From his father, the late Judge Thomas Joseph Blain, a distinguished barrister and able jurist, William M. Blain, one of the younger barristers of Regina, inherited his ability and taste for the legal profession. A native of Ontario, Judge Blain was educated in Brampton, and after hav- ing been called to the bar of Ontario, practiced in that city for a number of years. Later he moved to Regina, where he followed his profession until 1917, when he was made district court judge at Melville, Saskatche- wan. He continued to occupy this place on the bench until his career was ended by his untimely death in 1922. In politics Judge Blain voted with Conservative party and his religious faith was that of the Anglican church, to which his wife also belongs. Mrs. Blain, who now lives in Toronto, bore the maiden name of Mary Mahaffy and was born in On- tario. William M. Blain is the oldest of the three children born to Judge and Mrs. Blain, and the only son. His sisters are Mrs. Anderson of Regina and Mrs. Straight of Toronto. William M. Blain was educated in the high school of Brampton and Trinity College at Toronto, from which he graduated in 1906 with the Bachelor of Arts degree. The following year he came to Regina and for the ensuing two years he read law under the direction of Judge Embury. He was called to the bar of Saskatchewan in 1909 and soon afterward began to practice his profession at Lumsden, subsequently moving to Moosomin. When he returned to Regina in 1919 he had gained ten years of experience and proven the wisdom of his choice of a life work. In the comparatively short time he has been engaged in professional work in this city he has built up an important practice, while the court records are proof of his power as a barrister, indicating that he has been success- ful in prosecuting the cases of his clients in a gratifying number of in- stances. Mr. Blain has always maintained the highest standards of pro- fessional ethics and one reason assigned for his pronounced success in the courts is the fact that he never takes a case unless he can unreservedly believe in the legality and justice of his client's contention. Moreover, he possesses the ready command of language and power of clear logical thinking so necessary to his profession. In 1914 Mr. Blain was married to Miss Gwendolyn Newlands, daugh- ter of Gov. H. W. Newlands. Both Mr. and Mrs. Blain are communi- cants of the Anglican church. Mr. Blain is a Mason and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Golf is the chief source of his outdoor recreation and exercise and he plays at his club, the Wascana Golf Club. His political allegiance is given to the Conservative party, but he takes no active part in political affairs, preferring to devote his entire energy to the advancement of his professional career. In this he has made a record worthy of his father's son and such have been the qualities that he has thus far displayed that he may confidently look for- ward to much greater achievements in the future. Bibliography follows:

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