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".

During his Presidential year, Cyril is also looking forward to exchanging views and meetings with all three levels of the Court in Alberta, the Law Society of Alberta, Pro Bono Law, the Lawyer's Assist Program and the Law Schools in Calgary and Edmonton.  Collaboration with Pro Bono Law has already resulted in Videos being created to assist Unrepresented Litigants before the Courts of this Province in the areas of Landlord Tenant, Civil Litigation, and Foreclosure Practice.  Cyril will also be representing CBA Alberta as a voting member of the National CBA Board of Directors and National Council.

The following news release appeared in September in the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune, it can be viewed by clicking here.