Three Evangelical Lawyers
You may not have heard their names, but these three lawyers are help-
ing shape Canadian law on issues important to Canadian Evangelicals.
By Jeff Dewsbury
What was the last lawyer joke you heard? Or the last time a colleague playfully repeat- ed the famous Jack Nicholson courtroom scream “You can’t handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men The legal profession is
prone to stereotypes.
Here are three lawyers who will shatter some of them,
whose faith is interwoven with their desire to care for
their clients in a way that goes beyond legal arguments.
Each has represented The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) in cases that hold up to the light important
issues such as the sanctity of human life, abuse, freedom
of speech and conscience.
As the popular TV courtroom tag line says: These are
Polygamy, Prostitution and Alpha
Earlier this year, Vancouver lawyer Georgialee Lang flew
to Creston, B.C., to offer her expertise in family law, pro
bono, to eight fathers. They had been ousted from the
Mormon sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, headed by the now imprisoned, polygamous leader Warren Jeffs.
In a bid to maintain control of his followers, even from
behind bars, Jeffs imposed bizarre and restrictive rules
on the community. The men Lang represented had been
excommunicated and were being denied access to their
children – 52 children (yes, 52) in all.
From the outset Lang knew there was a lot on the line
for these fathers and their children. After agreeing to act
as their counsel, Lang was able to secure joint custody
for the fathers, as well as ensuring a parenting schedule
so the custody orders could easily be followed.
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“I was able to be a witness to those men. Their lives
had been fragmented and subjugated by this cult, and they
wanted to be free from it,” says Lang. Her involvement in
the case is only one example of her passion for family law.
Beyond representing the EFC in an important public
policy case – the Bedford case heard by the Supreme
Court of Canada this June in which the EFC argued
against the legalization of prostitution – Lang views
family law as an area where she can offer comfort and
grace to people facing life-altering circumstances.
Though Lang currently focuses on arbitration and
georgialee lang has a passion for family law.
appeal work, she maintains an interest in reforming
Canada’s current family law system, which she once
described in a column in the National Post as an “adver-
sarial court system [which] pits husband against wife in
a dangerous game that all too often spirals out of control,
taking whole families down and destroying children’s
lives in the process.”
As a lawyer on the front lines, Lang has seen the fall-
out and experienced the frustration in what can be a
needless maelstrom of legal wrangling. She sees it as the
perfect place to reflect God’s grace.