Some of the other projects, both past and present, of the Calgary Bar Association are outlined below.
Judicial Swearing-in Ceremonies
The CBA is honoured to bring greetings and congratulations on behalf of members of the Calgary bar at the swearing-in ceremonies of new judicial appointments.
The CBA owns approximately 25 pieces of art, consisting of portraits of members of the judiciary, paintings, and other art works, the majority (if not all) of which were donated to the CBA over the past 100+ years by members of the Calgary bench and bar. Historically, these pieces were on display in various parts of the old Court of Queen's Bench.
Administration of Court House Lockers
The CBA administers the assignment of Court House lockers on behalf of members of the Calgary bar. Lockers are rented out on a yearly basis, for a modest amount. To get a court house locker, please contact our administrator, Gayle Brady, at (403) 457-0511.
"Talk To My Lawyer!"
Great Stories of the Southern Alberta Bar and Bench
In 1982, the Calgary Bar Association, at the urging of the then Chief Justice W.A. (Bill) McGillivray, took steps to proceed with the assembling of an oral history of the Southern Alberta Bench and Bar. This project led to the commissioning of a book and the selection of noted historical writer James H. Gray as its author. In 1987, Talk to My Lawyer! - Great Stories of Southern Alberta & Bar and Bench (Hurtig Publishers) was published and copies provided to all members of the Calgary Bar Association. In his preface to Talk to My Lawyer!, James Gray describes the process leading up to his selection as follows:
James Gray’s description of the project is consistent with the character of the Calgary Bar Association. The undertaking started with “dinner meetings” at which stories were told. Those present at the “meetings” appeared to have great difficulty remembering and recording the tales recounted at these events, making it necessary to hire a professional to capture these vignettes before the memories of the attendees faded altogether. The Calgary Bar Association prides itself on playing an important role in passing on both the oral and written traditions of the bar.