Distinguished Service Awards

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Nov 282016
 

Distinguished Service Awards 2017Distinguished Service Awards 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Service Awards are due this Wednesday, November 30, 2016. 

These prestigious awards, presented by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta, recognize Alberta lawyers for the remarkable contributions they provide.

Details

If you are a member of the legal profession, you may be eligible to submit a nomination in one of the following four categories:

  1. Legal Scholarship
  2. Pro Bono Legal Service
  3. Service to the Community
  4. Service to the Profession

The awards are chosen by a selection committee comprised of Law Society and Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch representatives and members of the legal/academic community. Awards recipients are chosen based on the following selection criteria:

  • role model for other lawyers,
  • dedication,
  • results achieved,
  • creativity,
  • initiative,
  • individual achievement,
  • obstacles overcome,
  • significance of achievement,
  • impact, and
  • effective contribution to the role of law in society.


Additional Information

Don’t miss the opportunity to be recognized for your hard work and dedication to Alberta’s legal community. Click here for more information.

If you have questions or concerns, contact:
Distinguished Service Awards
Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch
710, 777 – 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3R5
P: 403.263.3707, F: 403.265.8581
mail@cba-alberta.org

 

 

Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic Job Opportunity

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Nov 252016
 

Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic Job Opportunity

Do you have a passion for the law? Do you think providing assistance to people who need access to justice sounds fulfilling? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic (CACLC) has announced an exciting new job opportunity as a Staff Lawyer.

Exercise your legal knowledge and people skills in a challenging and rewarding work environment by providing low-income clients – who would not otherwise have access to a lawyer – with information, advice, and legal assistance.

Click here to learn about this exciting opportunity or email info@communitylegalclinic.net for more information.

 

Program Feature: Effective Legal Support

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Nov 242016
 

Effective Legal Support

Legal support staff are the backbone of a legal practice, and those with the knowledge and skill to facilitate efficient work practices can have a considerable effect on a firm’s success.

This January 17 (Edmonton) and 19 (Calgary), join program chair Michelle D. Millard, TEP and a distinguished panel for Effective Legal Support . Delve into strategies to more effectively utilize the talents and proficiencies of your legal support staff.


Who Should Attend?

This program is targeted to legal support staff from all practice areas interested in developing skills for providing more meaningful and effective legal support. Discover tools and strategies to effectively organize, prioritize, diarize, and learn to use office technology more efficiently.

This program may also be of interest to lawyers or office managers who supervise or train support staff. Uncover the role of support staff, including the many duties they perform, and explore various ways to work with your support staff to maximize the efficiency of your practice.

What You’ll Take Away

In a recent interview, we asked program chair, Michelle D. Millard what she thinks attendees will take away from this program. Here is what she had to say.

Participants will walk away having a better understanding of how to best provide legal assistance or use their legal assistants to become more efficient at their practice. This will allow the lawyer to practice more of the legal side and the legal assistant to add value by keeping things moving along smoothly. Participants will also be getting checklists that they will be able to use and refer to, and will walk away with pointers about different practices that other people follow.”

What Perspectives You’ll Gain

Learn practice management tips and strategies from distinguished panelists Ross G McLeod Q.C., Elizabeth Aspinall, Erica Banick, Bev Boyden, Bente Hallin, Kristine Jeffels, Aurora Lifeso, and Marvin Toy.

Here’s what Michelle had to say about the diversity of this panel and some of the perspectives you’ll gain.

We have a number of experienced legal assistants to speak about how and why an efficient practice benefits everyone. We also have a lawyer, who is very efficient in his practice, to address how to work most effectively with a legal assistant. Some outside parties will be participating as well and will be taking a bit more of a holistic perspective, offering solutions to make sure things run fairly, smoothly, and in accordance with the rules.”

Registration and Additional Information

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn tips for enhancing the efficiency of your practice. Register online to attend our Effective Legal Support program.

Take advantage of our Early Bird discount. Register on or before December 13, 2016, and receive $40 off the regular price.

Thoughts from the Honourable J.E. Côté: Copies vs. Originals

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Nov 102016
 

The Honourable J.E. Côté

In today’s blog, the Honourable J.E. Côté shares his thoughts on copied vs. original documents, including the 13 dangers of copied documents.

Happy reading!


Each decade, a new technology gives us more convenient mechanical or electronic ways to reproduce or store written material. Lawyers and their clients make more and more use of them. It has become common to see most written material in such machine-made forms. Indeed sometimes there is no real “original” of some record in the traditional sense. Machine-made versions are all there are or ever were.

Relying on Copies

Should lawyers therefore stop asking if there ever was an “original” and simply rely on various types of copies or transmitted versions? Is an electronic version, a scan, or a photostat, always as good as the original?

This question arises in more than one context. It comes up in litigation: civil discovery of records, or criminal or family law disclosure, comes from one side to the other. The question also applies to taking instructions from clients or semi-clients, and getting admissible evidence of various things.

Much of what a solicitor does also raises such “copies” questions; conducting due diligence searches and inquiries, and securing documents needed to close a transaction.

Legal Admissibility

To see whether a copy is good enough, you first have to go to the law. At common law, a copy of a document is not admissible in evidence. There are some common-law and statutory exceptions, and maybe the principled exception to hearsay might apply. But those exceptions eat away only certain corners; most copies of documents are inadmissible. And the boundaries of admissibility are very unclear.

You Have a Choice

Whether a copy is good enough also depends on balancing practicalities and risks. A practising barrister or solicitor rarely needs to demand perfection. Therefore, often it is no longer reasonable to insist on personally inspecting the original of every record. Especially if the records are numerous, or if the originals are not Readily readily accessible.

However, some records are not voluminous, and some originals are not hard to get. Sometimes you (or a junior) can see originals with one phone call and a few blocks’ walk to another lawyer’s or client’s office.

Even if there is a mass of records, often only a dozen or fewer are truly important.

That is true of closing a financing or sale, and true of civil or criminal litigation. For instance, what if a client is spending serious money to get an assignment of a building lease, or a mineral lease, or to become a subtenant? Then the head lease is almost everything. Or if the client is lending money in return for a first charge, a postponement of existing charges is critical. The client would not lend on a second or third mortgage. And very often the client will not lend without fire insurance. Businesses are sometimes bought largely for their goodwill. That in turn often comes from a trademark or a franchise. Those are documents.

When the original records are reasonably available and few in number, or really important, what should you do? Call for originals? Or try to look sophisticated and modern by asking for a scan?

I suggest that in such situations you should exert real efforts to see the original important document, and not rely upon any kind of copy. Even one which purports to be an exact reproduction, such as a photostat, a faxed copy, a scanned copy, or an unsigned copy printed from the computer which made the “original”.

What if you cannot manage to see the original of such a vital document? Then you should warn your client that there is a risk, and your opinion to your client must be qualified.

Dangers of Copies

Why are exact copies of important records not nearly as good as the original? There are 13 reasons.

1. Copying usually degrades quality of image, especially where you have a photostat of a fax or scan, especially if the original had physical peculiarities. (See items numbered 2 and 4 below.) Typically the Court of Appeal gets almost unreadable derivative copies of the vital documents. A properly-set scanner will produce what is just like a xerox; sometimes the scanner is a xerox machine. But scanners are often set for pictures, with low resolution. The result is a foggy dotted picture, like an old-fashioned newspaper photograph.

2. Copies or scans often omit some of the original writing or later endorsements, rubber stamps, or annotations. Copies probably will omit writing on the back, near a margin, under a flap or fold, or in pale ink. Few clerical assistants hand feed into a copier or scanner, page by page, looking at the backs. So backs of originals are very often not copied or scanned. And it is quite common for a scanner or copier’s feeder to run two pages through together. The usual result is not reproducing one page. Conversely, what looks like one record may actually be two: one short one and the bottom only of a different record. A schedule may be omitted. If one detects that omission in the copy, one does not know whether the original ever had it, and so was enforceable or not. I have seen a xeroxed key trial exhibit turn out to omit vital legal terms, because the exhibit was a xerox of only one side. The lawyer who insisted on an original won that issue.

It is very common to get multiple copies of the key contract, yet no one can find a signed one. No one is sure that it ever was signed, or can prove that it was. In practice I saw that problem frequently.

3. You cannot tell if part of the document is missing, which a jagged or perforated edge or staple or punch holes would show.

4. A computer asked to reprint a record will usually re-date it, and it may well attach later things not originally attached. Or both!

5. You cannot tell whether the “original” was a duplicate part of a set. Nor whether it was itself a reproduction and not really an original. So an obvious sign of a missing record becomes invisible. I have seen the key “missing” second order in a lawsuit get overlooked by one side for that reason.

6. Any kind of erasure or alteration (innocent or wicked) or outright forgery, is almost impossible to detect in a copy or scan. Yet it may be obvious on the original (if it exists at all). Probably no expert will opine as to the genuineness of a xerox of a signature. Nor can one tell what the document said before the erasure or alteration. Indeed a “file copy” of a letter does not prove that there was an original, or that it was sent.

7. A copy does not disclose whether the original record is crisp and new, or worn, and whether it once was part of a book or a file or a bigger record. Pages may be in the wrong order, or inside the wrong document, or with the wrong backer or cover, or the cover may be omitted. If signatures are on one page, but all the content on another, and the original obviously has been stapled and unstapled many times, what worth are the signatures? None of that shows up on a copy. I have seen a huge lawsuit fail for that reason.

8. You cannot tell what record was attached to or enclosed with another one, such as a covering letter. That is often a very important issue in commercial litigation.

9. Even if a perfect copy was made, after it was made the original may have been altered, revised, cancelled, surrendered, pledged, deposited, or sold to a new party (with or without endorsement). Promissory notes or cheques are still used. Sometimes a copy (such as a term deposit or a share certificate) has no legal effect; only the original does. I have seen most of those things happen and go undetected because people relied on copies.

10. In my own experience, all types of copy fairly often gravely degrade physically (ink or paper or both) after about 15 years. That includes the most modern printing or copying methods, which we now call laser printing. And it is true of electronic records on drives or discs.

11. Different inks or entirely different colors often look identical on a copy. Or one may not copy at all, and disappears, especially if the paper of the original was colored.

12. From a copy you have no idea what type of writing or printing or ink the original used.

13. A copy is never the identical size of the original, and it can be dramatically different. People often shrink copies for convenience.

Conclusion

Decide what few records really matter. Do that while there is still time to get originals. Try hard to get, or at least see, those important originals. If the other side does not produce them, ask searching questions, and warn your your client.


If you are interested in submitting a blog post relevant to Alberta’s legal community, please contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator at andrea.maltais@lesa.org.

Weekly Program Feature: Estate Administration Fundamentals

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Nov 092016
 

Estate Administration Fundamentals

Join program chair David J. Koski and experienced panel on November 30 (Edmonton) and December 7 (Calgary) for Estate Administration Fundamentals.

Learn the basics of estate administration, from the review of key documents and timelines, to some of the common issues lawyers face today, and more.


Benefits and Takeaways of this Program

In a recent interview, David shared some of the benefits of attending Estate Administration Fundamentals. Here’s what he had to say.

We have five practitioners who practice primarily in non-contentious estate administration matters. These matters are harder than they seem; there are a lot of work-arounds that the practitioner will need to deploy as they assist personal representatives with estate administration. With the eclectic wisdom of the panel, we will be able to provide some helpful tips and work-arounds for these matters.”

David also let us know why this program will be valuable for attendees.

There is more to the practice of non-contentious estate administration than people expect. There is a need for effective legal advice for personal representatives, and the process to follow isn’t always that clear. Those attending will have a better appreciation of what some of those challenges will be and learn some practical suggestions for negotiating themselves.”

Discussion Topics

Understand key aspects of estate administration. Review key documents and timelines, and explore the common issues lawyers face in a typical (non-contested) estate.

Here’s a sneak preview of what the faculty will be discussing during this seminar.

The faculty is composed of a number of practitioners with a fair amount of experience in this area. We will cover difficult grant applications, accounting applications, and share our perspectives on how the practicing lawyer can better manage their files and their client’s expectations, so administration can be a better experience for all.”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to deepen your understanding of estate administration. Reserve your spot today. Register online to attend in Edmonton (November 30) or Calgary (December 7).

For additional information, including program times, prices, locations, and more, view the brochure.

New LESA Seminars on Demand: Now Available

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Nov 042016
 

New Seminars on Demand are now available.The 2016/2017 educational year is well underway, which means brand new Seminars on Demand are now available.

Being an Excellent Principal (complimentary)

Employment Law Fundamentals

Don’t miss the opportunity 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 on the latest developments in your area of practice.


Being an Excellent Principal

Articling can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming times in a young lawyer’s career. Discover how you can lead your articling students to success. Review practical strategies and helpful tips for helping your students thrive, learn about the expectations of both students and principals in the CPLED program, and much more.

Check out the trailer below to learn more about this complementary Seminar on Demand.

Feel inspired by the role you play in the future of Alberta’s legal profession. Access this Seminar on Demand free of charge at courses.lesaonline.org.

Need access to our Online Classroom to view this Seminar on Demand? Contact us at 780.420.1987 or by email at info@lesa.org.


Employment Law Fundamentals

Having a solid understanding of the foundational aspects of employment law is crucial for providing competent advice to clients. Delve into topics concerning the following issues:

  • assets in other jurisdictions;
  • health care perspectives;
  • small businesses;
  • family farms;
  • blended families;
  • attorney compensation; and more.

Watch the trailer below to learn more about this seminar on demand, including the information you’ll gain, what resources are included, what program attendees found beneficial, and more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore both common and extraordinary issues from various perspectives. Purchase this Seminar on Demand online today.

November Upcoming Legal Events

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Nov 022016
 

Monthly Upcoming Legal Events

October is over, but there are many upcoming legal events in November that LESA couldn’t be more excited about. Find out what’s going on in Alberta’s legal community this month.


LESA Programming


CPLED

Negotiations & Practice Fundamentals begins the week of October 31 in Calgary and the week of November 7 in Edmonton. This face-to-face session is a mandatory part of the CPLED Program.

The deadline to commence the CPLED program for the 2016/2017 year ends December 1. Click here for CPLED Program info and key dates.


Legal Community: News & Events

Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist)
  • Healthy Habits Lunch (Edmonton): Join the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) and U of A law students on November 16 for an educational lunch, and learn about healthy habits that will help improve the law school experience. Click here for more details.
  • Speaker Series: Former NHL Goaltender Chris Malarchuk. In partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants’ (CPA) Assistance program, Assist will be holding 2 Speaker Series events in November (Calgary November 23) and (Edmonton November 24).These sessions will feature engaging speakers who will be addressing topics on mental health and wellness for professionals. Click here for more details.
  • AssistFit: Barre Body. Join Assist in Calgary on November 26 for this low-impact, energizing workout that combines the movements of yoga, pilates, and dance. Click here for more details.
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • CPR-C Training (Adult, Child & Infant Course): Calgary (November 26). In partnership with the Assist and Peak Safety Services, CBA is holding a CPR training for CBA members and other members of the legal community (including non-CBA members). The CPR course covers all aspects of CPR skills and theory for adult, child, and infant victims. Click here for more details.
Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC)
  • Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party (Edmonton): Join the festivities with ECLC board, staff, and friends on November 24, and help celebrate the contributions of ECLC volunteers with snacks and wine. RSVP here for your spot by November 17.

Update on Advance Care Planning Survey

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Oct 282016
 

Advance Care Planning Collaborative Research & Innovation Opportunities Program

The Advance Care Planning Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities research program (ACP CRIO) greatly appreciates the support of the legal community – including LESA, the Law Society, and CBA – for this survey.

Thank you for providing information about ACP in your practices, barriers to assisting clients with ACP, and resources that might address these barriers.

These results have implications for practice change and greater interprofessional collaboration between the medical and legal communities. This infographic summarizes our preliminary findings and proposed next steps. Our final results and publications relating to the survey will be posted on www.acpcrio.org. We are planning to launch this survey in three additional provinces and in Australia in the coming year.

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The Honourable J.E. Côté on Use of Precedent

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Oct 192016
 

The Honourable J.E. CôtéJunior lawyers and articling students are often asked to look up case law for use in court. Sometimes they go to court and persuade judges or masters with such case law. If you generate or consume such research, what aspects should you be looking for?

In today’s blog, the Honourable J.E. Côté shares his thoughts, answering this question and more.

Happy reading!


Fact Precedents

First, precedents should be about law. A previous case, which merely has similar facts to yours, is usually not very good. In theory it may be of little use because its ratio decidendi does not correspond. And case law holds that factual precedent is of little value. Even though buckets of such cases are often futilely cited in sentencing and personal injury damages cases. True, case on a similar fact situation is not always totally useless: some judges are comforted by seeing it – but some are not. So a case with the same facts is never never enough.

What Binds

Second, law schools do not emphasize the vital difference between binding and persuasive precedent. But courts do. Harvard does not teach the law of Massachusetts, and may teach the law of nowhere. But Alberta courts find and administer the law of Alberta. And in Alberta what binds is the Supreme Court of Canada (though rarely an old Privy Council case is on point and binds). And if the Supreme Court is silent or equivocal, then what binds is the Alberta Court of Appeal. Binding means not optional. If the ratio decidendi is on point, the judge or master today must follow the higher court’s ratio. Even if it is old or sounds old-fashioned or unsympathetic. Counsel can demand that the new court follow that precedent (phrasing the demand in as tactful terms as counsel can muster). It is reversible error not to follow it.

Dissents are not precedent. That sounds easy, except when the Supreme Court of Canada issues a decision where several judges write separate reasons. How to decide which judge is dissenting and which judge is part of the majority, can get tricky.

The ratios of all Alberta Court of Appeal decisions are binding except for sentencing memoranda of decision.

What Persuasive Precedent Really Persuades?

We all know that often there is no binding precedent. All there is, is a heap of persuasive precedent. Like fishing line, it is usually snarled and knotted. Which cases should one rely upon?

There is no absolute answer to that, because judges differ, both in their approach to case law in general, and in their life experiences and philosophy. For example, some judges think that the latest decision is the best, one 10 years old has a long white beard, and one 40 years old is a collectible antique, not law at all. Some may want to stick to Alberta (or Calgary) law. Others may be enamoured of certain courts or judges, and conversely have coolness toward certain other courts or judges. Counsel cannot know all those things (or in any event would have to know who their judge will be and then do a lot of peculiar computer research beforehand). So where all the case law is persuasive, it’s better to have 3 or 4 good cases, not just one.

Some provinces’ judges pay attention to precedent from other provinces. But judges in some provinces tend to ignore it.

Barring judges’ individual predilections, what other criteria should you use to sift persuasive precedent?

Criteria

First, does the case really persuade? Does it review the countervailing arguments? Does it give convincing reasons to adopt one view and to reject the opposite one? Does the supposedly persuasive precedent contain any flaws in reasoning? If it is flawless and convincing, then the Court of Appeal of South Australia 30 years ago is a much better bet than a terse and superficial recent decision of a B.C. chambers judge.

Second, how thorough is the decision, and does the author of it seem to have looked up enough authority and thought about the matter? Did the author simply rely on authority binding on him or her, but not binding in Alberta?

Third, can that authority be distinguished (in a meaningful way, not a technical one)? Or does the author of that decision say the result could have been different if a certain fact differed? Or decline to decide a certain important issue (e.g. on procedural grounds)? Indeed does that case decide anything general, or just hold that the standard of appellate review is not met so deference is owed to a chambers judge below?

Fourth, are there any factors in Alberta which make law from that other place unsuitable? For example, is that decision founded on a different system of recording title to land? Or a different matrimonial property regime?

Fifth, has the other court issuing that precedent given any indications that its decision has smaller weight as precedent? For example, a brief “Endorsement” by the Ontario Court of Appeal? Or a sentencing memorandum from the Alberta Court of Appeal?

Ethics

Never forget the delicate question of how far counsel must go to satisfy ethical requirements. You must cite any authority contrary to your position, to the court. The penalty is professional discipline or personal costs. Obviously you must cite all binding authority. Debatable or questionable grounds to distinguish do not remove that duty. Dicta of the Supreme Court of Canada should be disclosed. Whether Court of Appeal dicta should be disclosed is less clear. Some persuasive authority should be disclosed, especially if there is little or no binding authority. Not to disclose a unanimous line of persuasive Alberta decisions would be unthinkable. Conversely, a trial-level decision from Alabama in 1912 need neither be found nor disclosed. Nor a brief nisi prius decision from England in the 1840s. Where in between those extremes one draws the line is less clear.


If you are interested in submitting a blog post relevant to Alberta’s legal community, please contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator at andrea.maltais@lesa.org.

Weekly Program Feature: Microsoft® Excel & PDF Files for Lawyers and Staff

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Oct 172016
 

Microsoft Excel for lawyers and Staff & PDF Files for Lawyers and Staff

Get the inside scoop on 2 fantastic programs running on November 15 (Edmonton) and 16 (Calgary).

Microsoft® Excel for Lawyers and Staff
PDF Files for Lawyers and Staff

Hone your skills and enhance your practice. Join instructor Barron Henley and discover how you can use Microsoft® Excel and PDF files more efficiently.


Microsoft® Excel for Lawyers and Staff

In a recent interview, program instructor Barron Henley gave us a sneak preview of what this program has to offer. Check out the Q & A below to find out more about why the Microsoft® Excel for Lawyers and Staff program is beneficial and unique, and discover what you’ll be taking back with you to the office!

What will attendees find beneficial about this program?

The best bang for your technology dollar is to learn how to use what you’ve already got. Almost everybody has Excel because it comes in every version of Microsoft® Office. This program will focus on how one might use excel in a legal environment for everyday tasks. You’ll find out when you should really be using Excel instead of using Word.”

What is unique about this program and what will be some of the main take-aways?

The printed materials are really fantastic and extremely detailed. The Microsoft® Excel manual will go over every single exercise that I’ll go over in the program so if someone can’t remember, they can track it down. There are also a lot of practical examples – all of the exercises deal with issues we’ve seen our clients face in Excel.”

What would you say to individuals who are considering attending this program?

You can go take a Microsoft® Excel class and 20% will be related to legal users and 80% will be unrelated . There’s no waste in this program – the relevancy is really high as compared to any other place where you may find this kind of content coverage.”

Register Online

Get practical information you can apply to your practice immediately in. Reserve your spot in Microsoft® Excel for Lawyers and Staff today.

Register to attend in Edmonton (November 15) or Calgary (November 16).

For additional information, including program times, prices, locations, and more, view the brochure.


PDF Files for Lawyers and Staff

Individuals often use PDF files under the impression that they are secure files that cannot be changed. However, without knowing the proper steps for securing a PDF document, lawyers may find themselves in sticky situations.

Join instructor Barron Henley for PDF Files for Lawyers and Staff. Learn various aspects of working with PDF files.

Barron gave us a sneak preview of what this program has to offer attendees. Here’s what he had to say.

PDF is the new currency when it comes to trading documents between law firms, lawyers, and clients, and there are risks and benefits associated with PDFs. My intent is not to focus so much on the tool one is using, but rather what one should know how to do. For example, PDFs can be manipulated and changed unless they are secured and locked down, which a lot of people don’t even know.”

We also found out what some of the main program take aways will be. Here’s what Barron told us:

The printed materials are completely legal specific. The PDF manual will go over what you need to know and illustrate how to do it in Acrobat. This program is really about the functionality.”

Register Online

Discover crucial aspects of PDF Files. Register to attend this program in Edmonton (November 15) or in Calgary (November 16). (View brochure)