Distinguished Service Awards

Jointly presented by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta, these prestigious awards shine a light on the outstanding contributions Alberta lawyers provide.

Nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards are now open. Click here to download the nomination package. 

Award categories

  1. Service to the Profession
  2. Service to the Community
  3. Legal Scholarship
  4. Pro Bono Legal Service

Nomination Details

The following information is required along with the nomination form:

  • A statement detailing why the candidate is worthy of the award;
  • A curriculum vitae outlining the nominee's background, career and any present activities that qualify them for nomination in one of the four categories, and;
  • A maximum of two letters of support for the nomination.

When the nomination and attachments are received, the nominee will be contacted to confirm their participation and willingness to accept the award if chosen. All nominations are considered for two years.

Eligibility

Benchers and staff members of the Law Society, staff and executive members of the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch, and members of the judiciary are eligible for nomination one year after their term in office/employment ends.

All other members of the legal profession are eligible. Previous conduct record does not preclude someone from being eligible unless citations have been issued against them and those citations have not been dealt with, or are currently either suspended or disbarred. If there are questions regarding a nominee’s eligibility, the selection committee will make the final decision.

There is no “currently active member” requirement and posthumous awards can be made.

Submission

Print, scan and email, fax, or mail the nomination form, including all supplementary information (statement, cv and letters of support) to the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch (information below).

Selection Procedure

Each year the awards are chosen by a selection committee comprised of Law Society and Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch representatives and members of the legal/academic community. 

Selection criteria:

  • role model for other lawyers
  • dedication
  • results achieved
  • creativity
  • initiative
  • individual achievement
  • obstacles overcome
  • significance of achievement
  • impact
  • effective contribution to the role of law in society

Contact

Distinguished Service Awards
Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch
710, 777 - 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 3R5
P: 403-263-3707, F: 403-265-8581
Email: mail@cba-alberta.org