Race Judicata

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

Race Day Information

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Sir Wilfred Laurier Park (13221 Buena Vista Rd NW – Sites #8 and #9)
  • Arrive at 9:30 am to ensure you get parking, find the site & warmup.
  • Race Starts at 10:00 am

The Honourable Jean McBean QC

2018 RACE JUDICATA – In Support of the Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Legal Build 2020

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

The next Legal Build will celebrate the memory of the Honourable Jean McBean QC.

On September 15, 2018, 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 Honourable Jean McBean Legal Build.  Register as a firm or as an individual. Family, friends, and all members of the public!

For more information, to register for the run, or to support a runner visit www.lawbuild.org.  Be sure to visit the CBA-Alberta Facebook page to post your pictures and stories from the event.

Each legal build is dedicated to the memory of one of Edmonton’s distinguished jurists (click here for past builds).


Jean McBean QC  1948 -2012

Jean McBean QC graduated law in 1972 from the University of Alberta with distinction and received her LLM from McGill University in 1987.

Jean established a private law practice as a sole practitioner in 1979 and was later joined by new partners creating the firm that became known as McBean Becker Cochard and Gordon which had the distinction of being Edmonton’s all-female firm.  Jean remained with the firm until 2001 when she made good on her commitment to making legal representation accessible for all by setting up the Legal Aid Family Law Office in Edmonton and Calgary at the request of the Legal Aid Society of Alberta.

Jean spent her entire life working in the area of women’s equality and social justice, her legal career spanned an era when the battle for women’s equality was transforming divorce, child custody and rules for property division, and Jean’s fight for social change left a clear mark on the development of the law.

Jean was a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta from 1999 to 2001, and also served as the co-chair of the National Legal Committee of the Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).

Jean was committed to sharing her knowledge with others in the profession.  She was a frequent volunteer with the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and taught at the University of Alberta for many years becoming an inspiration and mentor to countless Edmonton lawyers.

Jean passed away from cancer on April 7, 2012.