Benchers protect the public by helping our members deliver top quality work, knowing we support them.
The world is changing fast. Providing effective legal services requires modernizing to keep in step. Our obligation as a self-governing organization is to be proactive and embrace technological change while respecting work-life balance and compensation for our membership. A Bencher must possess foresight, an ability to prioritize, and the wisdom to modify current practices.
I am proactive and passionate about supporting our Bar. A self-governing body which promotes excellence is the best means to ensure protection of the public and service to our clients.
If elected for a second term, I offer the benefit of experience and integrity of character.
My name is James (Jim) Lutz and I am running for my second term as Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta. I offer the membership the benefit of experience and integrity of character. I hope you will vote for me.
Since being elected in 2018, I have served on numerous committees, including Audit and Finance, Policy and Regulatory Reform and the Practice Foundations Task Force. I gained valuable insight into regulation of the practice of law as a panelist on many disciplinary proceedings. As a Bencher, I am the Vice Chair of the Assurance Fund Adjudications, Credentials and Education, Trust Safety Committee and Appeals Committee and I sit on Practice Review.
I serve as one of two representatives on the Legal Aid Society of Alberta Nomination Committee. Through this work we help ensure the Board of Legal Aid continues to fulfill its mandate of access to justice and care for the most vulnerable members of our Province.
Prior to being elected a Bencher, I volunteered as a Criminal Practice Advisory (Law Society 2004-2007), sat on the Provincial Court Case Management Committee (2005-2008) and was a member of the Board and later President of the Calgary Bar Association (2010-2017).
I have also acted as an instructor for the Bar Admission Course (Practice Readiness Education Program), Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, Legal Education Society of Alberta, the University of Calgary Faculties of Medicine and Social Sciences as well as Mount Royal University and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. For many years I have also mentored Canadian Bar Association students.
My practice for 28 years has primarily been representing clients in criminal court and in professional disciplinary matters. I have appeared in all levels of Court in Alberta, trial Courts in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada.
As past President of the Calgary Bar Association, I was fortunate to have met many members who made me keenly aware of challenges in various areas of practice. Through these discussions I realized how trying it can be sometimes to find a solution that works for everyone. I believe that an effective Bencher must be receptive, innovative and proactive. I practice patience, empathy and humility which make me well suited to serve. I listen to anyone who wants to express their opinion; I hear you and can represent your views.
Please vote in the upcoming election. I would be honoured to continue to serve you for the next three years.