LESA Welcomes our 2016 Summer Students!

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May 302016
 

LESA is pleased to welcome this year’s summer students – Angela Beierbach and Katie Moore!

Angela and Katie have settled in nicely into their roles here at LESA, working with Counsel, Christine Sanderman and Kelsey Dick – who was a LESA summer student before becoming our Staff Lawyer.

We recently interviewed these young professionals to find out what they are up to this summer.

Happy Reading!


Angela Beierbach

We chatted with Angela to get to know her a bit more and to see how she was settling in. Here’s what she had to say!

How did you become interested in law?

I always had an interest in going into law school … I majored in psychology and minored in sociology [at the University of Alberta] … [and] I have a lot of research experience in a social psychology. … [I was working] towards clinical psychology, but decided that wasn’t for me and I revisited the idea of law. It’s ever-evolving and there are countless opportunities to learn. It’s a really flexible profession, and there are a lot of different practice areas you can dabble in. Plus, you have the opportunity to work with and help people.”

Has your experience here so far pulled you in a specific direction?

I’m pretty much happy to be learning about all areas at this point. I didn’t know that I’d be interested in business law but after taking a few classes and working on the [CPLED] fundamentals, [with LESA’s Legal team] I feel like I kind of have a knack for it!”

What do you enjoy about working with LESA?

It’s a really friendly office. Everyone is so helpful and approachable and it’s a really good opportunity to learn about a whole bunch of different areas of law.”

What fun things do you have planned for the summer?

Maybe do a bike trip at the end of the summer … I love biking in the Edmonton river valley.”


Katie Moore

Talking with Katie was a blast! She is enthusiastic and passionate about law and is excited to be a part of the LESA team. Here’s what Katie had to say!

How did you get to be where you are today?

When I graduated high school I didn’t really know where I wanted to go. … I loved reading, I loved writing, and I loved editing. Those were my favorite things. … I did my arts degree with English as my major and psychology as my minor, and it was more towards the end of my degree that I started leaning more towards law. I realized what I really loved was the deep analysis. … In law, you’re going through legislation and doing a deep analysis and figuring out what it means. … I kind of feel like the decision came around a little more organically. … Then I applied to law school … wrote my LSAT … and then I went to University of Calgary law.”

What projects do you have on the go with us right now?

Currently, our main project and the one that I’m working on the most is we’re going through the CPLED fundamentals materials [with LESA’s Legal team]. … I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s really interesting. I’m working on criminal right now and … it’s fascinating to go through. … [There is] a lot … I have learned, but a lot of it is stuff I have not yet learned … so it’s kind of a little bit of a preview of what I’m going to be seeing – especially with criminal. I find it is a bit more visceral than other areas of law.”

What do you enjoy most about working with LESA so far?

I enjoy the freedom that I get … I kind of get to explore different areas and … get to direct that in a sense. Everyone here has been really supportive of the work that I’ve been doing and encouraging me to if you’re interested in this, pursue it a little bit more; if you’re interested in that subject, keep going with it. …It’s kind of like a run with it kind of idea. Not just finish these tasks in order.”

Will you be crossing anything off of your bucket list this summer?

I am actually! I’m going to Shakespeare in the Park this summer, which has been a dream of mine since being in Edmonton.”

MEP – Section 7 Expense Policy Changes

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May 272016
 

 

 

Find out about MEP’s changes to section 7 expenses!

Are you a member of Alberta’s legal community who handles the preparation of child support orders? If so, did you know that the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) has changed how it enforces select types of section 7 expenses?

These changes were made as a result of feedback from the courts, the legal profession, and clients.

The new policy affects expense claims processed by MEP only on or after May 16, 2016, regardless of when the claims were received by MEP.  It does not affect any expense claims added to a MEP file prior to May 16, 2016.


The change doesn’t affect you if your court order or agreement

sets an amount for expenses or specifies what expenses are payable.


Changes

MEP will no longer enforce percentage or proportionate share of expenses unless:

  • the type of expense is clearly stated in the court order or agreement, or
  • the parties agree on the expenses to be shared.

As an administrative program, it is not MEP’s role to determine what expenses are reasonable and necessary for a family. MEP will continue to enforce orders that set a specific amount for section 7 expenses, or allow for proportionate shares of clearly specified expenses. MEP will no longer enforce general section 7 expenses, unless the parties agree to specific expenses in writing.

Find out more about what is considered to be too general for MEP to enforce.

Q & A

Here are some key questions we asked Miyo Bly, Family Support and Order Services (Alberta Justice and Solicitor General), regarding these changes.

Why is it important that I know about these changes?

We want the Alberta’s legal community to be aware of this change when preparing child support orders, so that clients can avoid the extra step of completing MEP’s Section 7 Expenses Agreement form or initiating further court action. We also want the Alberta legal community to be aware of the reasons that MEP may stop enforcing their client’s non-specific section 7 expenses, and the options available to ensure enforcement of specific section 7 expenses.”

How will changes to the S7 Expense Policy affect my practice?

When an order term is not specific enough for MEP to enforce, MEP will request they complete a Section 7 Expenses Agreement.  If parties cannot agree on the specific expenses, MEP will advise parties to have their court order changed to clarify their Section 7 expenses. MEP is expecting an increase in the number of people asking for legal advice and initiating legal action to have their child support order changed.”

What do I need to do?

MEP prefers that parties submit a completed Section 7 Expenses Agreement Form signed by both [parties], but where this is not feasible, MEP will attempt to facilitate agreement by forwarding the agreement completed by one party to the other.  The second party may agree or reject any or all of the proposed expenses listed in the draft agreement, and return a signed copy to MEP.”

Contact

If you have questions, please contact MEP at 780-422-5555 (toll-free in Alberta 310-0000) and select the Program’s lawyer line.

Queen’s Bench Notice: Child Support Applications

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May 262016
 

 

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta recently released a Notice to the Profession and Public outlining changes in judicial policy regarding child support applications. The Court will now strictly enforce the income information provisions under s 21 – 24 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines, SOR/97-175 and s 21 of the Alberta Child Support Guidelines, Alta Reg 147/2005 in child support applications. There are now forms available on the Alberta Courts website that can be used for filing.

An applicant applying for a child support order (including a variance) will no longer be permitted to file an Application and supporting Affidavit unless the applicant has provided the financial information set out in s 21 of the applicable Guidelines. Likewise, a respondent will not be permitted to file a responding affidavit or reply unless he or she has provided the required s 21 information.

This change took effect on May 1, 2016 but will have a grace period until June 1, 2016.

For more information, please see the full Court of Queen’s Bench Notice.

For further reading, LESA offers a number of past seminar papers on child support applications and obligations, including the following which you can purchase from our website and are also available on the LESA Library for annual subscribers:

 

Office Filing Procedures – With Hon. J.E. Côté

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May 262016
 

 

Hon. J.E. Cote

How have office filing procedures transformed as a result of 20th Century revolutions? In today’s blog, LESA’s Distinguished Adviser, the Honourable J.E. Côté, explores former office filing practices and procedures, including what has been lost in translation and what today’s lawyers should know.

Enjoy!


Many lawyers have to navigate a company’s or organization’s older office records – especially if the lawyer handles estates or matrimonial property, or conducts constitutional, administrative taxation, or aboriginal litigation. It is certainly true if the lawyer ever uses archives.

A generation ago, all lawyers understood basic office procedures, and had no trouble inspecting clients’ business records. But the 20th Century saw two big revolutions in how offices make and keep records. Now, no lawyer knows the methods used before the first revolution, and many lawyers are not familiar with the methods used before the second revolution.

Let us go in date order. We will start before the first revolution. That is partly to illustrate what caused office practices, because some old problems have now resurfaced – and partly for curiosity. Next comes the first revolution. Then we will look at the long period ensuing which has great practical importance for all lawyers. Then comes the second revolution.

Pre-Revolution Practices

Long before either revolution, offices had ways to make exact copies of documents. Despite what Dickens says, it was not usually necessary to write out a copy (transcription) of the original. Photographic copies have existed since the 1860s, but they were expensive and not possible in an ordinary office. (Cheaper photostats from the 1920s and 1930s were white on black and so hard to read.)

A century ago, an office clerk wanting a copy simply dampened a sheet of thin paper using a sponge, and then pressed the damp sheet against the ink of the original. In those days, every office had a metal screw-down letter press for that. The resulting offset copy was backwards, but since the copy’s paper was translucent, one just turned it over and read it through its back.

All originals were either written with pen and ink, or pencil, or a typewriter. How would damp paper make a copy from pencil? “Indelible” pencils were extremely common, even as late as the 1950s. Their writing turned into purple ink when dampened. Many early typewriter ribbons were purple, and had similar features. (One Edmonton law office used purple ribbons into the 1960s.)

It was tricky to make more than one copy with damp paper and a letter press, but one usually sufficed.

The big significance of this letter-press process was that the copies were not usually loose sheets. Thin paper is easier to handle and preserve when bound in books. So stationers sold large bound books of thin copy paper; often the blank pages were consecutively numbered. To make a copy, the clerk dampened the next unused page, and inserted the original letter next to the damp page. The whole book was then closed and squeezed inside the letter press.

But that means that an incoming letter and its reply could not be kept together. Not to mention enclosures. So incoming and outgoing correspondence were always kept separate. A file containing both was unknown and impossible. Incoming letters were often punched and put into big arch files, sometimes alphabetically by author. (The arch files might hang on hooks on the office wall.) The copies of outgoing correspondence were the bound thin-paper volumes.

Governments would sometimes have printers create printed (typeset) copies of important or often-used sets of correspondence. That was the only way physically to collate incoming letters and outgoing replies.

How could an ordinary office keep track of correspondence on one topic or between two correspondents? All incoming and outgoing correspondence was logged by hand into large ledgers, each page of which was for a particular customer or a particular topic. That is why the English, and our courts, often call a file room “the Registry”.

The First Revolution

The first revolution in methods came during World War One. The famous engineer, Herbert Hoover, reformed American civil service practices. (Later he became President.) Hoover recognized that the invention of non-smudging carbon paper made it easy to make simultaneous copies of anything written with a pencil or a typewriter. Damp paper and letter presses had been very annoying to use, and he abolished them. Carbon copies could be made anywhere on any type of paper, and multiple copies (up to about 5 or 6) were easy on a typewriter. Copies were made on loose sheets.

Cross-copies of letters were often made on special thin-paper letterhead, bearing the word “COPY”.

It was traditional to make the file copy of a letter on newsprint paper, which was almost always canary yellow. Of course the carbon copy did not show the letterhead or the signature. Presence of a yellow carbon copy on a file strongly implied that the original letter (or memo) had been signed and mailed out.

So the bound book of copies of outgoing mail ceased to exist. But it left behind a ghost in North America. That was a chronological file of extra carbon copies on green paper. They persisted in Canada well into the 1960s, maybe later. They were used for internal archival purposes, and to circulate correspondence, to keep everyone in the office informed.

Now that copies were made on separate sheets, it became possible to store together an incoming letter and the reply to it. Hoover also introduced the cardboard file folder and the filing cabinet. (Before then, a “file” meant a bundle of papers attached with a string or ribbon, not a pile of papers inside a folder.)

Gradual Improvements

Introduction of economical teletype (telex) machines in the 1950s changed only one detail. On some machines, there was also a carbon copy roll, thus giving a chronological file of all incoming and outgoing teletype messages. Teletypes persisted in Europe long after North America dropped them.

The 1960s made popular satisfactory office copying machines. At first, they did not change filing practices. But by the 1980s, clerical staff got into the habit of making file copies of outgoing letters by photocopying, rather than carbon paper. Those copies showed the letterhead, and maybe the signature. Rarely was the copy on colored paper, and it usually was not even marked as a copy. File copies could be hard to identify.

Fax machines became very common by the 1980s, but did not change filing systems.

The 1970s introduced computers for office word processing and accounting. That alone did not change much in office record keeping. Therefore, the regime in place until fairly recent years meant locating relevant records was locating the relevant file (folder) or files. Those were usually numbered and created for a specific topic or by project, though in a commercial organization they might be for a customer or supplier. If the files were not simply in the name of a customer or a patient, there would likely be an alphabetical (often card) index to the individual files. There might be a chronological list of files too. In large organizations there could be other indexes, e.g. by land legal descriptions. Police and governments might keep an index of people mentioned in files or reports. There might be a log of people who signed out or accessed files.

The Second Revolution

Then came the century’s second revolution. Offices started using the internet more and more, usually with desktop or portable computers. Business people, executives, and professionals increasingly personally keyboarded without any intervening assistant or secretary. Business emails became exceedingly common. Now even a formal letter, with letterhead, is usually sent only electronically, not via courier or post office.

That second revolution is now still playing out. Most offices now probably have a mixed filing regime, with some correspondence kept on paper in cardboard folders, some preserved somewhere on computer, and some not really preserved at all (such as texts). Indeed, one could say that some correspondence today is much like pre-Hoover days, with some incoming and outgoing correspondence not linked nor kept together – even if it is between the same people on the same topic. One can write an email as a reply to a previous email, but one does not have to. Some people transfer most of their emails to appropriate electronic folders, but many do not. (And one easy way to do so is not really reliable or permanent.) Just how to file multiple linked exchanges of emails among different addressees is a puzzle. So how clients and law firms keep their correspondence and notes varies a great deal.

Orders in Council

I will end with a few words about Orders in Council. Alberta Orders in Council are straightforward. Each is accompanied by a formal recommendation by a Cabinet Minister (since the 1930s, in any event). (Now some of those recommendations are electronically signed and sent.) The recommendation and the Order in Council are very similarly worded. The Order in Council of course reads like a regulation (and many are immediately registered as Alberta Regulations).

But federal Orders in Council used to have peculiarities. First, sometimes one sees printed (typeset) copies of commonly-cited Orders in Council. Some of their details may be altered from the original. Why? At one time, there was no actual document worded as a federal Order in Council! There was only the formal handwritten (or typewritten) Minister’s recommendation for an Order in Council. On the upper corner of the recommendation, the Governor-General would scribble in his own handwriting “Approved”, a date, and his signature. That is all there was.

Annual AJEFA Banquet and Meeting

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May 242016
 

Annual AJEFA Banquet and Meeting

Have you heard? The Association des jurists d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA) is hosting their Annual Banquet And General Meeting on June 10, at the Derrick Golf & Winter Club in Edmonton.

Topics and Times

This year, there will be 4 activities at the Annual AJEFA Banquet and Meeting.

Annual General Meeting (4 PM)

This meeting is intended for AJEFA members. However, you’re welcome to attend this meeting as an observer. Interested in becoming an AJEFA member? Click here.

Access to Justice (5 PM)

Sit in on a French panel discussion on access to justice in Alberta. Hear from experienced panelists on the following topics.

Cocktail Reception (6 PM)

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with other legal professionals and members of the community during this cocktail networking reception.

Annual Banquet (7 PM)

Delve into “Bilingual Competencies and the Judiciary System” with guest speaker the Honourable Judge Yvette Finn, who is responsible for the implementation of a popular language training program for provincially appointed judges.

Register Online

Please note that the AGM and the panel are free activities, while the banquet is a paid event. The prices for banquet tickets before June 1, 2016, are $75 for AJEFA members, $80 for non-members, and $50 for students.

To register for these activities, complete the registration form before June 1, 2016.

For assistance, call Coralie or Chloé at 780-450-2443.


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

Lawyer Endorses Collaboration & Survey on ACP

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May 182016
 

ACP CRIO wants your input on Advanced Care Planning.

Have you had the chance to complete the Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Survey? If not, are you interested in providing your feedback in regard to advising clients about ACP?

The Advanced Care Planning Collaborative Research & Innovation Opportunities Program (ACP CRIO) is an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions funded team of researchers and stakeholders working together to implement widespread uptake of a formalized ACP framework across our healthcare system.

ACP involves discussing and documenting an individual’s wishes, preferences, and values in regard to future medical care before one becomes incapable of giving consent to or denying health care.

Help this team of Alberta researchers; complete the Advanced Care Planning survey!

Read what Maureen L. Douglas, Senior Project Coordinator, Advance Care Planning CRIO Program has to say about ACP and the ACP survey. In addition, find out what wills and estates lawyer Shelley E. Waite says about the role of lawyers in ACP and the importance of collaboration in the ACP process.


Thank you to the many Alberta lawyers who have already completed this survey. We appreciate your feedback about factors that support or hinder lawyers in working with clients on Advance Care Planning (ACP), and the need for resources.

Over the last 2 years, the ACP CRIO research program has been collaborating with lawyers, physicians, patient advisors, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Office of the Public Guardian and Public Trustee, Alberta Health Services, and other stakeholders to learn more about ACP in lawyers’ practices.

Why Participate

Shelley E. Waite, partner with McLeod Law – practicing in wills, estates, and succession planning – has been an active member of the group. She explains the role of lawyers and value of collaboration on ACP.

Shelley E. Waite, McLeod LLP

Working individually, neither doctors nor lawyers can provide as comprehensive a plan as when they work collaboratively. It is imperative for Albertans to consider the importance of ensuring that there is someone who has the legal authority to step into the role of decision maker. Our role as lawyers is to discuss the importance of completing their Advanced Care Plan through the completion of a Personal Directive. This is just one step in ensuring that a comprehensive Advanced Care Plan is complete. I advocate that my clients take their Personal Directive to their doctor and continue the conversation on their goals of care with their health care team. By working collaboratively doctor and lawyer can be part of the individual’s comprehensive and tailored Advance Care Plan.”

ACP Survey Details

Lawyers are uniquely positioned to assist clients with Advance Care Planning. A Saskatchewan survey found that nearly half of people who had a written care plan had sought help from a lawyer to prepare the document, while only five percent had consulted a doctor.i

The research group is asking Alberta lawyers in a wide variety of practice settings to complete the survey. (This survey will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes.)

Questions include:

  • What prompts a client’s desire to engage in Advance Care Planning?
  • What topics do your clients want to cover in their ACP?
  • What resources would help you help your clients?
  • Do you have concerns that an Advance Care Plan will not be used in practice?

The ACP survey closes on June 15, 2016.

Contact Information

For more information about ACP, the ACP survey, or the ACP CRIO Research Program, contact:

  • Maureen Douglas, Senior Study Coordinator, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta 780.248.5690 or
  • Nola Ries, Study Lead, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta

iGoodridge D, Quinlan E, Venne R, Hunter P, Surtees D. Planning for Serious Illness by the General Public: A Population-Based Survey. ISRN Family Medicine. 2013;483673. doi:10.5402/2013/483673.


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

New Seminars on Demand

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May 172016
 

New Seminars on Demand!We are pleased to inform you that we have 3 new seminars on demand available now!

If you missed the opportunity to attend one or more of these live events, you no longer have to wait to be a part of the experience!

Live stream videos of each presenter and download program materials as PDFs, so you can stay up-to-date in your area of practice.

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives

Go beyond the basics, and review the drafting of personal directives and enduring powers of attorney.

Review unique challenges when dealing with clients who have assets in other jurisdictions; discuss the challenges health care professionals face when dealing with personal directives; cover fiduciary obligations, breaches, and consequences; and more!

For a sneak preview of this seminar on demand, watch the trailer with seminar chair Farha Salim below.

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Here’s what some of the live attendees thought was most beneficial about the program.

Excellent EPA precedent provided, and reasons therefor.”

The entire seminar was very well organized and I found all of it quite useful and beneficial to my practice.”

Register Online

Register for this seminar on demand today, and learn how to effectively manage both common and extraordinary issues when dealing with enduring powers of attorney and personal directives.

Questioning

Refine your understanding of questioning, and learn to use it more effectively. Gain practical tips from expert panelists and Queen’s Bench Masters!

Watch the trailer below with seminar chair Patrick Kirwin for more information about why this seminar on demand is useful.

Hear discussion on techniques for questioning professionals, examine compelling and convincing sources of evidence, discover how to manage difficult and sometimes “forgetful” witnesses, and more!

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Check out what these live attendees had to say about the value of the program.

Very valuable and informative – excellent speakers and presentations and materials – no wasted time.”

The practical advice given on handling difficult people. It was also a good review of Questioning generally.”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to hone your litigation skills. Register for Questioning today!

Alberta Land Titles Online

Discover how current legislative changes involving the use of digital signatures will impact future real estate transactions. Watch the trailer below with seminar chair Curtis D. Woollard (Land Titles North) for a sneak peek of what this seminar on demand has to offer.

Learn from experiences panelists as they discuss the future shift from physical to electronic documents.

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Here’s what some of the live attendees found most beneficial about this seminar.

This session was well organized, practical, to the point.”

What’s expected with e-submission to Land Titles and how e-signatures will work.”

Register Online

Prepare yourself for a digital future. Register for this seminar on demand today.

Other Seminars on Demand

Did you know that LESA now has more than 25 seminars on demand available? Here is a list of some of the past seminars that we offer as seminars on demand.

  • Collections
  • Condominiums: A Practitioner’s Update
  • Corporate Drafting
  • Court of Appeal Practice
  • Domestic Contracts
  • Drafting Pleadings, Affidavits and Orders
  • Evidence Law Refresher
  • File Organization for Legal Support Staff
  • iPad for Lawyers
  • Junior Solicitor Business Law Basics
  • New Estate Administration Act
  • PCLaw® Basics
  • PCLaw® Beyond the Basics
  • Research for Legal Support Staff
  • Running Your First Trial
  • Securities Law

Click here for a complete list of the seminars on demand that are available.

ESILaw Boot Camp: Software Simplified

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May 162016
 

Discover how to get the most out of your ESILaw 360 software at the ESILaw Boot Camp!

Imagine a world where software is as easy to use as it is efficient. No more fumbling through complicated processes or wasting valuable time managing books.

This June, discover how to use the new ESILaw 360 software to simplify your workflow and maximize your productivity at the ESILaw Boot Camp.

Who Should Attend?

Here’s what panel expert Cathy Boyd told us about the new ESILaw 360 software.

There will be a time when FoxPro is no longer supported and when that happens, every firm will be required to migrate their data over to the new ESILaw 360.”

If you’re a timekeeper, bookkeeper, firm administrator, lawyer, or simply someone looking to enhance your ESILaw skills, then check out the ESILaw Boot Camp!

Make your life easier, from discovering valuable tools and learning time saving tips and tricks for managing clients to producing comprehensive reports and covering year end procedures.

What are the Benefits of Attending?

Explore the new ESILaw 360 software from start to finish.

  • Discuss system settings and improve collaboration among staff;
  • Easily identify how to record, edit, transfer, and write-off time;
  • Track client, lawyer, and firm performance;
  • Manage contacts, open files, and handle client inquiries;
  • Examine how to post and receipt trust funds and bank deposits; and more!

When we present what ESILaw 360 is capable of, [attendees] will be impressed with how easy and how much sense the program makes. …[The seminar] gives a birds-eye-view of how a set of books works in a law firm, so it will make sense to those who have never really participated in contributing to the keeping of the books in a law firm.”

Sneak Preview

Join seminar chair Donna Moore (Law Society of Alberta) and panel experts Cathy Boyd and Karen Gulbraa to gain knowledge for using the new ESILaw 360 software.

  • Organize your entire firm;
  • Improve your opening procedures;
  • Review posting procedures and tracking mechanisms;
  • Bill faster and get paid promptly;
  • Monitor performance; and
  • Examine file closing and reopening procedures.

Cathy gave us a sneak preview of what you’ll review during this seminar.

[We will start] at the very beginning [from] where the conflict check is done … [to] all the necessary identification for the file … and then proceed with the retainer, posting time, posting disbursements, and taking the participants … right though the entirety of a file.”

Register Online

Register online to attend ESILaw Boot Camp in Edmonton (June 13) or in Calgary (June 14) and learn how to get the most out of your ESILaw 360 software.

2016/2017 CPLED Opportunities

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May 132016
 

2016/2017 CPLED OpportunitiesEach year, LESA partners with experienced legal professionals to host Alberta’s bar admission CPLED Program. We’ve already had more than 335 students apply for the 2016/2017 CPLED year, and we’re still taking applications. Having this many students means we need a lot of support from Alberta’s legal community to help the CPLED Program run smoothly. That’s why today’s blog shares upcoming CPLED opportunities that you can get involved with.

One of the CPLED Program goals is to help students develop entry-level lawyer competencies. As such, LESA recruits facilitators – who provide feedback to students in preparation for their competency evaluations – and evaluators – who grade these final submissions.

The desire to help new, aspiring lawyers develop their competencies is one reason why more seasoned lawyers choose to be a part of the program. If you’re one of those lawyers who wants to give back, you’re in luck – LESA has plenty of CPLED opportunities to fill.

LESA is currently recruiting facilitators and evaluators for both the 7 online modules and the 3 face-to-face sessions that comprise the CPLED program (see the 2016/2017 Key Dates).

Online Modules

Each online module is open for 3 weeks.

Learning Group Facilitators (LGFs) commit about 10–20 hours a week to CPLED while the module is open, including time spent providing feedback on assignments. LGFs monitor the progress of their learning group (usually 18–20 students) and interact with students through an online learning management platform. The responsibilities of LGFs include:

  • preparing for each module;
  • facilitating online discussions;
  • responding to student questions;
  • reviewing weekly student submissions; and
  • providing feedback.

Learning Group Evaluators (LGEs) grade approximately 30–40 competency evaluations (final submissions). LGE duties conclude approximately 2 weeks after a module closes.

Both LGFs and LGEs are provided with mandatory training to explain the duties and expectations of their roles. Additional module-specific LGF training occurs about a week before each module opens.

Face-to-Face Sessions

Each face-to-face session runs over 3 or 4 days in Edmonton and Calgary, and individual volunteers usually commit 1 day of their time to the CPLED Program. LGFs help guide discussion and answer questions on teaching and learning exercise days, and LGEs grade final assessments on competency evaluation days.

LESA provides training materials and a pre-session conference call to ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities.

Apply for CPLED Opportunities

Please note: CPLED facilitators and evaluators must have a minimum 4 years at the bar.

If you would like to get involved, complete the applicable application form(s).

Separate application forms must be completed for face-to-face and online modules. Send all inquiries and application forms to Bronwyn Connolly at bronwyn.connolly@lesa.org.

If you are currently on our face-to-face volunteer list but would no longer like to be contacted, please email Bronwyn Connolly (bronwyn.connolly@lesa.org), and we will remove your name.


LESA recruits experienced members of the Alberta legal profession as facilitators and evaluators. These individuals are critical to delivering a highly-valued educational experience and defensible, high-stakes competency evaluations. In scheduling facilitators and evaluators, considerations include optimal fit, diversity, program sustainability, and a desire to create a rewarding experience for all involved. LESA strives to consider a mix of demographics, practice areas, practice contexts (e.g. private practice, government, in-house, etc.), firm size, geographical locations, learning styles, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. LESA values the contributions of seasoned LGFs; it also strives to create opportunities for new LGFs. This approach supports long-term sustainability and avoids overburdening a limited subset of individuals.

The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box

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May 122016
 

The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box

This June, LESA and the Centre for Constitutional Studies invite you to learn about the relationship between constitutional and insolvency law at The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box.

Discover answers to key questions, such as:

  1. How do insolvency proceedings interfere with a regulator’s powers under provincial legislation?
  2. How have recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decisions shaped the paramountcy doctrine?
  3. How has the priority ranking of creditors been molded by constitutional doctrine?
Topics and Speakers

During this half-day seminar, you get the chance to hear from seminar co-chairs Dr. Anna Lund and Patricia Paradis, as well as from experienced faculty on the following topics:

Q & A

In a recent interview, seminar co-chair Dr. Anna Lund shed some light on the program and what it has to offer to attendees.

Q: Why is this program valuable?

I think what’s going to be most valuable about the program is that it gives practitioners who are working in the insolvency area a chance to think a little bit more about how constitutional law may impact the types of legal issues that they’re facing. … I think there is going to be a really nice opportunity here for practitioners … to think a little more broadly about some of the issues that have been arising in the insolvency field and the ways that they implicate some of these constitutional principles.”

Q: What makes this program unique?

I think what is particularly unique about it is the intersection. … You don’t have a lot of people writing in the constitutional field about bankruptcy [for example]. … It’s not something that constitutional lawyers look at, and insolvency lawyers do look at constitutional principles (especially when it comes up in the context of priority fights between provincial and federal creditors or creditors who have differing priorities under provincial and federal legislation), but I think that insolvency practitioners could be making event broader and better use of those constitutional principles. … It’s an intersection of law that I think has been under theorized by scholars, underused by practitioners, and understudied by pretty much everyone.”

Q: What should attendees know about the program?

There are a few of things that I think are really exciting about the program. One is that we have this great insolvency community in Edmonton … some really talented practitioners … so, I’m pretty excited about getting that insolvency community together and seeing what sort of interesting, insightful things they have to offer. A second thing I’m really excited about is that we’re doing this at the Art Gallery of Alberta, which is a fantastic building, and it’s great to be able to support that as a part of a faculty of the University, LESA, and the Centre of Constitutional Studies. The last thing that I think is exciting about [the program] is that there is going to be a chance for networking afterwards and [to] discuss the topics a little more informally.”

Sneak Preview

Anna also gave us a sneak preview of her discussion topic.

I’m talking about a couple of decisions that came down in November [2015] from the Supreme Court of Canada, that had to do with whether or not a province could continue to deny a drivers’ license to somebody on the basis of an unpaid debt after that debt had been discharged in bankruptcy. … I’m taking that and thinking about what that decision tells us about the scope of protection and rehabilitation available to individuals in bankruptcy. … I’m particularly interested in the context of regulated professionals – your dentists, your lawyers, your doctors. … If they are subject to some sort of fine or costs award under the professional discipline legislation … does that then mean that they could discharge that in bankruptcy, and avoid any sort of license suspension arising as a result?”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to delve into a world where constitutional law and insolvency law overlap.

Register now to attend this program in Edmonton, June 9.