September 2015: Upcoming Legal Events

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Aug 312015

September Events

September is full of exciting upcoming legal events here at LESA and elsewhere in the legal community. Read today’s blog to find out what you need to mark on your calendar.


September Programs

Technology Contracts helps you learn how to analyze drafting pitfalls, solutions, and best practices.
Read the blog with seminar chair Jim Swanson to learn why you should attend, or register online now to attend in Edmonton (September 15) or Calgary (September 22).

Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers teaches you how to approach negotiations strategically, making you a more effective negotiator.
Read the blog with presenter Marty Latz to learn more about what you’ll gain, or register online now to attend in Calgary (September 17) or Edmonton (September 18).

All That Touches Family Law investigates intersections between family law and other areas, including agriculture, bankruptcy, immigration, and corporate topics.
Read the blog with seminar chair Hugh Willis to find out what practical advice and resources you’ll takeaway from this the seminar, or register online now to attend in Red Deer (September 18).

Interest Based Negotiations demonstrates what principled negotiation is and how it differs from adversarial negotiation. This course is recognized by the collaborative law associations in Alberta.
While the course is currently full, you can register online to add yourself to the waitlist in Edmonton (September 24–27).

Estate Accounting covers important estate accounting concepts – formal and informal accounting, review, passing of accounts, and more. It also discusses accounting guidelines, reviews recent cases, and illuminates court processes.
Read the blog with seminar chair Shelly Chamaschuk to discover what you’ll gain, or register online now to attend in Calgary (September 29) or Edmonton (October 1).


Early Bird Registration Deadlines

We have several early bird registration deadlines coming up this month. Don’t delay – register today to take advantage of these savings.


ENDING September 1

Microsoft Outlook for Legal Users demonstrates tips and tricks for getting the most out of various Outlook applications – calendar, contacts, mail, and tasks.
Read the blog with tech guru Paul Unger for some FREE tips and to learn more about what you’ll gain from this program. Register online now to attend in Edmonton (October 6) or Calgary (October 7).

Time, Task, Email, and Document Management shows you how to manage distractions and use technology to develop more efficient processes and workflows.
Read the blog with seminar presenter Paul Unger for some FREE tips and to discover why you’ll want to attend. Register online now to attend in Edmonton (October 6) or Calgary (October 7).

Professional Productivity for Legal Support Staff teaches you how to become more efficient and effective at managing the continuous flow of work you encounter in your job by helping you learn how to make decisions about goals and priorities.
Read the blog with presenter Gillian Rasmussen to find out what this program has to offer, or register online to attend in Edmonton (October 7) or Calgary (October 21).

Court of Appeal Practice offers insight from the bench and experienced practitioners on common Court of Appeal topics, including factums, appeals, appeal records, effective arguments, and more.
Read the blog with seminar chair Honourable J.E.L Côté to learn about the practical advice you’ll gain from this course, or register online to attend in Edmonton (October 8) or Calgary (October 14).


ENDING September 22

Constitutional Law Symposium provides an update and analysis of recent Supreme Court of Canada constitutional decisions, emerging trends, and helpful litigation strategies.
Watch for more details to be released on the blog shortly, or read the program brochure to learn more. Register online to attend in Edmonton (October 23).

Top Wills & Estates Law Cases shares insights into leading cases in estate planning, including those dealing with costs, claims, tax issues, the Wills and Succession Act, enduring powers of attorney, and more.
You’ll find more details on the blog soon, but for now you can read about the topics in the program brochure. Register online to attend in Edmonton (October 27) or Calgary (November 3).

Domestic Contracts discusses how to negotiate, draft, and challenge domestic contracts.
Keep an eye on our blog for more information coming soon; to find out more about the topics covered, read the program brochure. Register online to attend in Edmonton (October 28) or Calgary (November 4).



We kicked off the 2015/2016 CPLED year with the Oral Advocacy face-to-face module in Calgary last week. Here’s a look at the modules being offered in September:

Oral Advocacy face-to-face module runs in Edmonton from September 1 until September 3.

Legal Research & Writing online module opens on September 3 and concludes on September 24.

Interviewing and Advising face-to-face module runs during the week of September 28. In Edmonton it takes place September 28 – September 30, and in Calgary it runs September 30 – October 2.

If you have any questions about the modules you are scheduled to take, contact LESA’s Student Coordinator Ashley Iachetta at 780.969.3557 or


Events in the Legal Community

September is a busy month that connects the legal community to exciting events and initiatives outside of LESA. Here’s a look at some of them:


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Renee Vander Meulen, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0553 or

2015 University of Alberta Alumni Awards

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Aug 282015

Fielding, Alan_2015 Alumni Honour AwardOn September 24 the University of Alberta is celebrating some of their outstanding alumni, and this year there is a LESA connection. Alan D. Fielding – a former LESA Board Member – will receive an Alumni Honour Award in recognition of his contributions to his profession, community, and university.

In addition to serving on LESA’s Board of Directors as Vice-Chair from 2004–2006 and as Chair from 2007–2009, Alan has also given back to others through his work with the Law Society of Alberta, the Vision Credit Union, the Rotary Club, the Central Alberta Mental Health Review panel, the Alberta Review Board, his church, the University of Alberta, and the local musical community.

If you’d like to join in celebrating the many contributions of Alan and other University of Alberta alumni, you can reserve your complimentary ticket online.

For more event information or to see the complete list of 2015 University of Alberta Alumni Award recipients, refer to the program info sheet.

Please join LESA in congratulating all of the award recipients – including Alan and fellow member of our Alberta, law community Francis M. Saville – and in extending our thanks for their volunteer efforts and contributions to our communities.

Don’t Miss Professional Productivity for Legal Support Staff

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Aug 262015

Learn more. Register online.

If you’re anything like Gillian Rasmussen, you’ve had times at work when you feel focused and optimistic about all that you’ve accomplished, but then you’ve also felt overwhelmed and unsure how to successfully tackle all that lies ahead of you.

We’ve all had that time when we really have a clarity of purpose and we’ve felt really productive, [when] we accomplished something we knew was really important. I don’t know about you, but I’ve [also] experienced times where I haven’t felt that. I’ve felt that there were a lot of things piling up on my plate and I started to feel like I was in the weeds or kind of lost and like I was running on a treadmill and not getting anywhere.

The good news is thaDSC_0062-1t if you’re feeling a little lost right now, Gillian is able to help. Because she works in a small consulting firm (Capability Connections), it’s sort of like she’s self-employed and her own boss. As such, she explains that she has to really “keep up on how to keep myself productive and how to get things accomplished when there isn’t anyone necessarily looking over my shoulder asking if I’ve done it.” That’s where her interest in productivity and time management comes in.

Gillian will be sharing her practical advice and tools at LESA’s Professional Productivity for Legal Support Staff seminar in October, so, if you’re looking for practical tips on productivity, you’ll find them here.

I like to do courses that will impact people at work and also impact their personal life. I do courses on conflict, courses in managing change, courses in productivity – all those kinds of things that are soft skills that we use and really can impact our work in a positive way but also that help us personally as well.

We asked Gillian to share with us about how the program will be structured and what people will learn. Here’s what she had to say.

How is Professional Productivity for Legal Support Staff going to benefit attendees?

When I teach a time management or professional productivity course, I talk about the complexity we have in our world right now. We have so much information coming at us all the time and a lot of competing priorities. What we focus on is being able to make the right decision so that we can have the confidence in knowing that what we’re doing right now with our time is the best thing we could possibly be doing. … What we want to do is give the best practices that have been researched and used by the time management and productivity gurus and talk about how that applies to a legal support role. … So hopefully what people will get out of this course are a number of tools that have been tested that they can then use and modify in their own practice, in their work life and also in their home life, so that they can feel more productive and be more efficient – which is doing things in the best way – but also more effective – which is making the right decisions to do the right things that matter most.

Have you done other programs like this for legal support staff?

Capability Connections has done a number of courses like this for legal support roles, and I’ve also done this course for other support roles in other industries, engineering and public service as well.

Can you talk a little bit about what the format of the program?

It’s a seminar so we have people grouped in table groups, and there will be a number of small group activities and personal exercises where people will be able to draw on their own knowledge and their current work. … There’s large group discussions, small group discussions, and lecture presentations and exercises. It’s a fun day. One of the other benefits … is the opportunity to network and the opportunity to learn from your peers. People will gain information from the things that I present and also from the group discussions that happen when people really have the safety to discuss issues that everyone’s having and what they’ve done to be able to overcome the challenges and deal with them.

What will be the main takeaways for participants?

There are personal exercises, where people will have the opportunity to go through some of the things that will help them make decisions on their priorities, on their goals, and come up with their personal productivity system. So they’ll have tools that they can use back at the office to be able to do that.

Is there anything else you’d like to say about the seminar?

It is a good time. One of things that’s really important to me is that people come and they experience a safe environment where they can really focus and also enjoy the time. … Feedback comes back that the day goes by really quickly, you get a lot done, you feel productive. So that’s one thing I’d like to say. The other thing is people should come with specific problems or specific things that they want to learn, because in the context of the course there is opportunity to tailor, somewhat, what we spend the most time on, depending on what people need.

Register Now

If you’re interested in learning more about what Gillian will discuss at the seminar – including 5 key takeaways to increase your productivity – check out the program brochure.

The early bird registration ends soon (September 1), so register now in Edmonton (October 7) or Calgary (October 21) to take advantage of the savings.

Learn How to Use Outlook to Manage Workflow Effectively

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Aug 252015

Does technology ever take over your life? Is your day constantly interrupted with pinging notifications?
Does your inbox sometimes seem like an impossible-to-navigate wilderness?
But what if your technology worked for you instead of you working for it?

PJU Paul Unger HeadshotLESA is offering two upcoming programs facilitated by acclaimed tech guru and continuing legal education provider Paul Unger that will do just that – they’ll help you learn how to use Outlook and manage your workflow more effectively.

These two half-day sessions – Microsoft® Outlook for Legal Users and Time, Task, Email, and Document Management – provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to help take control of your inbox, improve client communication, and become more productive with less paper.

When several LESA staff attended the ACLEA annual meeting in Chicago, we had the incredible opportunity of attending Paul’s presentation on time and distraction management techniques – and he’ll be sharing some of these same techniques with you here in Alberta in October.

We speak from experience when we say that Paul’s beneficial tips and tricks transform the way you work. Here’s what we mean. We asked Paul share some snippets so that you’ll know what sorts of information you’ll have to look forward to in these programs.

Microsoft® Outlook for Legal Users

In this session, Paul will help you discover how to make the most of Outlook’s core features: calendar, contacts, mail, and tasks.

Auto Text – Save Time with Standard Replies

Do you get emails that require a standard reply? Maybe you need to send out a list of next steps or required documents, or perhaps you need to inform someone that a document is ready for pick up or review? Whatever it may be, chances are you have some information that you duplicate and send to multiple people, many times a week.

One great way to save time is to use the auto text feature. Paul will get into the details in his presentation, but here’s the quick summary of steps when using Outlook 2010 and on:

  1. Open a new email.AutoText
  2. Enter the text you want to use in repeat responses. Highlight this text.
  3. Go to the Insert ribbon menu.
  4. In the Text section, select Quick Parts and then “Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery”.
  5. Next time you want to use this text, go back to Quick Parts and select the applicable auto text entry.
  6. Viola! No more time wasted retyping the same reply or searching back for the old email you sent and copying and pasting the text.
Capture Delegated Emails & Follow Up Later

We’re willing to bet that you send emails to others in your office asking them to take care of something that has been emailed to you. After all – who doesn’t? But do you have a process to make sure it all gets done? As Paul explains, “We delegate so many things in email, and … most people don’t have any effective way to capture all of those things … so that we can follow up with them later.

The solution – set up an Outlook rule to capture delegated emails. This way whenever you delegate something via email, a copy of that email goes into a delegated items folder – effectively creating a safety net where you can access these items to ensure they’ve been handled.

This is one of Paul’s most popular tips, and you can find out how to make it happen in the program, where he’ll explain the nitty gritty about how to set this (and so many other things!) up.

Time, Task, Email, and Document Management


In his ACLEA presentation, Paul shared some study results that made those of us in the audience sit up and take notice. As reported by the BBC, one King’s College study found that workers who respond immediately to email and phone interruptions see a drop in IQ more than twice as much as marijuana smokers!

The studies Paul shares are certainly attention grabbing, and, as he explains, they highlight the issues that he will address in this LESA program.

When I cite those studies, I’m citing them to frame the issue about how disruptive [interruptions are] and how our minds aren’t wired to multitask. The things that cause us to multitask are all of the interruptions and the technology. The very operating system that we have … enables us to multitask, so we have to resist that. … We have to practice single tasking and … [learn] how to manage all of the distractions that do come in.

Giving people the tools to handle distractions will be one focus Paul’s presentation. To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak preview of two of the techniques he’ll share:

Operate From Tasks Not Email

As Paul says, “To talk about time management without distraction management is an enormous problem today, because half of the equation is really managing all of the electronic distractions that come in.” One of the ways to combat this problem is to stop operating out of email. Instead of using your inbox as a way to capture and review everything you need to accomplish in the day, put this information into a task list or calendar. This is important to “clear your head so you can focus and single task.” If you’re not operating out of your inbox, you won’t be distracted by every new email that comes in and you’ll be able to better focus on the task at hand.

On that note, consider turning off your new message notifications so that you aren’t distracted by that pinging every time a new email arrives. Paul will get into the details in the program, but here are the quick steps to make that happen in Outlook 2010 and on:

  1. Go to the File Ribbon menu.
  2. Select Options and then Mail.
  3. In the “Message arrival” section, deselect the various alerts and notifications.


Batch Process Emails

In the spirit of single tasking, avoiding distractions, and not operating out of your email, you should set aside time to batch process emails. Rather than dealing with emails on a one-off basis as they come in, develop the habit of dealing with them in batches. Paul will get into the details in his presentation, but it will include strategies for touching an email only once and dealing with it immediately (using the 4 Ds). And if you’re worried about missing an important email – Paul has tips for that too.


These half-day programs run in Edmonton and Calgary, making it easy for you to take advantage of them both. The morning program covers the nuts and bolts of how to use Outlook effectively and the afternoon session focuses on using that technology to develop efficient processes and workflows.

As a lawyer, don’t hesitate to bring your staff with you. In Paul’s experience, lawyers who attend with their staff often comment that they’re glad they did “because they can sit together, … help each other, … discuss some of the features of the software and of the workflows that we talk about, and … decide ‘hey, that’s a great idea or no that’s not a good idea or let’s discuss this later with a larger group.’” Paul also points out that “the time management and distraction management techniques that we talk about apply to the whole team. They don’t just apply to a single person, so it’s always good if they can get more members of their staff there.

To learn more about the content and topics, check out the program brochure.

If you want to learn more of Paul’s amazing tips and tricks, you can register online now:
Microsoft® Outlook for Legal Users – Attend in Edmonton (October 6) or Calgary (October 7).
Time, Task, Email, and Document Management – Attend in Edmonton (October 6) or Calgary (October 7).

We can’t wait to see you there! To get the most out of these sessions, remember to bring your laptop or mobile device to follow along as Paul presents. If you’re attending Microsoft® Outlook for Legal Users be sure to bring your laptop (not just your iPad), since the Outlook for iPad is not the full blown program.

Advance Care Planning – Educational Opportunity

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Aug 212015

acp-crio-logo-for-website_0Do you practice in wills & estates? Do you want to know more about Advance Care Planning (ACP)? ACP is a process of reflection on and communication of a person’s future healthcare preferences to guide medical decision making in the event of incapacity. It includes choosing and documenting a substitute decision maker and preferences for healthcare in a Personal Directive and Goals of Care Designation.

Lawyers play a key role in ACP by providing services such as preparing wills and appointing financial and health care decision makers, and clients routinely want advice about their advance care planning. Do you know have the tools to address their needs effectively and comprehensively?

ACP CRIO is an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions funded team of researchers and stakeholders working together and studying how to optimally implement widespread uptake of a formalized ACP framework. As such, ACP CRIO has been collaborating with the legal and medical communities for the past year.

Part of this collaboration includes an upcoming session that all lawyers involved in advance planning are invited to attend. This session will discuss lawyers’ roles, needs, barriers, and resources regarding ACP.

Session panelists – Jessica Simon, Nola Ries, and Shelley Waite – will share their experiences and insights from their practices and research in order to help identify ACP challenges and propose solutions and resources to help you in your own practice.

You can join them live in Red Deer on September 24 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM or you can connect remotely via webinar or teleconference.

For more information, check out this ACP CRIO event information sheet.

In person attendance is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot early so that you won’t miss this exciting opportunity to expand your knowledge and resource set while collaborating with the medical community on an area of common interest.

To register, email Maureen Douglas, ACP CRIO Senior Project Coordinator, at


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Renee Vander Meulen, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0553 or

Estate Accounting – New Seminar Coming Soon

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Aug 192015

Estate Accounting Image.

If your law practice involves estate administration, LESA’s Estate Accounting seminar this fall is just for you. Today’s blog offers you seminar chair Shelly Chamaschuk’s insights as to why this is a program you won’t want to miss.

For starters, LESA hasn’t offered a program about estate accounting for quite some time, and, as Chamaschuk notes, “it’s a great opportunity for lawyers who many have not had the benefit of any type of continuing education on this subject.” She also points out that “attendees will benefit from learning more about estate accounting because it is often an area of contention in estates.

Seminar Takeaways

This program has several main takeaways, and here are 3 that Chamaschuk focused on:

  1. Discover best practices. You should gain “clear guidelines on how to prepare a proper accounting and what should not be included and what should be included.
  2. Review recent cases. You’ll benefit from an “updated case review of the latest decisions with respect to estate accounting.
  3. Gain tools for understanding court process. You can develop a “clear understanding and tools to help … properly prepare for applications for passing accounts.
Seminar Topics & Faculty

This program benefits from the experience of the following faculty members:

Malkit Atwal
Acceptable Accounting

Ted Crane
Issues Before the Courts

Wanda Fawcett
Duties to Account

Benjamin Kormos
Court Process and Procedure

To learn more about the topics that each of these speakers is presenting on, read the program brochure.

Program Details & Registration

Estate Accounting runs in Calgary (September 29) and Edmonton (October 1). You can register online now to secure your spot. We hope to see you there!

Court of Appeal Practice – with the Honourable J.E.L Côté

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Aug 182015

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What do a Victorian mystery novel, a recently retired Alberta Justice, and a LESA seminar have in common?

The short answer is that they were all part of a lovely and interesting conversation; the long answer, well, that’s what this blog is all about.

This past week LESA spoke with the Honourable J.E.L. Côté about our upcoming Court of Appeal Practice program, which, as he explains, is “really a basic course in advocacy – both written and oral – and how the two communicate. It [covers] a lot of detailed points that are peculiar to the Court of Appeal, but the real heart of it is much more basic and broad.

This program provides both criminal and civil litigators with the opportunity to join members of the bench and fellow practitioners in a discussion of the most common Court of Appeal topics, including factums, civil litigation appeals, and preparing the appeal record. In addition to Côté, the seminar’s engaging speakers include the following experienced practitioners and judiciary:

Honourable Justice P.A. Rowbotham
Honourable Justice F.F. Slatter
Mona Duckett QC

Frank Foran QC
Melanie Hayes-Richards

Factums is one topic particularly near and dear to Côté, and he’ll be weighing in on them in the seminar.

The big thing I’m taking about are factums – written argument. … I believe that the great majority of lawyers are not reaching anything like their potential in the written arguments that they file, and I think with a little guidance they could make their written arguments two to three times as effective – just with their existing knowledge and abilities.”

For Côté, this program is valuable because attendees should gain practical advice and tips they can implement in their own practice, including samples that they will carry away from the program to use back in the office.

We’re working very hard to give people at least two model factums (written arguments) to use [that] we think don’t look like your typical Alberta factum but [that] we think are probably a more effective model. … I really want to stress simplicity and clarity in writing, and I think it is something that the legal profession has not really concentrated their minds on. I don’t say they’re incapable of it, but I don’t think they’ve seen the importance of it. When I was practicing law, I didn’t really properly understand that, but, when I became a judge, I had the great good fortune to take some … courses on judgment writing.”

Another benefit to the program is that, while it is aimed primarily at learning to increase your persuasiveness, comfort, and chances of success in the Court of Appeal, the skills you learn can apply to other contexts as well.

I think that a great deal of what’s in the program is readily transferable from the Court of Appeal to other court proceedings, particularly special chambers applications …  and also to many types of appearances between various boards and tribunals. So I would say that the whole course … centers on a lot of very basic things. … I’m hoping that people will carry away from this something that they will be able to remember and use for the rest of their practicing life.”

We don’t want to keep you in suspense waiting for these tips until the program runs in October, and we imagine that you’re dying to know how this all connects to Victorian fiction – so here’s a little snippet from Côté about one of his own writing tips that is especially useful if you are caught without your computer.

His tip started with a question.

Have you heard about the poor man’s word processor? The way that journalists used to write things? … I read about it in an 1860s English novel, and then, when I used to do legal work for the Edmonton Journal, I saw it in some of the stuff they did; it was still being used when they were just transferring over from typewriters to computers. … [The novel] was The Women in White by Wilkie Collins. Toward the end they get the villain – Count Fosco – to write out a confession of what happened. … He’s a former journalist, so … he set himself down at a little table and he had a stack of writing paper and he had a number of pens or quills and bottle of ink. Then he cut the sheets of paper, which were letter-sized, in half. Then he started writing, and he made quite sure that he didn’t write very much on any sheet of paper. No sentence or paragraph ever ran over one sheet of paper to another. And as he wrote each page, he would just turn it over, face down. When he had finished his draft, he then read them over again and made a few corrections and then decided whether he like the arrangement. In some cases he didn’t like the arrangement, so he simply moved sheets of paper elsewhere in the stack. And when he finally had them the way he wanted, only then did he number the pages. … For a lawyer who is ever stuck somewhere having to write something – like you get caught in the airport and you don’t have your computer with you [but] you have some time and [ideas are] all teeming in your mind and you want to get [them] down now – well that’s the best way to do it. … What I’ve done when I draft something, and I usually draft in hand, is I have a bunch of sheets of paper with a vertical margin ruled about 40% of the way across the page. I only write on the right hand part, so there isn’t that much on a page. … Then not only can you rearrange the pages if you want, but if you want to make an insert, well, you’ve got that wide margin and you  just write things there and draw an arrow where to insert them.”

So there you have it, that’s what a Victorian mystery novel, a recently retired Alberta Justice, and a LESA seminar have in common – writing tips.

To learn more about the program’s other tips and topics, check out the program brochure. You won’t want to miss all of the tips that will be shared at the Court of Appeal Practice seminar, so reserve your spot now to attend the program in Edmonton (October 8) or Calgary (October 14).

Alberta Organ Donation – Sharing the Gift of Life

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Aug 142015

Did you know that Alberta implemented a new organ donation registry in the spring of 2014?

Today’s blog shares a video of the Honourable Justice B. Browne speaking a few months ago to seminar attendees at LESA’s New Estate Administration Act seminar about the life giving decision people can make when they register as organ donors.

In this video, you’ll see Justice Browne share her moving personal story about how the gift of organ donation saved her life. She also provided a letter with registration information, statistics about organ donation, and personal stories of thankfulness from herself and Kevin Lynch. Both have received life saving organ donations and want to encourage others to consider becoming donors. One way they do this is through an organ donation information letter that provides lawyers – especially those working in wills & estates – with information to share with their clients. This letter is intended to help inform you and your clients, so don’t hesitate to share it.

Here are some compelling facts that Justice Browne shared with us about the state of organ donation:

  • 1 in 3 people waiting for lung transplant die while on the waiting list.
  • The prairie provinces have lowest organ donation rate in Canada.
  • In 2014 the University of Alberta performed 46 lung transplants.
  • As of July 31, the University of Alberta has completed 41 lung transplants in 2015; if this number climbs to more than 50 this year, they will be in top 10 in the world.

August 2015: Upcoming Legal Events

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Aug 112015


LESA has a full slate of programs ready to run this fall. While we’re still enjoying the last few weeks of summer, don’t let these dates and deadlines slip away from you. Today’s blog gives a look at the legal events happening this month.


Registration Savings

Early bird registration ends today for the following September programs. Register now to take advantage of special early bird pricing.

  • Technology Contracts – Analyze technology contracts to learn drafting pitfalls, solutions, and best practices. To learn more about the benefits of this program, read the blog interview with seminar chair Jim Swanson.
  • Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers – Negotiations are more effective when you approach them strategically. Read the blog with presenter Marty Latz to discover how this program has something to offer every lawyer.
  • All That Touches Family Law – Learn about how agriculture, estate, bankruptcy, immigration and corporate topics intersect your family law practice. With its practical advice and useful resources (like checklists!) this program has plenty to offer; read the blog with chair Hugh Willis to learn more.
CPLED Modules

The CPLED year opens with the face-to-face Oral Advocacy module. It runs in Calgary from August 24 to 28 and in Edmonton from August 31 to September 4.


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Get in one more game of golf and help support a worthy cause at the same time with the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre Golf Tournament.


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Renee Vander Meulen, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0553 or

Continuing Legal Education: Attending ACLEA to Serve You Better

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Aug 072015

As your lifelong partner in continuing legal excellence, LESA is committed to offering you exceptional continuing legal education opportunities both face-to-face and online. To offer you the best possible programs and resources, we know that we also need to attend seminars and access resources ourselves – all as part of our commitment to continue offering you high-quality continuing legal education that innovatively leverages current knowledge and technology to provide engaging experiences that meet the diverse needs that you and the rest of the legal profession have here in Alberta.

To make sure that we are staying at the top of our field as a continuing legal education provider, LESA is actively involved with the international Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). Twice a year, ACLEA holds meetings that bring professionals from around the world together to discuss the latest ideas, issues, and solutions in continuing legal education.

The latest ACLEA meeting just wrapped up in Chicago this week, and the LESA contingent consisted of Executive Director Jennifer Flynn, Director of Education Dawn Ofner, Information Specialist Carolyn Bernardin, and Communications Coordinator Renee Vander Meulen. To pick just a few, program highlights included sessions on how to build online resources that engage adult learners, how to employ the latest and greatest technology when delivering continuing legal education, how to use data to make informed program and communications decisions, and how to add value to programs by bringing in relevant sponsors and exhibitors.

Not only did we gather great ideas for how to serve you better but LESA was also able to share our innovations and standards of excellence with other continuing legal education providers. Jennifer Flynn was appointed as ACLEA’s new President (see our full press release for more information), and Dawn Ofner offered her guidance and educational planning expertise as Chair of the Planning Committee. Dawn also spoke about our innovative LESA Library.

Have you heard about the LESA Library? It brings you relevant legal content in one convenient online resource. For the price of annual Library subscription, you can download all available seminar papers as PDFs and access all practice manual content in searchable encyclopedia-style articles. Library content includes substantive legal information, valuable resources (such as checklists and precedents!), and practice management suggestions. We’re just about ready to launch the Library, so watch for more announcements coming soon.

As we put the things we learned at ACLEA into practice, we hope that you engage with us on your continuing legal education journey this year. You can find a whole range of available programs and resources on our website.

At one of the amazing ACLEA session we attended, Paul Unger shared important time and distraction management techniques to help us increase our workplace productivity. Paul is an informative, engaging speaker who offers practical advice you can implement immediately. We’re pleased to bring him in for two LESA programs this October: Microsoft® Outlook for Legal Users and Time, Task, Email, and Document Management. Register online now to secure your spot in what are sure to be two incredibly useful programs.