Canada Post Strike–End in Sight!

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Jun 272011

Announced this morning, back-to-work legislation was passed on Sunday forcing postal workers back to work by the end of the day today!  With promises for an efficient distribution of mail across the country, it is possible we will be seeing mail in our boxes by Tuesday.

Watch your desks in the coming weeks for your very own copy of our 2011-2012 Educational Calendar. Want a sneak peek? Click here to download an electronic PDF version. Plan now for the upcoming 2011-2012 year!

New 2011-2012 Educational Calendar Now Available for Download

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Jun 242011



The Legal Education Society of Alberta’s 2011/2012 Educational Calendar contains fresh and exciting program opportunities across a broad spectrum of practice and skill areas. Use it to plan your continuing professional development opportunities for the upcoming year.

Highlights of this year will include our Basic Collaborative Law program in Red Deer, as well as our two-day Law and Practice Update conference in Edmonton. Whether you are interested in issues involved in the purchase or sale of a business, the latest criminal law topics, common chambers’ applications, or advising charities, LESA has programming to fit your needs.

Gather this spring in Lake Louise for the 45th Annual Refresher Course–Real Estate. The focus this year will be the ever-challenging area of real estate. Let this year’s Refresher be your key to a successful real estate practice.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay on top of the latest developments at LESA. Subscribe to our email updates to be aware of additional programs and special offers in your practice areas.

Registration has never been easier with the launch of LESA’s new website earlier this year. With improved navigation and enhanced search capabilities, you are only a few clicks away from finding the live event or resource that you need. Be sure to register early to take advantage of our early bird discounts and to reserve your place in our sell-out programs.

As your lifelong partner in continuing legal excellence, we look forward to working with you in the upcoming educational year!


Team LESA runs despite the rain!

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Jun 202011

Surpassing our fundraising goal twice, 6 members of the LESA family took part in the Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer yesterday morning. Despite the rain, we were all smiles! See you at the CIBC Run for the Cure in October for round two!

Feature Volunteer: Hilary Tanasichuk

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Jun 132011

Hilary Tanasichuk, co-founder and owner of The Law House in Sherwood Park operates a general solicitor’s practice with emphasis on Wills & Estates, Small Business Law, and Real Estate Transactions.  Hilary started her career as a registered nurse, caring for cancer patients for almost 10 years before obtaining her LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 1989.  Additionally, she has taken the Certificate Program in Conflict Management and is a mediator for estate disputes.

Hilary has been a loyal LESA volunteer instructor since 1993 and has taught the Bar Admission Course and CPLED in a variety of course areas including real estate transactions, trust accounting, wills, and interviewing and client counseling.  Never one to shy away from different practice opportunities, in the past she has acted  as a prosecutor for other self-governing professions in professional conduct & discipline hearings, served as a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, conducted investigations under the Protection for Persons in Care Act; all while maintaining a busy solicitors practice. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Alberta Branch subsections.  She believes lawyers are uniquely qualified to give back to the community in a variety of ways and freely gives back to LESA.  “The students always invigorate me and keep me on my toes”, she says “I love it when I witness a student grasping a new or difficult concept for the first time.”

Her advice to newly called lawyers is to gain experience in as many practice areas as possible in the first few years of practice.  She encourages young lawyers to consider practice in a smaller center too – the files are interesting, the work is challenging and the lifestyle rewarding.

For all that you do for the legal profession, we thank you Hilary!


Alberta Law Reform Institute Launches New Website

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Jun 082011

The Alberta Law Reform Institute invites you to try out (and bookmark) their new website.  It has a new look, new address and best of all new features.

〉 Enhanced search capabilities
〉 Briefs on all projects and publications
〉 Mailing list and an RSS feed
〉 Legislation based on ALRI reports

The new website also offers three easy methods of communication:

Our Mailing List
Receive notices of their new publications or any other significant activities. Be assured that this will not create a flood of messages in your inbox, but simply an occasional update from ALRI. To join, simply click on the mail list link near the top of our new website home page or contact us at

The Feedback Form
A quick method to comment on their work or provide your suggestions.  You can find this option under the Your Views tab on the new website.

An RSS Feed
A new method to receive notices of any updates made to our website, sent to your preferred RSS feed.

Visualizing Your Web of Connections

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Jun 022011

With InMaps from LinkedIn, you can see and interact with a visual map of your connections around the globe. Watch this short video for all the details!

LESA Awarded the “ACLEA’s Best” Award of Professional Excellence

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Jun 022011

The Legal Education Society of Alberta is excited to announce that we will be presented with the “ACLEA’s Best” Award for Professional Excellence for our Rules of Court programming. The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting in Boston this summer.

This award is of the highest honour, and we are proud to note that this is not only our 6th ACLEA award, but that we have now won an “ACLEA’s Best” award two years in a row.

We provide continuing legal excellence to our partners in the legal community, and recognition such as this reaffirms the work that we do. For more information on our organization, please check out our website.