Bill 4, the Estate Administration Act, was introduced in the Alberta legislature on March 5, 2014. This legislation will ultimately repeal the Administration of Estates Act, R.S.A. 2000 c. A-2 and the Devolution of Real Property Act, R.S.A. 2000 c. D-12.
LESA is excited to present the 47th annual litigation refresher, taking place on beautiful Lake Louise April 27th through 29th, 2014. We guarantee that no matter your area of law, you will be engaged, educated, entertained and, ultimately, refreshed.
An impressive faculty of experienced practitioners and judges has put together a varied program, offering practical advice on issues affecting every lawyer’s practice in Alberta, including civil procedure, ADR, evidence, practice management, class actions, privacy, and so much more.
Your learning will be complemented by many social and networking opportunities, featuring the hospitality and culinary expertise of the world famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Take some time out to enjoy that hospitality with your significant other, friends and colleagues at the “how do you fondue?” seminar and, of course, at the Refresher’s culmination, the Monday night gala and entertainment.
For a limited time, save $250 on registration fees.
Check the Refresher brochure on-line or the paper copy in your in-box for more information. We look forward to seeing you!
The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education Program (CPLED Program) is the licensing program of the Law Society of Alberta. It is also offered in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and, from the law societies’ point of view, it is considered a highly valuable and consistent educational experience for students-at-law.
LESA administers the CPLED Program on behalf of the Law Society of Alberta with LESA’s Executive Director Jennifer Flynn directing the CPLED-Alberta Program.
“We realize that this is a challenging time for students, so CPLED has been designed to bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law. Our goal is to provide a highly valued learning experience while at the same time providing a fair, valid, and reliable assessment,” explains Jennifer.
To help students prepare for the CPLED Program, recent graduates Justin Kingston and Marissa Tordoff share their tips for success in this video.
Learn more about the CPLED Program at www.lesa.org.
Learning Group Facilitators (LGFs) and Learning Group Evaluators (LGEs) provide valuable assistance and feedback to articling students in the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) Program. Each year, LESA recruits approximately 40 experienced members of the Alberta legal profession to become LGFs/LGEs.
Donna Moore is one of the LGF/LGEs recruited in 2007. She was called to the Bar in Saskatchewan in 1997, in Alberta in 2004 and in British Columbia in 2009, and she currently practises Aboriginal law and litigation at Eagle Law Group near Calgary on the Tsuu T’ina Nation.
Donna decided to volunteer with the CPLED Program after working as a graduate student lecturer and sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan while she was working on a Masters in Sociology and attending the College of Law. She was also a board member of the Public Legal Education Program in Saskatchewan and active in community legal education, so it seemed natural for her to get involved with LESA when she came to Alberta.
“When I moved to Alberta, I started looking around for similar opportunities to share and give back. When a colleague of mine mentioned that the Bar Admission Program (now CPLED Program) was looking for people, I contacted LESA immediately,” shares Donna.
One of the things Donna enjoys most about working with CPLED students is engaging with the learners.
“I see how they explore issues and analysis in different ways. When we introduce ourselves to our learning group at the start of a new module, I ask for a reply with a little bit about them in it. I enjoy hearing about their lives, education, families, children, and articling experiences. Many are happy to share, and I read about long days, triumphs, stresses and new babies. The learners’ ideas, perspectives, and hard work inspire me. I have been doing this for a long time now, and so I get to ‘see’ them develop in their careers, and I am proud of the work CPLED does in shaping excellent lawyers.”
Donna also appreciates the connections and support she gets from the CPLED community.
“CPLED has continually grown and improved since I started as an LGF/LGE, and I am excited for what is yet to come.”
Thank you to Donna Moore and all our LGFs and LGEs who volunteer their time to the CPLED Program.
If you are interested in volunteering as a LGF/LGE, contact Bronwyn Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Legal Education Society of Alberta’s (LESA) mission is to serve the spectrum of educational and professional development needs of Alberta’s lawyers, articling students, and their staff. Summer students working with LESA will gain experience and knowledge in the key areas of law practice. They will hone the research and writing skills that are critical to the success of students in their legal career.
Summer students are expected to:
- Assist in updating educational resources for use by articling students, lawyers, and their staff. Research may be required to update existing legal content for both print publications as well as online resources.
Specific tasks may include:
- Reviewing and editing publication submissions;
- Researching and noting up case and statutory law for publications including practice manuals and foundational materials;
- Writing blog posts on recent legal developments;
- Assisting in the development of online courses; and
- Working to develop the online library (wiki).
The position requires a student who has completed at least 1 year of law school. A good grasp of current technology would be an asset.
There are two positions available in Edmonton.
Fax: Attention: Dan García 780.425.0885, Email: email@example.com
Competition Closes: March 21, 2014
In April, LESA is presenting iPads for Lawyers, a practical seminar for all legal practitioners including law students.
The instructor is Paul Unger, founding member of Affinity Consulting Group LLC. He specializes in trial presentation consulting, case management software, and legal-specific software training. Three years after developing the seminar with co-author Brett Burney, Paul still finds it “incredibly exciting and an absolute blast to educate lawyers about this technology.”
What you’ll learn at the seminar:
- How to working with electronic files and documents
- How to stay paperless
- Security on mobile devices
- How to understand the entire day’s workflow
- How to use your iPad to present to clients or in a hearing
How can you benefit from attending iPad for Lawyers?
“Most lawyers walk away saying they never understood how many functions this device can help them with throughout the day,” says Paul. “Almost of equal frequency, lawyers are psyched about how they can carry around client files on this tiny thin handsome device instead of carrying 3-ring notebooks and bankers’ boxes. Finally, learning how to more efficiently communicate with clients and others through things like email, video conferencing tools, and social media. The iPad makes this incredibly fast and easy.”
Do you want to learn how your iPad can increase your efficiency and productivity? Find out more at https://www.lesaonline.org/comersus8f/store/comersus_viewitem.asp?idProduct=34155066
Join the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary and the Canadian Institute of Resources Law for Assentio Mentium on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus (906 – 8th Ave. S.W. ).
From 7:30 to 9:15 a.m., Assentio Mentium presents Environmental Sentencing Update – Join Professors Allan Ingelson, Sharon Mascher and Martin Olszynski for a panel discussion on sentencing in environmental prosecutions.
From 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Cenovus Continuing Legal Education Program presents Alberta Energy Regulator: Recent Legal Developments & Updates – Join Heather Lilles, lawyer, Alastair Lucas, Giorilyn Bruno, Monique Passelac-Ross and David Laidlaw from the Canadian Institute of Resources Law for discussion on the Alberta Energy Regulator.
For contact Nancy Money at 403-220-3976 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, visit https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/amcle
How long have you been a lawyer and what is your area of practice?
I have been a lawyer for 38 years. I am a University of Alberta graduate and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1976. My area of practice for most of my 38 years has been family law.
I had the good fortune of articling to a large firm called Bryan Andrekson (now called Bryan and Company). As a result of being embedded in a big firm that did every area of practice, for the first couple of years I had exposure to everything. Obviously, that’s great for a young lawyer. After a couple of years, there was need for someone to move into the family law area. I became the designated family law guy, and as a result, my practice concentration has been family law for about 36 years.
How long have you been a LESA volunteer?
I have been a LESA volunteer for over 30 years. Bryan Andrekson was one of those firms that were very supportive of LESA. There was really no question about your ability to go to anything intended to improve your knowledge, your expertise, or even to participate in the legal community. This included being a member of Edmonton Bar Association, going to Edmonton Bar functions, going to Canadian Bar functions, becoming involved with the Canadian Bar – all of that the firm supported.
That firm’s support of LESA seminars and other professional involvement has been a perspective that I have brought to subsequent firms in which I have been an associate or a partner.
How did you first get involved with LESA?
In my first couple of years at the Bar, I attended LESA seminars. I seem to remember that the first time that I was involved as a volunteer panelist would have been in the early 80s when the late, great Leonard Pollock called me and said, “Picard, I want you on a panel I’m chairing. I want you to talk about Section 36 of Matrimonial Property Act.”
This was one of the first LESA seminars about the Matrimonial Property Act, and I was very flattered and overwhelmed to be asked. First, because Leonard was a well-regarded, senior family law lawyer and law professor. Second, I had limited experience with the new Matrimonial Property Act and probably had no idea what Section 36 provided. Nevertheless, when asked you go out, and make yourself knowledgeable on a subject, I was able to do that and offer available judicial interpretation by the Court.
What do you like best about being a LESA volunteer?
Being a LESA volunteer is stimulating and exciting. You are part of a grouping of people who are there because they want to be informed, and they want to be the best that they can be. Being involved as a volunteer, whether chairing a panel or presenting a paper, is an intellectual stretch, and it’s invigorating. It keeps you on top of your game.
The other thing that I like about being a LESA volunteer is the interaction with other members of the Bar and the dialogue that results. I could say that equally about presenting, or attending LESA seminars. Being in the flow creates a feeling of community, which I am high on in the profession, so that we aren’t islands in the stream. There’s a tendency to become or to feel a bit isolated, particularly when you restrict your practice and deal with the same lawyers all the time. It is an opportunity to get out there and see what the rest of the profession is doing, thinking, and saying.
Interested in volunteering with LESA? Contact Carolyn Bernardin at email@example.com, and she will find the right volunteer opportunity for you.
On February 21 and 22, 2014, Dalhousie University is presenting a symposium on Environment in the Courtroom (III): Sentencing and Environmental Offences.
This is the third in a series of three annual symposia/webinars, conducted for judges and court practitioners under funding from Environment Canada and directed at exploring the major issues associated with sentencing and environmental offences.
Learn more and register here CIRLConf2014-EN_BROCHURE-em