Criminal lawyer Dino Bottos,
‘89 LLB, was honoured to
receive the University of Alberta
Law’s 2018 Pringle/Royal Sessional
Teaching Excellence Award because
the award’s namesakes both taught and
As a law student at UAlberta Law
from 1986 to 1989, he took an evidence
class from Peter Royal, QC (‘74 LLB),
and an advocacy class from the late
Alex Pringle, QC.
“They showed me the best way to stay
involved in legal theory was by coming
back to law school to teach and give of
yourself what you learned, so you can
impart that to students who come after
you,” says Bottos, a prominent criminal
lawyer at Bottos Law Group who has
been a sessional for nine years.
He has practised law since 1990,
but Bottos taught school for two years
prior to that. Law students praise him
for being coherent, comprehensive and
engaging, as well as able to inspire,
“at every 8 a.m. class."
He teaches complex legal concepts
to students who often don’t have much
experience in law. “I found you can
pretty much explain anything if you
break it down into bite-sized chunks,
and when you teach each piece carefully
and then put it all together, most people
will get it,” he says.
His experience as a criminal lawyer
helps, since he’s often explaining things
in straightforward ways to juries who,
by law, have no legal training.
Bottos takes his role as an educator
to heart and urges his students to view
law school as a call to duty, and not
an admittance to a privileged rank. “It
takes a lot of hard work,” says Bottos.
“I’m hoping to inspire them to be better
than they thought possible.”