Mindthis Foreign Affairs Columnist Alexander Shalashniy is the winner of the 2012 CBA Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award for his contributions to the CBA as a student member.
The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 37,000 lawyers, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members. The Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award was established by Judi Rowan-Legg in honour of her husband, Edward K. Rowan-Legg of Ontario and Nova Scotia. Ted was a dedicated and active member of the CBA, who served as its National Treasurer from 1999 until his death in 2001.
“As a law student and now as a new lawyer, Alexander’s dedication to the CBA is impressive,” says CBA President Trinda L. Ernst, Q.C., of Kentville, N.S. “He has been involved in a wide range of CBA activities and sets a great example for other law students and young lawyers who are looking to make the most of the many programs and events our Association has to offer.”
During his time as a law student at the University of British Columbia, Alex was engaged in many CBA initiatives. A member since beginning law school in 2008, he has contributed to the Saskatchewan Branch newsletter, Bar Notes, and participated at numerous Branch professional development and Law Day events. He was elected to the Saskatchewan Branch Council in 2011, and has regularly attended the Branch’s Winter and Annual meetings.
“My areas of focus with Mindthis are political fashion, Canadian foreign policy, the Middle East and natural resource strategy. Writing for Mindthis has allowed me to connect with other young professionals worldwide: its unique mix of subjects and columnists allows for truly unique international bonds to be forged. Contributing to the magazine has also served as a great outlet from the pressures of work and allowed me to maintain my interests in a variety of topics necessary to continue my development as a consummate generalist. Upcoming articles in my column include: Romney in the 2012 Election, evaluating American goals in Iraq, and examining the styles adopted by political fringe movements.”
– Alexander Shalashniy