2016 QC Appointments – Congratulations!

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Feb 052016
 

Congratulations to the 39 Alberta lawyers who recently received their Queen’s Counsel designation! Many volunteers who dedicate their time, talent, and energy to LESA were on the list of 2016 QC appointments, and we’re excited to see you recognized for all your contributions!

This Queen’s Counsel accreditation, first started in 1841, requires applicants to undergo a review of their contributions to the legal profession and public life. Recommendations from a committee are submitted to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and members of Cabinet for review.

Prior to submitting this list of potential appointments to the Minister and Cabinet for consideration, several steps are involved in the lawyer’s application process.

Applicants are considered on the following criteria:

  • Competence
  • Professional Qualities
  • Contribution to the Administration of Justice
  • Contribution to the Community

In a recent Legislature news release the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kathleen Ganley, shared her insight on the 2016 QC appointments:

This year’s Queen’s Counsel appointees have demonstrated their commitment to enhancing our province’s justice system. In doing so, they have shown themselves to be deserving of this distinction as well as the respect of their peers within the legal community.”

You can view the complete list of the 2016 QC appointments here. Once again, congratulations to all the deserving appointees who were honoured with a Queen’s Counsel designation!

Congrats 2015 WILL Award Recipients!

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Nov 262015
 

WILLAwards2012_logoThe Women in Law Leadership (WILL) awards were handed out earlier this month, and LESA heartily extends our congratulations to all of this year’s WILL award recipients!

The 5th anniversary of the WILL Awards saw 7 outstanding professionals awarded for their dedication and contributions:

Heather McKay QC – Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice)
Keely Brown – Leadership in the Profession (In-House)
Gail Harding QC – Leadership in the Profession (In-House)
Jolaine Antonio – Leadership in the Profession (Government)
Phyllis Smith QC – Leadership in the Profession (Broader Roles)
Donna Purcell QC – Leadership in the Community
Chidinma Thompson – Tomorrow’s Leader

LESA also wants to congratulate all of the 2015 finalists (including our own Jennifer Flynn). We know that each of you has also made significant contributions to the profession, and you deserve a hearty applause for all of your hard work.

Many of these recipients (and the other finalists!) have supported LESA through their volunteer efforts in the past, so we know firsthand the difference that these women are making in the profession. Thanks for all your hard work and congrats again to the 2015 WILL award recipients!

You can find a complete list of 2015 recipients and finalists online.

Nominate a Colleague: 2016 Distinguished Service Awards

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Oct 142015
 

2016 Distinguished Service Awards logoEvery year the Law Society of Alberta and CBA Alberta recognize outstanding members of the legal community with Distinguished Service Awards.

Award nominations are accepted in 4 categories:
1.    Service to the Community
2.    Service to the Profession
3.    Legal Scholarship
4.    Pro Bono Service

If you know a colleague whose dedication, creativity, and initiative result in significant contributions in one of the above 4 categories, you are invited to submit a 2016 Distinguished Service Award nomination by November 14, 2015.

You can find the online nomination form, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, submission information, and a list of prior award recipients on the Law Society of Alberta’s website.

For more information, contact the Law Society of Alberta’s Communications Advisor Avery Buye at 403.930.7204 or avery.buye@lawsociety.ab.ca.

Sep 302015
 

One of our faithful CPLED supporters – Diana Mah – was recently appointed as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta in the Family and Youth Division. Congratuations Judge Mah!

For the past several years, Judge Mah worked with LESA as a Learning Group Facilitator and Learning Group Evaluator. Her work supporting CPLED’s online modules was greatly appreciated, and we are sad to lose one of our incredible CPLED supporters. But CPLED’s loss is the Bench’s gain.

We wish her all the best as she enters this exciting new step of her career. Please join us in congratulating Judge Mah.

Did You Miss the Women’s Legal Forum 100 Year Celebration?

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Sep 212015
 

Lillian Ruby ClementsEarlier this month, the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association’s Women’s Legal Forum organized a 100th anniversary celebration of the first woman called to the bar in Alberta – Lillian Ruby Clements. LESA is proud to have been a sponsor of the event, providing a photo gallery depicting some of the Alberta legal community’s trailblazing women.

If you missed the event, today’s blog shares photos and a brief synopsis provided by LESA’s Karen McDougall, one of the Women’s Legal Forum Committee Members.

The majority of event attendees were female members of the bench and bar, including Alberta’s Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, and this sold-out crowd was treated to a truly inspirational evening. They came together to celebrate women in the legal profession generally and Lillian Ruby Clements specifically. Attendees heard from a number of incredible speakers: from the Honourable Madam Justice Joanne Veit, reminiscing on what it was like to practice law as a young woman in the 60s, to Corrie Flett, a lawyer raised in northern Alberta, describing how she was galvanized by issues facing aboriginals to set up her law practice in Fort McMurray. The keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Madam Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada, who shared her own experiences as a woman in the profession. The evening then ended on a high note for the event’s charity of choice, the iHuman Society, when the organizing committee presented it with a cheque for $30,000.

Photo Gallery

While we can’t share all the photos from the event, below are a few to give you a taste of the evening.

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The LESA contingent: Craig Edhart, Holly Miller, Susan Paterson, Carolyn Bernardin, Karen McDougall
Photo credit: Myles Peterman

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Special guests: The Honourable Marguerite Trussler QC, The Honourable Madam Justice Suzanne Côté, the Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Fraser
Photo credit: Myles Peterman

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Guest speaker: The Honourable Madam Justice Joanne Veit
Photo credit: Myles Peterman

The event’s photo gallery included pictures of several female trailblazers coming after Lillian Ruby Clements. Some of those photos are featured below.

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The Honourable Madam Justice Elizabeth McFadyen – first woman appointed to an Alberta court (1976)
Photo credit: Legal Archives Society of Alberta

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The Honourable Madam Justice Mary Hetherington – first woman appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal (1985)
Photo credit: Legal Archives Society of Alberta

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The first all-female Alberta Court of Appeal panel: the Honourable Madam Justice Mary Hetherington, the Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, and the  Honourable Madam Justice Carole Conrad (1993)
Photo credit: Legal Archives Society of Alberta

Congratulations WXN Top 100 Award Recipients

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Dec 082014
 

WXN Top 100 Award Recipients

WXN (Women’s Executive Network) recently recognized professional women in leadership with the 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 awards that were presented at their Leadership Summit and Award Gala.

Three incredible LESA supporters were recognized, and it is with great pleasure and appreciation that LESA congratulates Kate Chisholm QC, Anne Kirker QC, and Heather Treacy QC on their Top 100 Awards!

These worthy recipients have made outstanding contributions to LESA throughout the years. We’re grateful for all they do and especially for how they have supported LESA in 2014:

  • Chisholm, for her leadership on the LESA Board of Directors,
  • Kirker, for her support of our programs, including her role as a seminar faculty member for Running Your First Questioning and as a CPLED faculty member for our face-to-face Oral Advocacy
    module, and
  • Treacy, for her contribution to our CPLED program as a faculty member for our face-to-face Oral Advocacy module.

Congratulations to you all!

2014 Bencher Election Results – Congratulations Everyone

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Nov 192014
 

The Law Society’s 2014 Bencher Election was held last week. Thank you to everyone who stood for nomination and congratulations to all the elected Benchers!

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W.E. Brett Code QC
Sandra L. Corbett QC
Donald R. Cranston QC
Nancy Dilts QC
James T. Eamon QC
Dennis Edney QC
Fred R. Fenwick QC
Cal Johnson QC
Sarah King-D’Souza QC
Anne L. Kirker QC
Gillian D. Marriott QC
Kathleen A. Ryan QC
Hugh D. Sommerville QC
Anthony G. Young QC
Robert W. Armstrong
Arman Chak
Adam Letourneau
Julie C. Lloyd
Kent J. Teskey
Darlene L. Windwick Scott

 

For more information on votes received and a complete list of nominees, see the Law Society of Alberta’s Official Election Results.

Congratulations 2014 Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Award Recipients

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Nov 172014
 

This past week, The Counsel Network and the Association of Women Lawyers, in partnership with the Canadian Bar Association – Women Lawyers Forum, presented the 4th annual Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Awards to 7 outstanding recipients.

LESA congratulateWILLAwards2012_logos all of the 2014 award recipients on their amazing achievements:

Hon. Chief Justice C. Fraser – Lifetime Achievement Award
Marie L. Gordon QC – Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice)
Kate Chisholm QC – Leadership in the Profession (In-house or Government)
Diana Lowe QC – Leadership in the Profession (Broader Roles)
Mona Duckett QC – Leadership in the Community
Patricia Hébert  – Leadership in the Community
Heather Barnhouse – Tomorrow’s Leader

We’re thrilled to see so many of our past and present LESA supporters honoured with these awards. LESA would especially like to recognize those award recipients who are volunteering with us this year.

Gordon and Duckett are long-standing LESA volunteers who have offered their valuable skills and knowledge to many of their colleagues while speaking at LESA seminars. This year is no exception. In the new year, each will be speaking as faculty members at upcoming LESA seminars: Gordon at the Matrimonial Property Division seminar and Duckett at the Running Your First Trial seminar.

Chisholm currently serves on our Board of Directors, offering her valuable insight and direction to help govern our organization.

Barnhouse is an active participant in our pre-call training program for students-at-law (CPLED) as a Learning Group Facilitator (LGF), helping to pass along valuable information and skills to soon-to-be lawyers, and as a Learning Group Evaluator (LGE), evaluating the students’ competency in various online modules.

We greatly value the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. Congratulations to all of these incredible WILL recipients! Your dedication to the legal profession and the community is appreciated!

Court of Appeal Centennial Celebration

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Mar 142014
 

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Court of Appeal Centennial Gala and Symposium, presented by the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch

April 10 & 11 | The Westin Hotel, Edmonton AB

Join the CBA and the Court of Appeal of Alberta as we celebrate 100 years of Alberta’s highest court.  The Centennial Gala and Symposium is a once in a century event for lawyers and members of the judiciary from across Canada to come together and recognize the achievements of the Court of Appeal.

Special guest speakers include The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, The Honourable Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta, and The Honourable Mr. Justice Frans Slatter of the Court of Appeal of Alberta.  We are also honoured and excited to welcome as keynote speaker for the symposium lunch The Right Honourable The Baroness Hale of Richmond, CBA, QC, PC, FBA, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Register online at http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=AB_APPEAL100

 

Dec 302011
 

Verlyn Olson, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General for the Province of Alberta, has announced Q.C. appointments for 2011. So many are contributors to the work of LESA. Click here for a complete listing.