Program Feature – Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Mar 292017

Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Inclusion

Organizations worldwide continue to ask questions about unconscious bias – how do biases affect business results, organizational structure, internal and external communications, client relations, etc.?

More importantly, organizations are looking for the answer to this key question: How do we manage and minimize the negative effects of unconscious bias in the workplace?

Join program Instructor Shakil Choudhury (Anima Leadership) on May 11 (Calgary) or on May 12 (Edmonton) for Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Inclusion. Increase your cultural competence skills, develop bias awareness, and identify potential cultural awareness blind spots.

About the Presenter

Shakil is a diversity and leadership consultant with more than 20 years’ experience leading and building teams locally, nationally, and internationally. An award-winning educator and author of Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them, he specializes in anti-discrimination and equity issues, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence.

In a recent interview, we spoke with Shakil who told us why he is excited about this program.

A number of things excite me about this program. There are a lot of problems that seem intractable, such as bias involving race, ethnicity, sexism, etc. The Deep Diversity approach is hopeful because it starts with the ways in which we as a human species function. This approach is built on a foundation of justice and compassion, with an intersection of psychology, biology, and sociology. This approach has a lot of practical applications that people will be able to use in their personal and professional lives. The Deep Diversity approach has been proven to support the trajectory towards more fairness and democracy in society as a whole as well as in the context of organizations.”

Sneak Preview

Shakil also gave us a sneak preview of what you can expect from this program. Here’s what he had to say.

What topics will you cover in this program?

The main topic I will be discussing is the role of unconscious bias and emotions in our day-to-day judgments. When it comes to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc., there are a lot of things that happen under the radar of awareness. This impacts the decisions we make and outcomes in the broader world.”

What will attendees will find most beneficial about this program?

First, attendees are going to recognize how much the unconscious mind affects our day-to-day lives. In the context of the legal profession, we’re going to learn that we may not be as objective as we think and that even though we are well-intentioned, thoughtful, and egalitarian in our perspectives, there are all kinds of decision-making biases that directly impact our personal and professional lives. People are also going to walk away with some information about themselves and about the human condition. For those of us who care about fairness and wanting to be objective, it starts by acknowledging that we have biases and we are affected by other people’s identities and by our own identity.

What are some of the key takeaways attendees will gain from this program?

Attendees will come away with a better understanding of three key ideas. First, they will gain a better understanding about how unconscious bias functions in our professional and personal interactions. Second, attendees will leave with a heightened sense of awareness of how to identify the impacts of bias and how the identity of clients, co-workers, and other professionals may be affecting their judgment. Third, attendees will better understand how to reduce bias in the decision-making process and in their professional lives.

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Learn the role of the unconscious mind in human interactions and how this results in micro-inequities in workplaces, the legal profession, and society at large. Discover and contextualize implicit bias theory, explore the concepts of emotional intelligence and its role in uncovering unconscious bias, discuss bias reduction strategies, and more. Register online to attend Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Inclusion on May 11 (Calgary) or May 12 (Edmonton).

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Program Feature – Foreclosures Fundamentals

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Mar 282017

Foreclosures Fundamentals

Join seminar chair Denise Hendrix in Edmonton (May 18) or in Calgary (May 23) for Foreclosures Fundamentals. Review the substantive and procedural issues involved in the foreclosure process. Understand foreclosure proceeding priorities, foreclosure orders, and strategic options.

Discussion Topics

We recently spoke with Denise to learn more about this program, here’s what she had to say about the topics that will be covered.

We’ve got a great group of people who will be talking about the foreclosure process from A to Z. They will discuss the unique circumstances you may deal with in a foreclosure, such as condominium separation, homeowner associations, dealing with difficult self-represented litigants, and more. At the end, I’m going to lead a general question and answer period dealing with what we seek in court and why. We want to give people who don’t practice in the area a basic knowledge of the foreclosure process, and for those that do practice in the area, we want to give them a bit of a refresher on some of the unique issues we face.”

Discover the foundational aspects of the foreclosures process with seasoned professionals.

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Guide Through the Foreclosure Process | Ksena Court and Francis Taman
  • Condominium Corporations and Homeowners Associations: Priorities, Procedures, and Pitfalls | Stephanie Whyte
  • A Delicate Balance: Strategies for Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants | Kyle Kawanami
  • Money in Court: Money You Never Knew You Had and How to Get It | Jim Reich
  • Other Foreclosure Related Issues and Steps | Douglas Gahn QC
  • Foreclosure Remedies: You’ve Received a Motion Package, Now What? | Denise Hendrix

Sneak Preview

Denise gave us a sneak preview of her discussion topic, and here’s what we found out.

As lawyers, we represent a subsequent encumbrance on title. With a foreclosure, while there is a plaintiff and defendant, there really isn’t an adversarial process. The law is very clear on what happens and why, the steps that we take, and what the considerations are when we take those steps. The process is pretty straight forward, but the nuances about what to do when you get those packages are what I want to teach people about. I want to give people a chance to understand why we do what we do and why we don’t do some things that happen in other litigation processes. I want people to gain a better understanding of what slows down our process, what speeds it up, and how we can deal with these situations equitably for everybody.

Denise also told us why she is excited about this program.

I always love the opportunity to teach. My first degree is in education, so it is a passion of mine, but I also love to make sure that the bar as a whole is educated about what happens in foreclosures. Other parts of litigation are very adversarial and this doesn’t need to be.”

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Register online to attend Foreclosures Fundamentals in Edmonton (May 18) or in Calgary (May 23), and discover key aspects of the foreclosure process to enhance your practice.

Register on or before April 4 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.

Should Alberta Abolish Perpetuities Law?

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Mar 242017

Alberta Law Reform InstituteThe Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) has published its latest report on the Rule Against Perpetuities. Details can be found at

What is the Rule Against Perpetuities?

The Rule Against Perpetuities (RAP) is an ancient and complex set of legal rules designed to prevent people from indefinitely tying up land and assets via successive contingent interests of title so that future generations cannot sell, mortgage or enjoy full use of the property. In 1972, Alberta reformed the worst excesses of the rule against perpetuities in our current Perpetuities Act, seeking a reasonable balance between competing interests.

ALRI Recommends Abolishing Perpetuities Law

Following public consultation, the Alberta Law Reform Institute has now released Final Report 110, Abolition of Perpetuities recommending the abolition of perpetuities law in Alberta. The modern availability of court variation of trusts and other interests is a sufficient legal mechanism to balance competing interests in this area. Other provinces have abolished perpetuities law without any apparent major problems.

ALRI invites you to review the Final Report here.

2017 Alberta’s Top Employers Winner

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Mar 232017

Alberta's Top 70 Employers 2017


The winners of the 2017 Alberta’s Top 70 Employers competition were announced yesterday at the official awards reception in Calgary, and LESA made the list.

At LESA, we strive to be collaborative, innovative, professional, and responsible with our resources. Today’s blog shares some examples and reasons why we have been recognized as one of the distinguished 2017 Alberta’s Top 70 Employers winners. Read our press release to learn more.



LESA’s physical workspaces encourage collaboration. Our meeting room and offices have writeable walls, which make it easy to brainstorm, be creative, and stay organized – all important aspects of working as a team.


To respond to the diverse learning needs of our community and succeed in offering high quality continuing legal education, LESA strives to be innovative. As such, we use various approaches in order to remain up-to-date on current knowledge and technological advances. First, we invest in the professional development of our staff. Staff attend training sessions, engage with other organizations, and participate in quarterly team development activities. We also take part in discussions with other continuing legal education providers through the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) to ensure we keep current in our educational delivery methods. Finally, we gather feedback from Alberta’s legal community for our programs and resources through annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Discovery surveys, programming proposal submissions, and more.


In January 2015, LESA forged ahead with an exciting change in structure that, in part, reflects our desire to effectively and competently serve Alberta’s legal community. Our reorganization to a structure of responsible autonomy fundamentally reflects the values LESA holds most dear: it favours empowerment, fosters accountability and communication, helps employees develop leadership competencies, and embraces collaboration and innovation.


Being responsible with our resources – being fiscally responsible now and investing in a sustainable future – entails many things. Since our employees are our greatest asset, it is incredibly important to LESA to manage our human resources responsibly and conscientiously. Our earned days-off program is hugely popular, letting staff enjoy every third Friday off. LESA staff also appreciate flexible work hours and telecommuting options that allow for work-life balance. LESA’s commitment to helping staff achieve a healthy work-life balance benefits everyone and makes for a positive work environment where staff are engaged and productive.

What do our staff love most?

We’re proud of the many reasons that LESA is a 2017 Alberta’s Top Employers winner, but we’ll wrap things up by letting you hear straight from some of our staff why they love working at LESA.

What I enjoy most about LESA is the opportunity to work with a group who values the common goal of providing quality continuing education for Alberta’s legal community.”

Chris Mendez, Director of Integration


The best part of LESA is the staff. Everyone here is very kind, dedicated, positive, and works well on a team. We are people who always go the extra mile to improve LESA, and we also have fun in the process.”

Courtney Black, Education Assistant


At LESA, we get the opportunity to enjoy flexibility and work-life balance. I am thankful that I am able to use and develop a range of skills in my daily tasks. I love working with a team so devoted to professional development and forming long-lasting, positive relationships.

Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator

Program Feature – Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence

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Mar 202017

Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence

Examine foundational matters and current updates to the rules of evidence to enhance your skills in effectively leading evidence at trial. Join program chair the Honourable Justice R.A. Graesser and expert panelists in Edmonton (May 2) or in Calgary (May 4) for Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence.

Sneak Preview

We recently spoke to the Honourable Justice R.A. Graesser to get a sneak preview of this program. Here’s what he had to say.

What topics will be covered at this program?

This program addresses the key aspects that civil litigators should know about the rules of evidence. The topics include how to properly cross-examine – bringing into play the old Browne v Dunn (1893) Rules; how to deal with hearsay evidence – referencing the R v Khan, [1990] and R v Khelawon, [2006] line of cases; [and more]. I think the program will give people a better understanding of where the courts and the law are at on taking judicial notice.”

What do you think attendees will find most beneficial about this program?

I think this program will open their eyes to some areas of evidence that they probably haven’t given much thought too. I think some of what’s going to be covered will come as news to people in civil litigation. This is going to be a very practical program.”

Can you tell me about the panel?

I thought it might be interesting to have the program led by people who teach the Rules. We’ve got Prof. Lisa Silver (University of Calgary), who is the evidence Prof. down there. We’ve got the Honourable Justice W.N. Renke (Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta), who used to be the evidence Prof. at the University of Alberta. We also have Judges who enforce the rules of evidence, who will discuss the practical application of the theories presented by the Professor and former Professor. The Honourable Justice K.P. Feehan (Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta) has a wealth of knowledge as a civil litigator. He will speak to the practical side of things. Lastly, we have the Honourable Judge M.J. Durant (Provincial Court of Alberta) to address practical applications as well.”

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Don’t miss the opportunity to review and discuss the rules of evidence with experienced panelists. Register online for Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence to attend in Edmonton (May 2) or in Calgary (May 4)Register on or before April 4 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.

Family Law: Chambers Advocacy and Practice Pointers

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Mar 162017

Family Law: Chambers Advocacy and Practice Pointers

This April 21 (Red Deer), join program chair Bud Melnyk and experienced panelists for Family Law: Chambers Advocacy and Practice Pointers. Discover insightful approaches to successful chambers advocacy and practice-oriented tips for addressing common issues that arise in chambers applications.

Q & A

In a recent interview, we spoke with Bud to find out more about this program. Here’s what he had to say.

Can you tell me about the topics that are going to be covered at this program?

The general purpose of this program is to deal with topics of interest for people that are involved in regular family law chambers applications, which – right now – dominate the family law landscape. We’re going to be dealing with everything from contested chambers applications, special chambers applications, and how to deal with self-represented parties, onwards to protections orders, case management, and Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) matters. We plan to provide some hands-on, practical approaches for dealing with chambers matters.”

What will attendees find most beneficial about this program?

It’s our hope that attendees will come away feeling that they have obtained new information in terms of ways for managing chambers matters, how to handle applications, and how to handle some of the issues that arise.”

Can you tell me about the panel that has been brought together for this program?

We’ve put together a panel that has a lot of experience in family chambers matters. We’ve also obtained people from MEP to come and speak on issues pertaining to that program and have recently confirmed Justice M.R. Bast as a panel member. We are looking forward to hearing what Justice Bast has to say from the bench’s perspective.”

What will be the key program takeaway?

This is a practice orientated seminar, providing attendees with practice pointers and ways of dealing with matters that they may not have considered. My hope is that we will have a lot of discussion between the group and the panel regarding practical issues.”

What excites you about this program?

I am anxious and excited to hear what my co-presenters have to say about some of these issues, and I expect to get a lot out of this myself. I know that Justice Bast will have a lot of valuable comments. She is on the panel to provide feedback to anyone who has questions.”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to get tips that will enhance your practice. Join us for Family Law: Chambers Advocacy and Practice Pointers on April 21 (Red Deer).

We look forward to seeing you there!

50th Annual Refresher: Transactions Sessions

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Mar 142017

Transactions Sessions

We couldn’t be more excited for the 50th Annual Refresher: Practice Excellence, so we got the inside scoop on our Transactions sessions from Sessional Chair, Leanne C. Krawchuk.

Leanne is a partner at Denton’s Canada in Edmonton and focuses on commercial transactions dealing largely with mergers and acquisitions. Recognized by Best Lawyers as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of Construction Law (2014–2017), Corporate and Commercial Litigation (2013–2017), Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2013–2017), Mining Law (2015-2017), and Securities Law (2014-2017), Leanne has made a strong impact on Alberta’s legal community.

In a recent interview, Leanne told us why she is excited to be a part of this year’s conference. Here’s what she had to say.

Over the last number of years, I have been a speaker at various LESA events, and I thought it would be really interesting to develop the content for the Transactional breakout sessions. I am a passionate corporate lawyer, and I really wanted to take a look at these sessions from a practitioner’s perspective. I think we’ve got a fantastic group of speakers, and I’m really excited to be introducing them.”

Learn more about each of the Transactions Sessions.

  • Risky Business: A Look at the Allocation of Risk in Commercial Transactions | Carolyn A. Wright
  • Reviewing and Negotiating Non-Disclosure Agreements – Tips and Traps | Ross W. Swanson
  • Implications and Applications of the Supreme Court of Canada’s New Principle of Good Faith and Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance | Leanne C. Krawchuk & Prof. Shannon O’Byrne
  • Purchase Price Adjustments in Share and Asset Transactions | William K. Jenkins

Happy reading!

Risky Business: A Look at the Allocation of Risk in Commercial Transactions | Carolyn A. Wright

About the Presenter

We’re very excited to have Carolyn speaking. Carolyn is a partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer (BDP) LLP, and her practice focuses on energy and commercial transactions as well as aboriginal law. She is also the Co-Leader of BDP’s Energy Business Unit, and that really dials into dealing with commercial agreements, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures and business combinations, as well as larger energy project development. Carolyn has also served in volunteer positions for the Calgary Bar Association and is currently the chair of Canadian Bar Association’s (Alberta Branch) Natural Resources section. Carolyn brings a deep understanding of the Calgary market of energy and commercial transactions and is going to be an excellent and engaging speaker.”

About the Session

Carolyn will be looking at how parties – whether they are vendors, purchasers, or counterparties – allocate risk in documents. She will be looking at contract drafting specifically, such as holdback provisions, escrow arrangements, security for payment or performance of obligations, and she is also going to be focusing on caps on liability, baskets for indemnity provisions, as well as providing her thoughts on other provisions and agreements that relate to risk.”

Session Takeaways

Attendees will be able to take away drafting techniques and will gain a better understanding of drafting commercial agreements when they go back to their office. Carolyn will also be discussing recent studies from the American Bar Association that give a very good overview of Canadian and American deals.”

Additional Session Information

This session is running Sunday, May 7, 2017. If you wish to attend this session, please note in the comments section upon registration checkout.

Reviewing and Negotiating Non-Disclosure Agreements – Tips and Traps | Ross W. Swanson

About the Presenter

Ross Swanson is a partner at Duncan and Craig LLP. He is the Co-Leader of their Business Solutions Practice Group and also practices in their Real Estate Practice Group. Ross focuses on acquisitions and divestitures and has expertise in the mid-market segment of deals. He also deals with corporate reorganization. In terms of his volunteerism, Ross has been the past chair of CBA’s National Business Law subsection, and he has also been a Treasurer of the Tax Law subsection. Ross is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth and serves as an Advisory Board Member of many middle-market companies. He was recently selected by his peers as a recipient of one of the Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Corporate Law in 2016. It’s really exciting to have him here.”

About the Session

We were looking at negotiations in the context of an M&A transaction, including some of the key agreements that practitioners should be cognizant of. One of the documents we thought we should pay particular attention to was in relation to non-disclosure agreements. Non-disclosure agreements are often the first document that is negotiated between parties. We want to remind practitioners that they need to be careful of using a standard form for every transaction. They need to focus on the kind of information that is being disclosed, the appropriate kinds of exceptions to disclosures, and (in the context of a transaction when a purchaser might be a competitor) having a heightened sense of confidentiality when it relates to the competitor buying your business.”

Session Takeaways

Ross wants to ensure attendees understand that people view confidentiality agreements as important documents to negotiate. Attendees will also receive precedent language for their non-disclosure agreements to take back with them to the office.”

Additional Session Information

This session is running Sunday, May 7, 2017. If you wish to attend this session, please note in the comments section upon registration checkout.

Implications and Applications of the Supreme Court of Canada’s New Principle of Good Faith and Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance | Leanne C. Krawchuk & Prof. Shannon O’Byrne

About the Presenters

“We are really excited to have a professor of law from the University of Alberta speaking at this session. She truly is a leader in terms of publishing and delivering papers in the areas of disclosure duties, good faith in contractual performance, and also economic justice. Professor O’Byrne was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in its decision in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71. In terms of her background, Professor O’Byrne currently teaches courses on contracts, corporate law, and remedies, and she also has won the best paper award from the Canadian Academy of Legal Studies and Business twice. She has won the Law Society of Alberta’s distinguished service award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship and has received many awards from the University of Alberta. Professor O’Byrne has also been awarded the highest teaching honour – the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. I was thrilled when she agreed to present at the 50th Annual Refresher.”

About the Session

“We are going to center around the decision, Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71. Professor O’Byrne’s presentation will provide the audience with an understanding of what the new Principle of Good Faith is in the performance of contracts. She will also explore the specific duty of honesty that is a manifestation of that principle. Professor O’Byrne will discuss the extent to which parties can contract out of the duty of honesty and will assess the impact of Bhasin on duties to negotiate in good faith in the context of renewal clauses. I will be presenting towards the end of this session on subsequent court decisions since Bhasin was released. In particular, I’m focusing on what the courts are saying in relation to drafting.”

Session Takeaway

Professor O’Byrne has published an excellent paper, which will be the main takeaway for session attendees.”

Additional Session Information

This session is running Monday, May 8, 2017. If you wish to attend this session, please note in the comments section upon registration checkout.

Purchase Price Adjustments in Share and Asset Transactions | William K. Jenkins

About the Presenter

“William (a.k.a. Bill) Jenkins is a Partner in Denton’s Calgary office, and he is the Co-Leader of Denton’s Mergers and Acquisitions team across Canada. He has advised many corporations and investment dealers on structuring and implementing mergers and acquisitions and is a member of the Law Societies of Alberta and Ontario. In terms of volunteerism, he is the past chair of the Securities Law Section of the CBA. He also received a client choice award in 2016 from the International Law Office with respect to M&A in Alberta. Bill has been recognized for many years as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Securities Law.”

About the Session

“Bill’s session is going to dovetail really nicely with Carolyn A. Wright’s Risky Business session. He is going to be focusing on purchase price adjustments both in share and asset transactions. Bill is not only going to be looking at adjustments on share and asset transactions but will also be speaking about commercial real estate. Some of the things he will focus on are working capital adjustments, earn-outs, and (in real estate) environmental holdbacks. He will also discuss his views on typical price adjustments, which include deposits as well. Bill will also explain to attendees how important it is to understand your client’s business objectives in order to address adjustments and holdbacks properly.”

Session Takeaway

“Bill will provide precedent language for a variety of typical price adjustments.”

Additional Session Information

This session is running Monday, May 8, 2017. If you wish to attend this session, please note in the comments section upon registration checkout.

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Join us for the 50th Annual Refresher this May 7–9 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Read the conference brochure to learn more about this once-in-a-career event.


Program Feature: Estate Litigation Fundamentals

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Mar 132017

Estate Litigation FundamentalsReview the fundamentals of estate litigation and court practice – from questioning, to applications, to trial – in our upcoming program Estate Litigation Fundamentals.

Join seminar chair Françoise Belzil and seasoned panelists this April 5 (Edmonton) or April 12 (Calgary) to analyze common issues and discover practical litigation strategies.

Topics and Presenters

In a recent interview, we spoke with Françoise, who told us a bit about what to expect at this program. Here’s what she had to say.

The program starts with a broad overview of the procedural process. It covers accounting – which is such a significant part of estate litigation – and then drills down into the details and the advanced skills that you need to carry on these types of files. There are 4 main topics. The first is, An Overview of the Litigation Process in the Wills and Estates Context [Jennifer Lamb], and the second is a review of Accounting Applications [Malkit Atwal]. We think of Estate Litigation as being primarily the estate of a deceased person, but what we are seeing in the practice area is more litigation with respect to attorney’s acting pursuant to Powers of Attorney. The final two discussion topics are Questioning – Getting the Answers [Joseph T. Schuck] and Evidentiary Issues in Estate Litigation [Bruce Comba]. These delve a little bit more into the procedural aspects of Estate Litigation and are more generic in terms of pre-death or post-death. For questioning, Joseph is going to discuss why we go through the exercise of questioning, what we are trying to accomplish, and how we get there. With Evidentiary Issues in Estate Litigation, Bruce will review common evidentiary challenges and how the law responds to them.”

When asked about the program panel, Françoise delightedly responded,

I’m really impressed with the panel members. Each has established him or herself as a leading professional in the area and brings not just their legal knowledge, but their experience as well. Experience informs the development of all Litigators, regardless of their year of call.”

Program Benefits

Françoise let us know why she believes this program is beneficial for attendees. Here’s what she had to say.

This program combines a review of substantive legal principles with practical know-how. In developing this program, there was a view to have a beginning-to-end perspective of Estate Litigation, to remove some of the mystique, and to give a really good overview from beginning to end.”

When we asked Françoise why she is excited about this program, she told us that she is excited for attendees to have the opportunity note the various procedural and evidentiary challenges that differentiate Estate Litigation as a key subset of Litigation.

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss key issues and strategies with experienced panelists. Register online to attend Estate Litigation Fundamentals in Edmonton (April 5) or in Calgary (April 12).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Program Feature – Client Relationship Essentials

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Mar 102017

Client Relationship Essentials

Clients are the foundation of most legal practices, so the relationship you form with your clients is monumental in the overall success and growth of your business.

Join seminar chair Kristin Ailsby and faculty for Client Relationship Essentials this April 18 (Edmonton), and discover methods for maximizing client value to enhance your practice.

Question and Answer

In a recent interview, we spoke with Kristin to find out what makes this seminar unique and why you should attend. Here’s what she had to say.

Can you tell me about some of the topics that will be covered at this program?

Most LESA programs are usually focused on a particular area of law, which all have two things in common – a client who is keen to get good advice and a lawyer who wants to give great advice. This program is about the relationship between lawyers and clients. Our goal is to encourage lawyers to reconsider how they are delivering their service so that clients can maximize the takeaway.”

What do you think attendees will find most beneficial about this program?

The benefit of attending this program is that attendees are going to look at what they do and how to do it differently. It’s a creative invitation to look at the value we can offer to clients.”

Can you tell me a bit about the panel that has been put together for this program?

This panel is very different. First, we have Heather McKay [QC], who is an extremely competent, very experienced lawyer who has an exceptionally high standard of lawyering. She is presenting tips and strategies for giving clients exceptional service. Next is Katherine Kowalchuk, and she has an unconventional way of helping clients that is based out of a client care model. Her topic is designed to teach attendees how to assist clients through their litigation journey so they understand how they are contributing to the conflict and how to get around it. Lawyers don’t typically look at this introspective reflection about conflict. Then, we have Alexander Yiu who will discuss the concept of contemplative lawyering based on principles of mindfulness. Every time I hear him talk he presents very intuitive, sensible ways for managing your own client conflict experiences and maximizing their ability to manage conflict as well. Finally, we have George Virtue [CPA, CA]. He is a managing partner of a very successful accounting firm in Southern Alberta. George became my business coach when I went on my own and established my firm. George has exceptional experience with maximizing client service, and he is going to talk about his approach to client relationships and the results he’s seen in his firm. George is going to invite lawyers to reconsider the value of client relationships.”

What will be some of the key program takeaways?

My goal is that attendees will leave this program being able to understand how clients feel and what they think about our advice so that they can adjust how they give that advice in the face of the client experience. I believe that as lawyers, we each have something different to offer to our clients. Yet, if clients are not able to articulate or understand what makes their lawyer great or amazing, then we are missing the mark. So, the takeaway – in large part – will be maximizing client service and ultimately your business growth.”

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Clients are the foundation of a successful practice. Find out how you can improve your client relations to grow your business. Register online to attend Client Relationship Essentials in Edmonton (April 18).

Program Feature – Rules of Court 2017

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Mar 062017

Rules of Court 2017

It can be very challenging for litigators to stay up-to-date on recent developments of the Rules of Court.

Revisit the must-know rules (including updates you might have missed), and discover practical tips for using the Rules to run effective litigation matters.

Join us for Rules of Court 2017 on April 6 in Edmonton or on April 20 in Calgary.

Faculty and Topics

In a recent interview, we spoke to program chair, Gavin Price (JSS Barristers) , who spoke to the diversity of the program faculty. Here’s what he had to say.

I think the diverse panel and their experience are all very appealing. I’ve either worked opposite of or closely with 4 out of the 5 panelists, and all of them are talented and on top of their game. Ellery Lew [Witten LLP] has an engineering background; he is methodical, diligent, and has a unique approach to law. Darren Reed [Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP] is one of the hardest working individuals I know – with a brain to match. Stacey Petriuk [JSS Barristers] is our managing partner and manages to tackle that and her practice with aplomb. Melanie Gaston [Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP] has been a force of nature, previously at Blake’s and now at Osler’s. She and I are from the same graduating class about 15 years ago. Chelsey Bailey [Field LLP] I’ve gotten to know a bit more through this process and she is wonderful to deal with. She is on top of things, engaged, and interested. I think we’ve got a really strong panel.”

Gavin also gave us an overview of the topics that will be covered at this program and explained why he thinks this program is beneficial.

It is hard to keep up on the changes that happen with the Rules, so there is a real benefit to having the opportunity to hear from someone who has taken the time to review a particular rule, break it down, and make it current. We’re going to run the gamete from classic Rules like 4.33 and get practical advice from experienced and talented litigators.”

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Learn more than simply how to comply with the Rules – discover how to apply them to facilitate cost-effective, time-efficient resolutions and remedies. Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 6, 2017) or in Calgary (April 20, 2017).