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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.

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Alberta Judicial Appointments

The following appointments were announced March 4, 2011 by The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada:

The Honourable Brian K. O’Ferrall, a judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta in Calgary, appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Alberta (Calgary).

The Honourable Rodney A. Jerke. Q.C., a lawyer with Davidson & Williams LLP in Lethbridge, appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Lethbridge.

The Honourable Peter B. Michalyshyn, Q.C., a lawyer with Chatwin LLP in Edmonton, is appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Edmonton.

The Honourable M. David Gates, Q.C., a Senior Counsel with Justice Canada in Calgary, is appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Edmonton.

We extend our best wishes to each of the new appointments.