Class Notes

    1960s - 2000s

    By Staff Writer on May 28, 2019

    1960s

    David Jenkins

    David Jenkins, ’63 LLB, organized his 55th class reunion in September at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club with nine classmates and their partners in attendance. David and his wife Maureen’s love of cruises led them to co-found Cruise Vacations Inc., one of the largest cruise agencies in the world. Last year, the two completed a 106-day world cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity.

    Eleanor Boddy, QC

    Eleanor Boddy, QC, ’68 LLB, organized the class of 1968 50th reunion with a dinner at Upper Crust and a Golden Grads reception held by Alumni Weekend last fall. At the dinner, attendees exchanged stories with former classmates, including Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

    1980s

    Diana Lowe, ‘84

    Diana Lowe,’84 LLB, is co-lead for a province-wide initiative to re-imagine the family justice system in Alberta. This is a large systems-change process which is aimed at helping families thrive. A cross-discipline collaborative effort, it promises to improve the outcomes in family restructuring, child welfare and family violence situations.

    1990s

    Samantha Filipovic

    Samantha, ’93 LLB, and Daniel Filipovic, '92 LLB, married in 1994, shortly after they graduated from UAlberta Law and wrote their Ontario Bar Exams. They have been practising law as partners in their husband/wife law firm for the past 10 years. Having just purchased a log home, they are enjoying life on the lake in Thunder Bay, Northern Ontario at a pace that is not conducive to retirement.

    Laura Convery

    Laura Convery, ’93 LLB, started her own practice right after articling, with assistance from her spouse Clark as client services representative. Laura loves the practice of law and the flexibility of being able to work alongside Clark, as they are able to balance work and leisure hours conveniently. She wasn’t able to make it for her 25th class reunion this year, but hopes that everyone had a great time!

    Garrett Eisenbraun

    Garrett Eisenbraun, ’93 LLB, spent the first 12 years of his career with a firm now known as Field LLP. Then he went in-house with Enbridge Pipelines and spent the last five years as general counsel with Worley Parsons. He married Kim Palichuk from the class of 1997 and together they are involved with two animal charities: Dogs With Wings and Northern Sky Greyhound Association. They are passionate about rescuing animals and finding them a suitable home.

    Gina Ferri

    Gina Ferri, ’93 LLB, continued as a sole practitioner at the firm she articled at, Nicholl & Akers. Fortunately, she was “on her own” with a group of senior lawyers who gave her plenty of advice, collaborated with her and supported her practice. Evidence of how comfortable the environment was, she never left. Gina lives on the south side of Edmonton with her husband, who is a lawyer at a firm specializing in high-conflict family law.

    Kent Wong

    Kent Wong, ’93 LLB, has been married to his wife Julie for 25 years and has two daughters. Kent wanted to be active in his daughters’ education so he started his own firm, Highfield Law Office, in 2001. Kent is also a professional magician and performs more than 250 shows each year, throughout North America. He established the Edmonton Magic Club in 2003 and recently opened Magic Emporium, Edmonton’s newest mini black-box theater. Wanting to make a difference in the lives of others, he and his family created an initiative called Project Dignity, through which they give back to the inner city on the coldest nights of the year.

    Steve Blackman

    Lawyer-turned-television-writer-and-producer Steve Blackman, ‘97 LLB, launched his newest series, The Umbrella Academy, on Netflix in February 2019. Now based in Los Angeles, Blackman has been a writer and producer on the series Bones and Fargo (for which he won a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for an Emmy). Blackman began his TV career by co-creating The Associates, a CTV show about young lawyers which aired in 2001 and 2002. While he was a law student, he founded the Faculty’s still-flourishing Law Show.

    Kimberley Harrison

    Twenty years after graduating, Kimberley Harrison, ’98 LLB, took the February 2018 California Bar exam, passing on her first attempt (the state pass rate is only 27.3 per cent). She was sworn in and took the California Attorney oath in a private ceremony in June and is now a licensed California lawyer.

    2000s

    Michael Sharp

    In addition to being named a Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Edmonton, Michael Sharp, ’07 JD, is also a new dad. He and his wife Liza welcomed their son last spring. Michael is currently the practice group leader for the Edmonton Intellectual Property & Innovation Group at Parlee McLaws.

    Mandy MacLeod

    A Crown prosecutor for Alberta Justice, Mandy MacLeod, ’14 JD, was named a Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Edmonton. MacLeod works with the city’s most vulnerable populations and is considered one of the youngest prosecutors in the city. Alongside Professor Peter Sankoff, she coached our winning Gale Cup team this year. The team went on to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Moot Competition in Africa in April, placing first.