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Dentons Edmonton partner honoured for community work

Wednesday, December 02, 2020 @ 3:56 PM | By John Chunn

Dentons announced that Darlene Scott, a partner in the firm’s Edmonton office, is this year’s winner of the Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Stronger Together Award for Alberta. This award is presented to women lawyers in each province and territory “in recognition of their outstanding dedication, creativity, initiative, achievement, and contribution to their community.”

According to the firm’s press release, Scott is a strong contributor to her community, both professionally and personally. Chair of Dentons’ Edmonton banking and finance group for over a decade, she has led on financing and secured transactions for more than 35 years. During her time leading the group, Scott was responsible for piloting a number of alternative work arrangements for women practitioners at a time when few firms were offering this.

“Rooted in her unwavering belief that inclusion and diversity makes us stronger, Darlene has taken on numerous female mentees within Dentons, and has helped them develop their legal skills, client base and advancement to partnership. Through her commitment to the community, profession and the legal practice, Darlene is an exceptional role model for not only female lawyers, but all members of the legal profession,” said Fausto Franceschi, managing partner of Dentons’ Edmonton office, in the firm's press release.

Recently named president-elect of the Law Society of Alberta (LSA), Scott has served as a bencher of the LSA since 2014, and served on its executive committee since 2015. She has also chaired many law society committees, including audit and finance, policy, credentials and education, and conduct.

The press release noted that Scott’s commitment to pro bono initiatives and supporting access to legal representation for the wider community is also well known. She has provided pro bono legal services to organizations such as WIN House (supporting women and children who flee domestic abuse), and has served as a director of Little Warriors, a non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child sexual abuse. She also volunteers with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre.

She received a Queen’s Counsel designation in 2016.