Paul Moreau for Bencher
I am running for bencher in the fall election, and am writing to seek your support. I was called to the bar in 1989, and have practiced as a Crown Prosecutor, civil litigatorwith Witten Binder (as they were then), and as private defence counsel. As such, I have experience working in both small and large firms, as well as in government.
I have been a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law for the past four years, teaching Sentencing Law, which has been a refreshing change from litigation, and also a learning experience for me.
I have sat on a wide variety of committees relating to the administration of justice, including the Legal Aid High Cost Case Committee, the Court Case Management Committee, the Hearing Office Provincial Implementation Committee, and the Hearing Office Steering Committee. Most recently, I was asked to join the Edmonton Provincial Court COVID Stakeholders working group as well.
For the past 20 years I have been the principal of a small firm oriented to criminal defence work, and have had the opportunity to mentor a number of students at law and junior associates. As is often the case with a criminal practice, a lot of work is in the rural areas, and I travel across the province, giving me a good perspective on the unique challenges of
The COVID19 pandemic has changed the legal profession in many ways, some of which we have yet to discover. It has been a challenge of varying degrees for all of us, but some more than others. All sectors of the profession have been significantly impacted. In my case, I closed the doors of my downtown office, dispatching my former associates off to various other firms, and am now working from a mobile platform. The pandemic, and the response of the courts to it, forced me to evaluate the business side of my practice, and to fundamentally alter the way I do business. I had to make these fundamental changes in a very short time frame, and learned many valuable lessons in doing so.
While the Law Society has taken some worthwhile steps to address some of the problems created by the pandemic, much thought needs to be given to what further measures can be taken to support our members.
On a less urgent note, I have long had an interest in two particular topics: the regulation of agents and paralegals, and the recognition and regulation of specialization. Both of these are long-term projects, to which the Law Society needs to direct its attention.
I would like to offer my experiences and the insights gained from them to the governance of our profession. My history of working with both small and large firms has provided experience which could be useful to the Practice Review Committee, as well as the Competence Committee. My 31 years at the bar may be useful to the Conduct and Professional Responsibility Committees as well. I ask for your support.
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PAUL L. MOREAU
B.A., LL.B. , LL.M.
Born: Calgary, AB.
Married, with 4 adult children and 1 grandchild.
Sole practitioner, primarily in the area of criminal defence at trial and appeal levels, focused on narcotics and organized crime work. Based in Edmonton, but travelling
throughout Alberta, with some out-of-province work.
Sept. 2005 to May 2020:
Principal of Moreau & Company. A small firm comprised of varying numbers of lawyers over the years, usually 4 - 6, and focused on criminal defence practice.
Jan. 2001 to Sept. 2005:
sole practitioner, civil and criminal litigation. Standing Agent for Justice (Canada) for narcotics and tax prosecutions. Ad Hoc Agent for AlbertaJustice for criminal prosecutions.
Nov. 1997 to Dec.2000:
Associate Counsel: Witten Binder, Barristers and Solicitors:
General litigation practice, including environmental, securities, and commercial civil litigation, criminal prosecutions for both Provincial Crown and Federal Crown as Standing Agent, and criminal defence.
July, 1993 - Nov. 1997:
Appellate Counsel, Alberta Department of Justice, Appeals and Criminal Law Policy Branch, Edmonton: Representing the Crown in criminal cases in the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Advising the government of Alberta
on issues of criminal law policy. Assisting in provision of advice and continuing legal education to Crown Prosecutors and police officers.
Mar. 1990 - Jun. 1993:
Crown Prosecutor, Alberta Department of Justice, Wetaskiwin.
Representing the Crown in criminal prosecutions in the Provincial Court and Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Advising police officers and other justice system workers on issues of law.
Jun. 1989 - Mar. 1990:
Associate Lawyer, Sirrs, Deckert & Allen, Wetaskiwin Private general practice, primarily in litigation, including criminal
defence practice, civil litigation, and real estate.
2014- 16: LLM (Criminal Law) - Osgood Hall Law, York University
1988 -89 Articles of Clerkship, Sirrs, Watson, Deckert & Allen, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
1985 - 88 Bachelor of Law Degree, University of Alberta
1981 - 85 Bachelor of Arts (Sp.) degree, University of Alberta.
1978- 81 High School Diploma, American School, London, England
Other Professional Activities
Legal Aid Alberta, High Cost Case Committee member (since 2013) and chair (2016)
Member: Hearing Office Steering Committee, and Provincial Implementation Committee (since 2018)
Member, Provincial Court COVID19 Stakeholder Group
Member, Edmonton Provincial Court Criminal Stakeholder Committee (since 2011)
Director – Edmonton Gun Club (2012 to date)
Member, Alberta Legislative Review Committee (1995 - 2010)
Instructor - Edmonton Police Service member training courses
Instructor – Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy
Member – Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Law Society of Alberta Justice Summit Committee (1998)
Board Member, Fraud Prevention Association (1997 – 2000).
Instructor in various courses and seminars for Legal Education Society of Alberta
Instructor in Alberta Bar Admission Course (1994 – 2000).
Instructor in Alberta Crown Attorneys’ School (1994 - 96).
Instructor for RCMP “K” Division courses (1994 - 1997).
Contributor to Alberta Crown Attorney Publications (1992 - 1997).
Editor of Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter (1994 - 1997).
President of the Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association (1995 - 1997).
Director, Canadian Association of Crown Counsel (1995 - 1997)
Member, Edmonton Bar Association (1994 - date) Editorial Board (1997 - 2001)
In Defence of Starting Point Sentencing
(2016) 63 Criminal Law Quarterly 345
Certiorari to Quash Committal for Trial
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 1, published January, 1995.
Costs in Criminal Proceedings
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, published May, 1995. Re-printed for Western Canada Crown Attorneys’ Conference, 1995. Re-printed for Justice (Canada) agents training conference, 1996.
Cobham v. The Queen - Obtaining a Transition Period
(Co-authored with B.D. Rosborough)
(1995), 35 Criminal Reports (4th) 310;
(1995) Motor Vehicle Reports (3d) 65.
Fresh Evidence on Appeal
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 4, published Nov. 1995.
“Final Verdict” - regular column on appellate court judgments for the Alberta Game Warden Magazine
R. v. Pryor & Prozney - (co-authored with E. Wilson, Q.C.)
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 1 published Jan. 1995.
R. v. Gillis
Journal of Motor Vehicle Law, Vol. 7, Part 1, p. 68, 1995.
R. v. C.A.M.
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 5, published May, 1996.
R. v. Andrews
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, published July, 1996
R. v. Steinhauer
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 6, published July, 1996.
R. v. Saddleback
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 7, published December, 1996.
R. v. Stillman
Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Newsletter, Vol. 8, published April, 1997.
(1997) 40 Criminal Law Quarterly 148.