The Advisory: Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2010

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Benchers Welcome Larry Ackerl

The Benchers welcomed Larry Ackerl as the Law Society of Alberta’s newest Bencher to replace Shirish Chotalia, QC who has resigned to take on the position of chair, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

Larry Ackerl received his BA from the University of Western Ontario and his law degree from Queen’s University. He subsequently was appointed Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario. Larry is currently with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada where he oversees all private sector counsel conducting federal prosecutions in Alberta.

Over his 20 years of practice, Larry has held Deputy Director, appellate and trial counsel positions. He has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta and the Supreme Court of Canada. He regularly serves on committees discussing administration of justice issues. Larry has also guest lectured at the University of Alberta law school, advocacy symposiums, and legal conferences.

Larry’s volunteer community involvement includes: the Heart and Stroke Foundation, various St. Albert youth hockey and soccer associations, parent advisory council for Vital Grandin Catholic School, University of Alberta Hospital Cardiac Unit and the United Way. Larry is married with four children; his wife, Karen Smith, practises civil litigation in Edmonton.

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