July 2011 – Richard Billington, Q.C. to Chair the Alberta Law Conference Advanced Advocacy Skills Panel

Alberta lawyers annually gather at the Alberta Law Conference in order to participate in continuing professional development, to discuss ethical and practical issues facing lawyers, and to recognize outstanding contributions to society and the profession. Richard Billington, Q.C. will be chairing the Advanced Advocacy Skills Panel at the upcoming conference, to be held in Calgary in January, 2012. The panel will include Hon. Mr. Justice Belzil of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton and Robert Hawkes of JSS Barristers, Calgary.

Rick Billington’s presentation provides observations on advocacy gained through almost 3 decades of litigating precedent setting cases, including comments on persuading judges, cross-examination of witnesses, advocacy in emergency applications and of the nature of advocacy in other forums, including in mediation, arbitration and negotiations.