LESA Library Wins International Awards

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Aug 052016

ACLEA's Best Award Winner 2016

We are proud to announce that the LESA Library has won the international Association for Continuing Legal Education’s (ACLEA) top award for Best Publication. Our dedicated, team also received the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Marketing award for the LESA Library.

LESA’s commitment to setting standards of excellence in the education of Alberta’s lawyers, articling students, and their staff, is upheld by our devoted and enthusiastic employees and volunteers. Our ongoing collaboration, innovation, professionalism, and responsibility ensure that the programs and resources LESA provides are not only high quality, but also practical and useful for the spectrum of Alberta’s legal community.

Learn more about how the LESA Library has become ACLEA’s Best Publication and find out what the LESA Library has to offer.

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2016 QC Appointments – Congratulations!

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Feb 052016

Congratulations to the 39 Alberta lawyers who recently received their Queen’s Counsel designation! Many volunteers who dedicate their time, talent, and energy to LESA were on the list of 2016 QC appointments, and we’re excited to see you recognized for all your contributions!

This Queen’s Counsel accreditation, first started in 1841, requires applicants to undergo a review of their contributions to the legal profession and public life. Recommendations from a committee are submitted to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and members of Cabinet for review.

Prior to submitting this list of potential appointments to the Minister and Cabinet for consideration, several steps are involved in the lawyer’s application process.

Applicants are considered on the following criteria:

  • Competence
  • Professional Qualities
  • Contribution to the Administration of Justice
  • Contribution to the Community

In a recent Legislature news release the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kathleen Ganley, shared her insight on the 2016 QC appointments:

This year’s Queen’s Counsel appointees have demonstrated their commitment to enhancing our province’s justice system. In doing so, they have shown themselves to be deserving of this distinction as well as the respect of their peers within the legal community.”

You can view the complete list of the 2016 QC appointments here. Once again, congratulations to all the deserving appointees who were honoured with a Queen’s Counsel designation!

2016 Alberta’s Top Employers Winner

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Feb 032016

2016 Alberta’s Top EmployersHave you heard? The 2016 Alberta’s Top Employers competition winners were just announced and LESA made the list! Being recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers is exciting for us because it speaks to LESA’s vision and commitment to setting standards of excellence.

As you know, we are committed to setting standards of excellence in the education of Alberta’s lawyers, articling students, and their staff. Like you’ll read in our press release, we know that to offer you exceptional continuing legal education opportunities, we need to value our greatest asset – our employees.

At LESA we strive to be collaborative, innovative, professional, and responsible with our resources. How do we engage our staff and encourage them to live out these LESA values? Today’s blog shares some of examples and reasons why we have been recognized as one of the distinguished 2016 Alberta’s Top Employers winners.


LESA’s physical workspaces encourage collaboration. Our meeting room – and recently, our offices – have writeable walls. Besides being incredibly fun, these gigantic whiteboard walls make it easy to brainstorm, get creative, and keep organized – all important aspects of coming together and getting things done as a team.


To respond to the diverse learning needs of our community and succeed in offering high quality continuing legal education, LESA knows we need to be innovative. One way we stay on top of current knowledge and technological advances is to invest in the professional development of our staff. Staff attend training sessions, engage with other organizations, and participate in quarterly team development activities, amongst other things.


Last January, LESA forged ahead with an exciting change in structure that, in part, reflects our desire to effectively and competently serve the Alberta legal community. Our reorganization to a structure of responsible autonomy fundamentally reflects the values LESA holds most dear: it favours empowerment, fosters accountability and communication, helps people develop leadership competencies, and embraces collaboration and innovation. Essentially this new structure allows LESA’s staff more flexibility to do our jobs well and grow as individuals.


Being responsible with our resources – being fiscally responsible now and investing in a sustainable future – entails many things. Since our employees are our greatest asset, responsibly and conscientiously managing our human resources is incredibly important to LESA. Our earned days off program is hugely popular, letting staff enjoy every third Friday off. LESA staff also appreciate flexible work hours and telecommuting options that let staff balance their work for LESA with the other family and personal commitment. LESA’s commitment to helping staff achieve a healthy work-life balance benefits everyone and makes for a positive work environment where staff are engaged and productive.

What do our staff love most?

We’re proud of the many reasons that LESA is a 2016 Alberta’s Top Employers winner, but we’ll wrap things up by letting you hear straight from some of our staff why they love working at LESA.

LESA is an organization that genuinely cares about the well-being and interests of its employees. It encourages and fosters growth on both an individual and organizational level.”

Kelsey Dick, Counsel

LESA has a very positive work environment where your ideas are listened to and your accomplishments are celebrated.”

Chris Hayek, Integration Assistant

I love that I love coming into work; the people that work here are an amazing group who create a positive and pleasant atmosphere. I like that even though our focus is on serving Alberta’s lawyers, articling students and their staff, we are also committed to making a difference in our community through volunteer activities.”

Bronwyn Connolly, Education Coordinator

2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

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Jan 082016

2016 Distinguished Service Award RecipientsYesterday the Law Society of Alberta and CBA Alberta announced the 2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipients. These annual awards recognize outstanding members of the legal profession in four key areas.

Congratulations to the 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipients:

As an organization that couldn’t operate without the support of our volunteers, LESA understands and appreciates the incredible amount of dedication, time, and effort that so many lawyers pour back into the profession and the community.

With our roughly 600 volunteer placements a year, we have the opportunity to work with many of you, and we’re particularly excited to see two of our active supporters honoured as 2016 award recipients. Both Christine Pratt and Michelle C. Christopher have been involved in the CPLED Program for several years. Congratulations to you both!

Thank you to everyone who gives back to the profession. In particular, we offer a hearty thank you to all of the award nominees and kudos to each of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipients.

We’re looking forward to offering our congratulations again during the official awards ceremony at the upcoming Alberta Law Conference. If you’re also attending the conference, make sure you stop by our LESA exhibitor booth to say hi and pick up your coupon for incredible savings on our programs and resources.

Congrats 2015 WILL Award Recipients!

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Nov 262015

WILLAwards2012_logoThe Women in Law Leadership (WILL) awards were handed out earlier this month, and LESA heartily extends our congratulations to all of this year’s WILL award recipients!

The 5th anniversary of the WILL Awards saw 7 outstanding professionals awarded for their dedication and contributions:

Heather McKay QC – Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice)
Keely Brown – Leadership in the Profession (In-House)
Gail Harding QC – Leadership in the Profession (In-House)
Jolaine Antonio – Leadership in the Profession (Government)
Phyllis Smith QC – Leadership in the Profession (Broader Roles)
Donna Purcell QC – Leadership in the Community
Chidinma Thompson – Tomorrow’s Leader

LESA also wants to congratulate all of the 2015 finalists (including our own Jennifer Flynn). We know that each of you has also made significant contributions to the profession, and you deserve a hearty applause for all of your hard work.

Many of these recipients (and the other finalists!) have supported LESA through their volunteer efforts in the past, so we know firsthand the difference that these women are making in the profession. Thanks for all your hard work and congrats again to the 2015 WILL award recipients!

You can find a complete list of 2015 recipients and finalists online.

Nominate a Colleague: 2016 Distinguished Service Awards

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Oct 142015

2016 Distinguished Service Awards logoEvery year the Law Society of Alberta and CBA Alberta recognize outstanding members of the legal community with Distinguished Service Awards.

Award nominations are accepted in 4 categories:
1.    Service to the Community
2.    Service to the Profession
3.    Legal Scholarship
4.    Pro Bono Service

If you know a colleague whose dedication, creativity, and initiative result in significant contributions in one of the above 4 categories, you are invited to submit a 2016 Distinguished Service Award nomination by November 14, 2015.

You can find the online nomination form, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, submission information, and a list of prior award recipients on the Law Society of Alberta’s website.

For more information, contact the Law Society of Alberta’s Communications Advisor Avery Buye at 403.930.7204 or avery.buye@lawsociety.ab.ca.

Sep 302015

One of our faithful CPLED supporters – Diana Mah – was recently appointed as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta in the Family and Youth Division. Congratuations Judge Mah!

For the past several years, Judge Mah worked with LESA as a Learning Group Facilitator and Learning Group Evaluator. Her work supporting CPLED’s online modules was greatly appreciated, and we are sad to lose one of our incredible CPLED supporters. But CPLED’s loss is the Bench’s gain.

We wish her all the best as she enters this exciting new step of her career. Please join us in congratulating Judge Mah.

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.

CPLED – Looking Forward to 2015/2016

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Mar 272015

cpled-logo2010-new***Update: The 2015/2016 CPLED registration application deadline was May 31. Contact Ashley Iachetta if you have questions or need to apply. Late applications are subject to a non-refundable late fee of $150 + GST.***


Regular programming for the 2014/2015 CPLED year wrapped up this week when the Negotiations face-to-face module concluded on Wednesday. Now we’re starting to look ahead to the new year.


Welcome to CPLED

If you are a current 3rd year law student or recent graduate who needs to take the Alberta bar admission program, welcome to CPLED and to LESA. We know you’ll have lots of questions about CPLED, and we want to give you all the information that you need.

You’ll find details about when the CPLED face-to-face sessions and online modules run in the 2015/2016 Key Dates.

If you haven’t yet registered for CPLED, you’ll want to register online now. Registration has been open since February 23, and face-to-face session enrolment is limited, with time preferences granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you missed our info sessions at the U of A and U of C or if you have more questions, the CPLED 2015/2016 Presentation, should get you well on your way to answering your questions.

As always, our CPLED Student Coordinator, Ashley Iachetta, is available to answer any other questions you may have. You can reach her at ashley.iachetta@lesa.org or at 780.969.3557.


Volunteering for CPLED

If you’re looking for a way to give back to the profession, there’s no better way than to contribute your time, skills, and knowledge to help train the next generation of lawyers, who also happen to be our CPLED students.

LESA is currently recruiting volunteers to help with our face-to-face modules. We need both faculty members for the teaching days and evaluators for the competency evaluation days.

If you’d like more information or want to put your name forward as a volunteer, please contact Janette Sztym at janette.sztym@lesa.org or at 780.969.3553.


2014/2015 Reserve Period

If you are a current CPLED student who needs to complete modules in the Reserve Period (March 26 to June 18), you can access your Reserve Period Schedule through the “14/15 Reserve Period” course in Desire2Learn.

If you have any questions about your schedule, please contact Ashley Iachetta (CPLED Student Coordinator) at ashley.iachetta@lesa.org or at 780.969.3557.

Congratulations 2015 Top Choice Award Winners!

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Mar 202015

Several Alberta law firms in Calgary and Edmonton had the honour of being named 2015 Top Choice Award recipients:


Kahane Law Office

(Real Estate Law Firm)

Litwiniuk & Company

(Injury Law Firm)

Zemp Law Group

(Immigration Law Services)


Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP

(Injury Law Firm)

Heritage Law Offices

(Family Law)

Congratulations to all of these outstanding firms and the individuals behind them who provide the incredible service that these awards pay tribute to!