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Alex Pringle QC - 2020 Legal Build Honouree
Each of the past legal build has dedicated to the memory of a distinguished member of Edmonton's legal community (click here for past builds).
Alex Pringle graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 1971 and returned home to Edmonton to an articling position with McCuaig Desrochers. Alex became a force in the criminal law bar in Alberta and across Canada, with a sterling reputation for his academic approach to law and impeccable ethics. He started his own firm in 1974 and maintained that role until his death in 2015. His firm continues in his name, with a vibrant next generation of criminal lawyers as he hoped it would.
Alex was a much loved teacher of law. Of all his accomplishments, teaching was his greatest passion. In that role, he shaped young minds with his deep knowledge of criminal and his faith in the rule of law and professional ethics. He held roles as visiting professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, in 1988 – 1989 and at the Faculty of Law, Nigata University in the summer of 1990. His teaching as a sessional lecturer began in 1982 and continued until his illness in 2012. Over the years, he taught first year Criminal Law, Criminal Trial Procedure, Evidence, and Advanced Criminal Law. He taught at bar admission courses and at a host of continuing education events across Canada.
Alex was a founding member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, and the Environmental Law Center, giving vent to his passion for the environment. He volunteered on the boards of John Howard Society, Edmonton Legal Aid, Alberta Council for the Disabled, McMann Youth Homes, and Good Sheppard Knights of Columbus Hockey Clubs when he also coached young hockey players including his own three children.
Alex was the recipient of many appointments and awards for his distinguished service to the profession and the community, including as a Commissioner appointed by Alberta to the Canadian Uniform Law Conference; as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers; as advisor with the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, having been counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada on many occasions. He received the 2013 Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, the CBA Distinguished Service Award, and the Tevie Miller Teaching Excellence Award twice, eventually sharing the name of the Sessional Teaching Award with his longtime friend and colleague Peter Royal.
Alex spent his life teaching, mentoring, and representing people from all walks, facing often their most trying life event. He did so with compassion, intelligence, fairness in his dealings with all, and integrity, earning him the high respect of a lawyer’s lawyer. His absence is keenly felt.
Alex died in 2015, three years after his cancer diagnosis. He died as he lived, with quiet strength and dignity, surrounded by those he loved.
Edmonton Legal Build
Every three years the Edmonton legal community comes together to build the dreams of a deserving and hard-working family. The Legal Build is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Edmonton legal community.
The Edmonton Legal Build is the only Habitat for Humanity project in Canada that is supported wholly by the legal community and represents a unique, lasting legacy of our profession in Edmonton.