April 7, 2015
Field Law Launches Third Year of Community Fund Program with Additional Funding in Celebration of 100th Anniversary
Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 Field Law Community Fund Program. The Program supports local pay-it-forward ideas and causes within the communities Field Law serves. In celebration of Field Law’s 100th anniversary, $100,000 will be donated across all three regions in 2015: a $25,000 increase over the first two years of the Program. The Field Law Community Fund Program provides an interactive avenue for communication with the community to determine where they would like to see funds distributed. Local individuals, initiatives and causes can apply for funding over the course of five weeks. Then, through a combination of community (public) online voting and deliberation by a Community Market Judging Panel, finalists are chosen. Each winner will receive anywhere from $1,000 to the maximum award for their Community Market. Funds will be allocated in varying amounts to each market, with the maximum award set at $40,000 each for the Northern and Southern Alberta markets, and $20,000 for the Northwest Territories market.
With additional funds available for distribution this year, Field Law is eager for the Program to achieve even greater success and make a deep and lasting impact in the community. In 2014, 11 deserving community initiatives across all three regions received funding. Recipients ranged from organizations helping those with depression to community gardens to female empowerment programs.
“2015 marks our 100th anniversary and we couldn’t be more excited to use this opportunity to give back to our communities,” says Jim Casey, Managing Partner, Field Law. “After seeing the success of the program during its first two years, we feel like we have strengthened connections with our communities that will take the third year of the program to new heights.”
Field Law is deeply invested in the communities they serve. Their preferred causes include (but are not exclusive to) those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports, or arts and culture.
“The Community Fund Program offers Field Law the unique opportunity to connect with our communities at a very grassroots level of engagement,” says Doreen Saunderson, Partner, Field Law. “Hearing about the impact the program has had in the Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife communities over the past two years is both humbling and exciting. We look forward to seeing the creativity and compassion behind this year’s submissions.”
The 2015 Community Fund Program opens for applications today. To apply for the Field Law Community Fund Program and to learn more, visit www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com. Interested individuals and/or groups must have their online application submitted by May 11, 2015. To indicate interest in participating on the Community Market Judging Panel, please contact Stephanie Quaife at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2015.
Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program Website
February 25, 2015
New Office Manager Joins Field Law’s Edmonton Team
Field Law is pleased to welcome its newest Office Manager, Laurie Watters, to the Edmonton office, effective February 17, 2015. A seasoned professional, Laurie comes to Field Law with more than 25 years of human resources experience, primarily in the oil and gas industry. Her focus is aligning effective HR practices with overall corporate goals. Laurie has lead the strategic development and application of HR processes in the areas of compensation and benefits, recruitment, performance management, learning and development, retention management, career development and workforce management.
Laurie obtained her HR Management Diploma (with distinction) from Grant MacEwan University in 1999, her Certified Human Resources Professional designation in 2004, a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Alberta in 2007, as well as a Certified Compensation Professional designation in 2007. She is a member of Human Resources Institute of Alberta, Canadian Society of Training and Development, and World at Work.
“It is exciting to be joining such a well-established business, especially during their centennial year,” says Laurie. “I look forward to contributing to the Field Law team and learning more about the legal field from my coworkers at the firm.”
February 9, 2015
Vance Langford Appointed to The Board of Governors of Bow Valley College
Partner Vance Langford was appointed to The Board of Governors of Bow Valley College. Vance's term will run until January 2018. We congratulate Vance on his appointment.
January 6, 2015
Yellowknife Welcomes New Field Law Office Manager
Field Law is excited to announce the addition of Kat Saunders, Office Manager, to the Yellowknife team, effective January 6, 2015. Kat brings a wide range of managerial experience from her work in both the public and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Kat acted as office manager and community program coordinator for the Kitikmeot Law Centre, a regional legal aid clinic run by the Nunavut Legal Services Board out of Cambridge Bay, NU. She also filled the role of acting executive director during her time at Kitikmeot, and oversaw four satellite locations in addition to the centre’s main office.
Kat offers a deep-rooted knowledge of organizational problem solving and is also well versed in the facilitation of departmental partnerships to improve company programming and processes. As a detail-oriented individual, she has had the opportunity to develop and improve office resources, including internal training programs, staff acquisition and retention strategies, and conflict resolution tactics.
“My focus as a manager has always been on the people I work with,” says Kat. “I look forward to supporting Field Law’s Yellowknife team and creating a foundation of trust and common understanding that will foster a positive, team-oriented work environment."
Field Law is pleased to welcome Anthony Burden as an associate in the Insurance and General Litigation Groups effective January 19, 2015.
Anthony accumulated a broad range of legal experience throughout his apprenticeship at a mid-size Edmonton firm. Following his call to the bar in 2014, Anthony focused his practice on litigation, specifically in the areas of insurance defence, personal injury and construction.
“We are excited to have Anthony join our team,” said Dan Downe, Insurance Group leader. “His commitment to professionalism and client care will be a valuable addition to the Insurance and General Litigation Groups and we look forward to building on his solid foundation of legal experience.”
Effective July 21, 2014, Field Law was pleased to announce the addition of lawyer Malkit Atwal to the Wills, Trusts and Estates; Estate Litigation and Dispute Resolution; and Transaction and Corporate groups. Primarily practicing in the areas of estate planning, estate litigation and estate administration, Malkit brings experience in working with clients from both a global and regional perspective. With a clear understanding in matters of will, family relief, estate trustees and undue influence claims, Malkit’s knowledge and skillsets cover a broad spectrum of legal topics.
Malkit represents both professional trust companies and individuals in a wide variety of estate matters, including wills, trusts, enduring powers of attorney and personal directives. Malkit also represents clients requiring assistance with contested wills, family relief claims, undue influence claims and the removal of estate trustees.
Field Law is pleased to welcome new associate Tim Bailey to the Intellectual Property and Technology group, effective September 2, 2014. Tim brings more than five years of experience from prominent Canadian law firms and extensive knowledge in the areas of intellectual property, in particular patents and trade-marks. Tim first began practicing law in Alberta, where he was called to the bar in 2009, and continued on to practice at a national firm in Toronto after being called to the bar in Ontario in 2011. Tim’s experience in patent law and ongoing research in various areas of intellectual property will serve to further strengthen the Intellectual Property and Technology group at Field Law.
“I am honoured to be joining such a well-established and respected law firm,” says Tim Bailey. “Field Law’s focus on excellent legal advice, client relations and community development is impressive and it is a privilege to be part of that. I am excited about the capabilities of this firm and I look forward to supporting my colleagues in my new position.”
A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, Tim also holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He has also authored a number of works for various legal publications.
“Tim’s work with numerous international patent offices in a variety of technical fields makes him an excellent fit for our Intellectual Property and Technology group,” says Tony Edwards, practice group leader at Field Law. “We look forward to having him join our team of talented lawyers and believe he will make a valuable addition to Field’s client oriented practice.