Recognizing Alberta Lawyers for Milestone Service to the Profession
The Law Society of Alberta has traditionally recognized Alberta lawyers for their service in the legal profession through a variety of ways, including a dinner and a pin.
As the number of lawyers in Alberta has grown to approximately 10,000, we have outgrown the recognition program as it was originally imagined when there were fewer lawyers in the province.
We believe it is important to celebrate lawyers who reach these key milestones in service because they are providing valuable services to Albertans.
Going forward, we will continue to recognize Alberta lawyers who achieve 30 and 50 years of service but we are changing the way we recognize these milestones.
Recognition of Service Program
The Law Society recognizes Alberta Lawyers who achieve 30 and 50 years of service milestones.
Under the Recognition of Service Program, Alberta lawyers who reach:
- 30 years of service will receive a frameable certificate and letter from the Law Society in February of the year following the anniversary of their call to the Alberta Bar.
- 50 years of service will be invited to attend a dinner with the Law Society of Alberta Benchers in either Calgary or Edmonton. Recipients will also receive a framed certificate and letter from the Law Society.
- 30 and 50 year milestone recipients will be listed on a Recognition of Service page on our website that will be updated in February each year.
Note: If your 30 or 50 year bar call anniversary has passed, but you were not previously eligible due to breaks in your active practicing status, you will be recognized with the 2018 recipients.
We ask for your patience as we implement these changes to the Recognition of Service Program. If you have questions, please email us.
Eligibility for Recognition
Years of service were previously calculated based on 30 or 50 years of active practicing status, but this disadvantaged lawyers who chose to take time off during their career for a variety of reasons (e.g. to raise or care for their families).
Alberta lawyers will now be recognized based on years since the anniversary of their Bar call year. They must be active on December 31 of their Bar call anniversary year to be recognized.
If you have questions about the eligibility for Recognition of Service Program, please do not hesitate to contact us.