Ronald Martland

First University of Alberta Law Graduate to be appointed a Judge to the Supreme Court of Canada
First Canadian to be awarded the Venetian Law Prize, the highest academic award granted in the Oxford Faculty of Law

Born 1907, Liverpool, England and died 1997, Edmonton, Alberta

  • When he was 4 years old his family emigrated to Canada and settled in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1921 – Graduated High School
  • 1921 – 1923 – worked as a page in the Legislature as he was too young to attend University
  • 1926 – Obtained a BA from the University of Alberta
  • 1928 – Graduated form the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta
  • During his years in the Faculty of Law, he obtained first class standing every year
  • Won the Carswell Prize for leading his class
  • Won the Chief Justice Harvey’s Gold Medal
  • Awarded a Rhodes scholarship and he pursued his studies at Oxford
  • 1930 Earned a BA degree (first class) from Hertford College, Oxford
  • 1931 Earned a B.C.L. degree (first class)
  • 1931 First Canadian to be awarded the Vinerian Law Prize, the highest academic award granted in the Oxford Faculty of Law
  • Played on Oxford’s ice hockey team
  • 1932 – called to the Bar of Alberta
  • 1932 – 1957 - Joined and practiced at the Law firm of Milner, Carr, Dafoe and Poirier
  • 1958 – 1982 – Appointed and served as Judge to the Supreme Court of Canada

Honours Included

1982 – Companion of the Order of Canada
1984 Alberta Order of Excellence
Appointed Queen’s Counsel; honorary professor of law at Universities of Alberta and Calgary; honorary fellow at Hertford College, Oxford

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