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Bud Melnyk, QC - Acclaimed

Warren Sinclair LLP, Red Deer

Call: 1991

Statement

Please Note: Bud Melnyk has been acclaimed for the Central Region.

It has been a great privilege to serve as a Bencher for the past three years. During my time as a Bencher I have served on several Hearing Committees, Complaint Appeal Panels, Appeal Panels, Resignation Committees and I am a Pre-Hearing Chair. In addition to my adjudicative role, I am currently the Vice-Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, a member of the Lawyer Competence Committee and the Practice Review Committee. I am also the Law Society board member for the Canadian Centre for Legal Education (CPLED), Alberta Lawyer’s Assistance Society (ASSIST) and the Family Law Rules Advisory Committee.

Our legal profession is facing significant changes due to the current pandemic. The Law Society has and needs to continue taking a proactive approach in addressing these issues. Access to justice, which was already an issue before the pandemic, will certainly continue to become a more significant concern in the immediate future.

I have been in private practice in Red Deer for over 29 years with a focus on family and civil litigation. During my time I have appeared before the Courts in matters dealing with family disputes, civil enforcement matters, residential tenancy issues and employment law claims. The highlights of my career include the following:

  • Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2020
  • Distinguished Service Award from Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association in 2016
  • Chair and presenter at the Legal Education Society of Alberta Family Law: Chambers Advocacy and Practice Pointers program, presenter at the Legal Education Society of Alberta Family Farm Issues program and the Legal Education Society of Alberta Family Law Contracts
  • Law Society of Alberta Volunteer Recognition Recipient in 2016
  • 2010 Prism Award for outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services in central Alberta
  • Instructor (part time) at Red Deer College, Legal Assistant Program, from 2012 to 2017, instructing civil procedure course

As an active member of the community I served from 2016 to 2018 as the Run Director for the CIBC Run for the Cure, Canadian Cancer Society, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. I am also a past Board member with the fundraising committee for the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Charity Golf Classic) and an annual volunteer with Festival of Trees (fundraiser for Red Deer Regional Health Foundation). From 1994 to 2000 I was on the Board of Directors for Central Alberta Theatre Society.