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Feature Volunteer: Krista Frohlich

As our second feature volunteer this week, I’d like to introduce you to Krista Frohlich of Frohlich Rollins Frolich. Krista was called to the bar in 1998 and has been practicing family law exclusively since that time. We chatted with Krista to share with you a little bit about her and some of her favourite memories of volunteering for LESA.

Please share with us a little bit about your background; your education, family, work?

I graduated with a BA and LLB from the University of Alberta, but spent a semester in second year law school at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia (and taught tennis while I was there, which was fun!). After articling with Field Law and then practicing for a year with Balbi & Company in Calgary, I became an associate with Frohlich Rand Kiss, and then partner in 2004 with Frohlich Rollins Frohich.  I am actively involved in the legal community and have volunteered as a Child Support Resolutions Officer/Meditator with Alberta Justice in addition to my long list of activities involving CPLED and live seminars put on by LESA.

You have been a loyal supporter of LESA. What makes you want to volunteer?

I enjoy the camaraderie with other lawyers and getting to know some follow organizers/panellists through the volunteer process.  I would not have the chance to get to know some other fellow lawyers in other Alberta centers without having volunteered with LESA.  Volunteering also sharpens my research skills and always results in me learning more about some area of the law which I can then put to practical use.  Plus it is a great resource in developing a “go to” database of people you can contact to ask questions when you are not sure of an area or issue.  I also think it is important as lawyers gain experience in their chosen area of practice to give back to the legal community by volunteering at law or non-related events, and mentoring less experienced or younger lawyers.  It is also a valuable experience to the lawyer to do so.

What motivates you?

Learning new skills and approaches to solving problems motivates me.  Learning motivates me.  The one thing about Family Law is there are so many areas of the law you have to have some knowledge of – corporate matters, criminal law, immigration law, creditor/debtor matters, landlord/tenant, etc.  The learning never stops.  Just when you’ve think you’ve seen something entirely unusual and strange, then something else comes along!  What motivates me and what I enjoy the most are the people I’ve met and relationships I’ve gained because of my involvement in the legal field.  A few of my fellow lawyers have become good friends after hotly contested files with them. I’ve also developed friendships with some of the Courthouse staff and LESA staff as well.  When you’ve assisted a client through a difficult time and the matter has been resolved or concluded, that is also a satisfying moment.

What led you to a career in the legal profession?

Some days I’m not sure that I have yet figured out what I want to be when I grow up!  However I knew coming out of high school that I wanted to help people.  In law school I also knew that I wanted a practice area that would give me contact with people  My impression in law school was that the practice areas where one could have an immediate effect of assisting people who needed help would be in family or criminal law.  I was drawn to those areas and proceeded to practice family law.  (I was exposed to it before law school from time to time as my father practices in family law).

What advice would you pass on to a newly called lawyer?

If you have the ability to, try as many different practice areas early on that you believe may interest you.  It gives you a good experience base even if you decide to focus on one area exclusively later in your practice.  It also results in a lawyer developing a variety of different skills, and hopefully you find an practice area you enjoy.  Take advantage of different LESA, CBA other practice development courses/activities as much as you can.  It is helpful to volunteer at a variety of events to network, meet people, and development friendships and relationships.

It is also important to know when you don’t know or understand something.  Don’t fake it.  There is always someone who knows more than you do so ask them!

Do you have a LESA volunteer experience that is particularly memorable for you?

I really enjoyed being a section chair at the Lake Louise Refresher Course in 2009.  It was the first LESA seminar I was involved in and I was the youngest chair out of our group of volunteers that year, so I was a bit nervous at having my rookie premiere at the biggest seminar for Family Law practitioners in a four year period.  But it was enjoyable to work with the panellists and organizing staff.  And it was all to be in beautiful Lake Louise!

Another experience was the 2 trips to the Edmonton International Airport trying to get to Calgary in January 2010 to present at the Family Law for Legal Support Staff seminar.  After two trips to the airport, horrible winter roads, and being fogged in twice while spending more time at the airport than the seminar would last, I never did make it to Calgary!

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Feature Volunteer: Deirdre M. McKenna

Deirdre M. McKenna has been practicing law since her call in 2001. She is currently practicing at Davidson and Williams LLP in Lethbridge, Alberta in the area of Litigation and worked closely with our organization as we brought our Rules of Court programming to Lethbridge in the fall of 2010. We chatted with Deirdre to share with you a little bit about who she is and what keeps her motivated.

Please share with us a little bit about your background; your education, family, work?

I have a BA from the University of Lethbridge, MA from Dalhousie, both in philosophy and my LLB from the University of Toronto where I graduated in 1999. I clerked at the Ontario Superior Court for a year and then finished my articles in Calgary with MacLeod Dixon in the litigation department until early 2009 when I moved back to Lethbridge to work with Davidson and Williams LLP. Became a partner here in 2010. Married with 2 children aged 7 and 4, with a third child on the way! (Note from the editor: Congratulations!)

You have been a loyal supporter of LESA. What makes you want to volunteer?

LESA courses are a great way to keep up to date on changes to the law and to keep learning new skills as a lawyer. Volunteering to assist with LESA’s work is a great way to make sure you learn this stuff and to have the opportunity to meet lawyers from all over the Province, which has become more important to me now I work in a smaller firm.

What influences you the most?

My family.

What led you to a career in the legal profession?

What else do you do with degrees in philosophy?

What advice would you pass on to a newly called lawyer?

Keep learning as much as you can. It not only makes you more effective as a lawyer, but will keep you interested and engaged in the work you do every day and give you the confidence that the answer is always out there for you to find.

Do you have a particular experience while volunteering for LESA that is particularly memorable for you?

The excellent support we received from LESA in organizing satellite courses to teach the New Rules of Court here in Lethbridge. The staff could not have been more helpful.

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National Volunteer Week 2011

April 10th–16th, 2011 is National Volunteer week and we at the Legal Education Society of Alberta are incredibly grateful for the work and support of our many volunteers. Throughout the week we will be posting one volunteer profile each day–so be sure to check back often! We will share with you their motivations, memorable volunteer experiences, and reasons why they continue to be loyal supporters of LESA.

Have a wonderful week and to all of our volunteers; we thank you.

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2011-2012 CBA Executive Committee

Steven Mandziuk Q.C. of Finning (Canada) has now been acclaimed Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta for the upcoming 2011 – 2012 term. Steven’s position begins August 16, 2011.

The 2011-2012 Executive Committee will consist of Jeffrey Wise of Wise Walden Barkauskas as President, Cyril Gurevitch Q.C. of Gurevitch Headon & Associates as Vice-President, Marian De Souza of Alberta Lawyers’ Assist Society as Treasurer, Analea Wayne of The Counsel Network as Past President and Craig Kinsman, Executive Director.

Congratulations Steven!

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Congratulations on Your Years of Service

William H. Hurlburt Q.C.60 years of service.

Mr. Hurlburt was born in Vegreville, Alberta and studied at the University of Alberta, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. After articling under S. W. Field, KC, in Edmonton, he began work at Kane and Hurlburt where he remained for 23 years. He is the recipient of many awards and accolades, notably his Q.C. designation in 1969 and a Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Profession in 1996. He is currently practicing at Reynolds, Mirth, Richards & Farmer LLP.

Stuart M. Campbell50 years of service.

Mr. Campbell was born in Nova Scotia where he received his Bachelor of Arts from University of St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish and Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in Halifax. After articling under William J. Haddad Q.C., he was called to the bar before Hon. Justice Hugh John Macdonald. Mr. Campbell is currently practicing with Cox Trofimuk Campbell in Edmonton.

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Can a website tell you which way to vote?

CBC Vote Compass

CBC news has created a free educational tool called the Vote Compass on their website. Developed by political scientists, this click-through survey poses a series of questions to you and then compares your views to the various platforms put forth by the parties. Taking no more than 5 minutes, the Vote Compass provides you with an answer to the question of who to vote for. Results include your political position, your position per statement as well as your picks for Prime Minister.

By ‘dumbing down’ the sometimes daunting task of research and reading up on the various political platforms, do you think this will increase the voting turnout? How will this affect the age range of voters, and will it increase the number of voters in the younger age categories?

Click here to see which way you should vote.