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.

Oct 042016
 

Monthly Upcoming Legal Events

September has come and gone, but this October is packed full of upcoming legal events. 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. This face-to-face session is a mandatory part of the CPLED Program.


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2016/2017 Educational Calendar Now Available

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Jul 182016
 

2016/2017 Educational Calendar

The 2016/2017 Educational Calendar is now available!

 

We’ve been hard at work these past few months, developing a brand new list of LESA programming, selecting new Seminars on Demand, and providing other educational resources to assist in your 2016/2017 CPD planning.


What to Watch for

This year’s calendar is full of new programs, resources, key dates, and more. Search the alphabetical program listing on pages 3 – 10 to discover more than 40 programs across multiple practice areas.

Program Highlights

Check out this year’s program highlights (page 2). Please note that some of these programs have limited enrolment. Register today to save the date!

Seminars on Demand

Don’t forget to check out the list of Seminars on Demand that will be available this year (page 10). You can also watch for the Seminars on Demand icon beside titles in the alphabetical program listing.

CPLED

Looking for CPLED information? Find key dates and volunteer opportunities on page 11. You can also find information in the visual calendar on pages 14 – 19.


Keep an eye out for the hardcopy calendar, which should be arriving in your mailbox soon. We’re looking forward to the upcoming educational year!

Contact Us!

If you have questions about any of our programs or resources, please contact our office 780.420.1987.

New Seminars on Demand

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May 172016
 

New Seminars on Demand!We are pleased to inform you that we have 3 new seminars on demand available now!

If you missed the opportunity to attend one or more of these live events, you no longer have to wait 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 in your area of practice.

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives

Go beyond the basics, and review the drafting of personal directives and enduring powers of attorney.

Review unique challenges when dealing with clients who have assets in other jurisdictions; discuss the challenges health care professionals face when dealing with personal directives; cover fiduciary obligations, breaches, and consequences; and more!

For a sneak preview of this seminar on demand, watch the trailer with seminar chair Farha Salim below.

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Here’s what some of the live attendees thought was most beneficial about the program.

Excellent EPA precedent provided, and reasons therefor.”

The entire seminar was very well organized and I found all of it quite useful and beneficial to my practice.”

Register Online

Register for this seminar on demand today, and learn how to effectively manage both common and extraordinary issues when dealing with enduring powers of attorney and personal directives.

Questioning

Refine your understanding of questioning, and learn to use it more effectively. Gain practical tips from expert panelists and Queen’s Bench Masters!

Watch the trailer below with seminar chair Patrick Kirwin for more information about why this seminar on demand is useful.

Hear discussion on techniques for questioning professionals, examine compelling and convincing sources of evidence, discover how to manage difficult and sometimes “forgetful” witnesses, and more!

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Check out what these live attendees had to say about the value of the program.

Very valuable and informative – excellent speakers and presentations and materials – no wasted time.”

The practical advice given on handling difficult people. It was also a good review of Questioning generally.”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to hone your litigation skills. Register for Questioning today!

Alberta Land Titles Online

Discover how current legislative changes involving the use of digital signatures will impact future real estate transactions. Watch the trailer below with seminar chair Curtis D. Woollard (Land Titles North) for a sneak peek of what this seminar on demand has to offer.

Learn from experiences panelists as they discuss the future shift from physical to electronic documents.

What Live Attendees Found Most Beneficial

Here’s what some of the live attendees found most beneficial about this seminar.

This session was well organized, practical, to the point.”

What’s expected with e-submission to Land Titles and how e-signatures will work.”

Register Online

Prepare yourself for a digital future. Register for this seminar on demand today.

Other Seminars on Demand

Did you know that LESA now has more than 25 seminars on demand available? Here is a list of some of the past seminars that we offer as seminars on demand.

  • Collections
  • Condominiums: A Practitioner’s Update
  • Corporate Drafting
  • Court of Appeal Practice
  • Domestic Contracts
  • Drafting Pleadings, Affidavits and Orders
  • Evidence Law Refresher
  • File Organization for Legal Support Staff
  • iPad for Lawyers
  • Junior Solicitor Business Law Basics
  • New Estate Administration Act
  • PCLaw® Basics
  • PCLaw® Beyond the Basics
  • Research for Legal Support Staff
  • Running Your First Trial
  • Securities Law

Click here for a complete list of the seminars on demand that are available.

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.

Mar 042016
 

 

2016 CPD Plan

Are you an active Alberta lawyer? If so, you already know that the Law Society of Alberta’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program is mandatory and it’s time to submit your 2016 CPD Plan. This year, you must submit your CPD Plan online through the lawyer portal. The deadline for CPD Plan declaration is March 15, 2016.

Spring Seminars for Your 2016 CPD Plan

If you want to get a head start on your 2016 CPD activities, take a look at our upcoming LESA seminars. Here’s a sample of what’s offered between now and June:

  • Delve into current issues and emerging themes of privacy law with experienced practitioners and Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner in Privacy Update.
  • Explore commonly asked questions about 6 areas of law and gain more knowledge and confidence to answer questions from clients, family, and friends in Complete Lawyer.
  • Review how to use expert evidence in criminal proceedings while engaging in comprehensive review of substantive law, evidence, and procedure in Criminal Advocacy – Experts.
Watch for Fall CPD Activities

Not quite there yet? No problem! Keep an eye out for our 2016/2017 Educational Calendar to schedule your fall seminars.

Want to know about the new programs as soon as the Educational Calendar is available this spring? Follow our blog or subscribe to our E-Letter to stay up-to-date with all the latest LESA news, and we’ll let you know when the new calendar is published.

Access Seminars on Demand

Don’t forget about LESA’s seminars on demand, which allow you to stream video recordings of presenters and download seminar materials.

If you were unable to attend any of the seminars we’ve recorded this year, take a look at our online classroom offerings, they are a great addition to your 2016 CPD Plan. Here are two brand new Seminars on Demand from 2016:

  • File Organizations for Legal Support Staff
  • Securities Law
Need something else?

If you have any questions about the programs and resources that LESA offers, please be in touch (info@lesa.org or 780.420.1987 or toll free in Alberta 1.800.282.3900).

Want PCLaw® Tips? Get our Seminars on Demand!

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Mar 022016
 

Check out LESA's PCLaw seminars on demand!

Does your office use PCLaw® software? Do get frustrated trying to make the program do what you want? Do you want advice on how to use PCLaw® more effectively?

If so, check out LESA’s recently avaliable seminars on demand. You’ll discover tips and tricks from experienced presenter Steven J. Best that help you get the most out of the software, customizing it to meet your needs.

PCLaw® Basics

Watch this short trailer for a sneak preview of what you’ll gain from this seminar on demand. PCLaw® Basics topics include system and workstation settings, time entry, expense entry, special fees, accounts payable, and basic billing.

With all of the advice offered in this program, there’s so much to gain. Here’s what some live attendees found most beneficial about the program:

All was useful and beneficial”
“In depth discussion on the capabilities of the program”
“Learning tips and tricks to make the use of PCLaw more efficient”

PCLaw® Beyond the Basics

Discover what this program has to offer, and preview some of the tips and tricks you’ll gain in this introductory video. You’ll dive into more in-depth topics in PCLaw® Beyond the Basics, reviewing various billing scenarios, applying trust accounting rules, editing templates, and more.

What did live attendees find most beneficial about the seminar? Here’s what a few people had to say:

Practical tips for using PCLaw”
“The seminar expanded my knowledge of PCLaw which allows me to use the program to its full potential in every day use”
“Direct exposure to the program and the presenter’s specific tips/comments on useful settings.”

Get it Now!

If you want more tips like those shared in these two introductory videos, you can register online for PCLaw® Basics or PCLaw® Beyond the Basics.

But wait … if you’re an E-Letter subscriber, don’t sign up yet. Wait until tomorrow (Thursday, March 3) when we’re sending out a special registration offer for these seminars on demand. The offer is only being sent to our E-Letter subscribers, so if you’re not a subscriber yet, sign up now for the LESA E-Letter!

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.