Mr. Lieberman was appointed Judge of the District Court of Northern
Alberta in November of 1966. He was appointed Justice of the Trial
Division of the Supreme Court of Alberta in February of 1970, and was
elevated to the Court of Appeal of Alberta and the Northwest Territories
in December 1976. In November 1982, he was appointed Deputy Judge of the
Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. He served in these offices
until his retirement from the Bench in 1997.
Mr. Lieberman graduated from the University of Alberta, where he was
affiliated with the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, obtaining his B.A. in 1947
and his LL.B. in 1948. In 1990, the University of Alberta conferred an
Honorary Doctor of Laws upon him.
Mr. Lieberman was called to the Alberta Bar in 1949 and was appointed a
Queen’s Counsel in 1962. Prior to his appointment to the Bench, he
practised law from 1949 to 1966, specializing in insurance litigation.
While on the Bench, Mr. Lieberman organized the Alberta Board of
Review (Section 546, Criminal Code of Canada) dealing with the
criminally insane. He became the first Chairman of that Board and served
as such for nine years. Mr. Lieberman also organized and chaired the
first national conference of the Boards of Review of the Canadian
provinces and organized Boards of Review for the Northwest and Yukon
Territories under the aegis of the Alberta Board of Review.
Mr. Lieberman was the Chairman of the Alberta Boundaries Commission in
1970 and the former Director of the Canadian Judges Conference. He served
as Chairman of the committee presenting the first proposal for Legal Aid
to the government of the province of Alberta and became the first
Chairman of the Alberta Legal Aid Society.
Mr. Lieberman was a Member of the Canadian Panel for NAFTA and was
appointed Chairman of the Alberta Criminal Injuries Appeal Board in 1997.
Following his retirement from the Bench, Mr. Lieberman became Counsel
to the law firm of Cook Duke Cox, and was appointed a member of the
Alberta Crimes Compensation Board.
Mr. Lieberman has delivered numerous papers and served on panels at
National and Provincial Bar meetings. In 1980, he delivered a paper at
the International Conference of Ombudsmen in Jerusalem. Mr. Lieberman is
a former sessional lecturer for the Faculty of Law, University of
Mr. Lieberman enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1940 and completed two tours
of operations overseas as a pilot in R.A.F. Coastal Command, the first
tour being in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar; the second in Arabia and
the Persian Gulf. His rank on discharge was that of Squadron Leader. Mr.
Lieberman served in the R.C.A.F. Auxiliary in Edmonton until 1956, during
which time he was R.C.A.F. Aide-de-Camp to the late Lt. Gov. J.J. Bowlen.
He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1956; a Centennial Medal
in 1967; a Jubilee Medal in 1977; and the Canada 125th Anniversary Medal
in 1992. Mr. Lieberman was also awarded the La Croix Due Combattant De
L’Europe. He was a former National Director of the Air Cadet League
of Canada and was appointed Chairman of the Council of the Alberta Order
As a member of ADR Chambers, Alberta, Mr. Lieberman is available for
all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including Mediations,
Arbitrations and Mini-Trials.
As a member of the ADR Chambers Appeal Panel, he is also available to
hear Private Appeals from Arbitral Awards and Trial Judgments in Alberta.
Mr. Lieberman received alternative dispute resolution training through