Curtis Clavelle and Alyshea Sparks have been honoured with the Award of Distinction from the Law Society of Saskatchewan for achieving the highest marks in the 2018-2019 CPLED Bar Admissions Program.
Curtis completed his Juris Doctor of Law with Great Distinction at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Great Distinction as well. Over the course of his law school career, Curtis earned numerous awards, including the Goldenberg Prize in Taxation, the W.G. Morrow-R.C. Carter Prize in Indian and Aboriginal Law, and the Brad Berg and Brian Rolfes LGBT Rights Scholarship. In addition to these academic achievements, Curtis served as the President of Usask OUTlaws for two years in law school and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC) throughout law school.
Curtis is completing his articles with Robertson Stromberg and we look forward to working with him as an associate in general practice.
Alyshea Sparks is articling with the Ministry of Justice and looks forward to continuing her career in the Regina Public Prosecutions office.
Congratulations to both of you.
Robertson Stromberg is pleased to announce that Christopher Donald, Melvin Gerspacher, Leslie Prosser, Scott Waters, and Gary Young have all been listed as leading practitioners in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for 2019, a guide based on extensive peer surveys in the Canadian legal community.
Christopher Donald, QC, Melvin Gerspacher, QC, Leslie Prosser, QC, and Scott Waters are all repeatedly recommended lawyers in the area of Corporate Commercial Law.
Gary Young, QC is a repeatedly recommended lawyer in the area of Commercial Insurance Litigation.
Congratulations to our Lexpert Leading Lawyers.
The University of Saskatchewan’s alumni newsletter The Green and White has a regular feature called “Volunteer Highlight”. The current issue spotlights the work of Candice Grant and the many and varied volunteer organizations she has been involved with since her early days as a student at the University of Saskatchewan.
Although busy with her practice and family, Candice has committed time to work with Saskatoon organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the community gardens and collective kitchen programs, and Dundonald School community council. She has chaired the board of trustees for the Saskatoon Public Library and the board of directors for CHEP Good Food Inc. Candice was also appointed by the Government of Saskatchewan to serve a term on the Meewasin Valley appeal board.
Jenn Pereira continues to share her time and talents with the community. On April 25th, 2019 she was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors for TCU Place.
TCU Place is Saskatoon’s premier convention centre specializing in conferences, gala banquets and tradeshows. Within the convention centre, the Sid Buckwold Theatre is home to the Saskatoon Symphony and has hosted many Broadway productions and major arts performances.
A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision (West Van Holdings Ltd. v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company) cited an article written by associate lawyer James Steele.
“Deterrence not damages: the punitive rationale for solicitor-client costs” was published in the January 2018 issue of Canadian Journal of Insurance Law. The reference in the decision to the article appears as:
105 The special nature of insurance contracts however does not justify the creation of a different costs regime governing all insurance claimants. This question was canvassed at some length in a recent article in the Canadian Journal of Insurance Law: James Steele, “Deterrence not Damages: the Punitive Rationale for Solicitor-Client Costs” (2018) 36 Can J Ins L 1. As detailed by Mr. Steele, there is no principled reason why a different scale of costs should apply to insureds who successfully enforce a contractual obligation than any other litigant who is forced to bring an action in order to obtain relief. Many such plaintiffs are surely as sympathetic. Why, for example, should an insured receive a full or near indemnity while the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit finds the award eroded because he or she is only entitled to a partial indemnity.
Benchmark Litigation Canada has published its guide to the leading litigation teams in the country.
The guide’s results are the culmination of a four-month research period during which time extensive interviews are conducted with litigators and their clients. The researchers examine casework handled by the firms and seek opinions on litigators practicing within their province or practice area. Using this client and peer-review methodology, Benchmark strives to provide the most accurate and comprehensive coverage of the Canadian litigation market.
Robertson Stromberg is pleased to see that the firm is ranked as a Recommended Firm for the province of Saskatchewan. Lawyers singled out as “local litigation stars” include M. Kim Anderson in the area of Insolvency Law and Gary Young in the areas of Class Action, Commercial, Insurance, and Intellectual Property. This designation reflects individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.
Benchmark also lists Jennifer Pereira and Sean Sinclair as “future stars”. This designation is given to “ones to watch”, lawyers who are rapidly building their reputations in the market.