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 Cyril S. Gurevitch, Q.C. has assumed the role of President of the Canadian Bar Association-Alberta Branch for the 2012-2013 term.  He is looking forward to representing the interests of all its over 5,200 members in Alberta and to increasing the value of membership in accordance with the new Strategic Plan of the organization.  There will be an emphasis on increasing membership, adding professional development opportunities and diversifying participation at all levels of the organization. 

Cyril has chosen, as his personal goal this year, a project known as the Small Communities Initiative.  The object of the initiative is to enhance Access to Justice for all Albertans who may reside outside the metropolitan centres of Edmonton and Calgary by attracting summer students, articling students and young lawyers to those regions.  To that end, the CBA has recently created the Access to Justice Committee and begun two pilot projects in Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie where meetings with local lawyers and community leaders will hopefully lead to rejuvenation in the numbers of lawyers to overcome the aging demographics. 

A further concept of Geographic Sections is also intended to enhance educational and networking opportunities by allowing CBA Sections to be established based on their Regional Geographic setting rather than limiting them to a particular field of practice.  For a more in depth analysis of the program, please review Cyril's recent article in the CBA magazine, Law Matters, Summer 2012 entitled "Small Communities Action Plan".

Timothy J. Burnham teaches Law in Ukraine
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Tim Burnham spent several weeks in Odessa, Ukraine teaching law courses at several universities as part of the BUILD Initiative with the Leavitt Institute for International Development.  Tim taught lectures to upper year law students about the rule of law, the adversarial system, advocacy, professional responsibility and alternative dispute resolution.

The Leavitt Institute for International Development is an organization of legal professionals dedicated to spreading the rule of law and development of democratic liberties in developing nations. As part of its efforts, The Leavitt Institute involves some of the brightest international relations specialists and legal minds throughout the world to teach democratic principles, rule of law, and ethics. The Leavitt Institute teachers are experienced judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and legal counselors from the United States and Canada. They lecture on a variety of subjects and make a lasting impression on the minds of their students. The Leavitt Institute relies on the support of legal professionals willing to travel to developing nations and share their knowledge with ambitious law students.

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