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Frequently Asked Questions

Why be a member?  What do I get for my membership?  Membership in the CBA is required in order to attend our events, including prime events such as the annual Stampede Whoop-Up, and the Judges’ and Q.C. Dinners.  Attendance at our events provides you with an opportunity to get out with your colleagues for some R & R.  More significantly, it allows you the opportunity to meet lawyers and members of the judiciary with whom you might not otherwise socialize.  One of the stated purposes of the CBA when it was formed 120 years ago was to cultivate a feeling of professional brotherhood amongst members of the bar, and today, that remains our primary focus.  Calgary is privileged to have a very close bar, which is unique and unheard of in most cities of our size.  Join us, and be a part of this outstanding community of people!

Why can’t non-lawyers attend the Judge’s Dinner and Q.C. Dinner?  The primary reason for this is space limitations at our venues; with the size of the legal community and ticket demand, we are usually at or close to maximum attendance.  The nature of these dinners, where the honourees are “roasted” rather than toasted, means that confidentiality is also a concern.  What happens at the dinner stays at the dinner.

Does the CBA make money on events?  Typically, no.  Most events operate at close to a breakeven basis.  In the past, when the CBA was running the photocopy and document delivery service at the old QB library, the revenues from those services enabled the CBA to subsidize events.  With the loss of the photocopy and document delivery business (in 2007) and the increasing cost of living in our city, tickets to our events have had to increase.  However, we continue to partially subsidize events whenever possible, to keep costs down for our members. 

Why is there a surcharge for the Whoop-Up?  A surcharge is necessary in order to run the event on a breakeven basis.  Even with the surcharge, the Whoop-Up ticket is the best deal in town during Stampede week: entry to a prime saloon, exclusivity of the venue for your friends and colleagues, a meal, 2 drink tickets, and the opportunity to remain in the venue, without cover charge, to see one of the hottest bands in town.  Oh, and a taxi ride home.  Now just try to get that deal elsewhere for $10.00!

Can anything be done to make the lineups shorter to get inside the Whoop-Up?  Yes!  Buy your membership in advance of the day of the Whoop-Up, and show up with your membership card in hand.  Members with their current membership cards will be put in an express line-up.

How do I get a court house locker?  Contact our administrator, Gayle Brady, at (403) 457-0511. 

Are exec members paid for their services?  No.  Exec members volunteer their time to organize events and good works for the CBA.  They typically volunteer an average of 3 hours per week.  They do not receive free membership in the association or free tickets to events – they pay full freight, just like all CBA members.

What can I do if I want to get involved in the CBA?  Talk to a current executive member and let them know you are interested in assisting.  The more hands, the lighter the work!  Involvement is what the CBA is all about.