Stories

William A McGillvray

First Graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law to be Appointed a Provincial Judge

Born 1918 – Died 1984

  • Born in Calgary, Alberta
    (His father, Alexander Andrew McGillivray, was justice of the Supreme Court of Alberta Appellate Division)
  • 1941 William graduated from University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, graduated first in his class and received the Horace Harvey Gold Medal in Law
  • He was an avid sportsman, achieving provincial champion status in both tennis and table tennis
  • Was admitted to the Alberta bar in 1942, and to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1965; practised in Calgary
  • 1957 – became Queen’s Council
  • 1958 – 1969 Served as a Bencher in the Law Society of Alberta
  • 1969 – 1970 Served as President of the Law Society
    (His son Douglas A. McGillivray, Q.C. was also President of the Law Society of Alberta from 2005 – 2006)
  • 1974 – Appointed to the position of Chief Justice of Alberta (therefore in this position he was, as his father had been, a justice of the Supreme Court of Alberta Appellate Division)
    On the bench was known for writing many reported criminal judgments. He served in this position until his death in 1984.

Information

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_A._McGillivray