The Advisory: Volume 8, Issue 3, June 2010

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Alan Dale Hunter, QC, Bencher & Law Society of Alberta Past President

Alan Dale Hunter, QC, former Bencher and past president of the Law Society of Alberta passed away April 6, 2010 after a distinguished career in law.

Mr. Hunter, who received his BA and LL.B from the University of BC in 1960 and 1961 respectively, was admitted to the Alberta bar on June 28, 1962. He was sworn-in before the Honourable Justice Kirby in Calgary.

Mr. Hunter was elected Bencher of the Law Society in December 1982 and became president in his last year, from February 1988 to January 1989.

“As you know,” he wrote in his last President’s report in the January 1989 Advisory, “the business of the Law Society is substantially enabled by the voluntary efforts of many colleagues. I am sure that each one of us is motivated by the opportunity to return something to a profession that has given so much, as was my motivation to let my name stand for election as a Bencher in 1981.”

He was a former Director of Environmental Law Centre, chair of the Alberta Law Reform Institute and led the Law for the Future campaign for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. The University later named him an honourary professor.

He also served as president of the Ranchmen’s Club, was a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, American College of Trial Lawyers and the Barristers Society.

The Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association Alberta awarded him in 1995 a Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Community

In 2005, the Province of Alberta awarded him the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the people and the province.

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