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Derek Anderson

Barr Picard Law, Edmonton

Call: 2009

Statement

Thanks for taking the time to learn a little bit about me. It’s really appreciated. 2020 has been an exceptional year; this election will be an exceptional election by default.

I’m a partner at Barr Picard Law, and specialize in criminal defence and human rights work. I’ve successfully defended cases in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, and have both a strong trial and appellate practice. I appear very regularly before all levels of Court in Alberta. Our firm is made up of provincial leaders in family law, real estate law, corporate/commercial law, civil litigation, and (of course) criminal law, and I’m involved in making sure all of our lawyers receive the resources and opportunities needed to meet their full potential.

2020 has made this more than typically challenging—but, also, more than typically rewarding. I’m also frequently sought out by the media for comment, so you’ve probably seen me apply my expertise online, on tv, radio, and in print. I’ve been a regular panelist on CTV’s Alberta Prime Time, on Charles Adler’s nationally syndicated radio program, and on the local Ryan Jespersen Show. I have also written for The Lawyer’s Daily, and am active on Twitter and other social media platforms.

All that being said: Law is not my first career. I lived in South Korea from 1997-2005, where I ran the ESL Program at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. I was responsible for hiring, creating course curricula and materials, and for all relevant negotiations with the university administration. At the same time, I was also a widely published freelance journalist, and a regular columnist for the CBC. Because I care about how vulnerable people respond to social forces, I found foreign migrant workers, elderly former sex-slaves, and North Korean defectors—among others—to talk to and write about. This made me happy. Because life is hard for many, and it feels good to help.

Legal practice can also be hard, but we know that we excel when we take care of each other within diverse teams, and we fail when we don’t. Sure: I’m a middle-aged, middle-class white man, but I’ve only succeeded to the extent I’ve been able to curate diverse teams to meet and master difficult issues as they arise. My success is a direct result of being able to look outside my privilege, to find people who are better at things than I am, to ask the right questions of them, and to really really really listen.

This is one reason my community involvement has always been very sincere and committed, and why I’ll continue to be a strong advocate for mental health supports, to work closely with addictions groups/issues, to volunteer with Lawyer Assist, to mentor law students and young lawyers, and to volunteer as a moot court judge at the U of A. Because 2020 has been an exceptional year, this election is an exceptional election. Please join me at derekandersonlaw.com and on Twitter at @DerekCrimLaw.

Please join me at derekandersonlaw.com.  Twitter at @DerekCrimLaw.

A more detailed explanation as to why I am running now can be found at The Lawyer’s Daily.  Just click this link, and enjoy:

https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/21313/running-in-time-of-crisis-why-standing-for-bencher-is-right-move-now-derek-anderson?category=opinion