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Ottawa announces four judicial appointments for Alberta

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 10:39 AM | By John Chunn


Justice Canada on May 22 announced the following judicial appointments for the province of Alberta:

Kevin Feth, a partner at Field Law LLP in Edmonton, is appointed a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and a judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal of Alberta. Justice Feth fills one of five remaining positions allocated under Bill C-44.

Kent H. Davidson, a partner at Miller Thomson LLP in Edmonton, is appointed a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench and a judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal. Justice Davidson fills one of five remaining positions allocated under Bill C-44.

Johanna C. Price, a partner at Peacock Linder Halt & Mack LLP in Calgary, is appointed a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench and a judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal. Justice Price replaces Justice Elizabeth A. Hughes (Calgary), who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on Nov. 1, 2018.

Nicholas E. Devlin, senior general counsel at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Calgary, is appointed a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench and a judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal. Justice Devlin replaces Justice Jolaine Antonio (Calgary), who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on Dec. 12, 2018.

Justice Feth graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1989, articled in Edmonton at Field & Field, and worked with that firm and its successors throughout his career. He practised primarily in the areas of education law, employment and labour, human rights, administrative law, commercial and constitutional litigation and Aboriginal law.

He was a sessional instructor in Labour Law at the University of Alberta Law School from 2004 to 2009 and an instructor in litigation at the Alberta Bar Admission/CPLED course for 15 years. He has been a frequent speaker and writer for legal educational organizations and is one of the co-authors of Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law.

Justice Feth served as president of the Law Society of Alberta for 2014-15 and chaired numerous law society committees, including the Legal Aid Task Force from 2014 until 2018 and the Access to Justice Committee. He served previously as chair of the National Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Since 2015, he has been the president of Pro Bono Law Alberta.

In 2019, Justice Feth received the Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Legal Profession from the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch). He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 2010.

Justice Davidson was born and raised in Flin Flon, Man.. He attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a bachelor of arts (with distinction) in 1979 and a bachelor of laws in 1982. He completed his articles of clerkship with Lucas, Bishop, Bowker and White. He practised for 18 years with the firm and its successors, serving on the management committee in that time. In 2001, he joined the firm of Miller Thomson, heading its Alberta labour and employment department. In 2006, Justice Davidson became the managing partner for the Edmonton office of Miller Thomson. In 2012, he became the Alberta managing partner and he was elected chair of the firm in 2014.

Throughout his service in management Justice Davidson remained an active practitioner, appearing as counsel in arbitration matters and in civil matters in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Davidson has resided in St. Albert since 1986 and has always enjoyed being active in his community. He served two terms as city councillor for the city of St. Albert, was a charter member and director of the St. Albert Rotary Club, and was the founding president of the St. Albert Community Foundation. He has been involved with many community charitable and sporting organizations over the years.

Justice Price was born in Buckingham, Que. Her father was an immigrant from Canton, China, and her mother was mixed Algonquin First Nation and European descent. She is a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation.

Justice Price graduated in 1994 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor of arts in political science. She obtained her bachelor of laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1998. She articled and practised at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in the litigation and business law groups, before joining Peacock Linder Halt & Mack in 2004. She became a partner in 2009. As a civil litigator, she practised in a wide range of commercial, energy, construction and general litigation matters.