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The Faculty of Law hosts several eminent speakers throughout the academic year as part of the Total E&P Canada Ltd. Visiting Speakers in Law Program. From politicians and members of the media, to judges and lawyers from around the world, our programs give students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends an opportunity to attend lectures and events on a broad range of topics. 

Voices in Law

Funded by the Alberta Law Foundation, the Voices in Law series is a public lecture series on topics with a broad public interest.

Professional Development

The Faculty of Law also hosts conferences and professional development events throughout the year.

Calendar of Events

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Merv Leitch QC Memorial Lecture

The Merv Leitch QC Memorial Lecture was established in honour of C. Mervin Leitch, BA, LLB, QC, who passed away in 1990.  coyne 
Mr. Leitch served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1971 to 1982, during which he served as Attorney General, Provincial Treasurer, and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. Outside of his time in politics Mr. Leitch was a partner with Macleod Dixon (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP) in Calgary, served as President of the Calgary Bar Association and as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta. In addition to acting as a director for several Canadian corporations, he was also on the Board of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law at the University of Calgary.

The Merv Leitch QC Memorial Lecture series was established by the late Peter Lougheed and other friends and associates of Mr. Leitch to honour the significant contributions he made while serving his fellow Albertans. This lecture is funded through an endowment established by friends and associates of Mr. Leitch. The endowment allows for lectures to be held on topics of public importance. Since 1991, lectures have been delivered by the following distinguished speakers:

  • 1991 The Honourable E. Peter Lougheed, PC, CC, QC
  • 1992 The Honourable Allen E. Blakeney, PC, OC, QC
  • 1993 The Right Honourable Brian Dickson, PC, CC, CD
  • 1994 The Honourable Mr. Willard Z. Estey, CC, QC
  • 1995 Mr. Ronald D. Southern, CBE, CC
  • 1996 The Honourable Marc Lalonde, PC, OC, QC
  • 1999 The Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella
  • 2002 Dr. Harry Arthurs, OC, OO, FRSC
  • 2003 Professor Donald McRae, FRSC
  • 2004 The Honourable Mr. Justice Gérard La Forest, PC, OC, QC
  • 2005 Mr. Pierre Marc Johnson, GOQ, FRSC
  • 2006 Professor Mayo Moran
  • 2007 Professor Stephen McCaffrey
  • 2008 The Honourable E. Peter Lougheed, PC, CC, QC
  • 2009 Mr. Richard Stallman
  • 2010 Ms. Meg Kinnear
  • 2011 The Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell
  • 2012 Mr. Joseph J. Arvay, QC
  • 2013 Ms. Chrystia Freeland, Editor, Thomson Reuters Digital
  • 2014 Mr. Andrew Coyne, columnist, Postmedia News (photo)
  • 2015 Mr. David Loukidelis, QC, former Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
  • 2016 Mr. Gordon D. Giffin, Chair of the Public Policy and Regulation Department of Dentons US LLP; former US Ambassador to Canada

William A. Howard Memorial Lecture

The William A. Howard Memorial Lecture was established to preserve the legacy of William Howard and ensure continued investment in the next generation of legal professionals–a cause for which he had much passion.

William Arnold Howard spent more than 50 years in the legal profession, practicing predominantly in the area of corporate law. Mr. Howard was instrumental in spearheading a campaign to create a law school at the University of Calgary. He assembled a group of influential Calgary lawyers who shared his vision and passion and served as chair of the committee which was the driving force in establishing the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary.

The lecture is presented annually by the Faculty of Law and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

Previous Howard Memorial Lecture presenters

  • 2001–02 Andrew Johnson-Laird, President, Johnson-Laird Inc.
  • 2002–03 Gaston Jorre, Acting Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau
  • 2004–05 Dr. Ian Kerr, Canadian Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, University of Ottawa
  • 2005–06 The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, PC
  • 2006–07 Neil McCrank, QC, P.Eng., Alberta Energy and Utilities Board
  • 2007–08 The Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC, MP
  • 2008–09 The Honourable Alison Redford, QC, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, AB
  • 2009–10 The Honourable John C. Major, CC, QC
  • 2010–11 Sean McMaster, Executive Vice-President Corporate and General Counsel, TransCanada Corporation
  • 2011–12 David William Scott, QC, Co-Chairperson and Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • 2012-13 Honourable Jonathan Denis, QC (PC), Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
  • 2013-14 Honourable Peter MacKay, MP for Central Nova, Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (UToday)
  • 2014-15 Major-General Blaise Cathcart, OMM, CD, QC, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces (UToday) (Video)
  • 2015-16 Preston Manning, PC CC AOE, Founder and President, Manning Centre for Building Democracy (More)
  • 2016-2017 The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, GOQ, LLD (UToday) (Video)

William Arnold Howard, CM, CMM, CD, QC

Bill was born and raised in Calgary, attended Western Canada High School and received his BA (1940) and law degree (1941) from the University of Alberta. After serving overseas with the 31st Alberta Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, he co-founded the law firm of Cairns and Howard which later became Howard Mackie. He was a president of the Calgary Bar Association and a founder of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary.

Bill was well known for his attention to detail, passion for law and the military, and for his ability to function without sleep. His directorships included NOVA, CANA, Trilogy, Bow Valley Industries, Medis Western and SNC Group. He was Chairman of the Calgary Police Commission as well as National Governor of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires.

As an avid supporter of Canada's Armed Forces, he earned a reputation for speaking up for the rank and file. He was a retired Major General (Chief of Reserves) of the Canadian Forces, founding Governor and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Colonel Commandant and president of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association and perhaps most proudly, Honorary Colonel of the King's Own Calgary Regiment. He was chairman of the Conference of Defense Associations and the National Employers' Support Committee, and president of both Winston Churchill Society and Royal Alberta United Services Institute and founder of the Calgary Military Museums Society.

In 1994, he received the Vimy Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to defence and security and preservation of democratic values. He had unquestionable ethics and integrity, tremendous generosity and a larger-than-life personality.

Milvain Chair in Advocacy

Calgary Bar Association Milvain Chair in Advocacy

In 1979 in honour of Chief Justice Milvain of the Trial Division, Supreme Court of Alberta who retired at the beginning of that year, the Calgary Bar Association undertook to fund a Visiting Chair in Advocacy at the Faculty of Law. The purpose of this Chair is to enable the law school to invite a leading counsel to participate in the Trial Advocacy course and to present a special lecture to students and to members of both the practicing and academic legal communities. The Chair is named the Calgary Bar Association Milvain Visiting Chair in Advocacy as a tribute to the wisdom, humanity and sound guidance which the Chief Justice exercised as a member of the Bench.

The first incumbent of the Chair, J.J. Robinette, QC, Toronto, visited the Faculty of Law in the fall of 1979 and gave a memorable series of presentations and lectures. Since that time, the Chair has been held by:

D.M. Goldie, Q.C. Vancouver, BC 1981
E. Greenspan Toronto, ON 1982
Mr. Justice C. Tallis Saskatchewan Court of Appeal 1983
Clay Powell Toronto, ON 1984
Joel Pink Nova Scotia 1985
Serge Kujawa, QC Saskatchewan 1986
Marvin R.V. Storrow, QC Vancouver, BC 1987
David W. Scott QC Ontario 1988
Richard Scott, QC Manitoba 1989
Marlyse A. Edwardth Toronto, ON 1990
Judge Michael Sheehan Quebec 1991
Julian Porter, QC Ontario 1992
Madam Justice M.M. Koenigsberg Vancouver, BC 1993
S.E. Halyk, QC Saskatchewan 1994
Chris D. Evans, QC Calgary, AB 1995
Mary Eberts Toronto, ON 1996
David C. Day, QC St. John’s, NF 1997
Michelle K. Fuerst Toronto, ON 1998
John G. Martland, QC Calgary, AB 1999
The Honourable Peter Cory Toronto, ON 2000
William Smart Vancouver, BC 2001
Fred Ferguson, QC Calgary, AB 2002
Alan D. Macleod, QC Calgary, AB 2003
David M. Paciocco Ottawa, ON  2004
Renee Pomerance Toronto, ON 2005
Master Judith Hanebury, QC Calgary, AB 2006
Honourable Justice John Vertes Yellowknife, NWT 2007
Sheila Block Toronto, ON 2008
Mona T. Duckett, QC Edmonton, AB 2009
Linda Rothstein Toronto, ON 2010
Richard Fowler Vancouver, BC 2011
Alain Hepner, QC Calgary, AB 2012
Guy Pratte Montreal, QC 2013
Molly Naber-Sykes, QC Calgary, AB 2014
David Tavender, QC Calgary, AB 2015
Al Meghji Toronto, ON 2016
Marie Henein Toronto, ON 2017

O'Byrne/AHFMR Lectures on Law, Medicine & Ethics

The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael O’Byrne, Alberta Heritage Foundation Medical Research Lectures on Law, Medicine and Ethics are funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for a yearly Visiting Interdisciplinary Lectureship in the fields of law, medicine and ethics on matters relating to medical and health research.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael O’Byrne/AHFMR Lecturer for 1991 was Professor Ian Kennedy, Executive Director, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College, University of London. Subsequent lecturers were:

  • 1995 Peter Singer, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACP, Associate Director, Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
  • 1996 Dr. David N. Weisstub, Chairperson for Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics, University of Montreal
  • 1997 Dr. Bartha Knoppers, Faculty of Law, Université dé Montréal
  • 1999 Dr. Solomon R. Benatar, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town South Africa
  • 2001 Professor Jocelyn Downie, Health Law Institute, Dalhousie University
  • 2003 Dr. Mark Rothstein, "Ethical Issues in Genetic Medicine"
  • 2005 The Right Honourable Justice Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • 2007 Dr. Arthur Schafer, Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba
  • 2008 Dr. Amy McGuire, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Centre for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas
  • 2009 The Honourable Mr. Justice Frans F. Slatter, Justice of the Court of Appeal of Alberta

Cenovus Continuing Legal Education Program

The Cenovus Continuing Legal Education Program acknowledges that legal education is a continual process and that there is a need to be innovative and forward-thinking in approaching the legal issues of Calgary's energy sector. The CLE Program provides an opportunity for the Calgary legal community to have further access to the knowledge and resources available at the Faculty of Law, on a wide range of topics in our area of specialization - natural resources, energy and environmental law.