The Advisory: Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2010

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Welcome to new Deputy Executive Director - Regulation

By Don Thompson, QC, Executive Director, Law Society of Alberta

I am very pleased to announce that Howard Kushner has joined the Law Society of Alberta as Deputy Executive Director – Regulation.

Howard brings significant and relevant experience to this position, having worked most recently as the Chief Legal Officer at the Law Society of British Columbia, and prior to that as Ombudsman in BC. His roots are in Alberta, having been called to the Bar here in 1976.

 As Chief Legal Officer with the Law Society of BC, he oversaw all of its regulatory programs, including complaint resolution, investigations, discipline and custodianships. As Ombudsman, Howard’s leadership and creative management was credited in guiding the Ombudsman’s office through a time of budgetary constraints. Under his leadership, he introduced a mobile intake office to handle complaints and an annual provincial “roadshow”.

Born and raised in Edmonton, he graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree (1972) then attended the University of Toronto law school. After articling and spending a year with the Alberta Department of Justice, he earned his LL.M from the University of London.

After teaching constitutional law, administrative law, municipal law and corporate law at the University of BC, Howard returned to Alberta Justice where he held several senior legal and management positions. He served as special advisor to then Premier Don Getty in the historic Meech Lake negotiations in June 1990 in Ottawa. He also was a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta from 1986 to 1996.

Howard also served from 1996 to 1999 as Director of Legal Services for the Yukon government.

In his new role, Howard will assist the Law Society of Alberta in meeting its strategic objectives in all regulatory areas in the Law Society.

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