Rob Beck has had a rewarding career working with Alberta Crown Prosecution Services. Currently, Rob is Project Counsel with Alberta Crown Prosecution Service Head Office. In this position Rob has many different responsibilities that range from dealing with developments in the law from an administrative perspective, looking at policy issues effecting Crown Prosecution Services and working on specific projects that support the smooth operation of the Crown Prosecution Office. Every day is different for Rob, with a variety of projects on the go and opportunities to work with people from many different disciplines. These opportunities for variety are Rob’s favourite part of working in this position.
After his graduation from the law school in 1992, Rob articled with the Crown Prosecution Office and then worked in private practice for eight years as a general practitioner. Rob returned to the Edmonton Prosecutor’s Office in 2001 and was shortly thereafter seconded for one year to assist with the implementation of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. During this time, Rob had the opportunity to assist in training prosecutors, judges, and police. After returning from his secondment, Rob had the opportunity to work in several different units. During this time, Edmonton was one of the first offices to go paper-less and Rob had the opportunity to see first-hand how technology was changing the legal profession.
In law school, Rob was involved with Student Legal Assistance -which was where he first gained experience going to court. Although there were some nerves at first, clearly this was the start of an extraordinary career in court prosecution. One of the most memorable parts of law school for Rob was the small size of the class and the close camaraderie that he felt with other students. For Rob, law school was more than simply learning from textbooks, but it was about the positive community that was fostered during that time.
If Rob were to give current law students advice, it would be to really take advantage of all the ways in which you can explore different careers in the legal profession. There are many opportunities available to reach out to the legal profession and learning about different areas of law as well as being open-minded and flexible will help you to find your fit in the profession. You never know where you will end up, so treating everyone you meet with respect, courtesy, and dignity will also help you to have a rewarding and exciting career.
In his free time, Rob enjoys taking extraordinary trips with his wife Cheryl to explore all parts of the world. Most recently, they trekked through Rwanda and had the opportunity to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Their most dramatic travel adventures were on a cruise to Antarctica that ended abruptly when their ship sank on November 23, 2007.