Race Judicata

In Memory of Alexander D. Pringle, Q.C.

2019 RACE JUDICATA – In Support of the Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Legal Build

Since 1999, the Edmonton legal community has come together to sponsor a home for a local family through Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.  Each build is named in memory of a distinguished member of the judiciary or legal profession, and represents a lasting legacy of the legal profession in Edmonton.

The next Legal Build will celebrate the memory of Alexander D. Pringle, Q.C.

On September 21, 2019, the Legal Build team is hosting Race Judicataits annual fun run for the Edmonton legal community. Taking place in Edmonton’s picturesque Sir Wilfred Laurier Park, all proceeds from the run will benefit the Alexander D. Pringle, Q.C. Memorial Build. Register as a firm or as an individual. Family, friends, and all members of the public are welcome!

Here’s what you need to know once you’ve registered:

Race Day Information

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Sir Wilfred Laurier Park (13221 Buena Vista Rd NW – Site #8)
  • Arrive at 9:30 am to ensure you get parking, find the site & warm up.
  • Race Starts at 10:00 am
  • T-Shirt is NOT guaranteed if you registered after September 1st.

Alexander D. Pringle, Q.C.  (1947 – 2015)

Alex Pringle graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 1971 and returned home to Edmonton to an articling position with McQuaig 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, Niigata 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.