Feb 292016

March 2016: Upcoming Legal Events

It’s hard to believe that March is upon us, but it’s here and it’s a busy month at LESA! Check out today’s blog to so you don’t miss any key dates or events.

March Programs

Advanced Estate – PROGRAM FULL
Runs in Edmonton (March 1) and in Calgary (March 9).

  • Delve into advanced estate topics with other experienced wills & estates practitioners.

Advanced Lender
Register online to attend in Edmonton (March 2) or Calgary (March 10).

  • Discuss current banking and finance issues with other senior practitioners who work exclusively or predominately in the area of lender/borrower.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Kerry Day QC to learn what you’ll gain from this program and what topics will be covered this year.

Family Law 25
Register online to attend in Edmonton (March 3) or Calgary (March 10).

  • Review the top 5 cases relevant to 5 pressing family law issues: parenting, child support, spousal support, matrimonial property, and unjust enrichment. Also discover tax tips relevant to each topic.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Marla Miller QC to discover the top 5 most valuable takeaways you’ll walk away with after attending this program.
Registration Savings

Special early bird discounts are ending soon for the following programs. Register now and save!

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives – ENDS March 1
Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 5) or Calgary (April 12).

  • Examine both the common and the extraordinary issues you face when dealing with enduring powers of attorney and personal directives.
  • Read the blog for more information on the topics covered and the range of perspectives addressed.

Unanimous Shareholder Agreement Disputes – ENDS March 1
Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 6) or Calgary (April 20).

  • Discover information, tips, and best practices for dealing with (and helping prevent) shareholder disputes.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Bryan Haynes to hear more about top program topics and takeaways.

Legal Project Management – ENDS March 8
Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 13) or Calgary (April 14).

  • Explore project management principles that can help build your practice, increase your efficiency, and keep your clients satisfied.
  • Read the blog with presenter Pamela Woldow to learn more about what project management is, why you’ll want to add these concepts to your practice management tool box, and what you’ll gain from this program.

Questioning – ENDS March 15
Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 19) or Calgary (April 28).

  • Review the scope of questioning, and discuss the use of questioning evidence, cross examination, exhibits, documents, and undertakings.
CPLED Update

Do you need to register for next year’s CPLED Program? 2016/2017 registration opens March 1.

There are several 2015/2016 CPLED modules running this month:

  • Ethics & Professionalism. This online module runs March 3 to March 10.
  • Negotiations & Practice Fundamental. This face-to-face module runs in Calgary (March 14–18) and in Edmonton (March 21–22).

If you are a current student with questions about either of these modules, please contact LESA’s Student Coordinator Ashley Iachetta at 780.969.3557 or ashley.iachetta@lesa.org.

Legal Community: Dates and Deadlines

CPA Assist Speaker Series – Running on Empty: Understanding Family Caregiver Fatigue
Attend this Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) program in Calgary (March 2) or Edmonton (March 3) to learn more about the challenges family caregivers face and strategies for staying healthy while juggling these demands. Learn more in our recent blog post.

Declare Your CPD Plan
All lawyers are required to submit a CPD Plan (Continuing Professional Development Plan) to the Law Society of Alberta by March 15.

LESA Summer Students Wanted
Interested applicants can learn more in our recent blog post. Apply by March 21 to Daniel García at daniel.garcia@lesa.org.

Advanced Lender: Discuss Banking and Finance Issues

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Jan 252016

Advanced Lender Seminar

Are you interested in a discussion about current issues in banking and finance in Alberta? LESA’s Advanced Lender program may interest you!

This nontraditional and highly interactive seminar serves as a forum for discussion between practitioners who have practiced exclusively or predominantly in the area of lender/borrower at an advanced level.

At the program, you’ll hear from seminar chair Kerry Day QC, who has more than 25 years of experience as a business lawyer assisting private and public corporations, non-profit organizations, and government entities.

You will also hear from several other experienced panelists:

Kerry recently told LESA about the Advanced Lender program structure and what attendees can expect to take away. Here are some of her thoughts.

How will the format of this program differ from other seminars?

We have a group of panelists who will present a facts situation, and then they will talk about the law in the context of that particular facts situation. It is not a lecture format.

[Panelists] are going to be highlighting what they think the issues are for certain areas of concern.

The other panelists and I will really take a role as animators, trying to ask questions [and] get more information or discussion going.

What will participants gain from the Advanced Lender program?

It is not just the panelists who participate and contribute, so there is an opportunity, to some extent, to direct the topics into areas that people might have recently been troubled with or curious about.

What can you tell me about the program topics?

We are going to talk about updates to PPSA legislation and recent cases.

There is going to be a discussion around some actions that some of the title insurance companies … are taking in terms of trying to enter the market and replace or change the way lawyers participate in the commercial lending practice.

We are going to talk about commercial lending in this environment. … There is going to be some discussion around restructuring of loans that are in possession financing, perhaps the need for inter-creditor agreements between different lenders, and possibly the lawyers’ role in the drafting of forbearance agreements where there is a covenant issue that needs to be addressed.

Will this year’s topics differ from those covered last year?

The goal is for them to be different, but certain issues will always come up to some extent, because they continue to be of interest to people.

The panelists are all new with the exception of Jay Krushell. … This year he is discussing a market practice that might change the involvement of title insurance so that they are doing more than what they are currently doing.

The economy is different, so I think that is going to drive some of the discussion. … [W]e certainly have situations where people are restructuring their financing, adding new security, and dealing with covenant issues. … So I think [the topics] will be different from that perspective.

Thinking back to last year, what did you most enjoy as an attendee at Advanced Lender?

What I enjoyed about last year’s program was that, as solicitors and commercial lenders, you don’t always get to talk with each other about how others are approaching cases or doing things differently. And certainly things do change. The practice has evolved since I started, and I find that law firms are developing different approaches.

For me, being in an in-house environment with a commercial lender and then coming back into private practice, … [I developed] a different understanding of why lenders did things.

It was also interesting to hear how different lenders approach different scenarios. … I like to hear why they are doing it differently and wonder why they are doing it differently .

Register Now

If you’re interested in learning more about what Kerry and other panelists will discuss at the seminar, check out the program brochure.

The Advanced Lender program only has a few spots left, so register now for Edmonton (March 2) or Calgary (March 10). We are looking forward to seeing you in March!

2014 In Review

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Dec 222014

UPDATE: This seminar occurred in the past, and the seminar materials are now available.
• LESA Library subscribers can already access course materials through the LESA Library.
• Alternatively you can purchase course materials a la carte (search matrimonial property division, running your first trial, labour and employment and 48th annual wills & estates).
• You can also view the list of upcoming seminars to discover live programs that are available now.

2014 has been a busy year at LESA.

In CPLED, we’ve held 4 online modules and 3 face-to-face sessions since August, with 478 students registered in the program – that’s more students than any other year!

Our schedule of live events has also been full, as we’ve offered 27 professional development seminars in the past 4 months, including programs for legal support staff, general skills and knowledge programs for all practitioners, and seminars in the areas of business law, family law, litigation, and real estate.

We’ve also kept busy working to develop educational resources you can access from home or the office. We’re probably most excited about the new seminars on demand that we’ve been able to bring to you this year! With 6 seminars on demand currently available and more coming in the new year, we hope you enjoy being able to download seminar papers and stream video recordings of LESA presenters for select seminars that you were unable to attend in person.

Here at LESA we’re taking a short break over the holidays to catch our breath after the whirlwind of the past few months and all the activities that come part and parcel with the start of the new educational year each fall.

We’re closing the office on December 24 and reopening January 2. So if you have anything you’re dying to ask us, make sure you give us a ring or send us an email in the next day or two. Or, if we don’t hear from you now, we’re as happy as always to help you with whatever you need in the new year.

Speaking of the new year, we’ve also been busy over the last few months planning for all the exciting products and services we’re bringing you in 2015.

In CPLED, we’re kicking off the year with the Oral Advocacy face-to-face module and the Practice Management online module.

We also have 4 exciting professional development seminars running in JanuaryAdvanced Lender, Matrimonial Property Division, Running Your First Trial, and Labour and Employment. Some of these seminars have only a few spots left available! Also stay tuned for information about our upcoming 48th Annual Refresher: Wills & Estates happening April 19-21 in Lake Louise. Brochures outlining the session topics for the Refresher will be hitting your desks in the new year.

And as for print educational resources, we’re bringing you updates to the Alberta Real Estate Practice Manual and the Alberta Civil Practice Manual early in 2015. A new publication for wills and estates that will amalgamate and update existing LESA publications to reflect the new legislation coming into force in this area is also in the works to launch in 2015.

Also keep an eye to our website for upcoming seminars on demand. Collections for Legal Support Staff and Evidence Law Refresher will be available online in January.

We know this might be a lot to keep track of, and we don’t want you to miss any updates you’d like to know about, so why not subscribe to our E-Letter? With an email once a week or so, the E-Letter is a great way to keep in touch with what’s going on at LESA.

LESA is proud to be your lifelong partner in continuing legal excellence, and, although we’ve had a busy year working to offer you all these programs and resources, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We know you’ve all had a busy year too! Hopefully you have a chance to take a break and enjoy the festivities of the season.

Happy Holidays!

Advanced Lender – Limited Enrolment Seminar

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Nov 122014


UPDATE: This seminar occurred in the past. View the complete list of upcoming seminars to discover live programs that are available now.

This week LESA spoke with Jay Krushell, a facilitator for our upcoming Advanced Lender seminar. In our interview, Krushell described his excitement about this unique seminar format that is designed to facilitate discussion between experienced practitioners who practice exclusively or predominately in banking and finance.

In Krushell’s words, this seminar will provide a “unique opportunity for senior practitioners to get together and talk about the issues in our area of practice.” While several seminar facilitators have preselected topics and will help guide the discussion, Krushell indicated the “dialogue should be spontaneous” with the intention that “discussions will move to the hot button topics that are really top of mind for the people in the room.”

Rather than follow a more traditional seminar format that sees presenters doing most of the talking, this seminar will involve interactive discussion between practitioners with expertise in banking and finance. As such, an agenda with topics and discussion points will be sent to seminar attendees 7 to 10 days before the seminar. This will give you, the attendee, a chance to think about the topics and come prepared with questions, anecdotes, and hopefully solutions to some of the issues being discussed. Seeing the agenda in advance will also give you an opportunity to think about other topics and issues you would like to address at the seminar.

This seminar’s interactive discussion format aims to help senior practitioners understand the perspectives and viewpoints of their colleagues. As Krushell explains, “we all do work in our own little silos, and I think the chance to get in there with other senior practitioners to talk about these issues and get their input … is going to be invaluable for everyone who attends.”

Enrollment for Advanced Lender is limited. Register online now to reserve your spot.

Seminar details:
Location: Edmonton
Dates: January 15 & 22