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Arman Chak

ForensicLaw, Edmonton

Call: 2001

Statement

Arman Chak is a sole practitioner in Edmonton, who focuses his work on Human Rights, Litigation and Administrative Law. Arman has been a Bencher for six years, a public responsibility, which entailed policy and adjudicative work. Arman was Legal Counsel for the Alberta Human Rights Commission for nearly 12 years. His work over the past 19 years has involved a multitude of legal tasks and skills in the area of Administrative Law/Civil Law. He has appeared before many tribunals and Courts including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Arman has significant experience with respect to diversity and inclusion initiatives and works with the Canadian Bar Association and other equality seeking groups to improve the participation and engagement with diverse groups in the legal profession. The need to end systemic discrimination in all forms is part of the responsibility of the legal profession. His work in human rights has been in the areas of gender discrimination (including harassment), mental and physical disability as well as issues surrounding discrimination of foreign trained graduates in Canada. He has conducted seminars for employments groups, human resources managers, universities as well as law students. The goal of human rights is remedial and focuses its attention on bringing about change through recognition and principles of restorative justice. That objective has guided Arman throughout his career.

In addition, Arman has completed his LLM (Administrative Law) through the Osgoode Professional Development Program. His thesis focuses on the contemporary legal issues relating to the delivery of regulatory public programs for societal enhancement. In addition, Arman has a Diploma in Justice Administration, focusing on Human Rights Institutions all over Canada. His studies have centred on the focal point of Justice Administration, which is to provide enhanced administrative design through equity and innovation. Arman also has completed work on a chapter for Alberta’s human rights story “The Search for Equality and Justice”. The book was published on December 10, 2012.

In addition, Arman is an active member of the Alberta Arts Community and produces and directs short dramatic films that have been played in the United States as well as Canada.

Education (Selected)

  • Osgoode Hall Law School Masters of Law (2007)
  • University of Alberta Bachelors of Law (1999)
  • New York Film Academy Film School Certificate (1996)
  • University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts (1995)

Experience

  • ForensicLaw Barrister & Solicitor (2015 to Present)
  • Alberta Human Rights Commission Legal Counsel (2003 to 2015)
  • Family Law Office Staff Counsel (2001 to 2003)
  • Scott and Company Student-at-Law – First–year Associate (2000-2001)

Professional/Community Experience (Selected)

  • Bencher Law Society of Alberta – 2014 to Present
  • Edmonton Community Legal Centre 2010 – Distinguished Service Award
  • Canadian Bar Association 2011 – Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award
  • Edmonton Bar Association 2011 – Eileen Nash Memorial Award for Community Service
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta – Volunteer/Teacher (2005 to Present)
  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights – Member/Volunteer (1999 to Present)
  • Fringe Theatre Adventures -Board Member