Some immigrated from abroad or moved from within Canada, others were born and raised Albertans. Some attended the University of Alberta, others studied or articled as students in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Lethbridge. Most were in their 20s, three were in their 30s and one was 18-years-old.
Instead of being called to the Bar,
37 Alberta law students
answered the ultimate call for our country. They perished in World War I before they could return home to become lawyers.
“Their bravery and sacrifice allow today’s lawyers to continue to stand for justice.” said Don Cranston, QC, President of the Law Society of Alberta. “This is something that should never be taken for granted.”
In memory and recognition of their sacrifice, the Law Society of Alberta Board of Directors (also known as Benchers) passed a resolution to posthumously admit these 37 law students to the Alberta Bar.
This initiative is led by the Legal Archives Society of Alberta’s project titled “We Have Not Forgotten”. The Bar Call ceremony will take place on November 9, 2018 in the Ceremonial Court at the Calgary Court Center at 4 p.m.