Richard W. Rand - K.C.; Retired

As of 2022, Mr. Rand has retired.

  • 1973 Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta
  • 1974 Bachelor of Law, University of Alberta
  • 1974/1975 Articled to J.W. McClung, Q.C.
  • June 13, 1975 Called to the Alberta Bar
  • 1998 Appointed Queen's Counsel

Mr. Rand, practices primarily in the area of family law and professional discipline cases (having had matters with the Law Society of Alberta, The Alberta Teachers' Association, The College of Alberta Psychologists, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, The Alberta Pharmaceutical Association, The National Hockey League, and the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association). He has also conducted private arbitration work and is available to involve in Rule 4.16 dispute resolution processes.

Previously, Mr. Rand’s practice included extensive involvement in criminal law having conducted a number of jury trials and defended charges including murder and other serious charges. While his practice always included divorce and other matrimonial causes, the increased volume of work in this area caused it to become his primary area of practice since the mid-1980s.


Bar Admission Course Instructor or Evaluator

  • Criminal Law - early 1980s to 1986
  • Family Law - 1991 to date

Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association – a founding Member and Past Vice-President

Legal Aid Society of Alberta (Committees 1982 to 1997 and Board of Directors 1991 to 1997)

  • Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Society - 1994 to 1996
  • Youth Court Pilot Project Steering Committee
  • Roster Committee (Past Chairperson)
  • Exceptional Accounts Review Committee (Past Chairperson)
  • Northern Appeals Committee (Past Chairperson)
  • Edmonton Regional Committee (Past Chairperson)

Guest lecturer/speaker/panelist at various classes and programs, including Legal Education Society of Alberta seminars, Banff Refresher Courses in Family Law (as Panelist and as Chairperson), University of Alberta Law Faculty guest lecturer to classes on ethics, advocacy, criminal law and procedure, family law and negotiations. Panelist on other continuing education seminars including Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers' Association panel on Costs, Student Legal Services programs, Canadian Bar Association (disclosure in family law).

Past mentor with the Law Society of Alberta Mentor Program assisting in the areas of family and criminal law.

Past member of the Professional Responsibility Committee, Law Society of Alberta, and member of the Sub-Committee reporting on "Ethics and the New Technology".

Past member of the Conduct Committee, Law Society of Alberta.

Conducted a number of practice reviews at the request of the Conduct Review Committee of the Law Society of Alberta.

Attended as a Law Society of Alberta representative and observer on at least three occasions where search warrants of lawyers' offices were carried out by police authorities.

Occasional contributor to the Edmonton Bar Association Newsletter, Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association Newsletter, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers' Association Newsletter and the Bar Admission Course Materials.

Past member of the Alberta Justice, "External Committee" on child support guidelines implementation.

Past member of ad hoc committee addressing proposed amendments to the Alberta Rules of Court, Family Law Rules.

Past Member of the Alberta Justice ad hoc committee addressing "limited scope retainers".

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