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President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Executive of the Calgary Bar Association, Happy New Year and best wishes to you and your families for 2015.

Your Executive for 2015 is as follows:

  • R. Craig Steele, President
  • Sean E. D. Fairhurst, Vice-President
  • James M. Lutz, Treasurer
  • Susan E. Pepper, Secretary
  • Sherry L. Kachur, Q.C., Past President
  • Jerry J. Patterson, Member
  • April D. Grosse, Member
  • Jay S. Headrick, Member

It gives me great pleasure to report that this is the 125th Anniversary of the Calgary Bar Association. The Association has a long and illustrious history and it is my great honour and privilege to serve as its President during this anniversary year. On behalf of your Executive I would like to report on a series of significant events and developments that have either recently transpired or are upcoming for this calendar year.

Milvain Chair in Advocacy

In 1979, to commemorate the retirement of Chief Justice J.V.H. Milvain, the Calgary Bar Association commenced the annual funding of a visiting Chair in Advocacy at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. The creation of the Chair has enabled the Faculty to invite a leading counsel or jurist to the Faculty each year to participate in the trial advocacy course and to present a special lecture to students and to members of the practicing and academic legal communities. The distinguished individuals who have held the Milvain Chair in Advocacy have been invaluable contributors to the instruction and promotion of Advocacy to law students in Calgary.

This year the Faculty of Law and Calgary Bar Association are pleased to report that Mr. David Tavender, Q.C. agreed to serve as the Chair. Mr. Tavender is a well-respected Calgary civil litigation lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, whose outstanding legal skills are only exceeded by his warm personality and good humour. Mr. Tavender’s lecture took place on Thursday, January 8, 2015 focusing on the topic of Appellate Advocacy.


The Calgary Bar Association has continued its proud tradition of making donations to local non-profit and charitable organizations. This past year we supported three such organizations:

  • Calgary Legal Guidance;
  • Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society; and
  • Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.

New Scholarship at the University of calgary Faculty of Law

I am also pleased to announce that the Calgary Bar Association has been able to fund a new scholarship at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. Apart from academic merit, the successful recipient will also have been significantly involved within the community and with events and organizations at the Faculty of Law. This is a significant scholarship which has been endowed, and will continue on henceforth as a result of the generous donation we were able to make on behalf of all of our members.

Upcoming Events

We are excited about our upcoming events:

Fall Bash

– Thursday, November 15, 2015

Q.C. Dinner 2016

– March 10, 2016

Annual Membership

Please take note of the fact that you must be a member of the CBA to attend any of these wonderful events. Avoid the inevitable line-up of lawyers purchasing a membership on the afternoon of the Stampede Whoop-Up and buy your membership early.

We hope that you will join the more than 2500 lawyers that make up the CBA. The membership fee for 2015 will remain at $65.00 (including GST). We hope that this will encourage all lawyers and students to join our association. A membership form is enclosed with this letter for those of you who prefer to use hard copy documents rather than registering online at calgarybarassociation.com.

On behalf of all of our Calgary Bar members, I thank our outgoing and engaging President, Sherry Kachur, Q.C. for her tireless work and significant contributions to our Association over the past seven years. It has been my pleasure to work with Sherry over those years. I look forward to one more year with Sherry on the Executive. Finally, 2014 also marked the end of eight years of service in our organization of Mark Morrison. Mark served our Association in a principled and thoughtful manner over his entire term. He will be missed, and Mark’s unique sense of humour will be memorable for many years to come.

In conclusion, your Executive is excited to launch into 2015 in this, the Association’s 125th Anniversary. We invite you to get on board and complete the attached membership form, and we look forward to seeing you at our events.

Yours truly,

R. Craig Steele


Events Calendar

Fall Bash

November 5, 2015



Q.C. Dinner

March 10, 2016