July 29, 2021
Congratulations to the 2021 Viscount Bennett Scholarship Recipients 
The Law Society of Alberta is pleased to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Viscount Bennett Scholarship.
Ngaire Androsoff

Ngaire earned her Juris Doctor from Bond University in 2017 where she graduated with honours. Prior to law school, she attended the University of Calgary where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

She currently works as a legal writer in Edmonton and has accepted an offer of admission to the Master of Laws program at the University of Alberta.

Ngaire's thesis will examine the interaction of the control of fake news and freedom of expression guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Rory Tighe

Rory is a graduate of Queen’s University. In 2015, he completed a Master of Arts in Economics and in 2017, he earned his Juris Doctor. Before attending Queen's University, Rory also completed a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Economics at the University of Alberta.

He currently works as counsel with the Department of Justice in Edmonton where he conducts litigation matters in tax, general civil and Indigenous law.

Outside of work, Rory is pursuing a Master's in Taxation through a two-year, part-time program offered through Oxford University's Faculty of Law.
Rachel Weary

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor and was awarded the Horace Harvey Medal in Law for highest standing in the graduating class of 2018. Rachel also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

She currently practises civil litigation and wills and estates in St. Albert and will be returning to the University of Alberta in September 2021 for the Master of Laws program.

Rachel's research will investigate various legal questions arising from the Alberta Guarantees Acknowledgment Act.
About the Viscount Bennett Scholarship

The Viscount Bennett Scholarship is funded through a trust established by the late Right Honourable Viscount Bennett. It was put in place to encourage a higher standard in legal education, offered to support those interested in pursuing post-graduate studies in law. This prestigious accolade is awarded to individuals with an exceptional academic record and a clear dedication to contribute to their community through the practice of law.
Bencher Profile Series
Grant Vogeli, QC

For Grant Vogeli, QC, giving back to society was a practice instilled in him as an articling student and he has maintained that outlook throughout his nearly four-decade legal career.

When Grant was an articling student, a senior lawyer at his firm told him that as a lawyer he has a duty to serve society through volunteering and charity work. “I got involved in the community early in my career and haven’t looked back. It’s been personally gratifying to use my professional skills in service of others, because it really is true that the more you give, the more you get...”
Sandra Petersson

Sandra Petersson believes that earning a law degree opens many paths, some less traveled than others. Sandra herself has had a unique legal career, first as a tenured academic in New Zealand then working at the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) – first as legal counsel, then research manager and now as Executive Director.

“My prior involvement with other organizations, combined with my teaching experience, provide a good background in a range of issues that affect our profession. I’ve also always had a keen interest in helping younger members of our profession find their niche..."
Recruiting Mentors for Mentor Express 2021-2022
A reminder that an expanded version of the Mentor Express program is launching in September 2021 to accommodate automatic enrolment for new lawyers called to the bar. For more information, read the full announcement and our FAQ.

This means that we need new mentors now more than ever. If you have practised for at least five years, you can serve as a mentor in Mentor Express. Feedback from current mentors has been overwhelmingly positive. The comment below reflects one sentiment from a past Mentor Express mentor:

“I wanted to take a minute to tell you that I think that the Mentor program is a stunning success. I have had the chance to meet with several dynamic and intelligent young people… I can say that I consider every minute that I spend with mentees a privilege and time well spent.”

As a mentor, you are a role model for the future generation of lawyers. The experience and knowledge that you share with a new lawyer is invaluable to their growth and career development. In addition, the experience will provide you with valuable coaching and mentoring skills.

As a mentor in Mentor Express, you will meet with new lawyers on a schedule that works for you. Mentors only commit to 10 one-hour sessions per year, providing flexibility for busy lawyers interested in giving back to the profession.

Find out more about Mentor Express or register to participate on our website. If you have questions, contact the Mentorship team.
New Remote Access to WestlawNext via Alberta Law Libraries
Alberta Law Libraries are pleased to announce remote access to WestLawNext Canada for registered members. Remote accounts will be valid for 14 days and will provide access to WestLawNext Canada, including these key sources: LawSource, CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates & TrustsSource, EmploymentSource, and InsolvencySource.

For more information, please email Alberta Law Libraries or visit their website.
National Study of Well-being of Legal Professionals Deadline Extended
In the June 10 eBulletin, we announced that the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) has partnered with the Canadian Bar Association and the Université de Sherbrooke to conduct a unique research study on the mental health and well-being of legal professionals in Canada.

The deadline to complete this survey has been extended to Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

Your participation in this survey will help the the FLSC and the Law Society to develop and support a more sustainable and healthy practice of law in Alberta. The survey should take between
30 and 45 minutes to complete in either English or French. Responses are anonymous and strictly confidential.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email Prof. Nathalie Cadieux, PhD CRHA.
Court Announcements
Provincial Court

The Court is pleased to announce that the Criminal Rules will come into effect on Sept. 1, 2021. These Rules apply to all criminal and provincial offence proceedings, excluding youth proceedings. They do not apply where a Justice of the Peace presides. Learn more.

Court of Queen's Bench

Effective immediately, counsel and litigants will be able to access real-time availability for Masters Chambers, Civil Justice Chambers and Family Docket Court via this link. Currently, this applies to Calgary and Edmonton only.

Court of Appeal

Effective Nov. 1, 2021, the Court of Appeal will resume in-person proceedings for all appeal sittings and applications before three-judge panels.

An update on how the Court will be conducting applications before a single judge, Appeal Conferences, Appellate Judicial Dispute Resolution and Bar Admissions after Nov. 1, 2021 will be provided in a separate notice at a later date. Learn more.
Upcoming Events
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