New Seminar on Demand: Drafting Pleadings

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Mar 182016
 

Register online now for the Drafting Pleadings, Affidavits, and Orders  seminar on demand!

Did you miss the Drafting Pleadings, Affidavits, and Orders program that LESA ran last month? If so, you don’t have to wait any longer to get in on all the practical tips and information shared at the program. It’s all available now as a seminar on demand – so you can download course materials as PDFs and stream videos of the faculty giving their presentations.

Watch this short trailer to learn more about the topics covered and what you’ll take away from the Drafting Pleadings, Affidavits, and Orders seminar on demand.

In this seminar on demand, you’ll hear from a Queen’s Bench Justice, an academic, and experienced practitioners in order to gain insight from a variety of perspectives on how to draft more effective pleadings. If you’re looking for a resource to help you understand how to use pleadings as an advocacy tool, review fundamental principles and best practices, and discover tips from frontline practitioners – this seminar on demand is for you.

Here’s what some of your colleagues who attended the live program found most beneficial about the seminar:

The practicality of the advice was appreciated.”

Useful information and tips on drafting Court documents in Alberta.”

Specific references to the rules were helpful.”

If you want access to the tips and advice that others found helpful, register online now for the Drafting Pleadings, Affidavits, and Orders seminar on demand.

Seminar on Demand: File Organization for Legal Support Staff

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Feb 262016
 

File Organization for Legal Support Staff Seminar on Demand

Are you new to a legal support staff position? Or are you someone more experienced wanting a refresher on file organization techniques and best practices? If so, LESA’s File Organization for Legal Support Staff seminar on demand is designed with you in mind!

This seminar on demand lets you stream video recordings of the program presenters and download course materials as PDFs.

Program Topics

Explore strategies for keeping your files organized from start to finish. Discuss conflict searches, client verification requirements, identifying timelines, limitation systems, organizational strategies, transferring a file, file closing, and more.

Here’s what some of the live program attendees had to say about the seminar:

Although designed for junior level assistants, the refresher was great, with input from different colleagues.”
“Excellent printed material. Presenter was very knowledgeable. … Information was useful.”
“I am very new to the legal support staff position. … The whole thing was very beneficial as it gave me insight into my new position.”

We also received lots of feedback from live attendees about what topics they appreciated learning about most: hearing what works for others, gaining information on CASL, understanding the Law Society Rules and Code of Conduct, discovering more about conflict checks, file retention, managing large files, and more.

Whatever it is that most piques your interest, this program covers plenty of ground. Watch this short introductory trailer for a sneak preview of the topics covered and what you stand to gain.

Register Online

Explore the materials, watch the videos, and access all the tips now, register online for the File Organization for Legal Support Staff seminar on demand.

Now Available – Securities Law Seminar on Demand

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Feb 162016
 

Securities Law

If you missed the Securities Law program that LESA ran last month, you’re in luck. The program was recorded and is available as a seminar on demand – letting you stream videos of speaker presentations and download course materials as PDFs.

Program Topics

As the program chair and faculty indicate below, this program has plenty to offer both to junior lawyers and to legal support staff.

The materials … were developed and presented by experienced practitioners. They not only cover topics that would comprise a comprehensive introduction to securities law for junior lawyers but also discuss practical aspects, including examples of documents and timing considerations. … The topics covered by this course include sources of securities law, the regulatory regime, continuous disclosure, the prospectus requirement, and corporate transactions.

– Chris Peng, seminar chair

The program … [provides] an overview of the fundamentals of certain key aspects of applicable securities law in Alberta, … [including] a basic understanding of ‘what is a security’ – which is not always obvious and extends beyond shares. [You] will also learn about the numerous regulators that reporting issuers must be mindful of in complying with securities laws – including various Canadian exchanges and securities commissions – and will receive an overview of the continuous disclosure requirements for reporting issuers and the ancillary SEDAR filing requirements. … [You’ll also gain] a practical understanding of how the initial public offering process works, the key participants involved, and the timelines from kick off to closing.”

Leanne C. Krawchuk, seminar faculty

Watch the above trailer to get a sneak preview of the topics covered in the Securities Law seminar on demand.

Register Online

To access all of this informative content and complete speaker presentations for yourself, register now for the Securities Law seminar on demand.

Happy viewing and reading!

Want Drafting Tips? Check out these Seminars on Demand!

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Feb 122016
 

You’ve probably heard that LESA is recording select live seminars to offer as seminars on demand, letting you view the speaker presentations and download the course materials as PDFs. But did you know that several of the most recent seminar on demand titles offer you drafting tips, tools, and best practices?

Today’s blog fills you in on what you’ll gain from these two seminar on demand titles: Corporate Drafting and Drafting Your First Will. For a quick preview of what you’ll gain from each resource, watch the introductory trailer videos with the seminar chairs – Leanne C. Krawchuk and Paula Hoffman.


Corporate Drafting

Review share structure, bylaws, corporate opinions, resolutions, articles of incorporation, and dividends. Understand how the Alberta Business Corporations Act and the Income Tax Act influence your corporate drafting practices, and gain helpful precedents and checklists that you can use or amend in your own practice.

Here’s what some live seminar attendees found most beneficial about the program:

All of it!”
“The printed materials and the obvious expertise of the presenters.”
“Good precedents. Simple explanations”
“It was a good way to remind yourself about the building blocks and types of things you should be looking at.”

To get access these materials and tips for yourself, register online now for the Corporate Drafting seminar on demand.


Drafting Your First Will

Cover the basics of drafting and gain practical tools, tips, checklists, precedents, and sample clauses to aid you in the drafting process from interview and information collection to drafting and then closing a file. Topics discuss testamentary capacity, basic and complex will situations, tax perspectives, intestacy, family maintenance and support claims, and more.

Here’s what some live seminar attendees found most beneficial about the program:

It’s practical application!”
“The basic components of a will and different drafting suggestions.”
“Precedents and tips.”
“A good overview of drafting wills.”

Want to discover these tips and tools for yourself? Register online now for the Drafting Your First Will seminar on demand.

Assist – FREE Resources

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Jun 172015
 

As this June 2014 CBC North clip with Robert A. Philp QC and Marian De Souza QC explains, the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) provides confidential help with personal issues to lawyers, law students, and their immediate families.

Assist offers support in several ways:

  • Peer Support Program – Receive (or offer) peer support to address personal and professional issues in a safe and confidential environment.
  • Professional Counselling – Receive FREE, confidential counseling through Forbes Psychological Services to allow for an assessment of the issues you are facing, short term counseling, and referral to long-term sources of help, when necessary.
  • Resources – Access FREE, online resources relating to career and education, overcoming addictions, physical and mental health, stress management, suicide prevention, and workplace wellness.

LESA partnered with Assist to offer several FREE online self-study modules, including these two recently added resources:

  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Addictions

To access these FREE modules, head to our Online Classroom. If you don’t already have a login, simply complete this online registration form and we’ll email you your username and password.

From the Desk of Paul Wood, Executive Director

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Jan 042011
 

Welcome to 2011!

It is that time of year when legal commentators look forward to changes. Popular themes on various blogs include greater outsourcing of legal services, alternative billing practices, and law firms leveraging social media to connect with clients.

In Alberta, the profession is becoming accustomed to practice under the new Rules of Court. In case you missed out on our live programming, we will continue to offer online self-study modules. There are significant changes in trust accounting rules from the Law Society of Alberta. Bill 21: Wills and Succession Act passed this fall in the Alberta Legislative Assembly. This statute will consolidate and modernize succession law in Alberta. It is expected to be proclaimed January 1, 2012. As always, the Legal Education Society of Alberta will be there to help you with these developments with program offerings including an online self-study module on the new safety of trust funds initiative. Additionally, we are providing a full day of live programming on April 30th, 2011 on the new Wills and Succession Act. This will offered alongside the 44th Annual Refresher Course in Wills & Estates, and will take place in Lake Louise.

We wish you much growth and prosperity in the coming year!

New Alberta Rules of Court – it’s not too late!

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Dec 162010
 

Did you miss the live sessions? All eight (8) of our New Alberta Rules of Court courses are available as online self-study modules. These include:

Understanding the Litigation Process
Bringing an Action
Post-Commencement Pleadings
Framework for Managing Dispute Resolution
Resolving Pre-trial issues and Preserving Rights
Trial
Judgments, Orders, and Costs

Also available:
New Alberta Rules of Court: Family Law Rules

Bonus: If you are a Transition Package holder, you automatically gain access to all of the Rules of Court online self-study modules AS WELL AS the New Alberta Rules of Court: Family Law Rules course.

For more details visit our Rules of Court blog or contact Carolyn at carolyn.bernardin@lesa.org to register.