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The Advisory: Volume 10, Issue 3, July 2012


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Distinguished Service Honourees Recognized for Exemplary Leadership

By Bria Cridland, Communications Coordinator, Law Society of Alberta

The Distinguished Service Awards celebrate excellence in the legal profession. Jointly awarded by the Law Society of Alberta and CBA – Alberta, these awards were presented on January 27, 2012 to David P. Jones, QC; W. Laird Hunter, QC; Cheryl Gottselig, QC; and Michael F. Casey, QC.

Michael F. Casey, QC
Service to the Community

Shortly after earning his law degree from Queen’s University in 1972, Michael F. Casey embarked on distinguished career in insurance law and in community service. His leadership in community service includes volunteering his time and expertise with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede where he is currently as president and chairman. Mr. Casey’s many leadership positions have included serving with the Calgary Olympic Committee, president of the Calgary Junior Chamber of Commerce, chairing the Calgary Grey Cup Committee, and a director and vice chair of the Canada 2005 Expo Corp.

David P. Jones, QC
Legal Scholarship

Beginning as a law teacher at McGill, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts, to graduating with his Bachelor of Civil Law from Balliol College at the University of Oxford, to becoming a professor of law at the University of Alberta, Dr. David Jones has held numerous roles as a sessional lecturer, assistant and associate professor and full professor. The Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice have been among the many beneficiaries of Dr. Jones’ expertise.

Cheryl Gottselig, QC
Service to the Profession

After earning her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1971, Ms. Gottselig served with several law firms before being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992. Throughout her career in real estate law, she has had a life-long commitment to legal education, including teaching parts of the Alberta Real Estate Agents course for 10 years, lecturing on wills, estates and real estate for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, teaching the Alberta Bar admission ethics course, and chairing LESA’s refresher course on negotiating and setting estate issues. She is one of only four women to have served as a Law Society of Alberta president (2002-03).

W. Laird Hunter, QC
Pro Bono Legal Service

Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1979 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006, Mr. Hunter has worked with numerous charities and non-profit organizations. A partner in his own firm since 1981, and currently practising with Richards Hunter in Edmonton, Mr. Hunter’s many pro bono contributions include work with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, the Agency for Co-operative Housing, the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and Imagine Canada as well as work on two high-profile Supreme Court of Canada cases. In addition, he has devoted a significant amount of time to working with First Nations to introduce the concepts of community economic development.

Left to Right; David P. Jones, QC; W. Laird Hunter, QC; Cheryl Gottselig, QC; and Michael F. Casey, QC

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