Calgary (January 30, 2015) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) congratulates Bruce Churchill-Smith, QC, chair of BLG’s National Pro Bono Committee, who received a Distinguished Service Award for Pro Bono Legal Service from the Law Society of Alberta today.

“Bruce has been an instrumental part of BLG’s pro bono program for many years, and his enthusiasm and passion has inspired many others to take part, both at BLG and across the industry,” said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO at BLG. “We congratulate Bruce for this deserved recognition.”

Mr. Churchill-Smith has dedicated much of his 30 year career to improving access to pro bono service in Alberta and across Canada. Mr. Churchill-Smith spearheaded the creation of the Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre, Calgary’s only non-profit organization committed to providing children and youth with legal advice, information, referrals and representation in civil law matters. He is also the president of Pro Bono Law Alberta and a past member of the Law Society of Alberta’s Pro Bono Task Force.

“I am very grateful to be honoured for something that has already added to my life in so many ways,” said Mr. Churchill-Smith. “I have always felt a sense of responsibility to ensure access to justice is available to society’s most vulnerable. I also hope that the path I paved through my involvement in pro bono work, both at the client level and leadership level, will encourage future generations of lawyers to continue to play this important role in society.”

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