• Founder of the Farm Workers Legal Services Project
• Legal Counsel to West Coast Environmental Law Association
• Associate to the Commissioner who initiated the doubling of the BC Provincial Park system
• First Legal Counsel to the BC Forest Practices Board
• Chair of the BC Bar Association Law Reform Subcommittee for Sustainable Development.
Sandborn has been counsel on numerous leading environmental cases, and has published widely on environmental law issues, having written Preventing Toxic Pollution: Towards a British Columbia Strategy; Green Space and Growth: Conserving Natural Areas in BC Communities; A Citizen’s Guide to the Environmental Appeal Board; A Citizen’s Guide to FOI; Re-inventing Rainwater Management; Law Reform for Sustainable Development in BC, and Maintaining SuperNatural BC for Our Children: A Law Reform Agenda. He has published numerous influential newspaper articles calling for environmental reform.
He drafted the first endangered species bill ever presented to federal Parliament, in 1990. Among other things, he has successfully advocated for law reform, including B.C.’s first farm worker health and safety regulations, workers compensation coverage for farm workers, BC Hydro’s Power Smart program, Vancouver’s Integrated Pest Management policy, British Columbia’s progressive climate change legislation, the provincial requirement that producers of paints, solvents and pesticides dispose of the used containers, the provincial government’s shift to a comprehensive pollution prevention policy, laws to facilitate the operations of land trusts, and the banning of falcon harvesting.
The City of Victoria recognized Professor Sandborn’s Environmental Law Clinic work by naming him an Honorary Citizen, and he is one of only two lawyers ever awarded the Dr. Andrew Thompson Award for Environmental Advocacy and Protection, the top award for environmental advocacy in British Columbia.