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Honourable Madam Justice Patricia Rowbotham, LLB'81, was named the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the 2017 Women In Law Leadership (WILL) Awards. Read more

Maureen Killoran, LLB'94, was named Benchmark Canada's Energy/Resources Litigator Of The Year on February 27, 2017. Read more.

Amy Nixon, LLB'05, won the bronze medal in the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts on February 26, 2017. Read more.

Lauren Turnquist, LLB'10, was named a partner at Miles Davison LLP on January 1, 2017.

Grace Auger, LLB'94, was appointed Chair of Alberta's new First Nations Women's Council on Economic Security on December 20, 2016. Read more.

Bruno De Vita, LLB'83, was appointed Queen's Counsel in British Columbia on December 16, 2016. Read more.

Patricia Stark, LLB'87, was appointed provincial court judge in British Columbia on December 13, 2016. Read more.

Jennifer Koshan, BSc'85, LLB'88, was featured in the Fall/Winter 2016-17 issue of UCalgary Alumni Magazine for her work in law reform and social justice. Read the article.

Greg McMeekin, JD'15, was called to the Bar on October 4, 2016. Read his story in The Calgary Herald.

Eric Dalke, JD'14, has co-authored the article "Nature and Enforceability of WTO-plus SPS and TBT Provisions in Canada's PTAs: From NAFTA to CETA" in World Trade Review, Volume 15, Issue 1. Eric is currently an Associate at Dentons LLP in Calgary. Read more.

Sandy Vander Ziel, JD'00 and Jennifer Koshan, LLB'88, were named winners of 2016 Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Awards, presented by The Counsel Network and The Association of Women Lawyers. Sandy won the award for Leadership in the Community, and Jennifer won the award for Leadership in the Profession (Broader Roles). Read more.

Patricia Rowbotham, LLB'81, was featured on Peer Review, the UCalgary Alumni podcast, and explained what it is like working as a judge in the province. Listen here.

Fraser Wayne, JD'16, was featured in Metro News Calgary as one of UCalgary Law's newest graduates from the International Energy Lawyers Program. Read more.

Linda Taylor, LLB'79, received an honorary degree (LLD'16) from the University of Calgary on June 9, 2016. Read more.

Veronica Cham, JD'06, is competing on Top Chef Canada, and has made it to the Top 5. Read about her experience.

Kathleen Ganley, BSc'01, BA (Honours)'08, JD'11, Inaki Gomez, JD'15, and Rena Krasnow, LLB'92, are all featured in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Alumni Connections. Check it out.

Kent Hehr, JD'01, is the federal minister of Veteran's Affairs. He was profiled in Maclean's magazine on February 8, 2016. Read the article.

In June 2015, the Human Rights Council appointed Ikponwosa Ero, LLB'12, as the first Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism. Read more about the appointment.

Stephanie McLean, JD'12, was named Minister of Service Alberta on February 2, 2016. Read the story here.

On January 29, 2016, Wilson Acton, JD'08, was named a partner at the Calgary office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Read the news release.

On January 28, 2016, several UCalgary Law alumni were appointed to the Queen's Counsel in Alberta: Robert Armstrong, LLB'98; Rhoda Dobler, LLB'92; Gregory Francis, LLB'90; Jean Munn, LLB'88; Valerie Prather, LLB'88; Sean Smyth, LLB'93. Read the news release.

On January 18, 2016, Katie Slipp, LLB'04, was named a partner at the Calgary office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Read the news release.

Three members of the Ho family - Michael, LLB'80, Alice, LLB'88, and Oliver, LLB'02 - pay it forward with a new international studentship for law students. Read more in UCalgary Alumni Magazine.

Al Reid, LLB'93, is featured in the Haskayne School of Business' Fall/Winter 2015-16 Alumni Connections magazine. Read the article starting on page 6.

On November 27, 2015, Pouria Taghipour Tabrizi, JD'13, was inducted into the Prince Albert Bar Association.

Congratulations to three alumnae on being awarded a Women in Law Leadership Award on November 10, 2015. Heather McKay, QC, LLB'83 has won Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice); Donna Purcell, QC, JD'88 has won Leadership in the Community; and Chidinma Thompson, LLM'07, PhD'13 has won Tomorrow's Leader. Find out more.

Barrett Schitka, JD'14, has been called to the Texas Bar and is now a full associate with Latham & Watkins LLP Houston office. Barrett was one of the first students to complete the International Energy Lawyers Program, the joint degree with the University of Houston Law Center.

Kent Hehr, LLB'01, was named Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Associate Minister of National Defence, for the federal Liberal government on November 4, 2015. Find out more.

Wilma Shim, JD'10, was named to Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 for 2015. Find out more.

Jennifer Koshan, LLB'88, has been awarded a 2015 Arch Award Alumni Achievement award for her work in social justice. Find out more.

Shams Amiry, JD'14, was called to the Bar on May 16, 2015, and is currently practising family law at Hoffman Law in Calgary.

Lloyd Robertson, QC, LLB'91, was appointed to the Calgary Provincial Court, Criminal Division on September 4, 2015. Read the announcement from the Government of Alberta here.

Jessica MacDonald, JD'14, was called to the Alberta Bar in August 2015.

Joshua Sealy-Harrington, JD'13, published the article "Committing to Pluralism in the Legal Profession (Or, Committing to the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)" in the Summer 2015 issue of Law Matters.

Chidinma Thompson, PhD'13, was profiled in Alberta Oil in August 2015. Read the article - From Lagos to Canadian Energy Law, Chidinma Thompson has come a long way.

Barrett Schitka, JD'14, published the article "Private International Law Implications in Conflicts of Interest for Lawyers Licensed in Multiple Countries" in McGill Law Journal (60:3) 2015.

Mary Comeau, LLB'89, was named one of the Top 25 Women Litigators in Canada by Benchmark Litigation on July 23, 2015.

Inaki Gomez, JD'15, won the silver medal in the 20km race walk at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Read more about it here.

Shirzad Ahmed (JD'00) received an honorary degree from University of Fraser Valley on June 11, 2015, celebrating his work on social justice. Read the story from UFV here.

The Honourable Barbara M. Young (LLB'85) was appointed to the British Columbia Supreme Court on June 26, 2015. Read the news release from the Government of Canada here.

Irfan Sabir (JD'12) was profiled in the Calgary Herald article Winding path to political power for new human services minister on June 17, 2015. Read the article here.

Jason Woycheshyn (LLB'04) was named one of Precedent Magazine's 2015 Precedent Setters. Read more about Jason here.

Two alumni were named to Premier Rachel Notley's NDP cabinet in Alberta on May 24. Kathleen Ganley (JD'12) was named Minister of Justice, Solicitor General, and Minister of Aboriginal Relations. Read more about Kathleen's appointmentIrfan Sabir (JD'12) was named Human Services Minister. Read more about Irfan's appointment.

Stephanie McLean (JD'12) was featured in the Calgary Herald article "Young lawyer gets win for NDP in Calgary Varsity" on May 6, 2015. Read the article here.

Paul Groarke (LLB'80) was featured in the May 2015 issue of University Affairs, in the article "Three Wise Men."

In April 2015, Joshua Sealy-Harrington (JD'13) was awarded the Donald F. Sim QC Memorial Prize for 2014. The Prize is given on an annual basis to the Law Clerk at the Federal Court or Federal Court of Appeal who submits the best paper relating to the jurisdiction of the federal courts. Joshua's paper discussed the inventive concept in patent law.

On March 31, 2015, Barrett Schitka (JD'14) was awarded the Energy Explorers Award from the University of Houston Energy program. The $1500 award is given to one graduate and one undergraduate UH student whose research and scholastic performance mark them as future leaders in the energy sector. Barrett is completing his final year of the International Energy Lawyers Program, a joint JD degree between the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and the University of Houston Law Center.

Anne Kirker (LLB'91) was named President-Elect of the Law Society of Alberta for 2015-2016 on January 9, 2015. She will begin her term as president on February 5, 2015.

On January 6, 2015, Anita Dusevic Oliva (JD'02) was named Alberta Oil Magazine's C-Suite Energy Executive Awards Chief Legal Officer of the Year. Find out more about Anita from Alberta Oil.

On December 29, 2014, Kerri Howard (LLB'04) was named one of eight new partners of Davis LLP. Find out more.

Kerri Howard
Kerri Howard

Brittanee Laverdure (JD'11) was named one of the Calgary Herald's 2014 Compelling Calgarians. Find out more about Brittanee in the article from December 15, 2014.

On December 4, 2014, Hugh O'Reilly (LLB'90) was named President & CEO of OPTrust. Find out more in the official news release.

On December 2, 2014, Chidinma Thompson (PhD'13) was named one of the 2014 YWE Award winners. The awards were presented by Young Women in Energy, a Calgary-based organization which aims to address the recognized need to increase female presence, development and leadership in the energy industry.

Michael Kwiatkowski (JD'07) was featured in the Calgary Herald's Law Review on November 29, 2014. Michael is a a partner in the Litigation group at McLeod Law LLP.

Faculty of Law alumni Maureen Bell (LLM'09) and David Poulton (LLM'14), along with Professor Emerita Arlene Kwasniak, are featured in an article in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of U Magazine. The article, titled "A Change of Course," is about the value of using legal and economic instruments, including water trusts, to protect our waterways.

Shawn Graham (LLB'03) and Patrick Lindsay (LLB'01) were named to Lexpert magazine's 2014 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers under 40 list. Check out the complete list.

Anne Kirker (LLB'91) was named to the Women's Executive Network 2014 Canada's Most Powerful Women on November 26, 2014. Check out the complete list here.

On November 24, 2014, Harvey Locke (LLB'84), one of the founders of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative was awarded the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award — one of the world’s highest honours for conservation — for his work.

On November 14, 2014, four Faculty of Law alumni were successfully elected as part of the Law Society of Alberta's bencher elections. Congratulations to Hugh Sommerville (LLB'85), Anne Kirker (LLB'91), Robert Armstrong (LLB'98) and Anthony Young (JD'83).

Linda Taylor (LLB'79) was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award as part of the University of Calgary's annual Arch Awards ceremony on November 13, 2014. The Arch Awards are presented annually by the University of Calgary Alumni Association and recognize the outstanding achievements of University of Calgary alumni. Check out the video about Linda.

James Dickson, QC (LLB'86) was named one of Lexpert Magazine's 2014 Zenith Award winners on October 2, 2014. The awards celebrate those lawyers, called between 1986 - 2000, who during 2013-2014 demonstrated excellence and thought leadership in an area of practice - setting new standards for the profession.

Barrett Schitka (JD'14), the first graduate of the IELP, has published his paper "Applying game theory to oil and gas unitization agreements: How to resolve mutually beneficial, yet competitive situations" in the Journal of World Energy Law & Business.

Mary Comeau (LLB'89) was named to Benchmark Litigation's Top 25 Women in Canadian Litigation in July 2014. Mary is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP's Calgary office, practicing in the area of  of dispute resolution, focusing on corporate-commercial and securities law, oil and gas, and electricity.

Nancy-Lynn (Nan) Stevenson (JD'83) joined the Calgary office of Davis LLP in July 2014. Read more about the move.

Brittanee Laverdure (JD'11) is competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the sport of wrestling. She was featured in The Calgary Herald on July 22, 2014.

John Donihee (LLM'03) is featured in the August 2014 issue of Lexpert, in the feature article "Northern Exposure. John is practicing with Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and is one of Canada's leading experts in environmental, regulatory, administrative and Aboriginal law in Canada's North. He was a research associate with the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and and Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Environmental Design. 

Jeff Bone (LLM'12) has published two articles in leading law journals. "The Consideration of Sustainability by Corporate Directors" has been published in the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice (Vol. 26, No. 1, 2013), and "A Case Study on the Legal Impacts of Corporate Sustainability Pledges in the Alberta Oil Sands" has been published in the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies (Vol. 23).

Kelly Tang (JD'13) was called to the Alberta Bar on June 27, 2014. Kelly is currently an Associate at Vogel LLP in the areas of family law, wills and estates. 

Megan Stoker (JD'12) was featured in the Calgary Herald on June 20, 2014, talking about her career at Parlee McLaws in Calgary. Read the article here.

On June 16, 2014, Barrett Schitka (JD'14) was named one of two winners of the AIPN (Association of Petroleum Negotiators) Student Writing Competition. Barrett's article was titled "Applying Game Theory to Oil and Gas Unitization Agreements: How to Resolve Mutually Beneficial, Yet Competitive Situations."

On June 13, 2014, Blair Nixon (LLB'87) was appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench (Calgary). Read the Government of Canada news release for more.

On May 28, 2014, Judge Richard O'Gorman (LLB '86) was appointed Assistant Chief Judge of Calgary Family and Youth Court for a five-year term. Read the Government of Alberta news release for more.

Joshua Sealy-Harrington (JD'13) co-contributed an article for The Globe & Mail titled "Arguments should not be silenced because of their author's race or sex." The article was published on April 14, 2014.

Janice Odegaard (LLB '84) was named one of Canada's "100 Most Powerful Women" of 2013 by the WXN Foundation. Janice is the senior vice-president and general counsel for Suncor Energy. She was honoured in the Scotiabank Corporate Executives Award category, which recognizes innovative and strategic leadership resulting in enhanced corporate performance. Read the UToday story for more.

Carrie Jackson (JD '05) is the VP Operations of Charcut. Her work in helping with the revitalization is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of U Magazine. Read the complete article.

On January 30, 2014, professor and alum Jennifer Koshan (LLB '88) presented at the law school's Assentio Mentium event about her continued work with The Equality Effect and the 160 Girls project. Read more about her presentation in UToday.

In January 2014, Rob Van Walleghem (LLB '88) was named Alberta Oil magazine's Chief Legal Officer of the year in their annual C-Suite Energy Executive Awards. Read the complete story from Alberta Oil here.

Several alumni were appointed Queen's Counsel (QC) by the Province of Alberta on December 31, 2013. Attorney General Jonathan Denis, QC, made the announcement for Alberta lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to legal and public life. Appointees include Ivan Bernardo, Dave Findlay, Dennis Nerlund, Janice Odegaard, Mike Laffin, Marian De Souza, Maureen Killoran and Rob Van Walleghem.

Kerry Lynn Simmons (LLB'99) was been appointed the honorary title of Queen's counsel (QC) in British Columbia on December 11, 2013. Kerry is a partner at Cook Roberts LLP where she focuses on litigation and dispute resolution in the areas of estates, real estate, business and professional liability. Read the news release to find out more.

Alastair MacKinnon (JD'13) is currently participating in a clerkship with the Alberta Court of Appeal in Calgary. Read the UToday story to learn more about his experience.

Two Faculty of Law alumni, Valerie Prather (LLB'88) and Dale Hensley, QC (LLB'88), have been awarded The Counsel Network's 2013 Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Awards. The WILL Awards celebrate and recognize the outstanding contributions of female lawyers, and are presented annually to female members of the southern Alberta legal profession. Valerie Prather is a partner at Bennett Jones in Calgary. Her practice focuses on energy litigation, professional negligence and education law. Dale Hensley, QC is the executive director and senior lawyer at the Children's Legal & Education Research Centre (CLERC) in Calgary. 

Magdalena Muir (LLM'03) was named a 2013-14 Canadian Fulbright Scholar. She is the Fulbright Canada-RBC Award Recipient at the University of Delaware and the Columbia Climate Centre at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Magdalena's research is on "The Renewable Energy-Desalination-Water Treatment Pilot Project for Small Islands in the Americas."

On September 17, 2013, Rob Van Walleghem (LLB'88) spoke at the Faculty of Law's Assentio Mentium breakfast. Rob is the executive vice-president, health and safety, environment and general counsel with Tervita and spoke on Tervita's role in the southern Alberta flood recovery and natural disaster law. Read the UToday story to learn more.

In August 2013, Mary Comeau (LLB'89) was named to the 2014 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada. Mary is a lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright, focusing on the areas of corporate and commercial litigation, and international arbitration.

William McFetridge, QC (LLB '81) was reappointed, and Joanne Archibald (LLB '85) was appointed to the Alberta Human Rights Commission on July 25, 2013.

Cecilia Low (LLM '11) was appointed to the team of the Alberta Energy Regulator on July 25, 2013. Read the UToday story to find out more about her new role.

In March 2013, Bill Smith (LLB ’03) received the Faculty of Law’s W.K. Moore Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made a substantial contribution and ongoing commitment to the law school. Among his other contributions, Bill has been a member of the law school’s Admissions Committee for many years.

Maureen Killoran of Osler Hoskin Harcourt (LLB 1994) and Keith Byblow of McCarthy Tétrault (LLB 2004) were prominently featured in the November 2012 edition of the Calgary Herald’s Law Review. Maureen, a frequent instructor in the law school’s trial advocacy course, was featured in a front page article, “Power of Attorney” and Keith’s oil and gas practice is profiled on page 5. .

In November 2012, LLM alumna Wendy Francis was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for decades of courage and leadership in service of the protection of the natural landscapes of North America. The commemorative medal marks the 2012 celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. Wendy, Program Director of the Canmore-based Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), has spent most of her adult lifetime protecting many of Canada’s wildest places. Wendy’s 1994 LLM thesis was titled “Sustainable development and environmental assessment in Alberta: not heaven in a single bound.”

Linda Taylor, LLB '79 was featured in the Spring 2012 edition of UMagazine. The article discusses her role as Secretary-General and the unique and interesting situations in which she is involved. Read the full article.

On February 2, 2012, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) welcomed as a new partner U of C alumna, Melanie Gaston (LLB 2001). Melanie practices in litigation and dispute resolution. She has broad experience in commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities, energy matters, contractual disputes, insurance law, class actions, product liability and commercial landlord disputes.