The Canadian Bar Association honours Donald J. Manderscheid, Q.C.
Long-time LAWNOW contributor Donald J. Manderscheid received the John Tait Award of Excellence at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) annual general meeting held in Calgary last August. The John Tait Award was established in 1998 to celebrate the accomplishments of lawyers in the public sector.
Don is a proud graduate of the University of Alberta, having received his Bachelor of Arts in 1975, his Bachelor of Laws in 1979, and his Master of Laws degree in 1980. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 1980 and began his career with the City of Edmonton legal department in 1981.
Don has been involved in a number of important initiatives with the City of Edmonton. He was instrumental in a number of administrative reforms, including the City of Edmonton's City Administration Bylaw. This bylaw incorporated major delegations of duties to the City Manager under the "natural persons" power of a municipality. Edmonton was one of the first municipalities to address these powers under a newly revised Municipal Government Act. He has also worked extensively on incorporating alternate dispute resolution processes into city construction contracts, and development and leasing agreements.
On behalf of the City of Edmonton, Don has also been involved in numerous national projects such as the 2004 Juno awards, and agreements for international sporting events such as the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, the 2001 International Triathlon Union World Championships, and the 2005 World Masters Games.. He has worked on agreements with the City's sports franchises, including the former Edmonton Trappers baseball team, the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos for the 1997 and 2002 Grey Cups, the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers, and most recently the Edmonton Cracker Cats of the Northern League of Professional Baseball.
In addition to all these duties, Don has been a prolific writer, authoring over twenty legal articles along with his Master of Laws thesis. LAWNOW has been the proud recipient of Don's writing skills and the magazine has been greatly enriched by his contributions. His articles reveal his diverse interests in legal topics and his skill as a communicator. He has also been a valued advisor to LAWNOW about topics, themes and possible contributors.
LAWNOW joins the CBA in recognizing, honouring, and celebrating Don Manderscheid's outstanding contributions to the legal profession.