Huckvale LLP, Lethbridge
Please Note: Ryan Anderson has been acclaimed for the Southern Region.
During my past three years as a Bencher representing the Southern Region, I have come to strongly believe that the best way to “Protect the Public Interest” is to support the health and wellness of our legal community. It is vital that Alberta Lawyers be given the opportunity to have a practice that allows them to be healthy emotionally, physically, and financially. We will always have regulations as a profession, but I think it is vital that these regulations be balanced with what is practical and reasonable. In turn, reasonable regulation will hopefully allow us to keep our practice fees and insurance fees to a minimum.
All lawyers need to feel safe and free from discrimination within our profession. A recent survey of the Law Society of Alberta revealed that 32 per cent of students and new lawyers experienced discrimination or harassment during recruitment and/or articling. We need to ensure that lawyers and individuals do not experience discrimination or harassment in the legal practice and that regulatory procedures are in place to deal with these issues. This behaviour cannot be tolerated. I like to think that we can all learn and grow. A few years ago, I would have likely discounted this survey, but as I have heard the experiences firsthand it is a real issue within our profession.
I currently sit as the Vice-Chair of the Bencher Election Task Force to increase diversity in the Bencher Election, Vice-Chair of Complaint Dismissal Appeal Committee, Vice-Chair of the Credentials and Education Committee, and sit on several other Law Society committees. I also sit on the board of LESA and work on their governance committee. I have been privileged to chair and present for LESA on family law issues.
I am a Partner at Huckvale LLP, a small Southern Alberta law firm based in Lethbridge and Fort Macleod. My whole career has been spent practising in the Lethbridge area and I understand the pressures that come from running a small firm. My practice is diverse and includes family law, real estate and agricultural transactions. I was privileged to be appointed Queens Counsel in the spring of 2020.
As lawyers, we give back to the community in many ways including through pro bono work and volunteer work. I have had the opportunity to serve as the Chair of a non-profit serving 130 individuals with developmental disabilities, have organized an annual food drive within my community, and coached many sporting activities with my family.
I am privileged to be a lawyer in Alberta and feel I would be able to continue to bring my skills and background to assist the Law Society as a Bencher. I appreciate your support in my efforts to be elected.