Western Canada Class Actions Conference

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Jan 142016

CLEBC-logo-with-name-leftHere at LESA, we are always looking to build partnerships and find better ways to help you access the continuing legal education you need. One way for us to do this is to share the news about professional development programs offered by other high-caliber providers – like our counterparts at CLEBC. In collaboration with LESA, CLEBC is hosting the Western Canada Class Actions Conference on February 26, and members of the Alberta legal community are welcome to attend.

Course Objectives

Explore the implications of the latest case law on critical and topical issues:

  • What now constitutes a class?
  • What is the impact of maintaining confidentiality in Privacy Class Actions?
  • How do you sue for statutory breach?
  • What are the ethics and professionalism issues you need to be aware of?
  • How are developments in privacy and drug copyright shaping class action litigation?
  • What are the challenges surrounding settlement implementation?

Course Presenters

There are several exciting Alberta connections to this program. Two incredible LESA supporters and important members of the legal community are presenting at the Western Canada Class Actions Conference:

  • The Honourable Associate Chief Justice J.D. Rooke is offering the View from the Bench, where you’ll hear the judiciary’s perspective on the current state of class actions.
  • Carsten Jensen QC is sharing his extensive experience with civil litigation in class actions as one of the course presenters.


You can learn more about the course objectives and presenters or register online here. With the option to attend the live program in Vancouver or the live webinar, it is easy for Albertan practitioners to attend.


Interested Alberta judges, litigators, and counsel should register now to take advantage of several special registration prices:

  • Winter Seat Sale ends January 15: save $200 off your registration (live program costs $425 or live webinar costs $335).
  • Early bird pricing ends January 29 (live program costs $565 or live webinar costs $485).
  • Special group rates for the live webinar allow additional viewers for only $125 each.

42nd Annual National Criminal Law Program

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May 152015

Learn more about the 42nd Annual National Criminal Law Program!

Every year the Federation of Law Societies of Canada puts on the National Criminal Law Program, and LESA helps them spread the word about the conference.

Since this year’s program is running in Edmonton, it’s easier than ever for Alberta lawyers to attend.

This criminal law CLE and networking conference features a nationally recognized faculty made up of the country’s finest judges, defense counsel, and Crown prosecutors. A number of the faculty members are from Alberta, many of whom you may also have seen speaking at LESA seminars over the years.

Hon. Judge F. K. MacDonald

Willie deWit QC

Mona T. Duckett QC

Jolaine Antonio

Dane Bullerwell

Karen Hewitt

Suzanne Kendall

2015 program highlights include up to a dozen new faculty members, more advanced-level break-outs, Point/Counterpoint debates, and Roundtable discussions. You can sign up today to enjoy 5 days of plenary, break-out, and small group workshop sessions. You’ll also take home 2 volumes of written material (printed or on USB).

Program Details

When: July 6-10, 2015
Where: Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB
Cost: $750 + GST (called to Bar before 2010) OR $495 + GST (called to bar in 2010 or later)

For more information, check out the National Criminal Law program website.

Amendments to the Trade-marks Act

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Jan 162015

Since the new year is a time for implementing changes, we’ve decided to start offering you blogs written by our LESA Counsel on a regular basis. We hope these blogs will help keep you abreast of changes, updates, information, and news that impact your legal practice.

Here’s the first of such blogs. Happy reading!

There have been some recent changes in the legislative framework relating to intellectual property in Canada, and additional changes are expected to be forthcoming.

The Trade-marks Act has been amended twice recently. First, Bill C-31 allows Canada to accede to three trademark treaties: the Madrid Protocol, the Singapore Treaty, and the Nice Agreement. Once ratified, these treaties will allow Canadian businesses access to a trademark system more aligned with what the Canadian Intellectual Property Office calls “international best practice” in order to reduce costs and facilitate the expansion of Canadian businesses into foreign markets.

A second amendment comes through the recent passing of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) and involves criminal sanctions against counterfeit goods and new border enforcement measures.

Also afoot are other initiatives, mostly procedural, geared toward changing Canadian filing requirements in order to integrate Canadian processes with international ones.  These initiatives involve the amendment of the Patent Act, the Copyright Act, the Industrial Design Act, and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act.

For more detailed information about the changes to the Trade-marks Act, visit the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s Trade-marks Act Q & A page.

Karen McDougall, LESA Counsel

Court rejects Google Books class action

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Mar 242011

A New York court rejected the $125 million settlement that would have ended this 6 year battle between Google and publishers. Google has scanned some 12 million books in the pursuit of spreading knowledge. To read more, click here.

From the Desk of Paul Wood, Executive Director

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Jan 242011

Do you negotiate through e-mail? Consider this blog post from Psyblog via colleague, Matt Homann at the [non]billable hour:

Email negotiations often feel difficult, especially with people we don’t know well. When Naquin et al. (2008) compared them with face-to-face negotiations, they found that people were less co-operative over email and even felt more justified in being less co-operative.

Another reason negotiations can be difficult over email is that when negotiating with a stranger, because email is so short and to-the-point,  there is little or no rapport to fall back on. So if negotiations hit a problem, they can quickly fall apart.

Morris et al. (2002) have found that even a single telephone call can create enough good feeling between the parties to bridge the rapport gap.

If you want to enhance your negotiation skills consider attending LESA’s Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers in Edmonton on February 23, 2011 and in Calgary on February 24, 2011. This program features national negotiation expert and author Martin E. Latz. For more details click on the link above.