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Memorable Manitobans: Hersh Wolch (1940-2017)

Lawyer.

Born at Winnipeg on 18 April 1940, he received Commerce (1962) and Law (1965) degrees from the University of Manitoba and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1965. He worked as a Manitoba Crown Attorney from 1965 to 1971 and for the federal Department of Justice from 1971 to 1973. He was later a partner in the firm of Wolch Pinx Tapper Scurfield and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1983. Some of his noteworthy defense cases included the 1988 “Ticketgate” scandal involving judge Robert E. Trudel, the murder case of police officers Barry Nielsen and Jerry Stolar, and the wrongful conviction cases of Kyle Unger, David Milgaard, and Steven Truscott. He later relocated to Calgary, Alberta and continued his law practice there. He died at Calgary on 17 July 2017.

Sources:

“QC list shuts out women,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1982, page 5.

“Lawyer helped the wrongfully convicted,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 2017, page B2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2019

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