. At the reception, family and friends sipped champagne, snacked on hors d’oeuvres and listened as Matthew and seven other young lawyers were welcomed to the firm. It was indeed a proud moment for us!
At 9:30 yesterday morning, we gathered at the courthouse for the call ceremony during which Matthew and 67 others donned their robes for the first time, took the Barristers and Solicitors’ Oath and were officially called to the bar. Definitely another very proud moment! In fact, the simple act of carrying his robe to the car brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye! It truly is a blessing to see one’s child meet such a challenge and achieve his dream.
Throughout his years of preparing for this moment, Matt had the wonderful support of his wife, Robin. We enjoyed sharing the highlights of the past couple of days with her as well as her parents and were delighted that my father was also able to join us for the call ceremony. Matt and Robin’s wee son, Sam, was also very much a part of the celebrations. After the call ceremony, Sam was dropped off at the home of a dear friend and the rest of us went out for a lovely lunch in Matt’s honour. As he sat at the head of the table, he mentioned several times that the whole thing felt quite surreal. I suspect that it will take a few days for the fact that he has in fact accomplished his goal and reached this milestone to completely sink in.
We are indeed proud to have a lawyer in the family! In actual fact, there are two of them. Though they had only met once prior to finding themselves in the same class, Matt shared his law school experience with my cousin’s daughter-in-law and she was also called to the bar during yesterday’s ceremony!