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Real Estate Professionals Appreciation BBQ and YMCA Fundraiser
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On July 14, 2015, Gurevitch Burnham Law Office hosted a Real Estate Professionals Appreciation Barbeque and Fundraiser benefitting the Grande Prairie and District YMCA.

This fun filled afternoon was well attended, with great weather, food and guests.  Carnival style games were played to win prizes, with all proceeds donated to the YMCA.  The event raised $750.00 toward the “YMCA” and allowed for good company to be shared between the attendees and staff at the office.

We wish to thank the generous donors of prizes for this event:  

Curtis Burbee, Net Home Realty - Drone with Camera

North 40 Insulation Ltd. – Two $40.00 dollar Brunch Gift Cards to the Stonebridge Hotel

Aurora Eye Care – Sunglasses

Dora Wilson, Centum Mortgages - $100 Gift Card to The Keg

Chinook Drywall – Two $40.00 dollar Brunch Gift Cards to the Stonebridge Hotel

We are looking forward to hosting another event of this type in the near future, to benefit another deserving community organization.

 
HOLIDAY PARENTING TIME DISPUTES RESOLVED WITH MEDIATIONS & ARBITRATIONS
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The holiday's can be a wonderful time for families.  It can also be a time of great challenge and conflict, particularly if there are disputes or concerns over the holiday parenting schedule.  All too often when these disputes arise the parties end up in Court arguing before a Judge about what should happen with their children over the holidays.  This often includes the use of lawyers, the preparation and filing of legal documents and an escalation of the conflict and an increase in costs. 

There are many studies that show that continued parental conflict is not healthy for children.  Is there another way to resolve these parenting disputes which minimizes the negative effects of parental conflict on children, particularly around the holiday season?

Fortunately Tim Burnham thinks the answer to this question is yes!

At Gurevitch Burnham Law Office Parents can choose to attend Mediation with Tim Burnham in order to resolve their disputes.  However, Mediation does not always result in an agreement.  When this is the case, the parties may still need to have a decision so that they can move on and make their plans.  This is where Arbitration comes in.  When the parents attend a Med-Arb with Tim Burnham they agree that acting as an Arbitrator, he has the power under the Arbitration Act to make a binding decision on them about the holiday parenting schedule.  

This process encourages parental cooperation and minimizes conflict.  It also provides a guarantee that there will be a decision at the end.  The process at Gurevitch Burnham Law Office is much less formal than Court which helps the parties get a decision faster and with less conflict.  If you feel this process may work for you, please feel free to contact our office.

 
CYRIL S. GUREVITCH, Q.C. PRESIDENT OF CBA-ALBERTA
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 Cyril S. Gurevitch, Q.C. has assumed the role of President of the Canadian Bar Association-Alberta Branch for the 2012-2013 term.  He is looking forward to representing the interests of all its over 5,200 members in Alberta and to increasing the value of membership in accordance with the new Strategic Plan of the organization.  There will be an emphasis on increasing membership, adding professional development opportunities and diversifying participation at all levels of the organization. 

Cyril has chosen, as his personal goal this year, a project known as the Small Communities Initiative.  The object of the initiative is to enhance Access to Justice for all Albertans who may reside outside the metropolitan centres of Edmonton and Calgary by attracting summer students, articling students and young lawyers to those regions.  To that end, the CBA has recently created the Access to Justice Committee and begun two pilot projects in Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie where meetings with local lawyers and community leaders will hopefully lead to rejuvenation in the numbers of lawyers to overcome the aging demographics. 

A further concept of Geographic Sections is also intended to enhance educational and networking opportunities by allowing CBA Sections to be established based on their Regional Geographic setting rather than limiting them to a particular field of practice.  For a more in depth analysis of the program, please review Cyril's recent article in the CBA magazine, Law Matters, Summer 2012 entitled "Small Communities Action Plan".

 
Timothy J. Burnham teaches Law in Ukraine
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Tim Burnham spent several weeks in Odessa, Ukraine teaching law courses at several universities as part of the BUILD Initiative with the Leavitt Institute for International Development.  Tim taught lectures to upper year law students about the rule of law, the adversarial system, advocacy, professional responsibility and alternative dispute resolution.

The Leavitt Institute for International Development is an organization of legal professionals dedicated to spreading the rule of law and development of democratic liberties in developing nations. As part of its efforts, The Leavitt Institute involves some of the brightest international relations specialists and legal minds throughout the world to teach democratic principles, rule of law, and ethics. The Leavitt Institute teachers are experienced judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and legal counselors from the United States and Canada. They lecture on a variety of subjects and make a lasting impression on the minds of their students. The Leavitt Institute relies on the support of legal professionals willing to travel to developing nations and share their knowledge with ambitious law students.

 
James P. Bird, Student-at-law, featured in National Law Magazine
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James P. Bird (Jim), an articling student with Gurevitch Burnham Law Office, was featured in the September 2012 issue of Canadian Lawyer, a national legal magazine. The article discussed many of the opportunities for young lawyers in Grande Prairie and why he chose to article with Gurevitch Burnham Law Office.

In the article Jim describes how and why he moved from Victoria, British Columbia to Grande Prairie. As stated in the article, he applied to many firms in Victoria to no avail. Jim became aware of an opportunity with Gurevitch Burnham Law Office and applied and was subsequently hired. Now as an articling student with the firm, Jim is able to utilize his skills obtained through law school in helping people here in the Grande Prairie area. Under the supervision of the partners of the firm, Jim is gaining valuable experience in the courtroom and in the office by managing a variety of files and court applications. Unlike some large urban centres in Canada, Grande Prairie has afforded Jim an opportunity to gain hands on experience in the practice of law.

 
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