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 Advocates' 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 Drop-In Centre

In July of 2018, the Calgary Drop-In Centre issued a request for a donation of water bottles, noting that a recent bout of high temperatures posed an increased risk for dehydration. JSS Barristers dropped off five boxes of water bottles, which were put to quick use by Calgarians in need.


JSS Barristers is excited to be presenting Calgary's Favourite Holiday Tradition, ZOOLIGHTS again this year! This year marks the 20th year of ZOOLIGHTS and it is sure to be the most glow-tastic yet!

With fun filled activity zones, enchanting new themes and special guests, 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:

  • Experience the activities in the Hibernation, Migration, Adaptation and Wonderland areas
  • Play with the new giant Lite-Brite
  • A whirl around the skating rink
  • A free visit with Santa until December 23rd
  • Warm up by one of the many firepits with a cup of delicious hot chocolate
  • Ice skating with free skate rentals - and a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights
  • And much more!

ZOOLIGHTS is on November 24, 2017 until January 6, 2018 from 6-9 pm (Gates close at 9:30 pm). Note: ZOOLIGHTS is closed on December 25.

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

JSS Planes Reach Zambia

JSS joins the Calgary Humane Society's Dog JogEvery year, JSS hosts a reception for the legal community in Calgary, where we pride ourselves on our creative invitations. In 2016, the invitations were printed on old-school balsa wood, elastic band airplanes. Following the reception, we had a number of them left over. Thanks to the efforts of Colin Glassco at the Glassco Foundation, the leftover planes made it to the Gwembe Valley in Zambia, Africa, where the children have very little to nothing in the way of toys. The smiles on their faces say it all!

JSS Hits the Links to Support Student Legal Assistance

JSS joins the Calgary Humane Society's Dog JogIn July of 2017, supporting legal aid programs like Student Legal Assistance is a proud tradition at JSS. Many of us began our journeys as attorneys at programs like Student Legal Assistance, who provide vital legal support for the less advantaged in our community. JSS has taken part in the SLA Charity Classic golf tournament for a number of years, and while we can't say that we're all-star golfers, it's an event we look forward to every year.

JSS joins the Calgary Humane Society's Dog Jog

JSS joins the Calgary Humane Society's Dog JogIn June of 2017, Andrew Wilson organized a team of JSSers take part in the Calgary Humane Society's dog jog to help out our furry friends and encourage adoption of pets!

JSS Barristers Donate

JSS Barristers is proud to give back to the community through not only its lawyers and staff supporting community activities and charities through donating their time as pro bono lawyers, board members and volunteers, but also through donating funds to charitable organizations. Some of the charities to which JSS Barristers has provided assistance 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 Food Bank
  • Calgary Humane Society
  • Calgary Legal Guidance
  • Calgary Zoological Society
  • Children's Wish Foundation
  • Impact Society
  • Inn From the Cold
  • Kid's Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alberta - MS Bike Tour
  • Outward Bound Canada
  • Ride to Conquer Cancer
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women's Cancers
  • Wild Rose Humane Society