Fonds MG121 - John Martland fonds

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John Martland fonds

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  • 1 textile item
  • 1 vinyl recording

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John Martland received a B.A. from Bishop's University in 1964. He graduated from Osgoode Hall School, Toronto in 1968 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1970. He has done extensive civil trial work, with an emphasis on medical malpractice defence litigation and significant injury claims. For many years he practiced as a senior litigation lawyer with Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary. He has written numerous papers, articles, and speeches and has lectured widely on medical malpractice law, medical legal topics, legal ethics and Law Society issues. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986 and elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta that same year. He became President of the Law Society of Alberta in 1992. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the past President of the Calgary Bar Association. He was also President of the Calgary Medical Legal Society and a Special Counsel to the Health Law Institute of Alberta. Married with four children and numerous grandchildren, he enjoys hiking and backcountry skiing. He is the President of the Calgary Folk Club and Secretary of the Board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival. He also moonlights as a bass player with the “Wild Colonial Boys”.

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Bishop's jacket and LP recording of The Grate Escape (Carnival 1965).
The annual Bishop’s Winter Carnival of 1964 was highlighted by the musical revue "The Grate Escape", written by four students: John Piper ’65, Douglas Tees ’65, Ace Henderson ’65 and John Martland ’64. “Drink a Toast to Bishop’s University" was the grand finale. A recording of the revue was made with a local orchestra, and over the years the exuberant finale song has gained popularity and become known as the Bishop's School Song, or Raise a Toast. It is sung regularly at football games and other university events. In 1995 Douglas Tees heard the song at a football game for the first time since 1964, after which he reflected, "I was delighted to discover what our song had become.”

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Several copies of The Grate Escape have been donated to the university archives by Bishop's alumni over the years.

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