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Friday, January 20, 2012

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In this issue:
Erosion of the Legal Profession’s Monopoly - Should this be Bad News?
Law Society and CBA to Honour Four Distinguished Lawyers
Lawyers Elect Six New Benchers to the Law Society
Please Note Deadline for Declaring your 2012 CPD Plan is March 15, 2012

Erosion of the Legal Profession’s Monopoly - Should this be Bad News?

Plan to attend the Law Society’s leading-edge plenary session at the Alberta Law Conference on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the Westin Hotel.

The Law Society’s plenary will explore what the monopoly is in today’s world, who is making inroads and why, and whether these inroads can be justified as an access to justice solution.

Find out what the Law Society’s recent surveys of the public and the profession tell us about these issues. Learn about the growth of non-lawyer legal service delivery in the province. And discover 10 things lawyers can do to help manage the erosion in this challenging environment.

Presenters for the Law Society will be Douglas R. Mah, QC, President and Steve Raby, QC, President-Elect, and guest presenter will be Darrel Pink, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Barristers Society.

Doug Mah will discuss the context of legal services delivery in Alberta, and will share the research outcomes and conclusions drawn from the Alternate Delivery of Legal Services project on legal service delivery in Alberta.

Guest presenter Darrel Pink will speak about new and varying models of legal service delivery, and the erosion of self-governance around the globe.

Steve Raby will facilitate a discussion on the access to legal services problems in Alberta and Canada and strategies for the legal profession.

The Conference will be held at the Westin Hotel, Calgary, Alberta. Plan to attend this important discussion about the future of the legal profession.


Law Society and CBA to Honour Four Distinguished Lawyers

Four outstanding lawyers in Alberta will be honoured with a 2012 Distinguished Service Award at the upcoming Alberta Law Conference.

The Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association Alberta will present awards to the following:

  • David P. Jones, QC for Distinguished Service in Legal Scholarship
  • Michael F. Casey, QC for Distinguished Service to the Community
  • Cheryl C. Gottselig, QC for Distinguished Service to the Profession
  • W. Laird Hunter, QC for Distinguished Service in Pro Bono  

The 2012 Distinguished Service Awards luncheon will be held on January 27, 2012 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta.

The Law Society and CBA Alberta thanks all those who submitted nominations for these annual awards. For more details and to order luncheon tickets, please contact CBA Alberta at


Lawyers Elect Six New Benchers to the Law Society

The Law Society of Alberta thanks all lawyers for participating in the 2011 Bencher election.

Thanks to all who voted, and a special thanks to all 48 candidates who put their names forward for election. This year marked the first time the Law Society offered online voting in addition to the submitting a paper ballot. The online voting was a success with 60 per cent of voters choosing to submit their ballots online through the Votenet site.

On November 15, 2011, the following were elected, including six new incoming Benchers:

  • Larry Ackerl, QC, Edmonton
  • Neena Ahluwalia, QC, Edmonton
  • Rose Carter, QC, Calgary
  • W.E. Brett Code, QC, Calgary
  • Nancy Dilts, QC Calgary (new)
  • James T. Eamon, QC, Calgary
  • Dennis Edney, QC, Edmonton
  • Fred R. Fenwick, QC, Calgary
  • Kevin Feth, QC, Edmonton
  • James Glass, QC, Acclaimed for Central District, Pursuant to Rule 10(4)
  • Robert G. Harvie, QC, Southern District (new)
  • Carsten Jensen, QC, Calgary
  • Sarah King-D’Souza, QC, Calgary
  • Anne Kirker, QC, Calgary (new)
  • Gillian D. Marriott, QC, Calgary (new)
  • Steve Raby, QC, Calgary
  • Kathleen A. Ryan, QC, Edmonton, (new)
  • Frederica Schutz, QC, Edmonton
  • Donald K. Scott, QC, Northern District
  • Anthony G. Young, QC, Calgary

Voting packages were mailed to 8,675 lawyers eligible to vote with 3,681 voting successfully (42.4 per cent). Approximately 60 per cent of voters (2,197) used the online voting site to submit their ballots The other 40 per cent (1,484) mailed their ballots to the Law Society. The Law Society will be seeking feedback from lawyers on the voting process through an online survey in the coming weeks.

The complete 2011 Bencher Election results will be published in the January 2012 Advisory and are available at


Please Note Deadline for Declaring your 2012 CPD Plan is March 15, 2012

On or before March 15, 2012, you will need to declare to the Law Society that you have made a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan.

A key component that goes into the preparation of your 2012 CPD plan is evaluating the implementation of your 2011 CPD activities.

In this evaluation, you may ask yourself the following four questions:

  1. What activities did I undertake pursuant to last year’s CPD Plan?
  2. How did this activity improve my competence as a lawyer?
  3. How much time did I spend on these CPD activities in 2011?
  4. What will be carried forward to my 2012 CPD Plan?

For those using the CPD Alberta template at, these questions are incorporated into the CPD Plan template. For lawyers doing their own CPD Planning, these questions should be answered and documented before making a 2012 CPD Plan.

Creating and implementing a CPD plan is a “best practice” which demonstrates to the public that Alberta lawyers strive for excellence in their practice of law.

On or before March 15, 2011, all active lawyers will need to have done three things:

  1. Evaluate the implementation of their 2011 CPD Plan.
  2. Prepare CPD plan, and
  3. Declare to the Law Society by March 15, 2012 that they have made a plan.

Lawyers are required to prepare written CPD plans annually, and keep them for five years. For more information on the CPD program, please visit


Law Society of Alberta

Memorial Service January 23, 2012 for Brian E. Peterson, QC

The Law Society of Alberta is deeply saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of former Bencher Brian E. Peterson, QC at his home in Edmonton on January 17, 2012.

Brian Peterson served as Bencher for the Law Society From Feb 2002 to Feb 2006. At the Law Society, he was chair of the Criminal Practice Advisory and Practice Review Committees, and Vice-Chair of the Conduct and Credentials and Education Committees.

He was called to the Bar on July 6, 1979 and commenced a law career as Crown Prosecutor with Alberta Justice. In 1998, he joined the law firm of Pringle, Peterson McDonald and Bottos and practiced as a defence lawyer. He received his 30-Year Long Service pin in 2009.

He is survived by his wife and two children. A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 23, 2012 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 1001-114 Street, Edmonton.


Upcoming Queen’s Counsel Ceremonies

Ceremonies honouring the newly appointed Queen’s Counsel will be held in:

Edmonton on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 317, Law Courts Building, 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB and

Calgary on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1801, Calgary Courts Centre, 601 5th Street SW, Calgary, AB.

Members of the Bar are invited to attend the ceremonies. The recipient list is posted on the Alberta Courts website at under Court of Appeal Announcements.


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