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The Spring Reception has become one of the most popular social events in Edmonton’s legal community. This elegant gathering is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet with friends while supporting the Alumni & Friends of the Faculty of Law Association and its projects.







The 2014 Spring Reception will again feature a fabulous silent auction and delicious fare prepared by the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s culinary team.

1. Laskin Memorial Moot team members (l to r): Patricia Paradis (Faculty Advisor), Katherine Drouin-Carey, Pablo Retamozo, Francisco Marquez-Stricker and Leah McDaniel. 2. Donald G. Bowman National Tax Moot team members (l to r): Russell Ault, Regan Dahl, Belinda Chiang, Maciej Zielnik, Chris Sprysak (Faculty Advisor). 3. Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP National Labour Arbitration Moot team members (l to r): Avril Fisher and Natasha Edgar. 4. Twitter Moot team members (l to r): Pippa Feinstein, Cameron Jefferies (Faculty Advisor) and Samuel Harrison.


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With generous support from the Alumni & Friends of the Faculty of Law Association, Without Prejudice is published annually. The views and opinions expressed in the magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily present the views of the University, the Faculty, or the Alumni & Friends of the Faculty of Law Association. All materials copyright. Without Prejudice cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts and photographs. We apologize in advance for any errors and omissions. Please contact us with the correct information and we will publish a list of corrections in the next issue. Due to the importance of reaching out to our alumni and keeping you updated regarding our successes and challenges, and given the recent budget situation for the University, the Alumni and Friends agreed to provide full funding for this Without Prejudice magazine.

ue to the importance of reaching out to our alumni to provide you with current information about our successes and challenges, and given the recent budget situation for the University, the Alumni & Friends agreed to provide full funding for this Without Prejudice issue. The executive catherine miller of 1977) members thought it was a high priority to maintain our regular (class Bscn, llB, llm, Director communication with our alumni so you would continue to be of Development and alumni relations, faculty of law informed and feel connected. We thank the Alumni & Friends for their generous financial support and encouragement. This issue features some major changes while continuing to offer a familiar format in terms of layout. We anticipate that our next issue will have more developments regarding format and content. In addition to the smaller size of the magazine, Without Prejudice will be available in electronic format on our Faculty of Law website in the Alumni section. We will place other features that were eliminated from the magazine into different areas of the Alumni section of our Faculty of Law website to continue to provide you with the same information. Many of our decisions regarding content and format were informed by the results of the alumni communication survey that we sent out in August 2013. Thanks very much to those who participated in the survey. We encourage your feedback both on the content, length and presentation of our latest Without Prejudice Law alumni magazine to: We have included in our Features section some of our highlights of the last year. We also celebrate the successes of our students in the 2013 competitive moot programme. The Faculty of Law and the Alumni & Friends extend our thanks to Philip Bryden for his leadership and commitment to the Faculty and alumni, as he steps down as dean. Following a year of administrative leave, he will return as a professor in the Faculty. without prejudice l aw alumni maga zine




dean’s Message

PhiliP BryDen Dean, Wilbur fee Bowker Professor of law


s I conclude my term as Dean of Law on June 30, 2014, this is my last Dean’s Message for Without Prejudice. It has been a great privilege to serve as Dean for the past five years. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from our faculty, staff, students and alumni and friends. I would particularly like to thank our Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Catherine Miller, for her dedication, energy and hard work during her career with the Faculty and especially during my time as Dean. The Faculty has faced a number of challenges over the past five years, but we have also accomplished a great deal during this time. The enthusiasm exhibited by our alumni across Canada and overseas during our Centenary Celebrations in 2012-13 is eloquent testimony to the impact our Faculty of Law has had on our graduates’ lives. Our alumni have accomplished remarkable things over the past century. It is truly humbling to be part of an institution that played such an important role in shaping their careers. I am particularly proud of the exceptional accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students during my tenure as Dean. This issue reflects on our students’ success at the national level in competitive mooting and the national recognition accorded to our doctoral students Hadley Freidland and Clayton Bangsund. Over the past five years our faculty members received a number of University and community awards for their exceptional teaching, research and service. I am particularly pleased that my predecessor as Dean, David Percy, received well-deserved recognition as recipient of the University Cup, the University of Alberta’s highest award for lifetime achievement. I am delighted by the appointment of Dr. Paul Paton as my successor on July 1, 2014. Paul has extensive experience in the professional practice of law, public policy and academic administration in Canada and the United States. I am confident that he will provide the Faculty with outstanding leadership. I will spend my administrative leave as the Schulich Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dalhousie University and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide. I look forward to returning to the Faculty as a professor in 2015-16. 2


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president’s Message William ostaPek, class of 1983 President, alumni & friends of the faculty of law association


s I reflect on the past year, I note with satisfaction that the Alumni and Friends has again been very active and successful in pursuing its various mandates. We once again hosted a very successful Spring Reception at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. This annual event provides an opportunity for alumni to enjoy fun and fellowship and keep abreast of developments at the Faculty of Law. I encourage you to attend our Spring Reception, May 29th, 2014. It is a great way to stay in touch with friends and colleagues and to support the Alumni and Friends. The 2013 Reception funded the following programs and support: • a summer position at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre for a U of A Law student, offering valuable exposure to legal practice in an organization providing essential access to justice for our most underprivileged citizens, • a welcome to first year students to the Faculty of Law on Orientation Day and a follow up phone call a few weeks later to answer their questions about law school or legal practice, • articling student seminars for students in the Edmonton area to provide an opportunity to discuss ethics, professionalism and the do’s and don’ts of articling, • Pizza and Practice Seminars, giving students access to a variety of members of the Bench and Bar to hear and discuss their practice experiences, • two bursaries of $1,500 each and six awards of $1,000 each to students who are community leaders within the law school, • co-hosting a Meet the Bench reception with the CBA, where law students and articling students had the opportunity to meet and socialize with members of the Bench, • hosting a Thursday Afternoon Beer Social at the Faculty of Law, so students could meet informally with members of the Bench and Bar. The Alumni and Friends financially supports the publication of this magazine, to assist you to maintain ties to the Faculty and fellow alumni. Given recent budget constraints at the Faculty of Law, we reduced the length of this issue. We endeavored to maintain the features and content that our readers value the most. We hope that you will enjoy the new format.

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Thank you and Welcome A Change at the Top D

ean Philip Bryden is approaching the end of his five year term as Dean at the end of June 2014. He arrived in Edmonton in July 2009 from his position as Dean of Law at the University of New Brunswick, where he served for five years. Prior to that he had been a member of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law from 1985 to 2004, including a three year term as Associate Dean from 1993-1996. His research and teaching interests are primarily in the field of administrative law, but he has also worked in the areas of constitutional law, human rights law and labour law. While at the University of Alberta he taught Foundations to Law every year and Administrative Law in 2011. Bryden received an undergraduate degree in History from Dalhousie University, a BA in Jurisprudence and a BCL from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and an LLM from Harvard University. He has practiced law in New York and Vancouver, served as special assistant to Secretary of State, Gerald Regan and was a law clerk to Madam Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada. Highlights at the Faculty while Philip Bryden was Dean include the Faculty of Law’s celebration of its Centenary in 201213, including our very successful Centenary Gala Dinner in the fall of 2012, the Special Convocation in the spring of 2013 at which Chief Justice Catherine Fraser received an honorary degree, and our international Conference on the Future of Law School held in the fall of 2013. The Faculty saw a number of departures of faculty and staff, but we also began a process of faculty renewal through the hiring of tenure stream faculty members Peter Sankoff, Gail Henderson, Ubaka Ogbogu and D’Arcy Vermette. In addition, we were able to reorganize our staffing to create the position of Director of Academic and Cultural Support and were able to

recruit Shannon Gullberg to fill that position. We have begun the process of reviewing our curriculum to create more flexibility for students in the upper year program while respecting the Canadian common law degree requirements mandated by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Through the initiative of Professor Catherine Bell and with the support of the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and Legal Aid Alberta, we were able to expand the opportunities available to our students to engage in experiential learning through our Low Income Individuals and the

Law Clinical Program. Through the generosity of many alumni and friends we were able to make major renovations to the classrooms and other facilities in the Law Centre and to put together a portfolio of more than $1 million in annual financial support for students in the form of bursaries, scholarships, prizes and awards. We thank Dean Philip Bryden for his commitment to our Faculty, students and alumni and welcome him back as a professor in the Faculty following his year of administrative leave.

IntroducIng our new dean

Paul Paton Prior to accepting t he position a s our new Dean, Dr. Paul Paton wa s a Professor of L aw and Director of the Ethics Across the Professions Initiative at McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California, where he served as the inaugural Vice-Provost from 201213. For a decade prior to joining the academy full-time in 2004, Paton had a distinguished career in private practice (with a corporate litigation practice), corporate counsel (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and public service settings (senior government policy advisor). Educated at the University of Toronto (BA and LLB), and the University of Cambridge (MPhil, International Relations), he holds masters and doctoral degrees from Stanford Law School. Professor Paton’s research focuses on ethics in corporate contexts, legal ethics and lawyer regulation in comparative perspective, and on corporate governance matters. He has been recognized nationally in the US, Canada and the UK for his contributions to debates on the future of the legal profession. He was appointed for five years to the CBA’s National Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, serving two years as Chair. He is also a columnist on ethics for Lexpert magazine. We welcome Dr. Paul Paton to the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta and look forward to introducing him to the Alberta legal community and our alumni worldwide.

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National Mooting


alberta court of appeal moot - criminal international client consultation competition, 2012

aBa negotiation competition alberta court of appeal moot - constitutional

Philip c. Jessup international law moot

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coughlin moot/Western canada trial moot/ sopinka cup

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uccess in national mooting competitions arrived in a big way at the U of A with the initial success in the spring of 2012, leading into our Centenary year celebrations for the Faculty of Law, with a win by our team in the Canadian Client Consultation Competition. Team members Angela Kiebel and Sherry Simons then represented Canada into the semi-finals of the International Client Consultation Competition in Dublin in April 2012. The team coach was Lynn Parish. The nex t n ation al title came in November 2012 when Pippa Feinstein and Samuel Harrison won the world’s second Twitter Moot. Five teams participated. The competition was hosted by West Coast Environmental Law. The team coach was Cameron Jefferies. In January 2013, the U of A team of Natasha Edgar and Avril Fisher won the Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP National Labour Arbitration Moot in Toronto. John Carpenter and David Williams acted as coaches for this team. In February 2013 our team of Katherine Fraser, Brendan Gould, Mandy Kahlmeier and Nora Kharouba took third place in the Gale Cup in Toronto w ith Mandy Kahlmeier winning the Dickson Prize as the best oral advocate in the preliminary round. This was the first time in over 10 years that our team proceeded to the finals. Peter Sankoff coached this moot team. On March 2, 2013 our teams won two national competitions, the Donald G. Bowman National Tax Moot in Toronto and the Laskin Memorial Moot hosted in Edmonton by the U of A. Our Bowman Tax Moot team members were Regan Dahl,

Russell Ault, Belinda Chiang and Maciej Zielnik. Their coach was Chris Sprysak. Our Lask in team of K at her ine Drouin-Carey, Leah McDaniel, Francisco Marquez-Stricker and Pablo Retamozo made history by winning the Jeremy Oliver and Alex Smith Prizes for best team in the competition. Their coach was Patricia Paradis. The Laskin is Canada’s only fully bilingual moot, as each team has to present written and oral argument in both English and French, and this is the first time in the competition’s 27 year history, that a team from west of Toronto has won first prize. In addition to congratulating these national winning teams on their hard work and successful outcomes we would like to extend congratulations to all students, coaches, judges, tribunal members and lawyers who review factums and hear arguments in the dozens of practice rounds of each moot. In preparing for these competitions, students learn much about research, presenting ideas and arguments, and testing their skills against students from other schools. Mooting is a wonderful team experience. We would also like to recognize and thank our Competitive Mooting Coordinator Stella Varvis and the individuals and firms who provide financial support through sponsorship of our moot teams: Beresh Cunningham Aloneissi O’Neill Hurley (the Gale Cup); Chivers Carpenter LLP (the Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP Canadian Labour Arbitration Moot); Dentons Canada LLP (the Donald G. Bowman National Ta x Moot a nd t he ABA Negot i at ion Competition) and Bennett Jones LLP (the Bennett Jones Health Law Moot). The tremendous efforts by students,

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coaches and all who assisted them, were the result of the academic and professional communities coming together to advance the education and professional development of our next generation of lawyers. The Faculty thanks all those whose efforts make it possible for our Faculty to have an outstanding competitive moot program. The last word goes to the students: Mandy Kahlmeier “This experience taught me what zealous representation really means…when the stakes include the lives of real people, in real courtrooms, I will always be as dedicated an advocate as I was at the Gale….” Nora Kharouba “It is, and I am sure will continue to be, the ultimate highlight of my law school career. It provided me with a rare opportunity in law school to develop a wide range of fundamental legal skills at once under direct supervision and assistance. Most of all, it gave me the gift of life-long friendships.” Maciej Zielnik “Putting all our hard work and preparations to the test against the best and brightest from law schools around the country and coming out on top was an incredible feeling. I am extremely proud of my teammates and thankful to our coach and all the excellent lawyers that helped us prepare. From start to finish, competing in a moot is a team effort.” Leah McDaniel “We are very honoured to have been awarded this prize (Laskin), and are excited for what it means for the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta and the moot program generally.” Other moots, team members and coaches were: • the Dean’s Cup: Top Appellants: Andrea Signore, Praveen Alwis; Top Respondents: Lindsay Burgess, Brice Goldfeldt; Top Oralists: Peter Buijs, Siwei Chen • ABA Negotiation Competition: winners – Adam Norget & Kate Holfeld; External Advisor - Heather Barnhouse • Alberta Court of Appeal: Criminal – Curtis Steeves, Samantha Labahn; Faculty Advisor – Ron Hopp; Civil – Alysha Rozon, Kathleen Kenny;



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Faculty Advisor – Averie McNary; Constitutional - Joshua Allen, Jordan Wray; Faculty Advisor Eric Adams • Client Consultation: Matthew Mowbrey, Kerry Croft; External Advisor - Lynn Parish (team progressed to Gale Cup Moot semi-final) • Coughlin/Western Canada Trial Moot/ Sopinka Cup: Phil Prowse, Bobby Randhawa; External Advisor - Shawn Beaver • Clinton J. Ford: Mike Boultbee & Karen Wun (winners); Mimi Wang & Barbara Acton; Faculty Advisor - Matthew Lewans • Bennett Jones health Law Moot: Katherine Fisher, Mario Babic, Renee Boliaratz, Peter Basta; Faculty Advisor - Gerald Robertson (Katherine Fisher was top oralist from U of A team) • Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot: Mark Dupres, Russell Sheppard; Faculty Advisor - Catherine Bell; External Advisor - Brock Roe • Davies Canadian Corporate Securities Moot: Theo Stathakos, Morgan Wheaton, Eric Lam, Braden Sheps; Faculty Advisor - Gail Henderson (team tied for 5th place overall and Theo Stathakos tied for second place oralist) • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition: Matthew Storey, Garth Paulson, Gareth Reeves, Tatum Woywitka; Faculty Advisor - Cameron Jefferies; ( 4th place written memorials and most improved team). The successes of all the competitive moot participants and their coaches was recognized at the Competitive Moot Reception hosted by the Faculty of Law on April 4,

2013 in CN Alumni hall at the Law Centre. Dean Bryden welcomed and congratulated the participants, Mandy Kahlmeier, recipient of the Dickson Prize for Best Oralist at the 2013 Gale Cup Moot competition represented the student experience and John Carpenter, of Chivers Carpenter LLP, sponsors of the Mathews Dinsdale & Clark National Labour Arbitration Moot, spoke about the sponsors’ experience. The event also included the first ever pinning ceremony to induct the 2013 competitive moot participants as the first members of the Moot Court honour Society, formed this year to celebrate the U of A Faculty of Law’s Centenary. We are proud to announce that our Faculty will be competing in another moot in 2014 – the Wilson Moot, established in 1992 to honour Justice Bertha Wilson, former member of the Supreme Court of Canada. The moot focus is on equality rights issues and is designed to promote the education and interest of students and the legal profession as a whole in these areas. We have this opportunity to add another mooting experience for our students due to the generous support of Douglas Stollery QC who has agreed to sponsor this moot team for the next five years. (Much of the contents of this article originated in an article written by Dean Philip Bryden for the Canons of Construction, Vol. 44, Number 7, March 12, 2103.)

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The Future OF Law School


(l to r): Professor Eric Adams conference co-chair and Hugh Verrier, Chairman, White & Case LLP

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ver three days at the end of September 2013, a remarkable international event on the future of legal education took place at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. Drawing over one hundred participants – academics, lawyers, deans, and students – from across Canada, the United States, and around the world, The Future of Law School kindled passionate debate on the future possibilities of legal education. The conference was the perfect conclusion to the Faculty’s centenary celebrations, and a fitting beginning to our second one hundred years. Officially opened by Dean Philip Bryden, the conference began with words of welcome from the University’s Provost, Dr. Carl Amrhein, an astute observer of the changing face of post-secondary education in Alberta and around the world, and long-time friend of the Faculty and President-Elect of the Law Society of Alberta, Kevin Feth. The evening concluded with Professor Gillian Hadfield’s (USC Gould School of Law) wide-ranging keynote, Reinventing Law (School). Over the next two days, participants were treated to three other dynamic and insightful keynote presentations from Richard Susskind (author and lawyer), Harry Arthurs (Dean Emeritus Osgoode Hall Law School), and Professor William Henderson (Indiana University, Mauer School of Law). In addition, four panels of outstanding speakers composed of leading lawyers, deans, and academics set out inspiring, challenging, and sometimes competing visions of the future. In particular, the Faculty’s own Professor

Peter Sankoff drew rave reviews for his presentation on his innovative use of technology and active learning in law teaching. The conference presentations are available for viewing on the Faculty’s website: http:// videos.aspx. As well, look for the forthcoming special issue of the Alberta Law Review in which the papers presented at the conference will appear. Many of the conference’s themes would have been difficult to imagine when the Law Society of Alberta first entered into an agreement with the University of Alberta to administer law exams in the fall of 1912: globalization and technology have transformed legal practice and legal education in marked and profound ways. But there is much that we discussed that would have resonated with the lawyers, judges, academics, and students who began this law school over a century ago. How, in short, should legal education best prepare students for a world in which law continues to play such a crucial role? If nothing else, our conference revealed how so many of us remain deeply and passionately engaged by that worthwhile project. The conference would not have taken place without the generous support of the Faculty of Law and the legal community. Special thanks are owed to the conference’s numerous participants, student volunteers, and supporters including: McMillan LLP, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Torys LLP, Westlaw Canada, Field Law, Fasken Martineau, Reynolds, Mirth, Richards, & Farmer LLP, and Bennett Jones LLP.

Professor Harry Arthurs, Dean Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School

The Faculty extends our thanks to conference Co-Chairs Professor Eric Adams and Professor F.C. (Ted) DeCoste for planning a stimulating and successful conference.

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hree U of A alumni associated with the Faculty of Law received Alumni Recognition Awards. The Distinguished Alumni Award, the U of A’s most prestigious alumni award recognizing living graduates whose outstanding achievements have earned them national and / or international prominence, was awarded to Douglas Stollery QC. The other two recipients, Alexander Pringle QC and The hon. James Wheatley, received the Alumni honour Award that recognizes significant contributions made by an alumnus over a number of years in his/her local community and beyond.

DOuGLAS R. STOLLERy QC ’76 A champion of human rights and community service, Doug contributed to a milestone decision in Canadian law Vriend v. Alberta. In private practice and as General Counsel for PCL Contractors Inc., Stollery had a distinguished career in law. A Queen’s Counsel and Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, he received the lifetime achievement award from the Canadian General Counsel Association in 2012. he served the profession on the national executive of the Canadian Bar Association and as President of its Alberta Branch. he served as a director of the Alberta Law Reform Institute and the Legal Education Society of Alberta and as a member of the Federal Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee. he represented PCL on a G20 high Level Panel on Infrastructure Investment, advising the G20 on infrastructure projects in the developing world. Doug was a President and member of the board of the following community organizations: Victoria School Foundation for the Arts, Grant MacEwan College, Grant MacEwan College Foundation, Stollery Children’s hospital Foundation and Stollery Charitable Foundation. he was also a long-term sessional lecturer in Jurisprudence at the Faculty. 8


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ALExANDER D. PRINGLE QC (BA ’68) Alex Pringle is one of Canada’s most well-respected criminal defence law yers, esteemed for his quiet and firm commitment to fundamental values. Pringle has practiced as a criminal defence lawyer since 1973 and is the senior partner of Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey in Edmonton.he has demonstrated incredible commitment to sharing his love of law in his more than 30 years of teaching our students criminal law (and other related courses). he was twice chosen by students as the recipient of the Faculty sessional teaching excellence award, which now bears his name. Alex was lead counsel on major criminal and constitutional cases at the Supreme Court of Canada on over 40 occasions. A founding member of both the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Alberta and the Environmental Law Centre of Edmonton, he has also given his time to many community organizations. he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty from 1988-1989. he was selected to be a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1993 - a rare honour. Alex received the Distinguished Service to the Profession Award in 2013 from the Law Society of Alberta and the CBA.

THE HON. JAMES K. (JIM) WHEATLEy ’71 Jim Wheatley has made an extraordinary contribution to sport a nd com mu n it y activities in Edmonton. Follow ing a general practice and corporate position, Jim was appointed in 2003 to the Provincial Court of Alberta. After serving between 2008 and 2013 as Assistant Chief Judge in the Criminal Division, he has now returned to sitting as a trial judge. he was a Director of the 1994 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the 1996 World Figure Skating Championships, as well as Co-chair of four World Cup Swimming Championships held in Edmonton. he was inducted into the Alberta Sports hall of Fame in 2000 as a Multi-Sport Builder. Many other community activities have benefitted from his leadership, including the National Ent repreneur D evelopment I n st it ute, Victoria School Foundation for the Arts, the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Awards, the Canadian Bar Association and Players de Novo. he has also served as a guest lecturer at NAIT, Grant MacEwan and the U of A.


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he University of Alberta Law Class of 1963 held its 50th anniversary celebrations on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th in Calgary. darryl raymaker, Q.c. organized and chaired the event which consisted of an afternoon cocktail reception at the Palliser Hotel followed by a banquet at the Ranchmen’s Club on the Saturday, and brunch at the Palliser Hotel on

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Sunday. Class alumni in attendance included graduates who now live in Nanoose Bay, Kelowna, Regina, Edmonton and Calgary. Bob Jarvis traveled the furthest, coming all the way from Toronto. Thirty-seven people including graduates, significant others, and guests were in attendance including former U of A Law Professor Bill angus who taught the class in the early

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e kicked off the Class of 1978’s 35-year reunion with a FABS because we couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. Almost 50 classmates gathered in the CN Alumni Hall on May 31, along with Ron Hopp (our honourary class president) and Dean Philip Bryden. The Dean spoke about the continuing evolution of the Law School as it enters its second century. Classmates reminisced about previous, more raucous, FABS and shared stories about family, travel and retirement. Thanks to Catherine Miller and Louise McEachern for their help in arranging our evening. Saturday, a dozen classmates participated in the Rick Koski Memorial Golf Tournament at Lewis Estates. In the evening, about 60 class members and spouses gathered at the Royal Mayfair for dinner and conversation, superbly accompanied by the sounds of

sixties, who flew in from Toronto for the occasion. Also in attendance were dean Bryden the current Dean of Law at U of A, his wife Cindy McKinley, and Catherine Miller, Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Among the graduates attending were, al aunger, david tavender, anne russell, Bob Jarvis, chris evans, leon thomas, neil McKay, gerry offet, alice Finall, david Jenkins, Julian Koziak, Bob young, Bernie lavallee, darryl raymaker, Bill wintermute, Bob eden, Jerald Palmer, and gary cioni. The banquet was highlighted by addresses by dean Bryden, Bill angus, and chris evans. Professor Angus gave an amusing and intriguing talk about what it was like being on the inside of the Faculty of Law in the early sixties, while Chris Evans, in his inimitable way, regaled the audience with many funny stories about our student days. All had a great time. submitted by erik sPink Qc

the Harpe Jazz Quartet. After dinner there were several moving tributes to departed classmates. Charlie Gardner spoke about Rick Koski, Verlyn Olson spoke about Wilf Backhaus, and Rich Miller, Orest Yereniuk and Kelly Andres spoke about Brian Peterson. The tributes brought tears and laughter, reminding us why we must savour every

reunion. Eric Spink thanked other members of the organizing committee, Susan edge, camilla witt, Joan riddle, colleen Kenny and charlie gardner and orest yereniuk for organizing golf. Spink noted the special fellowship amongst the Class of ‘78 resulted from previous events organized by Joan, colleen and charlie.

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he distinguished, storied and intrepid Class of 1983 held its 30th year reunion in May of 2013, starting with a FABS at the new-to-us MacInnis Centre at the Law School, continuing with a fun run/walk on Saturday, followed by dinner and speeches at the Clerks’ Quarters at Fort Edmonton Park. The weather was wet but that dampened no spirits as there was an

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excellent turn out of grads, with a number attending their first ever law school reunion. The come-from-aways included Rollie Sturm from Las Vegas, Dennis Pawlowski from Ottawa via Kabul (and we all thank him for his service), Albert Frank and Deborah Sword from Toronto, Lesley Haag from Palo Alto, Jill Berry from Vancouver, and Dave McWhinnie from Whitehorse. While there were more

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than a few proud grandparents, the big news was the youth movement in the Class – with Heather Dunlop celebrating her engagement at the FABS (what a rock!) and Pat Burgess being unable to attend because of the recent birth of (gulp) triplets. The reunion committee included neena ahluwalia, Sam amelio, John Bilsland, Judge Janet dixon, Peter duckett, Heather dunlop, John Kosolowski, ron Kruhlak, Jamie Mcginnis, rex nielsen, dan Palamarek, grace Parrotta-King, Justice donna read, rosanna Saccomani, Justice Juliana topolniski, and david wachowich. Revenues thankfully exceeded expenses, leading to donations to the Law School and the Youth Emergency Shelter. Many thanks to Catherine Miller for all of her assistance. Word has it that Rollie Sturm has graciously volunteered to host us in Vegas in 2018 for our 35th – thanks Rollie!

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n September 27, 2013, about 30 alum from the Class of ’88 gathered at Mercer Tavern. The event was casual and relaxed. It was a great opportunity to reminisce with colleagues. Many people were unable to attend due to distance or other commitments. A significant number of people from the class are working out of the country and throughout the world. Of those who attended, there were politicians, judges, and lawyers in all practice areas and firm structures. This was summed up by Pat Paradis, who attended the event and noted that “everyone [she] spoke to had found a niche – an area that they liked and 10


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felt comfortable in whether that was politics, the oil and gas industry, Bay Street tax law, working for the Crown, judging or sole practice . . . people have found something that

works for them.” Many thanks to the organizers of this event: ted Feehan, Barb Komisar, grant dunlop and ed o’neill.


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he Law Class of 1993 celebrated their 20 year reunion with a FABS held at the Law School on Friday, September 27th. Attending the event were Marc adler (Vancouver), Shawn Beaver, renee craig, Mark enright, Mena and adrian Jewel, arlene reid (Drayton Valley), lee roe, leita

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Siever, leah tolton and John toogood, as well as catherine Miller and dean Philip Bryden. There were several other “almost-madeit”s, but the smaller group gave everyone a chance to catch up on friendships, careers and families - lots of successes, a few

challenges, and some interesting stories about kids (and adults!) at different stages. Thanks to everyone who attended, and to those in the Faculty as well as the first year students who helped with the FABS. Stay tuned for the 25th Reunion (2018) - time flies and it will be here before you know it!

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he Law Class of 2003 held its 10 year reunion on September 27, 2013. The organizing committee consisted of dave thomlinson, cristina wendel (desousa), greg Bentz, chris Hoose, and rob Muller. Former classmates travelled from as far away as Vancouver and Calgary to attend. The main event consisted of a FABS in the Gavel, and a few of the more energetic attendees followed the FABS with some familiar stops along Whyte Avenue. There was much reminiscing and catching up, and a good time was had by all.

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n a bright April afternoon, the U of A law class of 2008 left the safety of campus for an unknown, lawflavored future. With the promise of glory, fame, and fortune ahead, the heady days of Pizza 73, Hello My Friend Café, and Friday Afternoon Beer Socials would soon be but a memory. (Or so we thought.) Five years later, from October 4-6, 2013, alums from far and wide returned to the Gavel for a rousing three-day reunion. We kicked off the celebrations in style with FABS. Armed with cold drinks and hot pizza, we spent a fun and nostalgic evening rekindling friendships, swapping war stories, and sharing laughs around the couches. Even dean Philip Bryden and Director of Development and Alumni Relations catherine Miller popped in from the fourth floor to join in the lively conversation and camaraderie. It was a fantastic night all around. A family-friendly fireside picnic was on deck Saturday afternoon at Hawrelak Park, followed by a huge buffet dinner at New Asian Village. Alums and their spouses

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packed the dining room to capacity (and then some!) for what proved to be a delicious, hilarious, and memorable celebration. Can someone have too many mango lassis? The jury is still out. Rounding out the weekend, early risers on Sunday morning were treated to a lowkey breakfast at CN Alumni Hall. Besides the plentiful pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, and mimosas, one highlight of the day had to

be Steve of Hello My Friend Café, who not only provided his trademark coffee for the event, but also dropped by for a visit with his longtime friends and patrons! A heartfelt thanks to my co-host, christine Murray, and to everyone who organized and participated in the reunion! It was great to see so many familiar faces come out, share some memories, and build new ones. See you in five years (give or take).

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e have included a photograph of all the members of the Class of ’62 who attended their 50th anniversary reunion in September 2012, as the photo included in the 2013 issue of Without Prejudice did not include all those who attended the reunion to celebrate with their close friends and classmates.



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1939 Maclean (Mac) Jones, of Calgary, AB in March 2014 Kenneth McKenzie, of Edmonton, AB in March 2014 1944 Gerard Amerongen, of Edmonton, AB in April 2013 1948 Joseph Stratton, of Edmonton, AB in November 2013 1950 Harry Wilson, of Edmonton, AB in November 2012 1951 Kenneth Boyd, of Airdrie, AB in January 2013 Howard Irving, of Edmonton, AB in January 2013 James Paterson, of Lethbridge, AB in December 2012 1953 Norman Witten, of Edmonton, AB in November 2013 1955 Jack Allford, of Edmonton, AB in February 2014 1956 Richard Gareau, of Montreal, QC in April 2006 1958 Fred Hochachka, of Edmonton, AB in October 2012 1959 Louis Hyndman, of Edmonton, AB in November 2013 1961 William Blain of Calgary, AB in December 2013 James Coutts, of Toronto, ON in December 2013 1966 Hugh Robertson, of Victoria, BC in October 2013 1970 Douglas Evans, of Beaver Mines, AB in September 2012 1972 John (Jack) Kane, of Edmonton, AB in March 2014 1975 Charles Stewart, of Calgary, AB in December 2012 1978 Lorne MacPherson, of Winnipeg, MB in September 2013 1979 Jean Coutts, of Edmonton, AB in April 2014 1981 James Culkin, of Edmonton, AB in December 2013 1989 Barbara MacLean, of Edmonton, AB in March 2013 1997 Paul Smith, of Yellowknife, NT in December 2012




Sydney Wood (Edmonton) retired as a supernumerary judge in July 2013.

Keith Ritter retired from the Court of Appeal in May 2013.



Jack Agrios is Chair of the International Association of Athletics Federations juridical commission of seven top lawyers from around the world working on a new code of ethics in athletics. Agrios went to a meeting in Moscow in July 2013 to attend the first world athletics forum that discussed ethics, including doping issues.

Janet Franklin (Edmonton) was appointed a supernumerary judge in August 2013.

1964 Ernest Walter (Edmonton Criminal) was appointed as a part-time judge in June 2013.

1965 Walter Breitkreuz (Edmonton) was appointed a half-time Master-in-Chambers in October 2013.

1969 Harry Gaede (Camrose) retired as a supernumerary judge in September 2013.

Keith Laycock was appointed as a half-time Master in Chambers effective July 2013.

1975 Suzanne Bensler elected to become a supernumerary judge in August 2013. Norm Picard was the recipient of the Law Society of Alberta/Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Distinguished Service to the Profession Award presented at the annual Law Meeting in Calgary, January 31, 2014. Norm also played the role of the Doctor in The Government Inspector the 2013 production of Players de Novo. Members of the Bar and Bench organize this fundraising event annually to raise funds for an arts organization in Edmonton and the Victoria School Foundation.

Ralph Watzke accepted an appointment with the University of Manitoba, Extended Education in March 2011, to develop and teach a course online in Canadian Business Law. he continues to live in Regina with his wife Jenny and to act as a “lawyer’s lawyer” doing research and legal drafting.

1976 John Donahoe played the role of Dobchinsky in The Government Inspector, a production of Players de Novo. Douglas Stollery was t h e r e c ip i e n t o f t h e University of Alberta’s Distinguished Alumni Aw a rd, pr e s ented i n September 2013 during Alumni Weekend. he played a lead role in one of the Supreme Douglas Stollery Court’s most important decisions in human rights law Vriend v. Alberta. he has just retired as General Counsel of PCL Constructors Inc. he is a highly respected lawyer and community builder who promotes human rights.



Catherine Fraser received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta at the Faculty of Law Centenary Convocation on June 4, 2013. Chief Justice Fra ser gave t he convoc at ion addre s s to graduands.

Michael Niven (LLM) served as a panelist for the “how to Establish a Successful Litigation Practice” at the Alberta Law Conference 2014.

1978 A n ne de Vi l lars ch aired t he panel entitled “The home Stretch” dealing with the Succession Project to reform the Administration of Estates Act and the Trustee Act at the 2014 Alberta Law Conference.

Paul Sharek chaired the panel “how to Establish a Successful Litigation Practice” at the 2014 Alberta Law Conference.


Craig Jones, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta was a panelist on the wills and estates succession reform panel at the 2014 Alberta Law Conference.

James Wheatley received an Alumni honour Award from the University of Alberta in September 2013 in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to sports and community activities in Edmonton – national and world figure skating championships and World Cup swimming championships. Norm Picard

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1979 Dave Hancock was sworn in on March 23, 2014 as Premier of Alberta follow ing the resignation on March 19, 2014 of Premier Alison Redford. Hancock is also President of Executive Council and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education. Prior to becoming Premier, he was Deputy Premier and the longest-serving Minister in Cabinet. Bodil Jensen submitted a story to the New Trail magazine about her family’s commitment to advanced education. Her parents, refugees to Sweden in WW II, emigrated with the family to Edmonton in 1954. Both parents have university degrees. Bodil has three degrees from the U of A. Her husband is a lawyer. Her son has a business degree and her daughter just graduated from the U of A with a Masters in Science. Mary Moreau played the role of the Mayor’s wife in the Players de Novo play The Government Inspector. Jan Vanstone was appointed Queen’s Counsel in BC in December 2013. He practices with the firm of Ramsay Lampman Rhodes in Nanaimo and has been an active leader in both the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers of BC for many years.

1981 Lawrence (Larry) Anderson was appointed as the Assistant Chief Judge for Edmonton Cr iminal, in May 2013, replacing James Wheatley whose term as ACJ expired in May. Ray Hansen, Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Syncrude Canada Ltd. was a finalist in the Business Achievement category of the National Post/ZSA Western Canada General Counsel Awards. Andrea Moen a Justice with the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Edmonton elected to become a supernumerary judge.

1982 K e n t D a v i d s o n b e c a m e t h e N a t io n a l Managing Partner of Miller Thomson LLP in January 2014. Kenneth Holmstrom was appointed to the Provincial Court of Alberta, Edmonton Family and Youth Division in June 2013. The swearing in ceremony took place September 6, 2013. Holmstrom practiced primarily in civil litigation, with an emphasis on risk management and insurance defence litigation. He was also an active mediator.



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Barbara Janusz was called to the bar in 1983 and relocated to Vancouver where she worked as a writer/researcher for the BC Civil Liberties Association and as a digest contributor for Carswell Legal Publications. Then Barbara returned to Alberta and practiced law in Calgary for about a decade. She and her son moved to La Paz, Mexico, where she pursued a career as a writer. From 1997 to 2005, she taught law and management at SAIT Polytechnic and Mount Royal University in Calgary. In 2012 her first novel was published, Mirrored in the Caves. She has lived in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta since 2005 where she is a contributing writer for a number of publications and is working on her next novel. Robert Shouldice is Chair of the Borden L a d n er G er v a i s N at ion a l C ou nc i l (t h e fir m’s gover ning body) and a par tner in their Corporate Commercial Group in their Vancouver office.

1983 Glenda Campbell former vice-chair of the Alberta Securities Commission in Calgary was appointed a justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench on November 8, 2013. She was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1999. She served in the Legal Services and Policy Development Section from 1989-1999 and was in private practice from 1984-1989 with a focus on administrative law, securities law, corporate law and family law. Kelly Dawson had the lead role of the Mayor in The Government Inspector, the Players de Novo 2013 production. Sheilah Martin (LLM) was host for the Judges and Counsel Joint Session at the Alberta Law Conference 2014 held in Calgary, January 30-31st. James ( Jamie) McGinnis played the role of the Judge in the Players de Novo production of The Government Inspector. Jamie was recently appointed Managing Partner of Parlee McLaws LLP. Hu Young was the School Principal in The Government Inspector, produced by Players de Novo.

1984 Justina Filice was appointed Assistant Chief Judge, Family and Youth, Edmonton. Doug Goss was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in June 2013 in recognition of his community service with the Hockey Canada Foundation, B2ten (dedicated to Olympic athletes), Edmonton Eskimo

Football Club, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, NAIT, Capital Health Authority as well as chairing both the 2003 Molson Canadian Heritage Hockey Classic and the 2010 Grey Cup. Eldon Simpson was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in June 2013.

1985 George Ambrose was appointed a Provincial Court Judge in Grande Prairie in August 2013. Roxanna Benoit, Deputy Minister, Alberta International & Intergovernmental Relations joined the CAREERS: The Next Generation Board of Directors in February 2012. She was one of the speakers at a Women in Leadership presentation as part of the 2013 conference series of Career Women Interaction, (FCI-CWI) in Calgary, March 2013. R a y m o nd B o d n a r e k w a s app oi nted a Provincial Court Judge to Edmonton Criminal, August 6, 2013. Bodnarek worked with the Government of Alberta for most of his career in the areas of environmental law and civil litigation. He was most recently Deputy Minister of Justice with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, a position he held since 2008. He contributed to the legal community as co-chair of the Canadian Centre for Court Technology and as a member of the National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Dan Chow attended the U of A spring lunch and harbour cruise in Vancouver in spring 2013. Michael Ford chaired the panel “Lessons Learned from Labour Arbitration” at the Alberta Law Conference in Calgary, January 2014.

1986 Doris Bonora recently joined the firm of Dentons Canada LLP as a partner in their Edmonton office practicing in the areas of wills, estates and trusts. Dawn Pentelechuk a lawyer with Cleall in Edmonton was appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton, November 8, 2013. Her swearing i n c e r e m o n y t o ok place Febr uar y 21, 2014. She wa s ap poi nted a Q ueen’s Counsel in 2007. She was a member of the Conduct Committee of the Law Society of Alberta since 2011, is a past member of the Dawn Pentelechuk


Retention and Re-Engagement Task Force and served as a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Law. Esther Schwab participated as a panel member for a Pizza and Practice event for law students organized by the Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association. The topic of the panel was Alternative Careers. The event was held on September 18, 2013 at the Law Centre. Esther is a Senior Injury Adjuster with Cooperators Insurance.

1987 Lorne Ternes participated in a Pizza and Practice panel on Alternative Careers organized for law students by the Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association. He is a lawyer and private consultant.

1988 B. Kathryn Chisholm was a finalist in the National Post/ZSA Western Canada General Award in the Commodities Deal of the Year category. Chisholm is the Senior VP, Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs for Capital Power Corporation.

1989 Kevin Feth was a panelist on “The Changing Face of the Practice of Law” panel at the 2014 Alberta Law Conference. Lynn Hamilton rode in the Mongrel Derby, the world’s largest, toughest horse race, in August 2013 to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She raised over $10,000 and was inspired to participate in the race as two of her children have Type 1 diabetes. She did not finish the race as she stopped to assist other riders including one requiring medical attention. The race is 1,000 kilometres across the Mongolian steppe and has been run annually since 2009.

1990 Barbara Billingsley (LLM 1995) played the role of the hospital doctor in Players de Novo’s, The Government Inspector. Morris Golden was appointed as the Assistant Chief Judge for Northern Region effective September 9, 2013 replacing Eldon Simpson who was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench. Freder ica Schut z a lay wer w ith Emer y Jamieson LLP in Edmonton was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, in Edmonton on December 1, 2013. The swearing in ceremony was held on January 10, 2014. Madam Justice Schutz has practised with

Emery Jamieson LLP s i n c e 19 91. P r i o r to that, she clerked with the Honourable Madam Justice Ellen I. Picard of the Court of Appeal of Alberta. Her areas of practice frederica schutz were civil litigation, personal injury, and commercial law. Madam Justice Schutz has been a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta since 2008 and an appointee to the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Council, since 2006. She was a member of the Edmonton Bar Association, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Canadian Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Mortgage Loans Association of Alberta, City Arts Centre, and the Art Gallery of Alberta. She is the author of several papers and has lectured at numerous conferences.

1991 Julie Lloyd played the role of Grusha in the Players de Novo play – The Government Inspector. Karen McDougall is the co-section coordinator for Northern Alberta writing for the CBA’s Law Matters. Kathleen Ryan, partner with Davis LLP in their Edmonton office was chosen as a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network, Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. Kathleen is the head of the firm’s Personal Injury Law Practice Group in Edmonton. She is a prominent lawyer in consumer and injury litigation, professional malpractice, employment litigation and commercial litigation. Kathleen is an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta, an active volunteer with several legal and community organizations and dedicated wife and mother of four children. She spoke at a Women’s Executive Network breakfast series in Edmonton on February 5, 2014.

1992 Peter Forrester was a finalist in the National Post/ZSA Western Canada General Counsel Award in the Litigation Management category. He is Senior Director, Aboriginal Affairs and Law for Kinder Morgan (Terasen Pipelines). Christine Pratt, partner with Field Law and Vice President and Program Chair of the Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association organized a Pizza and Practice panel discussion for students, September 18, 2013, looking at Alternative Careers.

Greg Rice was the character Bobchinsky in the 2013 Players de Novo play, The Government Inspector.

1994 Angela Avery was a Finalist in the National Post/ZSA Western Canada General Counsel Award in the Business Achievement category. Angela is General Counsel & VP Legal and Business Development for ConocoPhillips Canada. Ian Reynolds is the Faculty of Law representative on the U of A Alumni Council. Ian is a partner with Bennett Jones LLP in their Edmonton office. He specializes in private equity, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions with a focus on capital markets. He is on the Executive Board of Management and the Chair of Envision Alberta Committee of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and was Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors and past Chair of the Governance and Audit Committee of NorQuest College.

1996 Jody Fraser played the role of Abdullin in The Government Inspector, for Players de Novo. Sandra Hawes took on the role of Managing Partner of the Edmonton office of Miller Thomson LLP in April 2014.

1998 Colin Feasby had an article which was first presented at a Constitutional Symposium held in September 2012, published in the Forum in April 2013 by the Centre for Constitutional Studies. Martin Ignasiak was recognized by Lexpert in their November/December 2013 issue as a leading lawyer under 40. He is lead partner in the regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law group with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in their Calgary office. Stephanie Uhlich with Shell Canada Limited co-chaired the panel “Recent Developments of Interest to In-House Counsel and Solicitors” at the 2014 Alberta Law Conference.

1999 Arman Chak was recognized by Avenue magazine in October 2013 as one of the Top 40 under 40 in 2013. At 39, he is the youngest person to hold the position of legal counsel with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. He studied film at the U of A and pursued further education in film in New York. Arman became a film maker and made two films. Although film has taken a back seat as a full-time career, he continues to

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write and direct films and volunteers with the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta. Jennifer Flynn was recognized by Avenue magazine as one of the Top 40 under 40 in 2013. She is currently Executive Director of the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA) and is Director of the Canadian Centre for P rofession al L egal Education of A lber ta (CPLED). She dedicates her work and volunteer time to ensuring that Alberta articling students and lawyers receive the support they require for their continuing education. Jennifer obtained a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology and realized that she has a passion for continuing education. She became the first woman to hold the position of executive director in 2013 after five years as the organization’s managing director. Frank Friesacher is the co-section coordinator for Northern Alberta writing for the CBA’s Law Matters.

2000 Tanya Martin was a panelist on the “Recent Developments of Interest to In-House Counsel and Solicitors” at t he 2014 A lber t a L aw Conference.

2001 Loretta Bouwmeester was Co-Chair of the organizing committee for the 2014 Alberta Law Conference held in Calgary, January 30-31st. Ryan Callioux has started his own firm Callioux Law in Edmonton practicing primarily Family Law.

theatre group working to promote AIDS prevention that achieved better results than existing western education programs. This inspired her. She returned to Canada to explore how creating music could have a social impact. Her first break came when she composed the score of a CBC documentary about Hungarian refugees. She then began working with Mychael Danna, an Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer on 11 feature films and two television shows, including Oscar nominated scores for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Marc Webb’s award-winning 500 Days of Summer, and Cannes winner Adoration and The Time Traveller’s Wife. More recently she has worked on scores for films that seek to engage audiences in social issues like Heaven on Earth, Made in India, Music for Mandela and Pomegranates & Myrrh. Following the screening of Pomegranates & Myrrh as part of the U of A Educated Reel program on March 27, 2014 in Edmonton, Amritha shared her experiences while making the film and working in the film industry.

2003 Jeffrey Baker was recognized in the Lexpert November/December 2013 issue as a Rising Star, a top lawyer under 40. He is a partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon in their Calgary office. He practices in the securities group and is recognized as an expert and leader in public financings and mergers and acquisitions transactions, cross-border securities offerings, executive compensation plans and reserves disclosure issues.


Shannon P r ithipaul played the role of Chernaeyev in The Government Inspector, for Players de Novo.

Derek Elliott was a panelist for the “Due Diligence and Land Titles Privatization” panel at the 2014 Alberta Law Conference.


Jennifer Janz was recently made a partner with Field Law in their Calgary office.

Ira Cooper was a panelist for the Alberta Law Conference 2014, addressing “Hot Topics for Solicitors.” Amritha Vaz has a successful third career as music composer. She began to study violin, until debilitating tendonitis forced her to reconsider a future as a classical violinist. She decided to pursue her other interest in social justice and obtained degrees in Political Science and Law. Hoping to work for the UN, she completed a Masters in International Development Studies at the University of Guelph and two Masters at the University of Bradford, England in Philosophy and International Conf lict Resolution. She worked in Sierra Leone and South Africa on post-conflict legal reconstruction. Amritha heard about an African musical 16


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Ubaka Ogbogu (LLM) had a paper that was presented at the Constitutional Symposium held September 2012 published by the Centre for Constitutional Studies in the Special Issue of the Forum April 2013.

2006 Timothy Burnham reflected on his experience volunteering, in an article published in Law Matters, Fall 2013. Tim is a partner with Gurevitch Burnham Law Office in Grande Prairie, Alberta who has a general practice. In September 2012 he and his family left Grande Prairie for Kiev and Odessa, Ukraine for two weeks to teach law courses at several universities. As pat of the BUILD initiative with the Leavitt Institute for International Development

he presented lectures to upper year law students about the r ule of law, t he adver s a r i a l system, advocacy, professional responsibility and alternative dispute re solut ion. The Leavitt Institute timothy Burnham i s a n orga n i z ation of legal professionals dedicated to spreading the rule of law and development of democratic liberties in developing nations. Teachers are experienced judges and lawyers from the US and Canada. Other programs they organize are in Rwanda and Moldova. BUILD has established relationships with 19 of Ukraine’s top law universities and offers full year courses in democratic principles, advocacy skills and ethics. Tim’s wife and two daughters aged 10 and 7 enjoyed an educational holiday on the Black Sea. Tim remarked that his experience in Ukraine was absolutely fantastic. The teaching experience was exciting. He was surprised by the students’ frank awareness of the problems they face and how openly they discussed corruption and similar issues. It was rewarding to feel like he made a difference. He would not hesitate to volunteer again. Roman Kotovych in January 2014 marked his two year anniversary working in Liberia with the UN mission. In 2013 he was part of a team that did a cross-country assessment of the current state of the Liberian National Police and co-wrote the final report; he spent a month sick and recovering from typhoid fever; and monitored high-profile cases involving extradition and mercenaries who allegedly killed peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast. He also related the story of a conscientious citizen in Liberia who found a rocket propelled grenade and thought it best to politely leave it at the UN office to be properly disposed of. His contract will be completed in June and he is looking for other opportunities. He reflected on the experiences he has had and remarked how lucky he has been in terms of his law school experience and subsequent work, for the people who taught him, worked with him and otherwise supported him and he wanted to acknowledge them.

2007 Kanchana Fernando with the Department of Justice of Canada in Edmonton spoke as a panelist at an event entitled “Candid Conversations with Women in Law” regarding women in practice, organized by Jocelyn Frazer with the Law Society of Alberta, and the law school, in


particular Rhyannon O’Heron, a student and Patricia Neil, Career Development Officer.

Jason Mor r i s started a solo practice in Sherwood Park called Round Table Law.

working in the areas of insurance and commercial litigation.



Joel David was included in the January 2014 Wealth Professional magazine list of Top 50 Financial Advisors in Canada. This list recognizes Canada’s most hard-working and successful advisors, whose dedication to the profession often gets overlooked. Results are objective and based on specific performance criteria, including increase of assets under management, individually-generated business revenue, client retention and new business generation.

Erin Crocker and her husband Matthew Mazurek have decided to practice in Smithers, BC with the firm of Perry and Co. Smithers is a town of 5,400 over 1,000 kilometers north of Vancouver. Erin enjoys skiing and biking and she spent the summer of 2010 working at the firm as part of a program created by the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association called Rural Education and Access to Lawyers Initiative (REAL). The aim of the program is to attract students to smaller centres by funding second-year summer student placements in rural and small communities in BC. Erin liked the community and did not want to go through the whole articling week in the city. Crocker remarked that compared with many of her law school colleagues, she has more responsibility at this stage in her career and manages her own files. She works fewer hours than her friends in big-city firms and living costs are lower and housing is more affordable. Crocker mentioned that they have just started a new CBA section for Young Lawyers in the north of BC, to encourage them to stay in the north by providing opportunities for networking and professional development.

Daniel Weber joined Parlee McLaws LLP as an Associate in their Edmonton office working in the areas of labour and employment, insurance and commercial litigation.

William Donahue participated in a panel looking at alternative careers, organized for law students by the Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association. Donahue is Director of Science and Policy with Water Matters.

2009 Jessica Bortnick who practices with a small firm, The Law House, in Sherwood Park, participated as a panelist at an event organized by the Law Society and the Faculty of Law to explore alternatives for women in legal practice. Kathryn Quinlan played the role of Marya, the Mayor’s daughter in The Government Inspector, the 2013 Players de Novo production.

2010 Rebecca Graham was admitted to the Columbia University graduate program for an LLM and began her studies in September 2013. She is specializing in the area of reproductive rights.

Amy Lind played the role of the postmaster in The Government Inspector for Players de Novo.

2012 R hea Shelton became an Associate with Parlee McLaws LLP in their Calgary office

FRIENDS Anne McLellan was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in June 2013 in recognition of her contributions as a four term Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre between 1993 and 2006, which included a twoyear stint as Deputy Prime Minister beginning in 2003. Prior to her political career, Anne was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and served as Associate Dean from 1985-1987 and as Acting Dean for one year in 1991. McLellan received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the U of A in 2007 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009. Alexander Pringle, ’68 BA received an Alumni Honour Award from the University of Alberta in September 2013. He was recognized as he is one of Canada’s most well-respected criminal defence lawyers. He has also been a sessional lecturer for the Faculty of Law since 1982. Thomas Wakeling was appointed to the Queen’s Bench of Alberta in February 2013 and to the Alberta Court of Appeal on March 7, 2014. Russell Brown appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in February 2013, was appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal on March 7, 2014.

congratulatIonS to Queen’S counSel recIPIentS We would like to extend congratulations to all our alumni and sessional instructors who were appointed Queen’s Counsel in January 2014. A ceremony was held on February 26th, 2014 at the Law Courts Building in Edmonton. calgary Max Blitt ‘74 David Corrigan ‘91 John Craig ‘85 Donald Davies ‘78 William DeWit ‘94 Timothy Ellam ‘87 William Fowlis ‘86 Howard Gorman ‘85 Barbara Johnston ‘84 Patricia McLeod ‘94 Diane Pettie ‘77

edMonton Salvatore Amelio ‘83 Susan Bercov ‘84 Michael Birdsell ‘80 Sandra Corbett ‘89 Michelle Doyle ‘94 Allen Evaniew ‘82 Jennifer Head ‘80 Jeremy Hockin ‘83 Roger Hofer ‘81 Patricia Innes ‘78 John Kosolowski ‘83

Thomas Marriott ‘88 David McCalla ‘74 Robert McDonald ‘88 Donald McGarvey ‘87 Stuart McKellar ‘90 Deborah Miller ‘78 Jennifer Miller ‘93 Donna Molzan ‘90 Paul Nothof ‘85 Denise Perret ‘89 Clifton Purvis ‘89 Ian Reynolds ‘94

Wendy Rollins ‘85 David Romaniuk ‘79 Joseph Rosselli ‘93 William Rosser ‘82 Karen Sinclair-Santos ‘89 Howard Sniderman ‘81 Rita Sumka ‘84 Douglass Tadman ‘76 Douglas Tkachuk ‘82 Leanne Young ‘98

wetaSKIwIn Miles Cymbaluk ‘90 SeSSIonal InStructor Ritu Khullar

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he Faculty of Law celebrated its centenary from the fall of 2012 to the fall of 2013. Dean Philip Bryden and Catherine Miller, Director of Development and Alumni Relations made a special effort to visit alumni throughout Canada and overseas to share the excitement of the centenary, screen the special video prepared for the centenary, bring alumni together and provide an update on Faculty activities and successes.

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n alumni reception was hosted by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in their Toronto office on February 13, 2013. Dean Bryden and Catherine Miller attended along with about 20 alumni. Thank you to Rebecca Cowdery ’82 and Manoj Pundit ’88 for arranging the reception at their firm.

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ack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP hosted an alumni lunch in Ottawa on February 15, 2013 which was organized by Peter Engelmann ’81. We extend our thanks to Peter and the firm for organizing our alumni lunch. About 15 alumni attended. We shared our centenary video and Dean Bryden provided a Faculty update.

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om Pitts ’90 and his wife Simone hosted our Hong Kong alumni in their beautiful home on top of The Peak on April 10, 2013. About 10 alumni and guests attended. We are grateful to Tom and Simone for extending their hospitality. Alumni viewed the centenary video and had a discussion with Dean Bryden regarding recent successes and activities at the Faculty.

Meet tHe BencH The Alumni and Friends co-hosted the Meet the Bench reception with the CBA-Alberta Branch at the Law Courts Building in Edmonton, November 14, 2013. This event offers an opportunity for law students, articling students and junior lawyers to meet informally with members of all levels of the Bench in Edmonton. The lawyers were greeted by leaders of the CBA and a representative of each level of the Court. 18


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llan Shewchuk QC ’84 organized an alumni wine and cheese reception in Calgary on May 7, 2013. About 15 alumni attended the reception held at Metrovino. Many thanks to Allan who also hosted the reception. A second reception was held in Calgary on June 6th, 2013 at the Calgary Petroleum Club to celebrate the Faculty’s centenary. The centenary video was screened at both receptions and Dean Bryden provided an update on Faculty activities.


aul Scambler QC ’77 hosted an alumni reception for us at his firm Clay & Co. in Victoria on May 29, 2013. About 20 alumni attended. We showed the centenary video, people had a chance to meet with old friends and Dean Bryden talked about our centenary events.

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obert Shouldice ’82 hosted a reception for our alumni in Vancouver at his firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP on May 30, 2013. About 20 alumni attended. We shared our centenary video and had a wonderful visit with alumni.

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n August 14, 2013 Dean Bryden met with alumni at the offices of McInnes Cooper in Halifax.Many thanks to Franco Tarulli ’96 for arranging this reception at his firm. Alumni had a chance to see the centenary video and speak to Dean Bryden about centenary activities and recent successes at the Faculty.

PIZZa and PractIce The Alumni and Friends hosted a number of events for students at the Law Centre including a Pizza and Practice panel discussion focussing on alternative careers and a Thursday afternoon beer social at the Law Centre on November 21 to facilitate the students meeting informally with members of the Bar.

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kevin feth Qc, President of the alumni & friends of the faculty of law assoc.


he Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association hosted its 13th annual Spring Reception May 22, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton. Approximately 160 guests attended. Funds raised from the Spring Reception from sponsorship, ticket sales, donations and the silent auction support the Alumni and Friends activities including: two $1,500 annual student bursaries, six $1,000 awards, $7,500 in support for a student summer position with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, support for a number of student initiatives at the Faculty of Law, support for a number of student and articling student programs and generous support for both the Without Prejudice Law alumni magazine and the monthly electronic Law alumni newsletter WP Update.

2013 SPrIng recePtIon coMMIttee Thank you to the members of the 2013 Spring Reception Committee. Deborah Szatylo ’02, Chair Michelle Andresen ’10 Randal Carlson ’98 Dennis Denis QC ‘83

Allyson Jeffs ’06 James McGinnis QC ‘83 John Lemieux ‘04 Liza Wold ‘04

Ted Yoo ‘89 Louise McEachern and Catherine Miller, Faculty of Law

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Bronze SponSorS

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FACULTY UPDATE awardS, grantS and tranSItIonS 2013 University cup

2013 Trudeau fellowship

reciPient: proFeSSor dAvid perCY, QC

reciPient: proFeSSor TiMoTHY CAUlField


rofessor David R. Percy QC, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Chair of Energy Law and Policy was selected as the 2013 recipient of the University Cup from the University of Alberta. The award was presented at a ceremony held on September 19, 2013. The University Cup is the highest honour bestowed by the University on members of its academic staff. The University Cup is granted only to those individuals who have achieved outstanding distinction in each of the areas of scholarly research, teaching and service to the community at large. The University Cup has been described as a lifetime achievement award. The University Cup was created in 1996. David is the first member of the Faculty of Law to receive the Award. This recognizes David’s many contributions to our students, the University and the community over 44 years as a member of the Faculty of Law. Professor Percy is widely recognized as an exceptional and dedicated educator. Since joining the Faculty of Law in 1969, his teaching excellence has been recognized at the faculty, university and national levels. He is the recipient of The Hon. Tevie Miller Teaching Excellence Award, the University of Alberta’s Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, t he Wei r Fou nd at ion’s W.P.M. Kennedy Award for outstanding law teaching i n C a n ada a nd t he University Cup. His teaching and research interests are in contracts, construction law and natural resources law, including water law and oil and gas law. Congratulations, David! (For a more details see: www.lawschool.ualberta. ca Ne ws Se pte mber 19, 2013)


rofessor Timothy Caulfield was chosen as a recipient of a 2013 Trudeau Fellowship. The Trudeau Fellowship is worth $225,000 and is tenable for three years. Caulfield is only the second University of Alberta professor to receive this prestigious award, which was established in 2003. C a u l f i e l d s t a t e d t h a t t h e Tr u d e a u Fellowship provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring together internationally renowned scholars and policy-makers (including Fellows and Scholars) to highlight and critique pressing health and science policy issues. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is a Canadian institution with a national purpose. In 2002, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with a donation of $125 million. The Foundation also receives private sector support. Through its Scholarship, Fellowship, Mentorship and Public Interaction Programs, the Foundation supports outstanding individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical public issues. Caulfield is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He has been the research director of the Health Law Institute at the U of A since 1993. Over the last several years, Caulfield has been involved in many interdisciplinary research projects that have allowed him to publish over 250 articles and book chapters. He is a health senior scholar with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the principal investigator for several large interdisciplinary projects exploring ethical, legal, and health policy issues associated with topics such as: stem cell research, genetics, patient safety, the prevention of chronic disease, obesity policy, the commercialization of research, complementary and alternative medicine and access to health care. Professor Caulfield in a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is member of a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees. Congratulations, Tim! (For more details see: www. News October 16, 2013) without prejudice l aw alumni maga zine




Professor Annalise Acorn elected a Visiting fellow at All souls college, oxford


rofessor Annalise Acorn was elected a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, UK. All Souls College has been described in The New Stateman as: “Oxford’s most prestigious college and the only one without students” and in The Telegraph as a place where “the brainiest of the brainiacs” go to study. Former Visiting Fellows have called election to All Souls a “crowning achievement” and have noted the intense competition for the handful of Fellowships offered to visiting scholars each year. Acorn will spend her time at All Souls completing her book “Resentment and Responsibility.” Acorn herself has remarked that “I have always viewed All Souls as the intellectual holy of holies, the scholarly inheritance of all inheritances.” She continued, “All the really interesting philosophical work on responsibility since 1961 has been done in Oxford, …by scholars such as Tony Honoré, and Joh n G a rd n er, ”

Law society of Alberta/canadian Bar Association distinguished service Award for Legal scholarship reciPient: proFeSSor SHAnnon o’BYrne


rofessor Shannon O’Byrne was recognized as the 2014 recipient of the Law Society of Alberta/Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for



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who continue to work at Oxford. Visiting Fellows are elected by the Governing Body of All Souls, which includes all full Fellows of the College. In making this choice, they give weight to intellectual quality, to the interest and feasibility of the research project and to the benefit of carrying it out in Oxford. P r ofe s s or A c or n i s t h e aut hor of Compulsor y Compa ssion: A Cr it ique of Restorative Justice, co-editor of a journal and the author of numerous journal articles. She was the H.L.A. Hart Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Legal Philosophy, University College, Oxford and was a Visiting Professor at a number of universities. In 2010 she was appointed an Outstanding Fellow of The Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. Professor Acorn’s main research interest is in philosophy of emotions and their relation to responsibility. She teaches Jurisprudence: Emotions of Conflict and Justice, The Drama of Justice: Greek and Shakespearean Plays and the Law, Professional Responsibility and Conflict of Laws at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. (For more details see: News November 28, 2013)

Legal Scholarship at a ceremony held January 31, 2014 in Calgary. Professor O’Byrne’s academic contributions are described as “remarkably well rounded and prolific.” Her articles have received over 40 judicial citations at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. Her analysis of both private and public law issues speaks to her breadth of knowledge. She has made particularly influential contributions with her advocacy for the development of the doctrine of good faith performance in Canadian contract law, her approach to recovery for mental distress damages and her groundbreaking work on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. She has presented at numerous academic and continuing legal education conferences, particularly for the National Judicial Institute. Professor O’Byrne has co-authored five editions of Canada’s leading business law textbook, Canadian Business & the Law, which is taught at business schools across Canada.

2013 J. Gordin Kaplan Award for excellence in research reciPient: proFeSSor gerAld roBerTSon QC


rofessor Robertson was one of only two recipients of this year’s prestigious research award. The Kaplan Award established in 1982, is the most significant University of Alberta award for research excellence, bestowed on its faculty whose achievements in research are deemed outstanding by experts in their respective fields. Professor Lewis Klar QC (former Dean of Law) received the Kaplan Award in 2007. Kaplan was the first Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta and created this research prize in 1982 which was later renamed in his memory. Professor Robertson’s area of research is health law. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading scholar in health law. He joined the Faculty of Law in 1983. He has been actively involved in the development and activities of the Health Law Institute. Robertson is a pioneer in health law research in Canada and has played a key role in developing a field of research in which the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta is an international leader. Professor Robertson is a past recipient of The Hon. Tevie Miller Teaching Excellence Award, the Law Society of Alberta/Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship and the American Society of Law & Medicine Rattigan Award. Robertson was appointed as the inaugural Katz Group Chair in Health Law in 2011. (For a more details see: www.lawschool. News September 19, 2013)


Professor Ubaka ogbogu appointed Assistant Professor in Health Law & Pharmacy


baka Ogbogu was appointed to a joint tenure track position as Assistant Professor in Health Law and Pharmacy effective July 1, 2013. Professor Ogbogu will be based in the Faculty of Law with 75% of his teaching, research and service responsibilities in the Faculty of Law and 25% in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. His teaching responsibilities in Pharmacy will be in the areas of legal and ethical responsibilities of pharmacists. Ubaka said that he is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as he has viewed the University of Alberta as his professional home since he arrived here as a graduate student in 2002. Professor Ogbogu joined the Faculty of Law in August 2011 to teach and research in health law, law and biotechnology, law and bioethics, science regulation and legal history of biomedicine. He obtained his law degree in 1997 from the University of Benin in Nigeria. Following four years of corporate law practice, he began the LLM program at our Faculty, graduating in 2004. He then worked as a Research Associate with the U of A Health Law Institute from 2005-2008, before beginning doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. His doctoral work focused on the legal history of early health care and biotechnology policies in Canada, particularly in relation to smallpox vaccination and infectious diseases. He has held academic positions at the Universities of Nigeria and Minnosota. As the Katz Research Fellow, he is involved in building and furthering research and teaching links between the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy, and co-teaches a course in Pharmacy Law and Ethics in the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Professor catherine Bell receives two major research grants


atherine Bell received two major research grants. The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage project, or “IPinCH” as it is commonly known, is the first recipient of SSHRC’s Partnership Award. The award is one of five categories of the funding agency’s new Impact Awards. Under the leadership of SFU archeology professor George Nichols, it is directed by a Steering Committee which includes Catherine Bell. Professor Bell’s work with IPinCH includes graduate and undergraduate student mentorship, a collaborative research initiative with Yukon First Nation partners, interdisciplinary research on Indigenous law and intellectual property (IP) issues in museum contexts, and research on legal, ethical and institutional challenges to implementing collaborative research partnerships with Indigenous communities. Established in 2008 with a seven-year $2.5 million SSHRC grant, IPinCH’s 52 scholars and 26 partnering universities and organizations are exploring a variety of IP-related concerns about cultural heritage including through 15 global community-based Indigenous research initiatives and other interdisciplinary research collaborations. Bell was also awarded from the University of Alberta SSHRC Special Competition ($10,000) for the following project: “Law, ethics and the products of research derived from collaborations with aboriginal peoples.” The funds will be used to hire a law student to work on a project exploring academic institutional ethics policies which seek to respect Indigenous laws in collaborative research involving human participants. The fundamental question it will ask is: “What might research policy and policy making look like if we assume equality between Indigenous and nonIndigenous laws and institutions in research collaborations?”


rofessor Cameron Jefferies successfully defended his Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) dissertation at the University of Virginia, School of Law on February 21, 2104. Titled “Effective Implementation of Articles 65 and 120 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: Towards Rational Conservation and Sustainable Management of Marine Mammals”, his work proposes, justifies and presents a draft treaty that seeks compromise between pro-preservation and pro-utilization countries. Cameron obtained his LL.M. from the University of Virginia in 2011 and his LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 2009.

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tIMe oF tranSItIon: retIrIng ProFeSSorS

Professor emeritus Lewis Klar Qc retires from the faculty of Law


or 40 years Professor Lewis Klar taught and inspired law students at the University of Alberta. Lewis realized he was most interested in law as a subject to analyze while a student at McGill Law school. This became more clear when he articled in Montreal where the firm lawyers were more interested in the business of law than law as a subject. He was working as an Anglophone in a law firm in Québec during the Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ) crisis and he was anxious to leave Quebec.

Professor emeritus ron Hopp retires


onald (Ron) Hopp QC is retiring at the end of the 2013/14 academic year. He has taught innumerable courses in the Faculty of Law and Alberta School of



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When he was offered a teaching position at Osgoode Hall as a lecturer, he jumped at the opportunity. Lewis joined the Faculty of Law, U of A in 1973. He taught Torts, Advanced Torts and Insurance Law and also Wills and Personal Property. Lewis is happy with his career as an academic, having been the recipient of a number of awards for his legal scholarship, research and teaching. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and received the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award in Legal Scholarship in 2005. He was the recipient of the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Research in 2007, which is the University of Alberta’s highest award for research. In 2008 Lewis was the recipient of The Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award which recognizes excellence in teaching by a full time member of the Faculty of Law at the U of A. Lewis described his teaching philosophy as, “it is critical to keep students engaged in a class. Be passionate and knowledgeable about what you are teaching and make sure to communicate that excitement to your students.” What Lewis enjoys most about teaching is the interaction that he has with his students. Lewis keeps his students interested by varying the delivery of his lecture and using humour.

Lewis is the author of Tort Law, in its 5th edition and the co-author of a national casebook Canadian Tort Law: Cases, Notes & Materials, (now in its 14th Edition), both of which are used by students across Canada. He has written scores of published articles and presented about 100 papers at conferences . His works have been cited on numerous occasions by the Supreme Court of Canada, and the courts in every province of Canada, as well as foreign courts. He continues to publish articles, most recently, “Is Lord Atkin’s Neighbour Principle Still Relevant to Canadian Tort Law?” published in 2013 in the University of the West of Scotland Juridical Review. The paper was originally presented on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Donoghue v. Stevenson at an international conference hosted by the University of the West of Scotland in Paisly, the site of this famous case. He served as a member of the Alberta Automobile Insurance R ate Board and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Lewis also served as an Associate Dean and then as Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1997 to 2002 and was made a Professor Emeritus. A tribute dinner was held when he stepped down as Dean and an endowed bursary was established in his honour.

Business and is well-liked as a professor by all students. But it is his contributions outside the classroom that make him irreplaceable. Hopp’s dedication to public service and providing legal services pro bono and his enthusiasm and support for students has left a lasting impression on generations of students. His role as advising lawyer for Student Legal Services for over three decades demonstrated incredible dedication to both students and members of the low income community. Hopp first started advising students at SLS in 1976. He was a member of the Law Class of 1971 that launched SLS. Professor Hopp generously shared his wealth of knowledge and experience of over 41 years in practice with students. He continued his practice during his teaching

career in the areas of small claims, real estate, wills, civil litigation and family law. He was also seconded as a Crown Prosecutor for a year. In addition to his support for students working at SLS, he attended many student activities and participated as a dancer in a decade of Law Show productions. He attended many student social events and baseball games. Ron was given the honour of being made an Emeritus Professor. He was nominated by former SLS students for his QC, which he received in 2012. When Ron initially retired as a full-time faculty member at age 65 (university policy at that time), his former SLS students endowed a bursary in the names of Anne and Ron Hopp. The Most Involved Professor Award, chosen by students, is named after him.


Professor Frederick C. (Ted) DeCoste retires from the Faculty of Law


rofessor Frederick (Ted) DeCoste joined the Faculty in 1987 and served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. he is also a member of the Law Society of Alberta. Professor DeCoste taught jurisprudence, legal foundations and the graduate seminar. his articles have appeared in law journals in the United Kingdom and the United States and in legal and (occasionally) literary journals in Canada. he has authored or edited several books, including On Coming to Law:

An Introduction to Law in Liberal Societies, Third Edition and The Holocaust’s Ghost: Writings on Art, Politics, Law and Education (co-edited with Bernard Schwartz) which was awarded the 2001 Alberta Scholarly Book of the Year Award and the 2001 Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Award for holocaust history. he edited a number of books, and authored over 30 articles. Professor DeCoste has been awarded a major SShRC research grant and a McCalla Professorship from the University of Alberta.

2013 AND 2014 ABORIGINAL SPEAKER SERIES The Aboriginal Law Students Association hosted the Aboriginal Speaker Series in both 2013 and 2014. Visiting speakers presented stimulating topics on the themes of “Water Law and Indigenous People” and “Aboriginals and the Criminal Justice System”. This series is open to the entire campus and the general public. Thank you to the Aboriginal Law Students’ Association for organizing this stimulating speaker series annually.

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annual SeSSIonal InStructorS’ dInner


he 2013 annual sessional instructors’ dinner was held August 22nd at the University of Alberta Faculty Club. The dinner provides an opportunity for sessional instructors to meet each other and the faculty members in a casual setting, while preparing for a new academic year.

SeSSIonal lecturerS 2013-14 We thank our sessional lecturers, many of whom have taught for a decade or longer and welcome and thank our new sessionals, for the gift of time and commitment that they give to our students. In addition to early mornings and late afternoons with students, our sessionals are available by email and telephone and spend hours marking assignments and examinations. Bob Aloneissi QC Shawn Beaver Brian Beresh QC Dino Bottos Kent Brown Daniel Carroll QC Troy Chaifoux Andrew Chamberlain Sandra Corbett QC Debra Curcio Lister Erin Eacott Jane Fagnan Kevin Feehan QC



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Ronald Goltz Marie Gordon QC Sarah Hamill Sandra Hawes Patricia Hebert Karen Hewitt Lori Johnson Brian Kash Kevin Kimmis Nancy Kortbeek Donald Lucky Michelle MacKay Sarat Maharaj

Timothy Mavko Karim Mawani Rob McDonald QC Maureen McGuire Robyn Mitchell Donna Molzan QC Patrick Nugent Edmond O’Neill Patricia Paradis Lynn Parish Alex Phillips Christine Pratt G. Neil Reddekopp

Rick Reeson QC The Hon. Bart Rosborough Megan Rosborough Peter Royal QC Kurt Sandstrom QC Scott Schlosser QC Dan Scott Greg Sim Jody Simonson Karen Smith Don Sommerfeldt David Stam

Laura Stevens QC Brian Vail QC Ian Wachowicz Katherine Weaver David Wedge Dick Wilson QC Sharlene Yanitski Ted Yoo Terri Zurbrigg




he Faculty of Law celebrated teaching excellence at the Faculty on March 15, 2013 by awarding the 2012 hon. Tevie h. Miller Teaching Excellence Award to Professor Annalise Acorn and renaming the Sessional Teaching Excellence Award, the Pringle Royal Teaching Excellence Award in honour of long-time sessional lecturers Alex Pringle QC and Peter Royal QC who are both sessional lecturers for more than 25 years and were both recipients of the Sessional Teaching Excellence Award. Both

(l to r): Peter Royal QC and Alex Pringle QC

Pringle and Royal were in attendance and spoke at the reception. Professor Acorn teaches Jurisprudence: Emotion s of Conf lict and Justice, Professional Responsibility, Conf lict of Laws and The Drama of Justice: Greek and Shakespearean Plays and the Law. The inaugural recipient of the Pringle Royal Teaching Excellence Award was Marie Gordon QC, long-time sessional in Family Law. Unfortunately, Marie was not able to attend, but her daughter Maya accepted the award on behalf of her mother. Marie has been teaching Family Law to our students for decades. We congratulate both recipients on the recognition of their excellence in teaching and thank Alex Pringle, Peter Royal, Marie Gordon and over 50 sessional lectures who annually demonstrate their commitment to our students.

(l to r): Jenilee Guebert (2L) and Annalise Acorn

(l to r): Jillana Sehn (2L) and Maya Gordon

2014 TEACHING ExCELLENCE AWARDS The Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award RECIPIENT: BRUCE ZIFF


rofessor Bruce Ziff is the recipient of the 2013 h o n. Te vi e h . Mi ll er Excellence in Teaching Award. During the 2012-13 academic year, for which he is being recognized, Professor Ziff taught courses in Property Law, Land Titles and Interviewing and Counselling.

Pringle/Royal Sessional Teaching Excellence Award RECIPIENT: NAOMI SCHMOLD


aomi Schmold is the recipient of the 2013 Pringle/Royal Sessional Teaching Excellence Award. The Faculty established the Sessional Teaching Excellence Award in 2005 and in 2013 renamed the award in honour of two of its longest serving sessional lecturers, Alex Pringle QC and Peter Royal QC, both of whom were previous recipients of this award. Ms. Schmold is being recognized for her work teaching Legal Research and Writing to first year students. She is a member of the Class of 2005 and articled with the Alberta Court of Appeal and with the Federal Department of Justice, where she remained after her call to the Bar, practicing litigation. In 2009 she joined Enbridge Pipelines Inc. as Legal Counsel. her practice focused on advising internal clients on health, safety and environmental law matters. She recently accepted a secondment as Acting Privacy Officer & Compliance Counsel for Enbridge.

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anIMal law In auStralaSIa, Second edItIon contInuIng tHe dIalogue

Professor Peter Sankoff’s recent book, Animal Law in Australasia, S e c o n d E d it i o n C o n t in u ing t h e

Dialogue published by The Federation Press, was launched in Sydney, Australia in July 2013. Sankoff co-edited the book with col le ag ue s Steven Wh ite f rom Griffith University and Celeste B l a c k f r om t h e U n iv e r s i t y of Sydney. This second edition builds upon developments in animal law since 2009. Topics include the explanation of basic concepts of animal protection and theoretical underpinnings of animal law to specific areas such as: the regulation of companion animals, the use of animals in research, dog control legislation, animals in entertainment, the use of codes of welfare, the application of welfare standards to fish, the impact of WTO regulation on domestic efforts to control cruelty and Australia’s new regulatory regime for live exports.

general PrIncIPleS oF canadIan InSurance law, Second edItIon

Professor Barbara Billingsley’s recent book, General Principles of Canadian Insurance Law, 2nd Edition, was published by LexisNexis Canada. This book is designed for insurance professionals both with and without technical legal training. It explains how legal principles operate and how courts have used them in major cases. The book focusses exclusively on Canadian insurance law general principles and updates the latest developments in case law and insurance regulation.



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law, PolIcy and reProductIVe autonoMy

Professor Erin Nelson recently h ad her book L aw, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy, published by Hart Publishing. This book examines the idea of reproductive autonomy, noting that we begin to see some uncertainty about its meaning and legal implications. With a contextualized approach to reproductive autonomy as a backdrop, the book traces aspects of the regulation of reproduction in Canadian, English, US and Australian law and policy, arguing that not all reproductive decisions necessarily demand the same level of deference in law and policy, and making recommendations for reform.




he Faculty of Law welcomed its 176 newest students during this year’s orientation on September 3, 2013 concluding with the Dean’s barbeque at the Law Centre. The Faculty received 1425 applications for admission for the 2013/2014 year with a median LSAT score of 161.


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25.18 19-45 161 3.8 1425 average age

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68.75% alberta residents 31.25% non-residents

56.82% male 43.18% female

a note FroM tHe law StudentS’ aSSocIatIon (lSa) PreSIdent By AdeeL mULLA (3l)

Another strong year for the Law Students’ Association – executive members, the clubs/committees under our umbrella, and our members! The LSA, an elected body, represents the many voices of students at the Faculty of Law. LSA is responsible for coordinating and maintaining the numerous academic, professional, athletic, social, and extracurricular activities at UofA Law. The LSA Executive (Vice Presidents: General-Conor Fleming; Finance-Kathleen Cloutier; External-Scott Meyer; SocialLaura Coffell and Faiz-Ali Virji; Services-Keerit Jutla and Kismat Nijjar; Academic-Iain Walker; Sports-Steve Morrison, and First Year

Representatives Hersh Gupta and Sam Alzaman) is also the liaison between the University and the Faculty of Law’s administration. The LSA tries to make the law school experience the best it can be. LSA initiatives this year include: 1) a new website for the Association members; 2) CANs online, (free of charge); 3) increased grant funding for clubs and committees; 4) a portion of our budget next year will subsidize costs for students attending law conferences in Canada, as U of A Law representatives; 5) we re-instituted the yearbook; and 6) LSA will use an automated collection of membership fees through Beartracks next year, to better plan our finances. We hope to continue providing many services (old and new) next year. We look forward to working with the phenomenal students at the University of Alberta – Faculty of Law. Congratulations to everyone involved this year! without prejudice l aw alumni maga zine




STUDENT PROFILES UNDERGRADUATES gerry gall gloBal coMMunIty SerVIce grant recIPIentS reciPient: nATASHA TAMeS

reciPient: SArAH gAle


he purpose of the Gerry Gall Global Community Service Grant is to provide financial assistance to students who wish to become involved in projects and activities that serve the larger community, either in Canada or abroad. First year and upper year students are eligible for these awards, which are designed to permit students to pursue these activities during the summer months between their law studies at the Faculty of Law. Sarah Gale participated in two internships during the summer of 2013. The first was with the Canadian Lawyers Abroad in Kenya and the second was with the South Sudan Law Reform Review Commission. Sarah worked with the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the Transformative Justice Department in Kenya. FIDA wished to develop a policy on the establishment of the International Criminal Division of the High Court of Kenya to deal with post-election violence following the 2007/08 elections. Sarah’s role was to write a report to be sent to the Chief Justice of Kenya discussing FIDA’s concerns and recommendations. Her other major project involved working with FIDA to respond to the recommendations from the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission Report. Her second internship was with the South Sudan Law Reform Review Commission. Her responsibilities included preparing a report on the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, highlighting areas of weakness and making recommendations. For more details see News October 28, 2013. 30


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Natasha was an intern with the legal task team at a small grassroots non-governmental organization helping women who were victims of sex trafficking in Cape Town, South Africa. The organization assists women who have been trafficked into prostitution and seeks to change South African federal laws on prostitution. She chose this group as she is interested in international law and human rights. Her role was to support the legal team with research comparing how other states legislate prostitution and the advantages/ disadvantages of partial decriminalization. She also assisted with development of a community outreach program for high school students. Her research will be used by the legal team to draft model legislation which will be presented to the South African Parliament. Both students discussed how these internships provided valuable learning opportunities, to gain advocacy experience and to use legal skills and knowledge already learned in a fulfilling and meaningful way. Both mentioned that they could not have participated in these valuable experiences without the financial support of the Gall Community Service Grant. For more details see: News October 8, 2013.


GRADUATE STUDENTS Phd PrograM first U of A Law Phd graduate reciPient: SArAH HAMill Sarah Hamill is our first student admitted to the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law’s PhD program and fittingly is our first PhD graduate. She grew up in Belfast at a time when there was still sectarian tension and recalls crossing army check points when being driven to school. Though there are many physicians in her family, she chose to study law. She studied law at Glasgow which was a wonderful school for her, as it had a left wing, critical studies focus. She enjoyed doing research and writing. She wanted to pursue an advanced degree and attended the University of Toronto for an LL.M. Her thesis was about the history of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Sarah submitted a paper to the Holocaust Memorial Essay contest at our Faculty and was selected the recipient of the prize for her essay. She developed a strong interest in Canadian legal history, so she applied to Canadian law faculties for admittance to a PhD program. Sarah selected our Faculty due to the wonderful library collection, the supportive faculty members and the excitement of a new PhD program. She was required to take a number of courses including Property Law. Sarah wrote a paper for Professor Ziff that was published and later cited by the courts. Several of her papers were published in the McGill Law Journal and the UBC Law Journal and another received an award from the Canadian Journal of Law and Society for the best paper for 2012. She has served on a number of legal related and university committees and boards. She is teaching a section of the Legal Research and Writing course to first year students. Sarah decided to choose a topic for her PhD dissertation that related to Alberta history and settled on the history of the Alberta Liquor Control Board. Her dissertation is titled: Making the Law Work: The Battle for Liquor Control in Alberta, 1916-1939. Alberta played a key role in ending prohibition and has a history of innovative legal solutions. Sarah is applying for academic and post-doc positions as well as government and policy positions. Sarah is delighted to be the first PhD graduate at one of Canada’s oldest law schools. Congratulations Sarah!

ssHrc 2013 impact Talent Award recipient: HAdleY FriedlAnd Hadley Friedland is a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Law. She is a Vanier Scholar and the recipient of the 2013 Impact Talent Award from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector. The award recognizes her innovative work applying Cree legal traditions to today’s justice issues. She’s already having impact: her thesis is part of the curriculum at several law schools. Steven Penney, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) said that “… by helping to bridge the divide between Indigenous and Western legal systems, her work promises to assist in healing the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and finding solutions to a variety of pressing social problems.” Hadley was a lawyer with Alberta Justice in the Aboriginal Justice Department. Her LLM is from the U of A in 2009. Her thesis was titled: The Wetiko (Windigo) Legal Principles: Responding to Harmful People in Cree, Anishinabek and Saulteaux Societies Past, Present and Future Uses, with a Focus on Contemporary Violence and Child Victimization Concerns. The working title of Hadley’s doctoral dissertation is: Reclaiming the Language of Law: Exploring the Contemporary Articulation and Application of Cree Legal Principles in Canada. For more details see: News October 15, 2013. without prejudice l aw alumni maga zine





Clayton Bangsund is a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. he was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2013. Clayton earned his JD at the University of A lberta in 2005 and his LLM at Columbia University in 2 01 2 . C l a y t o n w a s one of 165 doctoral students in Canada to rec e i v e a Va n i e r, which is in its fifth year. The Vanier Scholarship program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting those who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarship achievement in graduate studies. Recipients of the

Vanier receive $50,000 per year from the Government of Canada for three years to fund their doctoral studies. Bangsund’s doctoral research project, entitled Deposit Accounts: The Concept of Perfection by Control, focuses on Canadian personal property security statutory reform. he is interested in answering the question of whether and to what extent Canadian common law jurisdictions ought to amend the Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) in a manner that permits or mandates a security interest in a deposit account to be perfected by control, as opposed to registration or as an alternative or supplement thereto. In 2014. Clayton will take up a tenure track appointment at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law. Saskatchewan is his native province. Clayton acknowledged the support of Professor Rod Wood, his supervisor among others who assisted him with his Vanier application. For more details see: News October 1, 2013.


John Devlin has been awarded a Fulbright Canada Award Scholarship to pursue an LLM in Constitutional Law at harvard University. his proposed research will explore the differing approaches of common law jurisdictions (especially Canada and the US) to the question of when judges may properly hear and dispose of constitutional questions outside the normal context of a live dispute between parties. John received the Judges’ Bronze Medal when he graduated from Law and was on the Dean’s List all three years of law school. he served as Law Clerk for The hon. Delores hansen of the Federal Court of Canada and concluded articles with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP in Calgary. For details see: News August 7, 2013.

HOLOCAuST REMEMBRANCE ESSAy AWARD Heather Bray was selected a s t he recipient for t h e 2013 holo c au s t Remembrance Essay Award. This is an annual award for the best essay written by a law student on a topic relating to law and the holocaust. heather’s essay entitled, “Post-War Restitution Measures for Property Expropriation in Austria: An Extreme Injustice” was selected by the Award’s judging panel composed of Professor Vivian Curran, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh; David Fraser, Professor of

Law and Social Theor y, School of Law, University of Nottingham and Professor Ted DeCoste, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. heather is from Nelson, British Columbia and is currently a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in the Lex Mercatoria Publica Project directed by Dr. Stephen Schill. She is also a S.J.D. candidate in the International Trade and Business Law Program at the University of Arizona, where she is examining the intersection between international human rights and international investment law in the law of State responsibility

for injury to aliens. heather obtained her LLM in the Business Law and Taxation Program at Western University (2011) and received an LLB from the University of New Brunswick (2010). Professor DeCoste has noted that “the Award is the only one of its kind in the English-speaking legal academic world. The holocaust Remembrance Essay Award is funded by henry Wolfond of Toronto, Class of 1992. The mission of the Award is to keep alive the memory of the holocaust in the legal academy. For more details, see: News November 15, 2013.

Aminollah Sabzevari, successfully defended his LL.M. thesis entitled: “Preconception Medical Duties: A Co-extensive Duty of Care Framework” in December 2013. Professor Gerald Robertson was his supervisor.



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By ADEEL MULLA (3L) and MEgAn KHEong (3L)


aw Show 2014 (“Alawddin”) held on February 7th and 8th, 2014 at the Myer horowitz Theatre, was a resounding success, with record attendance and new fundraising strategies. Law Show, a musical production, is an institution at the University of Alberta - Faculty of Law, and is unique among Canadian Law Schools. The entire show is created and assembled in-house, and is something all of us are extremely proud of. Upper-year students worked tirelessly throughout last year (since the summer) drafting scripts, composing lyrics, arranging musical scores, and choreographing dance routines. This year marked the 19th year of Law Show, and the final year of our three-year partnership with Edmonton’s Zebra Child Protection Centre. The Centre manages a multi-disciplinary team to support children disclosing physical or sexual abuse, through the justice system.

We raised approximately $80,000 for the Zebra Centre over three years. Next year will be the first of a three year partnership supporting Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS). Law Show did a few things differently this year. We hope these changes enhanced the show for the incredible audience who attended. The singers were on risers as a unit upstage, costume and makeup had a much greater presence on stage, and the overall production (song lyrics, music, dances and video) tried to follow a more cohesive story arc. Students, faculty, and staff all collaborate to put the show on, but it could not be done without the additional support from the legal community in Edmonton and our donors. The relationships we have formed with everyone in this network over the years is something we are all very proud of and grateful for. On the production side, we reduced costs, secured generous sponsors and

added a Westjet raffle to increase funds generated by the very successful silent auction. We will seek new marketing opportunities next year. On behalf of every involved in the show, we thank you, and hope you enjoyed the show. Our eternal gratitude goes out to the Law Show Executive, and the over 200 students who volunteered their time and energy to the show, on stage and behind the scenes. It would not have happened without you. Bravo!

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SPEAKERS “Guidelines would have added predictability while continuing to respect, rather than assault, fundamental principles of procedural fairness.” RowLAnD HARRiSon QC LLM 1975 TRANSCANADA vISITING ChAIR IN ADMINISTRATIvE & REGuLAToRy LAw

The Assault of Regulatory “Efficiency” on Procedural Fairness and Regulatory “Effectiveness” | MARCh 19, 2013 MANDATED TIME LIMITS uNDER RECENT AMENDMENTS To ThE NatioNal ENErgy Board act


owland harrison is in the second year of his appointment as the TransCanada Visiting Chair in Administrative and Regulatory Law. he has an LLB from Tasmania and an LLM from the U of A. he taught in the faculties of Law at the Uof A, Dalhousie, Calgary and University of Ottawa and practiced energy law with Stikeman Elliott. he spent the last 14 years as a member of the National Energy Board. This lecture built on the introduction to recent amendments to the NEB Act that harrison discussed in his November 2012 lecture. The amendments relegated the NEB to making a recommendation rather than a decision, and imposed time limits on the Board’s processing of applications for certificates. The implementation of these new time limits directly challenges fundamental principles of procedural fairness. The amended Act acknowledges that “consideration of fairness” must yield to the time limits …in the Act.” The issue is: will mandatory time limits improve regulatory effectiveness or impede it? The imposition of time limits appears a direct response to widespread concerns about the length of the regulatory process for major resource development projects, particularly the review of the Mackenzie Gas Project which extended to six years. Time limits may impact the regulator’s ability to compile complete records, provide fully-developed supporting reasons for their conclusions and may constrain participants from fully presenting their views. As the NEB has been successful in balancing timeliness and meeting its mandate, time limits are disproportionate to the problem. An alternative approach might have been to establish timelines as guidelines rather than legal requirements supported by measures 34


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that directly reject principles of procedural fairness and that undermine the independence of the Board’s process. Guidelines would have added predictability while continuing to respect, rather than assault, fundamental principles of procedural fairness.

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ecent regulatory proceedings dealing with controversial energy development projects such as Northern Gateway and Keystone XL have attracted participation by literally thousands of individuals and groups. harrison’s presentation reviewed the recent legislative and judicial developments that address the challenges to the orderliness and effectiveness of the regulatory process. Recent amendments to regulations restrict participation in NEB hearings to those directly affected or those who in the opinion of the Board have expertise [sec.55(2) of the NEB Act]. This is a departure from past practice and will restrict access to public interest groups and concerned citizens. The hearings related to the Northern Gateway pipeline were prior to the new regulations when the NEB itself set the rules for participation in the process. With Northern Gateway, the NEB invited broad participation which resulted in successful community engagement. The challenge is to find the balance between broad public participation, which is an inherent good in a democracy, and the public interest in an orderly and effective process. harrison does not think that Section 55(2) is as narrow as it seems. he thinks that the section confers wide discretion on the board to decide whether a party is directly affected or has information or expertise to offer to the Board. Generally those proposing the projects understand that they need the social license in order to proceed. harrison advocated a liberal view of the test to granting standing and a rigorous process in the Board to determine relevance of the information. he believes inclusiveness is the best approach.


The rt. Honourable Joe clark noVemBer 28, 2013

canada in a century of change Former Prime Minister Joe Clark addressed the role of Canada in this new century as discussed in his new book, How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change. He stated that Canada should reassert its international role as an agent for diplomacy and peace. History is a guide to the future. The conciliation demonstrated by Canadians has enabled our country to make diversity work. Canadians have demonstrated leadership in peacekeeping, the World Trade Organization, the Commonwealth and NATO. Anti-apartheid and antiland mine initiatives were led by leaders of both Liberal and Progressive Conservative governments. With the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, there are no longer physical walls. Major sources of conf lict are no longer about ideologies, but about cultures and faiths. The internet has also broken down distance and ignorance. Three consequences of these developments are: 1) the internet has empowered individual citizens who have found like voices around the globe; 2) increasing economic growth has resulted in decreasing poverty, where developing economies have become emerging economies; there are no new super powers, but multitudes of powerful states, making it harder to find consensus; 3) the development of non-state actors such as NGOs in international affairs. Some NGOs have more influence on public policy than national governments. Groups such as the Gates Foundation, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Red Cross and World Vision have become community builders and important forces in the world. What does Canada br ing to this new world? We have experience with cultural diversity, which is more important now than before. Due to our history and conduct, Canada is trusted by both the wealthy and developing countries. Canadians have developed the skill and reputation as negotiators and mediators with a deep commitment to multi-lateral organizations. For over sixty years we have practiced very skilled diplomacy and been a leader in development support. Military and economic strength though important to Canada’s future, are not enough. “Soft power” assets such as diplomacy, conciliation and development are more important today than in the past, as we can’t win wars militarily. Canada is playing a role in world affairs by “leading from beside.”

Recently our gover nment has focused on militar y and economic assets and have neglected our international roles. We should promote the relevance of international organizations, such as the UN and the Commonwealth. Canada should build informal alliances with other countries to manage diversity and develop innovative public policy. Other countries such as Norway, Switzerland and Australia have begun to do this. Canada is not a country defined by geographic boundaries. We have built this country through a national conversation, through national programs such as: equalization, health care, cultural organizations and free trade. Our background as individuals is international. As a country, we have the time and financial resources to participate in international diplomacy. We can offer our moderation, initiative and respect for others to assist other nations dealing with conflicts and inequalities.

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2012–13 MERV LEITCH QC MEMORIAL LECTuRE CHRySTiA FREELAnD | MARCh 19, 2013 Plutocrats: How the global Super-Rich are Shaping our Future


hrystia Freeland is a Canadian-American writer and journalist. When Chrystia presented the 2012-2013 Leitch Lecture she was the digital editor at Thomson Reuters, following years of service at the Financial Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post. her new book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else was recently published by Doubleday Canada. Previously she was the Global Editor-atLarge of Reuters News, having formerly been the United States managing editor of the Financial Times, based in New York City. She has worked in Kiev, Moscow, London, Toronto and most recently in New York. She is the author of Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution, a 2000 book about Russia’s journey from communism to capitalism. Chrystia was born in Peace River, Alberta and both her parents Donald Freeland (’69) and halyna Chomiak Freeland (’70) were graduates of our Faculty. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Russian history and literature from harvard University and a Master of Studies degree in Slavonic Studies from St. Antony’s College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 1993. On July 26, 2013, Chrystia left journalism to enter Canadian politics as a candidate for the nomination of the Liberal Party in the riding of Toronto Centre. She won the nomination, with the opportunity to replace retiring MP Bob Rae. Freeland was elected in a by-election held November 25, 2013 In Plutocrats, Chrystia Freeland examines the changing shape of the world’s economy by focusing on the super-rich – not just the 1% but the wealthiest 0.1%. This group, a global elite, has more in common with each other than with the everyday person in their individual countries. how did they get there? What drives them? What economic, political, technological and social changes have allowed the few to rise to such heights? And at what cost to the rest of us? Chrystia focussed her remarks on the top 0.1% of income earners. In the 1970s in the US, the top 1% accounted for 10% of the national income. In 2013, the same top 1% accounts for over 20% of the national income. The wealth in 2005 of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet was equivalent to the wealth of the bottom 40%. In 1992 the income of the 400 richest persons in the US was $300 billion and in 2013, their income totaled $1.7 trillion. Freeland began to work on Plutocrats in September 2008. Then the market crash occurred and she thought that the economic downturn would cause the end of the super rich. Actually, nothing changed for the super-rich, while the wealth of the middle class has stagnated, if not decreased. From 2009 – 2011, 166% of the recovery went to the top 1%. The inequality in wealth is increasing. One set of causes is political: lower taxes, deregulation, privatization and weaker protections for trade unions. Other causes are globalization and the technology revolution. Globalization has lifted millions of the poorest people into the middle class. But globalization 36


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“We are living in an era of economic transformation comparable in scale and scope to the Industrial Revolution.” —Chrystia Freeland

and new technology are devouring middle class jobs. Our new economy is not creating many new jobs. Those with tremendous economic power and political power begin to change the rules of the game in their favour. To compete with the powerful, you have to be born in the top economic brackets. Who are these plutocrats? Their important characteristics include that they are self-made. Their wealth is not inherited. In 1982, 40% of the top 400 wealthiest had built their own wealth. By 2011, 69% had built their own wealth. Their backgrounds are largely in math and physics where many have earned PhDs. Many have technical and engineering expertise. They are able to read trends and emerging markets. They do not see themselves as the cause of the economic problems we are facing. In the US, the very rich are shutting down access of others. Plutocrats are interested in social justice and helping the poor on a personal level, but they do not want systemic changes, such as reform of the tax system. We are living in an era of economic transformation comparable in scale and scope to the Industrial Revolution. For this new economy to benefit us all, we must embark on an era of ambitious social and political change.


2013 MERV LEITCH QC MEMORIAL LECTuRE AnDREw CoynE | NovEMBER 4, 2013 The Alarming State of Canada’s Democracy


ndrew Coyne, a columnist with Postmedia News, was raised in Winnipeg and is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. he has written previously for MacLean’s magazine, The National Post and The Globe and Mail. he also contributes to a number of other publications in Canada and abroad, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and The Walrus. A frequent commentator on television and radio, he is seen regularly on CBC’s The National. Merv Leitch for whom this lecture is named, practiced law with Macleod Dixon in Calgary, prior to joining his classmate Peter Lougheed in politics, serving from 1971 to 1982, as Attorney General, Provincial Treasurer and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. Coyne began his remarks by commenting that we in Canada no longer live under a system that we thought we did. We have the form, but not the substance of representative democracy. No democracy is perfect, but real democracy is slipping away from us. Some problems are long standing and others are more recent. The failings are profound. It hasn’t always been this way and recently has become markedly worse. The concerns apply to both federal and provincial levels of government. Issues of concern are: low voter turn out as voters view candidates as creatures of the parties; parties set all policy and the votes counted are not reflected in the election results; MPs have no real role and Parliament has little ability to hold the government to account;

all the power resides in the Prime Minister’s Office; current parties go back on their word and break their own laws; politics has become coarse, cynical and vicious; the issue is really why people continue to vote at all; our system has become like that in a third world country where Parliament is largely ceremonial and elections are sham. Coyne commented on the reasons why our system does not work, including: lack of trust in politicians; attack ads that are corrosive, and not meant to only criticize but to shut down all discussion and parties that do not respect the voters and manipulate them. Our system of “first past the post” and not majority, means if you vote for anybody but the winner, you are effectively denied representation. We elect MPs to review and enact legislation, but with omnibus legislation, MPs don’t receive the information in time, debate is cut off and closure is invoked. Parliament is not a place to discuss important matters; it has become a ceremonial body. Due to the relative powers of the parties, MPs are weak. The leaders are too strong. In Canada, the party leader dominates the caucus, chooses which candidates can run, appoints the Governor General, all members of the Supreme Court of Canada, deputy ministers, clerks of the Privy Council, the Chief of the RCMP, the Auditor General and the Privacy Commissioner. The Prime Minister decides when to dissolve Parliament, call an election and when a vote is a matter of conscience. Opposition parties have no real power. There is a crisis of legitimacy, an existential crisis. Canada’s democracy is dissolving before our eyes. Coyne made practical suggestions to address some of these concerns. We require truth in politics. Voting should be a fundamental duty of citizenship, with proportional representation so all votes are equal. We must abolish the requirement that the leader sign the nomination papers of candidates. The caucus should have the right to hire and fire the leader. We need more local democracy where local candidates are responsive to voters and we must eliminate omnibus bills and the right to prorogue. Nothing will change if we voters don’t demand change. Parliament represents all of us and is the only forum where all regions are represented to balance needs. We should hold government to account all the time. Our system is broken; let’s fix it.

“Our system is broken; let’s fix it.” —Andrew Coyne

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25tH annual Mcdonald lecture In conStItutIonal StudIeS dr. PAmeLA PALmATer | octoBer 23, 2013 section 35’s empty shell of constitutional Promise


r. Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaq lawyer whose family originates from the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. She is also chair in Indigenous Governance, and Academic Director of the newly-created Centre for Indigenous Governance in the Faculty of Arts. She is a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, affiliated with the MA program in Public Policy and Administration. Dr. Palmater completed her Doctorate in the Science of Law (SJD) at Dalhousie University Law Faculty in 2009

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and received an LL.M. from Dalhousie in Aboriginal Law, an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick and a BA with a double major in Native Studies and History from St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. She was called to the bar in New Brunswick in 1998. Palmater is active in the Assembly of First Nations and was the runner up in the Assembly of First Nations leadership elections for national Chief in 2012. She worked for the Federal Government for over ten years, and was a Director at Indian and Northern Affairs managing portfolios responsible for First Nations treaties, land claims and selfgovernment. Her current research and teaching relates to Aboriginal Governance and Justice, Comparative Indigenous Studies, Human Rights and Constitutional Law. In 2012 she was awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice. Palmater began with the question: Are we better or worse off with Section 35 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Many had high hopes that Section 35 would right past wrongs. The thinking was that First Nations’ laws would become part of Canadian law and there would be a coming together of legal systems. This was not the result. The negotiators did not define Section 35 and left the interpretation of Section 35 to the Supreme Court of Canada. Constitutional talks were planned to provide interpretation, but never proceeded. As a result, the courts deal with one issue and one person at a time. Section 35 recognizes the treaty rights of Aboriginal peoples – Indian, Metis and Inuit, including land claims agreements. Palmater reviewed the history of abuses and discrimination experienced by First Nations, provided examples of discrimination within the legal system and summarized Supreme Court of Canada decisions relating to Section 35 rights, beginning with Sparrow in 1990 that interpreted treaty rights broadly. But more recent cases have interpreted treaties with a limited view. Fundamental changes that Section 35 was to protect have not come about. Palmater argued that we need the political will to live up to the rights set out in the Charter. She cited examples of situations during the 1990s where Section 35 was not given any meaning and where injuries and death followed peaceful protests. She hopes that the Canadian government will return to a ‘nation to nation’ relationship with First Nations. She concluded that we are not better off with Section 35, but we could be. The socio-economic conditions in First Nations in the last twenty years have gotten worse. She encouraged Canadians to pressure the Federal government to implement Section 35.


2013 PIcard lecture dr. eric JUenGsT | noVemBer 14, 2013 what does it mean to claim that Personalized Genomic medicine is “empowering” and “Precise”?


ric Juengst is Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics and Professor in the Department of Social Medicine and the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of the South in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University in 1985. He has taught medical ethics and the philosophy of science on the faculties of the medical schools of the University of California, San Francisco, Penn State University and Case Western Reserve University. From 1990 to 1994, he served as the first Chief of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Branch of the National Center for Human Genome Research at the US National Institutes of Health and from 20052010 he directed the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law at CWRU, an NIH supported “Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research. Juengst argued that the words used to promote genetic testing and DNA sequencing in health care are powerful and appealing. He commented on the results of a four-year study that examined how a wide range of proponents of genomic medicine interpret the rhetoric they employ. Juengst rev iewed the development of human genome research from 1950-2000 to explain the role of individual genetics in the origin of disease. Some advocated that we were on the leading edge of a revolution in medicine, where translational genomic research would be: predictive, preventive, personalized and participator y. The language used was ‘Personalized ’ medicine utilizing an individual’s perspective. Later, the term ‘Precision’ medicine became more accepted. It included more of an authoritarian and communitarianism value. The National Academy of Sciences in 2011 abandoned the term ‘personalized’ medicine in favour of the term ‘precision’ medicine. Medicine has always been considered “personal.” Physicians take into account the personal medical history of the patient to assist with diagnosis and treatment and include the patient in decisionmaking. Genomics does not allow individualizing care. It sorts individuals into risk groups and treats individuals on the basis of that group. Individuals cannot decide on their own care; they require expert medical assistance. It is not accurate to say that we are personalizing medicine. The weakness of ‘personalized’ medicine is that it promised too much for what genomics can deliver. Juengst prefers the term ‘precision’ medicine as its focus is more on precision than on empowerment of individuals. It gives preference to medical expertise. New developments in science and technology offer new promise of developing targeted treatment. Physicians will be able to treat with greater precision, better results and less side effects.

“The weakness of ‘personalized’ medicine is that it promised too much for what genomics can deliver.” —Eric Juengst

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LAW AND BUSINESS SERIES carolynn HIron ’89 – FroM edMonton to new yorK VIa BerMuda: octoBer 17, 2013


arolynn shared her career path with our students. She advised them that obtaining a legal education is one of the best things you can do. It will open doors for you and is something to fall back on. She described how many times she re-made herself professionally, but remained herself. In grade school, Carolynn was not a stellar student, but her grade two teacher realized that she needed glasses. In grade 11 she was diagnosed with dyslexia. Her high school marks did not qualify her for university, so she became a secretary for the City of



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Edmonton in bylaw enforcement. She trained inspectors hired for the summer and realized she could be an inspector herself. When her boss told her she could not have the job as she was a woman, she quit and went back to high school to improve her grades. She entered Grant MacEwan College, graduating with a retail interior design certificate. She worked for the Miller Office Group designing offices for two years and then left to pursue a degree in Business at the University of Alberta. Her goal was to open her own office design firm, but a career counselor advised her to study either architecture or law. She applied to law school after two years in Business and was accepted. She entered law school, but continued to finish her Business degree during spring and summer sessions, despite being advised it was not necessary. Throughout her career, she has challenged the rules. She articled with Brownlee Fryett in Edmonton. She had a traditional articling experience, made good friends at the firm and had a challenging corporate law practice, but ultimately left, and with a colleague, started their own firm. She never enjoyed practice more than with her own firm, where she chose her clients, work hours and had all kinds of freedom. Some years later, she took a sabbatical from her firm when her husband received a job offer in Bermuda. They moved to Bermuda for a planned three years with their young

daughter. Carolynn thought she would not be able to work in Bermuda due to immigration rules, but she was restless. She saw an ad for a position at a law firm while riding on a bus. She joined the firm and did mostly real estate law, but felt pigeon-holed there, so left the firm without a job to go to. She wanted to return to a corporate practice. She was offered a job with Olympia Capital in Bermuda as their corporate counsel. This company was later bought by CACEIS. She was remaking herself yet again and completely immersed herself in the business community. She later was promoted to General Counsel and then Chief Executive Officer. Her husband retired, they left Bermuda after thirteen years, and she moved to New York to direct the North American operations of CACEIS as CEO. She advised the students to not be afraid. Opportunities will arise. To be successful, you have to work hard. Your integrity will be challenged and you must hold fast. How you recover from your mistakes is more important than making the mistake. Be courageous. CACEIS is one of the world’s leading asset servicing providers. CACEIS is an international banking group with offices in ten countries in Europe, North America (New York and Toronto) and Asia dedicated to institutional and corporate clients. It has $3.2 trillion in assets under custody and $1.6 trillion in assets under administration.


GIFTS REPORT Chairs and Professorships We would like to acknowledge and thank those donors who established endowed Chairs and Professorships for their generous investment and vision in supporting academic positions and enhancing our course offerings and research.

cn Professor in international Trade Borden Ladner Gervais LLP chair in energy Law and Policy Chair: Professor David Percy Q.C.

Professor: Professor Linda Reif

Thomas w. Lawlor Q.c. Professor of Law and ethics Professor: Professor John Law

Katz Group chair in Health Law Chair: Professor Gerald Robertson Q.C.

f.r. (dick) matthews Q.c. Professor of Law and Business Professor: Professor Roderick Wood

wilbur fee Bowker Professor of Law Transcanada chair in Administrative and regulatory Law

Professor: Dean Philip Bryden

Visiting Chair: Rowland Harrison Q.C.

Law Excellence Endowment Funds We would like to thank and acknowledge the following individuals and entities who contributed to the establishment of the excellence endowments noted below. These endowed discretionary excellence funds generate about $115,000 per year to be used where the need is the greatest. Thank you to all those who established and contributed to these funds. The funds were established beginning with the first Faculty campaign in 1995 and continued through Law Campaign 2008. G or don A r n e l l E x c e l le nc e F u nd , Archibald Dixon Excellence Fund, Alexander Dubensky Q.C. Excellence Fund, Faculty of L aw 75t h A n n iver s a r y C a mp a ig n Endow ment Fund, L aw E xcellence Endowment Fund (2008), The Hon. Tevie Miller Memorial Excellence Fund, Ove Minsos Q.C. and Family Excellence Fund, G.E. Trott Excellence Fund, Julia and William Warnke Excellence Fund and the Henry Wolfond Excellence Fund. 

Faculty Of Law Centenary Excellence Fund This endowed fund was established during our Faculty of Law Centenary year 2012-2013. A general Faculty of Law Centenary Excellence discretionary endowment fund and additional named discretionary funds for donations of $100,000 or greater, have been established to provide a legacy as a result of our Faculty’s centenary. Thank you to donors to the Faculty of Law Centenary Excellence Fund and to the donors who established named funds to build on the strength of the Faculty as we plan for the next one hundred years: Martin Abbott Centenary Excellence Fund, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Centenary Excellence Fund, Ellerington Education Foundation and The Hon. A. Anne McLellan Centenary Excellence Fund. Funds generated by the Faculty of Law Centenary Excellence

Endow ment Fund and the indiv idual named Centenar y Excellence Funds will be used at the discretion of the Dean of Law for the benefit of the Faculty of Law. Purposes include enhancing our complement of faculty and staff, student financial assistance, support and enhancement of student programs, teaching and research support and any other project that will ensure excellence at the Faculty of Law. These Centenary Excellence Funds and previous Excellence Endowment Funds provide critical funding for current and emerging priorities for the Faculty of Law and provide a legacy for future generations of law students.

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NEW FUNDS NEW AWArDS EStAbliShED The Faculty of Law would like to acknowledge and thank the Alberta Law Foundation as a most generous granting foundation providing $272,000 in bursary funds to Faculty of Law students.

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Establish Two Leadership Projects at the Faculty of Law with a pledge of $350,000 Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP have established the Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Centenary Excellence Fund and the Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Entrance Scholarship, each receiving support in the sum of $175,000. The Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Centenary Excellence Fund is an endowed fund that provides discretionary funding for the Dean of Law to support both areas of current need and emerging priorities. This type of funding is critical for the Faculty of Law to be able to have the flexibility to meet the most pressing priorities. The Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Entrance Scholarship will provide one student each year for five years with a scholarship in the sum of $10,000 entering first year, which is renewable for the next two years if the student maintains a top grade point average, in the sum of $7,500 per year for a total scholarship of $25,000. This is one of the most generous scholarships that the Faculty of Law offers and will assist us in attracting some of the brightest and best students from across Canada to choose to attend our Faculty. We are grateful to the partners at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP for this leadership commitment and choosing to directly attract and support our best students, while also providing funds so that the Dean can meet current needs and priorities.

Law Students’ Association Award The Law Students’ Association endowed a new award for a student with satisfactory academic standing continuing in the Degree of Juris Doctor. The selection will be based on demonstrated involvement in extracurricular activities and contributions to student life in the Faculty of Law. The award will be allocated annually at the $1,000 level.



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The hon. A. Anne McLellan Centenary Excellence Fund Established The hon. A. Anne McLellan OC established The hon. A. Anne McLellan Centenary Excellence Endowment Fund with a gift of $250,000. The fund will be used at the discretion of the Dean of Law for the benefit of the Faculty of Law. Purposes include support for faculty, teaching and staff positions, student financial assistance, support and enhancement of student programs, teaching and research support and any other project that will ensure excellence at the Faculty of Law. In addition to establishing the endowment, funds will be used to install video conferencing equipment into the Law Centre. We thank Anne very much for her most generous gift to ensure the Faculty has the ability to maintain excellence in the program provided to students.

Thomas Maccagno Memorial Award This award was established by David McLean a close friend and classmate of Thomas Maccagno. The award will provide support to a student from the Lac La Biche area in northern Alberta, where the Maccagno family lived and worked and were an important part of the community.


Richardson Oliver Law Group LLP Prize Kent Richardson is a member of the Class of ‘93 and principal in the firm of Richardson Oliver located in Mountain View, California that specializes in intellectual property law. The prize in the sum of $2,000 will be funded annually for a minimum of five years. The award will be allocated to a student with superior academic achievement in Intellectual Property Law who prepares and submits a paper on the cultural, social and political implications of intellectual property law. Selection based on highest mark achieved on the paper.

J.A. Miller QC Prize in health & Safety This new course prize endowed by Jennifer Miller QC will recognize student excellence in courses related to health and safety. This will be awarded to a student entering an upper year of a degree in Juris Doctor with superior academic achievement in courses related to health and/or safety law in the Faculty of Law. Selection will be based on academic achievement in these courses. These are the areas of practice focus for Jennifer Miller, a partner at Bennett Jones LLP in Edmonton. We thank Jennifer Miller for her generous investment in our students and encouraging recognition of students studying in these areas.

Robert Tennant Provides funding for Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association Programs Robert Tennant, long-time treasurer of the Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association has contributed funds from a number of charitable foundations that he directs to support the Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association.

Witten LLP Establishes New Prize in Property Law Witten LLP has established a new prize in Property Law for the student with the highest academic standing in Property Law. The Witten LLP Prize in Property Law will be endowed, and will begin to be allocated to a student from the spring of 2014. Thank you to the partners of Witten LLP for creating a course prize in Property Law.

Susan E. hoffman Provides Funding for Student Bursaries Susan hoffman has very generously made a pledge of $250,000 for student bursaries. These funds will be distributed over five years and have very general terms of reference to provide for the most flexibility in terms of numbers and amounts of bursaries allocated annually. The Faculty of Law extends our thanks to Susan hoffman for this extraordinarily generous support for our students.

Canons of Construction Award The executive of the Canons of Construction established a new annually funded award that will be awarded to a student with satisfactory academic standing continuing in a Degree of Juris Doctor. Selection will be based on demonstrated involvement with and contributions to the organization and production of the Canons of Construction – University of Alberta Law Student Paper. The award will be in the sum of $1,000 annually.

Douglas Stollery QC sponsors Wilson Moot Doug Stollery QC has agreed to provide sponsorship funding to enable our students to participate in the Wilson Moot. This moot in honour of The hon. Bertha Wilson is focused on equality rights issues. This commitment from Doug enables our students for the first time to participate in this important moot. Stollery has provided funding for a period of five years to support the travel and accommodation costs of the team members and their coach.

harold Veale QC establishes the Genevieve Veale Memorial Award in Law harold Veale QC established an annually funded award in memory of his mother Genevieve Veale. The Genevieve Veale Award will be awarded to a student with satisfactory academic standing convocating with a Degree of Juris Doctor. Selection will be based on demonstrating significant contribution (s) to student life at the University of Alberta. This award in the sum of $1,000 will be funded for a period of ten years. Thank you to Mr. Veale for this recognition of the importance of student leadership and involvement as an important part of the education of a lawyer. without prejudice l aw alumni maga zine





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