Edmonton Community Legal Centre Advice-Athon

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Aug 192016

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The countdown is on for the Edmonton Community Legal Centre’s (ECLC) 2nd Annual Advice-A-thon!

About ECLC

Advice-A-ThonLogoECLC provides free legal information and advice to low and moderate income people in the Edmonton area. Their mission is to provide effective advocacy and access to justice in a supportive environment to such persons.

The 2016 ECLC Advice-A-thon is just one of the many ways that Edmonton’s legal community can come together to help ECLC achieve their mission. ECLC hosts several programs that require the support of dedicated volunteers who generously donate their time. Such programs include, Dial-a-Law, Family Law Program, Income Supports Program, Free Legal Clinics, and much more.

To find out more about ECLC’s programs and services, visit www.eclc.ca.

2016 Advice-A-thon Details

Advice-A-thon volunteersOn September 24, 2016, ECLC is asking lawyers to come together in Sir Winston Churchill Square and donate an hour of their time by offering summary legal advice to persons living with low income. Edmonton’s legal community has already raised $750, but ECLC needs your help! This year’s fundraising goal is $25,000.

Participate in 2 half-hour sessions and collect pledges for your donated time to raise funds for ECLC’s programs and services. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy music, snacks, and great company.

Here’s what one client and lawyer had to say about this event.

“That was really professional legal advice. I’m very happy with the given service (everything just perfect).” 

“So well organized & carried out. Thank you for all the attention to detail – you made it a huge success!”

Sponsorship and Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring a lawyer for this event? There is only 5 weeks remaining. The campaign ends September 30, 2016.

Want to find out what additional volunteer opportunities are available for this event? Contact Giselle General, Volunteer Coordinator. To discuss details of Advice-A-thon sponsorship, phone 780.702.1725 or get in touch by email Intake@eclc.ca.

More Information and Registration

Give back to the community, volunteer for ECLC’s 2nd Annual Advice-A-thon. Click here for additional information including, registration, volunteer requirements, and more.

Want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community? Contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

Evaluating Textbooks

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Aug 122016

The Honourable J.E. Côté

In today’s guest blog, the Honourable J.E. Côté describes the expediency of textbooks, including what to look for in order to determine which texts are suitable.

Need for Textbooks

What is the most common error which lawyers make when they research law? Experts agree what it is. Lawyers plunge immediately to looking for case law or legislation. Instead, lawyers’ research should start by finding some published discussion of the topic, even if only for general principles and background. Often a textbook will help in many ways.

Canada has far more legal textbooks now than it did a generation ago. Some of them are of high quality, and few of them are useless or very misleading. But they are getting very expensive; some English legal texts can cost over a thousand dollars.

Yet over 70% of legal textbooks are not available online anywhere. The rest are, but are expensive.

It is often not necessary to buy every new edition of a textbook.

It is inefficient to go constantly to a courthouse library for the simplest legal research, and it is very dangerous to wing it without research.

So, a serious law firm needs some legal textbooks. So does a lawyer who keeps encountering the same subject. A law office without texts is not a firm of lawyers; it is a collection of notaries public.
Few firms can afford to buy the latest editions of all the textbooks on offer. How should you choose the most suitable ones?

Book Reviews

The traditional method was reading published book reviews, but I have rarely found they help much. Practising lawyers hardly ever write reviews. The typical book review is by an academic, and falls into one of two baskets. For a practising lawyer, both are equally useless. One version (basket) is pro forma: here is a new edition of Blog’s textbook, and it is about this and that, and includes a new discussion of such and such. The other type is a doctrinal diatribe. It either praises a textbook (probably written by a friend) for being doctrinally correct and progressive, or damns the book because the reviewer (who may be a rival) disagrees with its theory or doctrine.

Seeing Samples

So you are on your own when you choose. How to know which text to buy? You have to see the possible textbooks yourself. That is not hard. The courthouse library has copies on the open shelf. (The university law library has them too, but they may well be locked away somewhere.) And the publishers are usually happy to send you books on approval. So it costs little or nothing for books which you reject and send back.

The Book’s Audience

One vital question for you is whether a textbook is designed purely to teach law school students. Many Canadian ones are. Or would the book be useful for a practitioner? English textbooks usually fall clearly into one category or the other. But few Canadian textbooks are designed primarily for practicing lawyers and few are written by practicing lawyers (or judges).

It is important to detect the basic aim of the text book. The most common distinction is between explaining principles, and cataloging authorities. Help with the latter is always useful, but some discussion of principles and basic concepts is essential, especially in the early stages. Most textbooks tend to do much more of one of these than the other. A few very large books do a fair job of both.

A lawyer will hone to need fairly large chunks of a principle text. A case-finding text may require mining only page or two

The Author

How eminent and experienced the author is, may be some indication. But some authors do not to their own work, especially when the task is keeping an established text up to date.


When you get a legal textbook into your hands, what should you look for? First, any clue as to whether it is for the classroom or the courtroom. Second, how much case law or other useful authority it cites. Third, whether it seems to be biased in one direction and selective, or whether it at least mentions the propositions and authorities on both sides of important questions. Third, how up to date it is. Fourth, whether it is merely a textbook on Ontario law, even if the misleading word “Canadian” is in the title. (Conversely, if you can read French reasonably well, sometimes you can find a very high-quality text published in Quebec, better than anything from Toronto. And see if an English text cites any Canadian cases; some big ones do.)

Different textbooks on the same general subject differ in their scope. Despite how law schools divide up the law into subjects for teaching purposes, there are no rigid boundaries. Many everyday topics in a law firm are on the border between two traditional subjects, such as contracts and torts. Or the topics raised by clients do not fit well into any traditional category. When a textbook grows (as all tend to), the next edition may drop a whole chapter, in order to save space and cost. For example, Snell’s Equity has shed many topics over the years.

Conversely, a good textbook will often contain a section, even a chapter, on something which you would not expect from the book’s title. Indeed knowing or discovering that is one of the great techniques of legal research. Most lawyers and students do not know that.

Case Citations

A very good place to look hard is the table of cases of the book you are considering purchasing. After all, what a barrister often wants most is citations to relevant cases. He or she can read the cases. Scan a page or two of the book’s table of cases, and see if it cites cases from Western Canada. And if it cites very recent cases.

Look at the approximate number of cases per page in the table. Multiply that by the number of pages in the table. That tells you approximately how many cases the book cites. Compare those numbers with rival textbooks on the same topic. You will be surprised. One textbook may well cite twice as many cases as a rival text. Publishers have many ways to make a book look bigger than it really is. It is also useful similarly to estimate how many cases on the subject the Canadian Abridgment cites, and see how few a textbook on the same topic cites.

When citing cases, do the textbook’s footnotes always give the neutral citation for the case? (For example, 2015 BCCA 123.) It is hard to look up cases reliably without that citation.
It is also helpful to find a lawyer in your firm who is acquainted with a precise topic or two within the field supposedly covered by the book. See if the book mentions that precise topic or not. If so, ask your local expert how accurate and useful that particular passage in the book is.

If you find an interesting, useful, or controversial statement in the book, look at the footnotes attached to it. Does the book purport to offer authority for the statement? Look at a few of the cases so cited. Do they support the proposition? (If you have time, see if they went on appeal, and if the book reveals that.)

Ease of Navigation

Does the book have an adequate number of subheadings and divisions, or are there multi-page passages with no subdivision?

Look hard at the table of contents and the index. Some books have far more detailed ones than others. Good text and citations in a book are next to useless if you cannot readily find them. Some otherwise good big textbooks have indexes which never seem to yield anything. Think up a few specific topics and see how readily the table of contents or the index lead you to the right discussion. It is especially helpful to recall some topic which you tried to research in the last year or so; would this book have led you to anything?


If you compare two rival texts on the same subject, often differences between the two appear quickly.

If money is a problem, look at the ratio of cost to benefit of rival books. Do not merely choose the cheapest or the best textbook.

P.S. I don’t get any money from the books I have written or co-written. This blog is not a sales pitch.

We would love to hear practitioners’, judges’, and librarians’ comments on this difficult topic of choosing textbooks. Weigh in on the conversation. Connect with us on twitter at #lesaonline, or get in touch with Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator

Aug 082016

***UPDATE: The Early Bird deadline has been extended!

Register on or before August 31 to take advantage of discounted pricing.***

An exciting year of LESA programming is on its way and today’s Weekly Program Feature highlights the first 2 programs out of the gate:

  • Being an Excellent Principal; and
  • Delivering Effective Feedback.

Read more about these programs below.

Being an Excellent Principal


A student’s articling year can be operose, but it is often one of the most important years in a lawyer’s career. Join us September 13 (Calgary) or September 20 (Edmonton) for Being an Excellent Principal, and unearth methods for assisting students in the management of common challenges they’ll face while articling.

This complimentary half-day program is designed for principals, mentors, and those in student coordinator positions. Discover various resources and strategies available to you and your students with the help of the Law Society of Alberta, CPLED, and Assist.

Don’t miss the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge that will help you lead your students to success! Register to reserve your spot in Being an Excellent Principal.

Delivering Effective Feedback

Dealing with defensive employees, high-stress situations, and challenging issues can make delivering effective feedback a challenge. Join seminar chair Molly Naber-Sykes QC and experienced faculty in this half-day program, and uncover proven strategies and methods for delivering constructive feedback.

This interactive program is designed for those in supervisory positions, but may also be of interest to anyone who is looking to enhance their skills in the provision of feedback in every-day life.

Register for Delivering Effective Feedback before August 31, to receive the Early Bird discount.

LESA Library Wins International Awards

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Aug 052016

ACLEA's Best Award Winner 2016

We are proud to announce that the LESA Library has won the international Association for Continuing Legal Education’s (ACLEA) top award for Best Publication. Our dedicated, team also received the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Marketing award for the LESA Library.

LESA’s commitment to setting standards of excellence in the education of Alberta’s lawyers, articling students, and their staff, is upheld by our devoted and enthusiastic employees and volunteers. Our ongoing collaboration, innovation, professionalism, and responsibility ensure that the programs and resources LESA provides are not only high quality, but also practical and useful for the spectrum of Alberta’s legal community.

Learn more about how the LESA Library has become ACLEA’s Best Publication and find out what the LESA Library has to offer.

LESA Library

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Check it out for yourself. Click here for more information, including prices, tutorials, and more.


August Upcoming Legal Events

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Aug 022016

August Upcoming Legal Events

Looking to get a head start on your CPD planning this summer? Or, for something fun to do? Check out this month’s list of upcoming legal events.


Find out what’s going on at LESA this month!

Delivering Effective Feedback

The early bird deadline for Delivering Effective Feedback ends August 16. Register for this half-day program, and develop your skills in providing meaningful performance improvement feedback.


The first CPLED face-to-face session, Oral Advocacy & Professional Responsibility, begins the week of August 22 (Calgary) and the week of August 29 (Edmonton). This session is a mandatory part of the CPLED program. View the calendar or visit our website for more details.

Legal Community Events


AssistFit is holding a free Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation class this August 4. Participate in this session at the Citadel Theatre from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM and learn tips for practicing daily mindfulness that will enhance your ability to manage stress. Click here to RSVP.

Legal Build Edmonton

The early bird deadline for Race Judicata ends August 26. Register today and help raise money for the 2017 Judge Edward Wachowich Memorial Build. For more information, visit our blog.

If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

Race Judicata

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Jul 292016

Edmonton Legal Build

Have you heard about Race Judicata?

Every 3 years, Edmonton’s legal community partners with the Habitat for Humanity Edmonton to raise money for Edmonton Legal Build. This fall, gather at Sir Wilfred Laurier Park, for Race Judicata – a 5 or 10 km walk/fun-run with proceeds going towards the 2017 Judge Edward Wachowich Memorial Build.


clips race judicataParticipants are asked to arrive at Sir Wilfred Laurier Park (13221 Buena Vista Rd NW) by 9:30 AM on September 17, 2016. The race through Edmonton’s beautiful autumn river valley will begin at 10:00 AM.

An early bird registration fee of $30 is available to registrants until August 26, 2016 (participants under the age of 12 can run or walk for free). This registration fee includes a run t-shirt.

Join Edmonton’s legal community and Habitat for Humanity Edmonton to aid in the sponsorship and building of a new home for a deserving family.


Questions? Contact race coordinator, Heidi Robinson.

If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

Civil and Family Case Management

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Jul 272016

On June 27, 2016, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench released a Notice to the Profession and Public regarding civil and family case management.

Under the Alberta Rules of Court, Alta Reg 124/2010 [Rules], parties to litigation are responsible for managing their dispute and planning its resolution in a timely and cost-effective manner. If the Court is not satisfied that parties are managing their litigation in accordance with the Rules, there are several measures available under r 4.11. These include conferences with the Court and case management by the Court [CM].

Conferences are meant to provide short-term assistance to litigants. CM is more involved. It is generally a longer process and may involve identifying issues, discussing resolution, making interim rulings, and creating a litigation plan. Neither conferences nor CM relieve parties of the responsibility to manage their dispute and plan its resolution in a timely and cost-effective way.

Appointment of Case Management Justice

The decision to appoint a Case Management Justice [CMJ] rests with the Chief Justice [CJ] or Associate Chief Justice [ACJ]. However, CM is mandatory in certain situations, such as: class proceedings, cases involving civil juries, and cases involving Family Law Practice Note 5. The CJ or ACJ may also appoint a CMJ for any of the following reasons: to encourage parties to participate in a dispute resolution process, to promote and ensure the fair and efficient conduct and resolution of the case, to keep the parties on schedule, or to facilitate preparation for trial.

The CJ and ACJ may consider a number of factors in determining whether or not to appoint a CMJ, including, but not limited to, whether the case involves numerous applications, complex issues, a great degree of conflict between the parties, or Family Law Practice Note 7 or 8.

To request a CMJ, parties must submit a request to the CJ or ACJ using a particular form.

Role of Case Management Justice

The role of a CMJ includes:

  • Ordering parties to take steps to identify or simplify the pertinent issues;
  • Establishing, substituting, or amending a complex case litigation plan and ordering parties to comply with the plan;
  • Making Orders to facilitate steps in the case and to promote the fair and efficient resolution of the case;
  • Facilitating an alternative dispute resolution process; and
  • Making any procedural Order necessary.

Unless the CJ, ACJ, or CMJ directs otherwise, the CMJ must hear every application in a CM case. Parties require CMJ approval to schedule an appointment in Chambers or before another justice.

Removal of Cases from Case Management

Cases are automatically removed from CM at the conclusion of trial unless otherwise ordered. CMJs can also remove cases from CM if they determine it is no longer required. If parties settle, they should contact the CMJ and request removal from CM.

Referral of Cases to Case Management Counsel

There are 2 ways cases are referred to case management counsel [CMC]:

  1. When appointing a CMJ, the CJ or ACJ may direct parties to meet with CMC before meeting with the CMJ, and
  2. A CMJ may involve CMC in a case that is already in CM.

CMC may also occasionally become involved in cases that are not in CM.

Calgary CMC are primarily assigned to the Judicial Centres of Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge. Edmonton CMC are primarily assigned to the Judicial Centres of Edmonton, Red Deer, and Grande Prairie. CMC may also occasionally become involved in cases in other Judicial Centres.

The process of booking hearings with CMC differs between Judicial Centres. To book a hearing in Edmonton, Red Deer, or Grande Prairie, parties can book online or contact the Edmonton CMC assistant. To book a hearing in Calgary, Medicine Hat, or Lethbridge, parties must send their request in writing to CMC by regular mail or facsimile copied to all parties.

Powers and Duties of Case Management Counsel

CMC are Deputy Clerks and Officers of the Court. They may perform all duties with respect to the CM of cases that are assigned to them by the CJ and by the Rules. The CJ has delegated the power to make certain directions and recommendations and carry out certain other functions. For a detailed list of CMC powers, please follow the link below.

Get more information on here.

Pro Bono Presentation Night: Call for Presenters

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Jul 252016


University of Alberta Faculty of Law


On September 15, 2016, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law is hosting a Pro Bono Presentation night. Dr. Anna Lund is spearheading the event and is looking for presenters to share their experiences about engaging in pro bono service.

Presentation Subjects

Presenters are encouraged to present on any aspect of pro bono law of interest.

  • What types of pro bono, low bono, or other law-related public interest work do you do? What drives you to do it?
  • How do you think lawyers could be encouraged to do more pro bono law?
  • How do you think pro bono law programs could be delivered more effectively?
  • To what extent do you think pro bono law improves access to justice? Does it enhance or detract from other important initiatives?
  • How do you think pro bono initiatives could engage a more diverse group of practitioners, including those practicing in-house, at small firms, as solo practitioners or in rural areas? Is pro bono the right fit in these different contexts?


Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a short proposal (100-250 words) to Anna Lund by August 1, 2016. The proposal should include the following components.

  • The presentation topic;
  • A short biography; and
  • The presenter’s contact information.

Click here for more information on Pro Bono Presentation night.

If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

LESA Welcomes Matt Sommerfeldt to the Team

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Jul 222016

We’re pleased to introduce the newest member of our team, Matt Sommerfeldt, Director of Education.

Matt-picMatt received his Bachelor of Education with Distinction from the University of Alberta in 2001. He then went on to achieve his Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 2007.

Matt has also gained experience as a high school Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. In addition, he had a general practice of law at Richard A. Low & Company, LLP in Lethbridge from 2008 – 2014. In 2014, Matt switched gears, gaining experience as Legal Counsel at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Edmonton.

Outside of the office, Matt devotes his time not only to his loving family of 4, but also to his volunteer position with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Matt has been settling in nicely here at LESA, getting to know the staff and delving straight in to projects for the 2016/2017 educational year.

In a recent interview, we chatted with Matt to get to know him a bit more. Here’s what he had to say.

What is your background and how did you end up at LESA?

I came out of high school completely unsure of what I wanted to do, but I liked being outside so I went into forestry. I then went on a mission for my church, working with people in the Latino community in Montreal, where I fell in love with the Spanish language and culture. I came back to university and received my B.Ed. degree in 2001, before I became a high school Spanish and ESL teacher. I taught for a couple of years before I decided to go to law school. During the application process, I came across the University of New Brunswick, and decided to apply out there. I got an immediate yes, and moved across the country to go to school from 2004 – 2007. The goal when I left for New Brunswick was to come back to Edmonton or Calgary, but during law school I converted to a small city lifestyle. So when I came back, I went to Lethbridge. I had a general practice of law down there for about 6.5 years, but the draw to Edmonton kept pulling me back, so I took my job at the Court of Queen’s Bench as Legal Counsel in 2014. This was a contract position for 2 years, and as the contract neared, I started looking for a new adventure. Then I stumbled upon LESA.

What is your role at LESA?

As Director of Education, I oversee all of the educational programming and resources as well as help oversee CPLED. One of the things I’m doing right now is creating project charters. It’s the why behind all of the programs that we do – figuring out what the rationale is and what we are hoping to achieve. Another big part of my role is building relationships – helping people achieve their best and reach their full potential.

What are you looking forward to this calendar year?

I’m really looking forward to working with great people and learning a whole bunch of new things. I’m also looking forward to helping out with some of the heavy lifting – like carrying binders from vehicles. I’m particularly interested in figuring out how programs really run – being on the other side of LESA programming and getting to know how all of it works.

What do you enjoy doing outside the office?

I love doing things with my kids. I’ve got a 7-year-old and 3-year-old twins, so tea parties, wrestling matches, soccer, pushing on swings – I seem to do a lot of that these days – and we also do a lot of bike riding as a family. My wife loves vegetable gardening, so I help her with that, and I personally love nature walks and bird watching – just being outside.

What attracted you to LESA?

I had some vague notions as to the back office side of LESA, as I’ve been to seminars, but I really didn’t know that someone in my position could work here. When I started my job search, I was exploring everything. I met with crown prosecutors to see if I wanted to get into that, I looked into all sorts of law jobs – in-house counsel, small firms, larger firms, returning to Lethbridge, and maybe even going back for a Master’s Degree. However, during my search, it became very clear that I wanted to work for an organization like this, though I assumed it would be as a lawyer. When I read LESA’s job description, I thought—they wrote that for me!

One of the things that really caught my attention was something I noticed when I first stepped foot in LESA’s office. There’s an atmosphere here that you can feel. I’m sure that there are very stressful days for people, but there is just something that’s light, refreshing, and exciting about this place. That was a huge draw for me … it kind of feels like I’m coming home.

On behalf of our LESA team, we look forward to getting to know you more and are excited for a successful year of LESA programming.

Welcome to the team Matt Sommerfeldt!

Weekly Program Feature: Collaborative Law Programs

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Jul 212016


Are you a lawyer who practices in the area of family law? Have you considered becoming a registered collaborative professional?

LESA offers collaborative law programs on an annual basis. Here’s what’s happening this year.

Basic Collaborative LawŸ Ÿ• Edmonton •Ÿ September 30 – October 1 2016

Interest Based Negotiations Ÿ• Edmonton Ÿ• October 20 – 23 Ÿ 2016

Mediation of Family and Divorce Conflicts Ÿ• Calgary •Ÿ May 15 – 19 Ÿ 2017

** NOTE: These are limited enrolment programs. **

** NOTE: Refer to the Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association (CDAA) for certification requirements.**

Basic Collaborative Law

This fall, attend the Basic Collaborative Law program and learn methods for dispute resolution that encourage mutual respect, allow for open communication, utilize a problem-solving approach, as well as identify and address the interests and concerns of all parties, including children.

Cover the 4 principles of collaborative practice.

  1. A pledge not to go to court;
  2. An honest exchange of information;
  3. Good faith negotiations; and
  4. A solution that considers the highest priorities of all parties.

Instructor Susan L. Zwaenepoel QC received her collaborative law training in 2001 and has been teaching this course for several years. Here’s what she has to say about collaborative practice.

Both clients and lawyers really benefit from this kind of work. … The clients gain access to support they wouldn’t necessarily have had in a traditional divorce … matters are often resolved quicker and more positively for everyone involved.”

Register for Basic Collaborative Law. (Limited Enrolment)

Interest Based Negotiations

Join instructors Suzan L. Zwaenepoel QC, E. Leith Martin, Sharlene Yanitski, and Marne Turnbull this fall for Interest Based Negotiations.

As Susan says, “Collaborative work is fundamentally a philosophical approach to family law. … It is geared toward problem-solving, cooperation and to providing the client with the support and tools to get through the process in a less litigious manner than in a traditional divorce.”

Learn the difference between principled and adversarial negotiations, delve into the 5-stage interest based negotiation model, and enhance practical skills, such as:

  • active listening
  • effective questioning
  • interactive learning
  • reframing

Register for Interest Based Negotiations. (Limited Enrolment)

Mediation of Family and Divorce Conflicts

Mediation of Family and Divorce Conflicts is one of the 3 pillars of collaborative law training. This five-day program will be instructed by 3 experienced collaborative professionals.

It is this harmonic range of different professionals – who provide the greatest ability to understand different perspectives – that makes this program successful. Attendees have come from the United States, Holland, and Switzerland and include judges, psychologists, lawyers, teachers, police officers, members of the cloth, politicians, and many other professionals.” – Dr. Larry Fong Ph.D., R.Psych

Register for Mediation of Family and Divorce Conflicts. (Limited Enrolment)