JSS Barristers in the Community

JSS Barristers works very hard for its clients. Outside of the direct practice of law, we are also a diverse group of people who, as a firm and individually, are very active in our community. We take the time to give back to both the legal profession and the community at large.

JSS Barristers is proud to have its lawyers participate in such organizations as the Calgary Bar Association, Canadian Club of Calgary, Canadian Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, The Advocate's Society, and other professional organizations.

In addition, JSS Barristers lawyers also are very involved in other charitable and other pursuits, which, we hope, help to enrich the community in which we live.

Some highlights of what we do when we're not in our offices are showcased below.


Calgary's Favourite Holiday Tradition, ZOOLIGHTS presented by JSS Barristers, is back and better than ever! With four fun filled activity zones, there is something for everyone from a family night out with the kids to a date night with your special someone. See the Calgary Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland brightly lit by over 1.5 million sparkling lights. Everything you know and love about ZOOLIGHTS returns, but of course there are always new surprises. Take in all your favourite holiday activities in one place including:

  • A whirl around the skating rink with free skate rentals
  • A free visit with Santa until December 23rd
  • Warm up by one of the many firepits with a cup of delicious hot chocolate

ZOOLIGHTS is on November 25, 2016 until January 8, 2017 from 6-9 pm. Note: ZOOLIGHTS is closed on December 25 and Zoo Year's Eve on December 31 requires a separate ticket. Please enter at the North Gate.

Plan your ZOOLIGHTS visit now at www.calgaryzoo.com/zoolightsyyc

The Advo-Cats perform in their third "Between Bands" gig for Between Friends

The Advo-Cats performed with Calgary band bORDERLINE on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Chrome Room, Deerfoot Inn and Casino in a non-profit fundraiser for Between Friends. This is a yearly event; over 200 people were in attendance to watch the bands "battle" back and forth in over 3 hours of non-stop live music! Over $30,000 was raised for Between Friends, a local charity that provides programming for children with Autism and related illnesses.

Between Bands gig for Between Friends

JSS Barristers support the University of Calgary Law School in Hockey Arbitration Competition

JSS Barrister is proud to have supported the team from the University of Calgary in the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada. See the attached article.

JSS Barristers Litigation Heroes take part in the
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On September 4, 2014, the Litigation Heroes of JSS Barristers took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Over $2000 was raised by the lawyers and staff of the firm for this great cause.

The "chilling" results were captured on video:

Advo-Cats Play in 2014 ZSA Battle of the Bar Bands

The The Advo-cats put on a great show at the ZSA Battle of the Bar Bands held at Flames Central on May 29, 2014 before a packed house. Alberta legal talent wowed the packed house with a great night of music, and raised a significant amount of money for the chosen charity, Make a Wish.

Calgary Bar Association 2014 Bonspiel

Calgary Bar Association 2014 Bonspiel

The JSS Barristers rink enjoyed another strong showing at the Calgary Bar Association Curling Bonspiel on March 7, 2014.

Skip Trent Kulchar, Third Mike James (a member of the JSS extended family practicing at Smith Mack Lamarsh), Second Deborah Book, and Lead Geoff Boddy enjoyed three great games and close competition from the competitive rinks in this year's event to reclaim the championship trophy.

Many thanks to the Calgary Bar Association for another great event!

The Advo-Cats

The The Advo-cats recently performed at the gala dinner for the Canadian Bar Association's Alberta Law Conference, held in Calgary January 31, 2014. The 'Cats rocked out, and a great time was had by all attending the "Great Gatsby" themed event.

JSS Barristers Bowls for Kids

JSS Barristers Bowls for Kids

For the ninth year in a row, members of the JSS Barristers family participated in the 23rd annual Bowl for Kids Charity event that raises money in Support of Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Calgary and Area.

Organized by the Stampede City Progress Club, and held at Chinook Bowladrome in April 2014, the Bowl for Kids event raises over $250,000 annually.

JSS Barristers participates in the event by sending twenty of their "best" Litigation Heros to bowl for the cause.

JSS Barristers and the Children's Wish Foundation

Children's Wish Foundation

JSS Barristers is proud to support one of its partners, Matthew J. Epp who is actively involved with the Children's Wish Foundation, as part of the firm's ongoing and historic involvement with the Foundation.

For instance, JSS Barristers donated significant pro bono effort and legal services in connection with a dispute and the ultimate successful recovery of estate funds that were bequeathed to the Foundation.

Established in 1984, Children's Wish is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Since its inception, Children's Wish has granted more than 18,000 wishes for children and their families and fulfills approximately 1000 wishes annually -- granting nearly three wishes everyday -- each being an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that particular child. The foundation has never refused a wish to an eligible child.

Children's Wish, a registered national charity with chapters in every province and territory, relies on the generosity of its donors and volunteers to make certain that no wish is refused. Children's Wish has established itself as one of the most recognized registered charities in Canada and the most recognized organization when it comes to granting wishes for children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.

Matthew J. Epp is currently a member of the Advisory Board of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada (Alberta and N.W.T Chapter); after chairing the Gala Committee for the Children's Wish Foundation. The annual gala is the largest fundraiser for this charitable organization which works with the families of ill children in order to grant these children their "wish".

JSS Barristers Donate

JSS Barristers is proud to give back to the community through not only its lawyers and staff supporting community activities and chairties through donating their time, but also through donating funds to charitable organizations. Some of the charities to which JSS Barristers has provided assistance in the last year include:

  • Alberta Diabetes Foundation
  • Alberta Law Review
  • Alberta Lawyer's ASSIST
  • Allies for Autism Run
  • Alzheimer Society
  • Between Friends
  • Big Brothers and Sisters Bowl for Kids, 2006-2014
  • Boys' & Girls' Clubs of Calgary
  • Calgary Legal Guidance
  • Calgary Zoological Society
  • Children's Wish Foundation
  • Impact Society
  • Inn From the Cold
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alberta - MS Bike Tour
  • Outward Bound Canada
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women's Cancers
  • Wild Rose Humane Society