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                        Distinguished          Service Awards
                                                                   Presented By
                                                   The Law Society of Alberta
                                            Canadian Bar Association - Alberta

                                January 29, 2010
                                  Westin Hotel
                                 Calgary, Alberta
                                 Noon - 1:30 PM

                                   Gerald Gall, OC
                                  Distinguished Service
2010                              in Legal Scholarship

       Service Awards
                               Solomon J. Rolingher, QC
                                  Distinguished Service
                                   to the Community

                                 Virginia M. May, QC
                                 Distinguished Service
                                    to the Profession

                                 Late John A. Weir, QC
                                  Distinguished Service
                                in Pro Bono Legal Service
G erald G all , OC                                   V irGinia M. M ay, QC                                 SOlOMOn J. rOlinGher, QC                              L ate JOhn a. Weir, QC
Service in Legal Scholarship                         Service to the Profession                             Service to the Community                              Service in Pro Bono Legal Service

                        The      commitment                                    After three decades                                   As       an     inspired                             For more than five
                        made by Professor                                      of trailblazing and                                   community builder                                    decades, the late John
                        Gerald Gall, OC,                                       career      challenges,                               who is dedicated to                                  Weir, QC, expressed
                        to legal scholarship                                   it’s not surprising                                   improving        cultural                            his commitment to
                        and to human rights                                    that Virginia May                                     relations, Solomon J.                                pro bono service by
                        organizations        is                                is     regarded       by                              Rolingher’s service has                              taking on hundreds
                        unsurpassed.      Law                                  many lawyers as an                                    significantly made a                                 of pro bono cases,
                        students     at    the                                 inspirational role model.                             difference in the quality                            virtually all of them
                        University of Alberta                                                                                        of life in Edmonton.                                 on     a     client-by-
have been enriched by his world-class expertise      Few individuals have overcome the obstacles                                                                 client basis. His clients found him to be a
through his roles as scholar, champion of            that challenged Virginia May when she left            His visionary work brought together                   kind advocate who had a genuine affinity for
human rights, educator, author, mentor and           a successful broadcasting career in England           Edmonton’s Islamic, Jewish and Christian              the underdog. John Weir’s decades of selfless
advisor.                                             to enter law school as a mature student. Her          leaders to help diffuse growing tensions in the       dedication to pro bono work ensured access to
                                                     choice of law as the centerpiece of her life          aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The          justice for many Albertans who may otherwise
Professior Gall has served, since 2001, as the       reflects her passion to help those in need,           founding of the Phoenix Multi-Faith Society           not have received it.
President and Chair of the John Humphrey             to make the world a fairer place, to oppose           for Harmony, unique in Canada, has become
Centre for Peace and Human Rights, an                oppression.                                           a role model for other cities seeking to unite        Born in Edmonton, Alberta, John Weir earned
organization dedicated to advancing the culture                                                            disparate and conflicted communities.                 his arts degree (1956) and law degree (1956)
of peace and human rights through education          In 1980, she graduated with her law degree                                                                  from the University of Alberta. He articled
and community organizations. For 24 years, he        from the University of Calgary, and articled          He initiated and continues to chair his law firm,     under Arnold Fraser Moir of Edmonton, was
has played a prominent role with the Canadian                                                              Duncan & Craig’s, hugely successful Laurel            admitted to the bar in May 1958, and began
                                                     with Burnett, Duckworth and Palmer LLP.
Human Rights Foundation.                                                                                   Awards lunch which recognizes the enormous
                                                     In 1986, she became partner, one of the first                                                               practising with Newsom Brumlik. In 1990, he
                                                                                                           contributions made by volunteers in non-
                                                     women to do so at a major law firm. In 1995,                                                                created the firm of Weir Bowen LLP, partnering
His expertise with the Canadian Charter of                                                                 profit organizations. His greatest project is the
                                                     she founded May Jensen Shawa Solomon LLP                                                                    with Maurice Bowen. In the late 1980s, he was
                                                                                                           River Valley Alliance, for which he has secured
Rights and Freedoms is well known, and he is         and is now senior partner.                                                                                  appointed by Canada’s Solicitor General to
                                                                                                           funding to create a metropolitan riverfront
recognized as an expert on Constitutional Law.                                                                                                                   conduct the Gringras Inquiry.
                                                                                                           park in Edmonton.
As a legal scholar, Professor Gall is co-editor of   Her service to the profession began in the
a newly published casebook on Constitutional         1990s with four consecutive elections to the                                                                John Weir was personally committed to
                                                                                                           Notwithstanding his inspired and varied
Law, and is author of the treatise, The Canadian     Benchers of the Law Society of Alberta. The                                                                 ensuring that everyone had access to justice,
                                                                                                           contributions to the general community, he is
Legal System, now in its 6th edition and             pride she felt in her profession and the concern                                                            even if it required him to provide services
                                                                                                           recognized as an outstanding lawyer who works
translated into many languages.                      she harboured for her community informed              tirelessly and with passion for his clients, and      without compensation. He provided these
                                                     her work around the board table. As a Bencher,        who has contributed towards mentoring and             professional services without any expectation of
Professor Gerald Gall received his Bachelor          she chaired five major Law Society committees         education within the legal profession and the         personal recognition, and always exhibited the
of Arts from Queen’s University at Kingston          and served on more than a dozen others.               general community. He serves the University           highest levels of excellence and professionalism.
in 1969, and his Bachelor of Laws from the                                                                 of Alberta as a university governor, senate
University of Windsor in 1972. Two years             Virginia May is known as one of Alberta’s             member and with four faculties.                       Maurice Bowen, John Weir’s friend and
later, he was admitted to the Law Society of         leading litigators, as a mentor and guide                                                                   professional colleague, believes that the
Upper Canada. Professor Gall’s longstanding          for many junior lawyers, and is held in high          Solomon Rolingher graduated as a petroleum            hardships John faced early in life kindled and
dedication to humanitarian causes was                esteem as a role model and inspiration.               engineer from the Colorado School of Mines in         fueled his powerful sense of empathy and
celebrated when he was appointed in 2001 as                                                                1965, and then graduated as Juris Doctoris in         compassion. Presented posthumously, the
an Officer to the Order of Canada.                                                                         1968. He was called to the bar in 1969.               2010 Distinguished Service Award for Pro
                                                                                                                                                                 Bono Legal Service honours John A. Weir,
                                                                                                                                                                 QC, for his dedication to access to justice.

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