By Judy Langford, Communications Coordinator
Law Society of Saskatchewan
The Law Society has awarded Senior Life Memberships to four long-time members. Benchers may choose to confer this honour on active or retired members who have belonged to the Law Society for at least 50 years, and have contributed significant public or legal service to the people of Saskatchewan. Three of this year’s honorees were presented with certificates at the Law Society AGM dinner in Saskatoon.
James Anderson, QC grew up on the family farm outside Swift Current. He studied Law at the University of Saskatchewan and then articled at Roth, Grant & Orr in Swift Current. He has spent his entire career at the firm, which is now called Anderson and Company, and has become a prominent member of the Swift Current community. The firm is the largest law firm in the city and a leader in agricultural law in Saskatchewan. Mr. Anderson’s practice has focused on estate planning, family farm intergenerational transfers and real estate. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986.
Since being called to the Bar in 1966, William Preston, QC has built a solid career as a litigator. He has developed particular expertise in the areas of transportation and construction law, professional design and business dispute resolution. He was appointed Queen’s Council in 2008.
Mr. Preston practices at Robertson Stromberg in Saskatoon, where he is active in the Saskatoon Bar Association and the CBA. He was the founding chair of the CBA’s Construction Law group and a founding member of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association. He has taught Law at the University of Regina College of Business Administration and at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, as well as lecturing on engineering law and ethics for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.
Frank MacBean, QC joined the firm of Salloum, Hegemeister & Benwell in Swift Current following his studies at the University of Saskatchewan. The firm is now known as MacBean Tessem. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984.
That was also the year that Mr. MacBean and a group of like-minded business people started the process of bringing the Broncos hockey team back to Swift Current after 12 years in Lethbridge. The team returned to Swift Current for the 1986-87 season and won the Memorial Cup just two years later.
Mr. MacBean has been an active member of the Law Society, serving as a Bencher from 1982 to 1988. He chaired the Insurance committee for four years and was elected President in 1987.
A fourth honoree was not able to attend the presentation. Dale Skelton served as a Bencher of the Law Society from 1979 to 1985. He was active on a number of committees and chaired the Finance committee.
Mr. Skelton’s career began at Schmitt, Estey, Robertson, Muzyka & Beaumont in Saskatoon where he articled and then worked until setting up his own firm in his hometown of Rosetown in 1968. Mr. Skelton retired in 2012.