The Advisory: Volume 9, Issue 3, December 2011

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Calgary Lawyers Honoured for Fifty Years of Service

An excerpt of a speech made by President Douglas R. Mah, QC, President of the Law Society of Alberta at a Long Service Awards luncheon held on September 29, 2011 in Calgary, AB

On September 29, 2011, Long Service Awards were presented to two Calgary lawyers for 50 years of service. Law Society President Doug Mah, QC, presented certificates to Gerald W. Pittman, QC (left) and Steve Denecky, QC (right). The Honourable Arthur Morton Lutz was also honored for 50 years of service to the profession but was unable to attend the awards luncheon.

It is my great pleasure to welcome each of you here today as we celebrate the distinguished careers of three Alberta lawyers.

The three lawyers we are honouring today – Mr. Steve Denecky, QC, The Honourable Justice A. M. Lutz and Mr. Gerald W. Pittman, QC - combined, have been serving the people of Alberta and the legal profession for 150 years.

The Honourable Justice Lutz

The Honourable Justice Lutz was born in Grafton, Nova Scotia. He received his commerce degree from Mount Allison University in Nova Scotia in 1957 and his law degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS in 1960.

He articled under William Robert Sinclair in Edmonton and was called to the bar June 23, 1961 in Edmonton before the Honourable Mr. Justice M.E. Manning of the Supreme Court of Alberta.

On November 4, 1982, he was appointed Justice to the Court of Queen’s Bench. He continues to serve on the Bench in Calgary.

Steve Denecky, QC

Steve Denecky received his Arts degree in 1959 and his law degree in 1960 from the University of Alberta. He articled under Briant W. Stringham in Lethbridge, Alberta.

He was called to the bar on June 19, 1961 in Medicine Hat before the Honourable Mr. Justice J.V.H. Milvain. Mr. Denecky began his 50-year law career with the firm, Stringham Denecky.

He practises in the areas of wills and estates, agricultural law, expropriation, administrative boards, real estate and general practice. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991.

As a result of his dedication to his profession and to his community, Mr. Denecky has been the recipient of many prestigious awards.

Gerald W. Pittman, QC

Gerald W. Pittman earned his Arts degree in 1958 and his law degree a year later in 1960 from the University of Saskatchewan. He articled under Ward H. Patterson, QC in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. On June 23, 1961, he was called to the bar in Calgary before the Honourable Mr. Justice Hugh C. Farthing.

He is practising real estate law with the firm Pittman MacIsaac & Roy in Calgary. For exemplary service to society, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988. In 2001, he was awarded a Distinguished Service to the Community Award from the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association - Alberta.

He is a dedicated community volunteer whose contributions span health care, the arts and education. He has served as a board member of the Calgary Health Trust, chair of the Carewest Foundation, chair of the Calgary Auxiliary and Nursing Home district No. 7 Carewest and as a board member for the same. As well, he has been involved with the Society of Canadian Friends of the British Museum, and served as senator for the University of Calgary, director of the Glenbow Museum Acquisitions Society and director of the Calgary Philharmonic Society.

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