- PEI Legal Community Undertakes Cultural Competency TrainingFebruary 3, 2016The P.E.I Law Society, in collaboration with the indigenous Mi'kmaq community, is among the first in the country to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Call to Action. The TRC was established to inform all Canadians about the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. Among the 94 Calls to Action outlined in its Report the TRC asked law societies to provide cultural competency training to their members.
In response, the Law Society of P.E.I. established the Call To Action committee and partnered with the P.E.I. branch of the Canadian Bar Association to begin the process of creating cultural awareness in the Island legal community. The first in a series of sessions planned will take place on February 3rd. The day-long event will specifically examine the history and legacy of Residential Schools in Canada. The Call to Action Committee plans to continue to work toward the goal of developing cultural competency. Future sessions will focus on providing education in other specific areas identified in the TRC Report, including the United Nations Declaration on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal Rights, Indigenous Law and Aboriginal - Crown Relations. Each session will be developed following engagement with, and direction from the leadership of the indigenous Mi'kmaq. Read More >
- Queen’s Counsel appointments namedDecember 6, 2016Two distinguished Prince Edward Island lawyers have earned the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation for 2016. Read More >
- The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. ScholarshipOctober 25, 2016The Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies is now accepting applications for THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN SR. SCHOLARSHIP. Read More >
- M. Kathleen Mitchell Awarded 2016 CBA Daphne Dumont Student ScholarshipSeptember 9, 2016 Read More >
- Three Law Students Receive the 2016 Law Society/Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island Student ScholarshipsSeptember 9, 2016
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- Daphne Dumont winner of 2016 CBA President's AwardAugust 11, 2016
Daphne Dumont of Prince Edward Island is the recipient of this year’s Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2016 President’s Award. The award recognizes Ms. Dumont’s significant contribution to the CBA, women’s issues and her community.
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- Catherine Chaisson awarded 2016 Distinguished Community Service AwardJune 24, 2016In early 2007, the Law Society was approached by Nancy and Derek Key to assist in establishing the Distinguished Community Service Award “to honour, recognize and celebrate the valuable contribution that members have made to various community organizations at the local, provincial or national level, as well as to showcase the vast spectrum of voluntary services that members provide to the community at large”. The 2016 Distinguished Community Service Award was presented to Catherine Chaisson during the Annual Presidents Dinner, June 24, 2016.
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- Queen's Counsel Appointments AnnouncedDecember 17, 2015Two distinguished Prince Edward Island lawyers have earned the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation for 2015. “I am pleased to announce that Krista MacKay of Summerside and Patsy MacLean of Cornwall have been selected as the 2015 appointments to Queen’s Counsel,” said Premier and Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General Wade MacLauchlan. “This honor represents the top recognition of one’s reputation and accomplishments in the field of law, and we are fortunate to have them working and living in our Island community.”
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- Mary Lynn Kane, Q.C. named to Bertha Wilson Honour Society by Schulich School of LawDecember 14, 2015The Bertha Wilson Honour Society at the Schulich School of Law recognizes our extraordinary alumni and showcases their geographic reach and contributions to law and society. Each year, one alumnus or alumna from each of our association's branches – along with up to three additional alumni nominated by the Board of the Society of the Bertha Wilson Honour Society. Mary Lynn Kane, Q.C., managing partner at Cox and Palmer is one of 8 alumni have been inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society for 2015. Read More >
- Elizabeth Reagh, Q.C. - Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty 2015 Mentor AwardDecember 2, 2015Each year, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty honours a member of the Island Community who through exemplary contributions and service to society fulfils the distinction of being a mentor to the club, its members and society as a whole. The recipient is not a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. He or she has been a significant influence on the lives of others by the commitment they have demonstrated to their profession over the years. The recipent of the 2015-16 Mentor Award is Elizabeth Strong Reagh, Q.C. Read More >
- Federation names new President for 2015-2016November 16, 2015The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is pleased to announce that Jeff Hirsch has been elected President for 2015 - 2016. Mr. Hirsch is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg, practising in the areas of administrative law, commercial litigation, and professional negligence. Read More >