Good Deeds

While the primary mandate of the Calgary Bar Association is to encourage and promote cordial relations among members of the Calgary bar, the CBA has a long and proud tradition of involvement in the community.

Some of our "good deeds" are noted below.


Charitable Donations

The CBA is committed to supporting worthwhile causes, either by adding a charitable component to our events or through direct donation when possible. The CBA believes that this support reflects the strong commitment of our members to charitable and community work and fundraising.

The Calgary Bar Association is proud to have provided assistance to organizations in our community, including:

  • The Calgary Drug Treatment Court
  • Calgary Handibus Association
  • Calgary Interfaith Food Bank
  • Calgary Legal Guidance
  • Courthouse Education Program
  • Fuel for School
  • Heritage Park Law Office
  • The Legal Archives Society of Alberta
  • The Mustard Seed
  • Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre

We also assist Pro Bono Law Alberta by facilitating the Judges In Aprons auctions at QC Dinners and Judges' Dinners.


The Great Bar Band Battle

In 2016, the Calgary Bar Association was very pleased to serve as Presenting Sponsor for the Great Bar Band Battle, which featured acts such as The Apathetics, Donoghue & The Stevensons, Harvey & The Spectres, House of Lords and Rodney & The Welders, and raised over $15,000 for Calgary Legal Guidance. 


University of Calgary Faculty of Law Bursary

In 2015, the Calgary Bar Association funded the Calgary Bar Association Collegiality Bursary at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.  The Bursary, in a value of up to $4800, is offered annually to a continuing undergraduate student in the Faculty of Law, JD Program who represents the values and objectives of the Calgary Bar Association through his or work in extracurricular activities involving student clubs, the Society of Law Students or community leadership.  Other criteria for the bursary include academic merit and financial need.


Milvain Chair in Advocacy

In 1979, in honour of Chief Justice James Valentine Hogarth Milvain of the Supreme Court of Alberta, Trial Division (who retired at the beginning of that year), the Calgary Bar Association undertook to fund a Visiting Chair in Advocacy at the University of Calgary Law Faculty. The Chair is a tribute to the wisdom, humanity and sound guidance which Chief Justice Milvain exercised as a member of the Bench.

The purpose of the Chair is to enable the Law Faculty to invite a leading counsel each year to participate in the Faculty's Trial Advocacy course, and have that person present a special lecture to students and members of the practicing and academic legal communities.

The first incumbent of the Chair was J.J. Robinette, Q.C. of Toronto, ON. Since that time, the Chair has been held by the following individuals:

 

D.M. Goldie, Q.C.
E. Greenspan
Mr. Justice C. Tallis
Clay Powell
Joel Pink
Serge Kujawa, Q.C.
Marvin R.V. Storrow, Q.C.
David W. Scott, Q.C.
Richard Scott, Q.C.
Marlyse A. Edwardth
Judge Michael Sheehan
Julian Porter, Q.C.
Madam Justice M.M. Koenigsberg
S.E. Halyk, Q.C.
Chris D. Evans, Q.C.
Mary Eberts
David C. Day, Q.C.
Michelle K. Fuerst
John G. Martland, Q.C.
The Honourable Peter Cory
William Smart
Fred Ferguson, Q.C.
Alan D. Macleod, Q.C.
David M. Paciocco
Renee Pomerance
Master Judith Hanebury, Q.C.
Mr. Justice John Vertes
Sheila Block
Mona T. Duckett, Q.C.
Linda R. Rothstein
Richard S. Fowler
Alain Hepner
Guy J. Pratte
Molly Naber Sykes, Q.C.
David Tavender, Q.C. 
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Former Chief Justice Milvain was born in 1904 near Lundbreck, in what was then the Northwest Territories. He received his LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 1926 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1927. He was appointed a King's Counsel in 1944, and a judge of the Alberta Supreme Court in 1959. He was appointed Chief Justice of that Court in 1968 and held that position until his retirement at the mandatory age of 75 in 1979. He was the recipient of two honorary doctorate of law degrees (from the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge) and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1987. The Chief Justice Milvain School in Calgary was built in his honour in 1982. Former Chief Justice Milvain passed away in 1993 at the age of 89.