November 29, 2018
Kent Teskey, QC Elected President-Elect 2019-2020
Kent Teskey, QC, ( pictured right) has been elected by the Benchers as the incoming President-Elect. He will join Rob Armstrong, QC, who will take over as President from Don Cranston, QC in February for the 2019-20 term. 

Kent received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. He practices exclusively in the area of criminal defence law. He joined the Board in 2015.

"I am honoured to be elected by my fellow Benchers as the President-Elect of the Law Society of Alberta," said Kent. "I look forward to continuing the work of the Law Society by ensuring that Albertans continue to receive high quality, innovative and ethical legal services from its 10,000 lawyers."

Kent continued, "As a relatively young lawyer called in 2005, I am interested in ensuring that new lawyers find a satisfying and safe place to practice while being equipped to succeed. However, statistics tell us that almost half of lawyers leave the profession after five years. In my view, the Law Society should work diligently to ensure that all of our lawyers have the opportunity to find their place within our profession."

"The success of the Law Society will and should be measured by the quality, diversity and impact of the individual Alberta lawyers we regulate. The Benchers recognize the need to be responsive to the significant changes facing lawyers in Alberta and we want to hear from co lleagues and stakeholders as we work towards a more modern and inclusive profession for the 21st century."
2019-2020 Executive Committee Elected
The 2019-20 Executive Committee will be Rob Armstrong, QC, Kent Teskey, QC, Cal Johnson, QC, Darlene Scott, QC, Margaret Unsworth, QC, Ken Warren, QC and Robert Dunster.

We congratulate the incoming Executive Committee.
ALIA Request for Information
The Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association (ALIA) is seeking to identify and evaluate improved methods to effectively manage its indemnity program in an efficient and effective manner. As part of this work, ALIA is evaluating both its existing approach to retain outside counsel as well as two modified approaches to using the services of both in-house counsel and external counsel. The intent is that the new approaches would augment and not replace the current model. ALIA would like to hear from you on this matter.

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If you have any questions, please email ALIA.
Indigenous Education Series Video Recordings Now Available
The Law Society of Alberta is committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. We are providing free education opportunities for lawyers on Indigenous issues. We held two seminars this fall and the video recordings are now available. We encourage you to set aside some time at lunch or otherwise to watch them.

TRC 101 ( 45 minutes )
Speaker: Professor Kathleen Mahoney, QC, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law

Speakers: David Nahwegahbow, Nahwegahbow Corbiere and Racquel Fraser, Maurice Law

Future Topics  ( registration not yet available )

February 19, 2019 - One Day Conference in Edmonton
February 20, 2019 - One Day Conference in Calgary
Topics will include: Treaty 101, Indigenous Laws, Consultation, Business Development, Child Welfare and Gladue Reports

March 2019 
Indigenous Governance and Sovereignty

May 2019 
Aboriginal Case Law Updates
2019 Distinguished Service Award Winners Announced
Jointly presented by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta, these prestigious awards shine a light on the outstanding contributions Alberta lawyers provide. The winners of the 2019 Distinguished Service Awards are:

  • Professor Tamara Buckwold for Distinguished Service in Legal Scholarship
  • Tracey D. Stock for Distinguished Service in Pro Bono Legal Service
  • John-Paul Boyd for Distinguished Service to the Community
  • Kevin Feth, QC for Distinguished Service to the Profession

The recipients will be honoured at a luncheon on February 5, 2019 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Westin Edmonton. Contact the CBA-Alberta branch for ticket information.