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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 works" or miscellaneous contributions are noted in this section.

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Milvain Chair in Advocacy

Art Collection

Charitable Donations

Court House Lockers

Judicial Swearing-in Ceremonies


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.

At the conclusion of the Trial Advocacy Course, the Chair is invited to a dinner hosted by the Calgary Bar Association Executive, and attended by those members of the Law Faculty, the Bench, and practicing counsel who organized and played leading roles in the Trial Advocacy Course.

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. 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, Q.C. Saskatchewan 1986
Marvin R.V. Storrow, Q.C. Vancouver, BC 1987
David W. Scott, Q.C. Ontario 1988
Richard Scott, Q.C. Manitoba 1989
Marlyse A. Edwardth Toronto, ON 1990
Judge Michael Sheehan Quebec 1991
Julian Porter, Q.C. Ontario 1992
Madam Justice M.M. Koenigsberg Vancouver, BC 1993
S.E. Halyk, Q.C. Saskatchewan 1994
Chris D. Evans, Q.C. Calgary, AB 1995
Mary Eberts Toronto, ON 1996
David C. Day, Q.C. St. John's, NF 1997
Michelle K. Fuerst Toronto, ON 1998
John G. Martland, Q.C. Calgary, AB 1999
The Honourable Peter Cory Toronto, ON 2000
William Smart Vancouver, BC 2001
Fred Ferguson, Q.C. Calgary, AB 2002
Alan D. Macleod, Q.C. Calgary, AB 2003
David M. Paciocco Ottawa, ON 2004
Renee Pomerance Toronto, ON 2005
Master Judith Hanebury, Q.C. Calgary, AB 2006
Mr. Justice John Vertes Yellowknife, NWT 2007
Sheila Block Toronto, ON 2008
Mona T. Duckett, Q.C. Edmonton, AB 2009
Linda R. Rothstein Toronto, ON 2010
Richard S. Fowler Vancouver, BC 2011
Alain Hepner Calgary, AB 2012

The Milvain Chair is currently held by Mr. David Tavender, Q.C. in Calgary.

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.

Charitable Donations

The CBA is committed to supporting worthwhile causes, either by adding a charitable component to our events (e.g., the golf tournament raised money this year for Fuel for School and the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre) or through direct donation when possible. The CBA believes that our members are well-served by this additional and positive community exposure.

In addition to the organizations noted above, the CBA is proud to have provided assistance to other organizations in our community, including the following:

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.

Since the last Judges' Dinner in March 2014, we have spoken for our members at the swearing-in ceremonies of:

Art Collection

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. We are working to have these pieces again put on display in the new Calgary Courts Centre, with plaques indicating their origin and ownership, so that the can again be enjoyed by all.

Administation 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. Since the move from the old Court of Queen's Bench to the new Calgary Courts Centre, the smaller locker rooms require male litigators to share lockers. However, the lockers themselves have been increased in size. To get a court house locker, contact our administrator, Gayle Brady, at 403-260-5737.


Charitable Donations

Click on the PDF symbols below to view details of some of our "Good Deeds" donations.

PDF The Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank

PDF Alberta Lawyer's Assistance Society