The many contributions made by lawyers in Alberta are interwoven into the fabric of modern day society. Lawyers, through their legal work, volunteer efforts and teachings, have made a profound difference in building their communities. The Law Society of Alberta seeks to recognize the invaluable impact lawyers make on a daily basis. The awards program at the Law Society of Alberta provides Albertans and lawyers an opportunity to highlight the achievements, dedication and efforts made by those in the legal profession.
Each year, the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta host the Distinguished Service Awards which celebrate excellence in four categories – service to the community, to the legal profession, in pro bono work and in legal scholarship.
As well, certificates are presented to active lawyers and members of the judiciary who have practised law for 50 and 60 years. The Law Society of Alberta also administers a program which recognizes 30 Years of Service by lawyers in Alberta.
The Law Society of Alberta fosters excellence in legal education through three major scholarships and bursaries: The Viscount Bennett Scholarship for legal graduate studies, the W. B. Kelly, QC, Memorial Prize for third-year law students, and the Peter Freeman, QC, Bursary for Indigenous Students in Law.