March Upcoming Legal Events

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Mar 012017
 

March Upcoming Legal Events

This month, we’ve got a variety of upcoming legal events to offer Alberta’s legal community. Discover what programs we have to offer, learn important dates for the upcoming 2017/2018 CPLED Program year, and more.

LESA Programming

Capacity and Influence | EDMONTON: March 1, 2017 | CALGARY: March 8, 2017

Feel empowered to act appropriately when confronted with capacity or influence “red flags”. Learn how to assess capacity, recognize signs of influence or control, and determine which steps to take in those circumstances. Read the program brochure for more details. Register online today.

Buying and Selling a Business | EDMONTON: March 2, 2017 | CALGARY: March 9, 2017

Tackle issues and questions confidently, including pre-transaction considerations, structuring hybrid asset/share deals, and potential tax implications that arise in the purchase or sale of a private business. Get more details, and register online today.

Top 10+ (Things Every Lawyer Should Know) | EDMONTON: March 4, 2017

Lawyers are often called on to answer legal questions by clients, family, and friends in areas of practice outside their area of expertise. Learn how to competently answer the most common questions raised in multiple practice areas. Read the program brochure for more information. Register online today.

Drafting Wills and Trusts | CALGARY: March 7, 2017

Clear and concise language is critical when drafting wills and trusts. Improve your drafting skills, understand how to appropriately incorporate plain language, discuss common challenges, and review situation-specific sample clauses. Read the program brochure for details. Register online today.

Real Estate Essentials | EDMONTON: March 10, 2017 | CALGARY: March 17, 2017

Analyze common issues and mistakes, and discuss best practices for real estate matters. Learn practical tips to avoid Land Titles rejections, and to deal with trust conditions and trust accounting issues. Read the program brochure for more information. Register online today.

Intersection of Family and Criminal Law | CALGARY: March 11, 2017 | EDMONTON: March 18, 2017

Criminal issues sometimes arise in family law matters. Learn about protection orders, domestic violence issues, and cyber-related offences as they relate to custody, parenting, and reconciliation. Get program details, and register online today.

Immigration Fundamentals | CALGARY: March 14, 2017 | EDMONTON: March 23, 2017

Build a foundation in immigration law. Examine the basics of temporary study and work permits, the express entry program, family class immigration and refugee applications, and immigrant settlement procedures. Read the program brochure for more details. Register online today.

CPLED

2017/2018 CPLED ProgramRegistration for the 2017/2018 year opens today. You can view the CPLED Program Key Dates on.lesa.org/keydates for details about when the face-to-face sessions and online modules are running.

The registration deadline is May 31, 2017. Students who do not apply by this date are subject to a non-refundable late filing fee.

Visit our CPLED for Students website to find out what to expect from the CPLED Program and for other key information.

If you have any additional questions about the CPLED Program or the registration process, contact LESA’s Student Coordinator, Craig Edhart direct: 780.969.3554 or by email.

Legal Community Events

ASSIST

Alberta Lawyers' Assistance Society

  • LESA is proud to sponsor the upcoming Hand-to-Hand event featuring Olympian Clara Hughes on March 8, 2017. Join the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, CPA Assist, and the U of A Faculty of Law for an evening with Clara Hughes that will inspire you to live your best life. Click here for more details.
  • On March 8 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, attend the free-of-cost New Parents’ Peer Support session. Discuss both the benefits and challenges of your journey while juggling the demands of practicing law with other new and expecting parents. Get more details.

Monthly Upcoming Legal Events

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Jan 022017
 

Monthly Upcoming Legal Events

Find out what’s going on in Alberta’s legal community this month.

January Programs

Effective Legal Support

Explore strategies with program chair Michelle D. Millard for getting (and staying) organized, efficiently prioritizing, using office technology more effectively, and for providing more meaningful support overall.
Edmonton (January 17).
Calgary (January 19).

View the program brochure for more details.


CPLED

Oral Advocacy and Professional Responsibility begins the week of January 2 in Calgary and the week of January 9 in Edmonton. This face-to-face session is a mandatory part of the CPLED Program.


Legal Community Events

Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist): Peer Support Training

Give back to the legal community by getting involved in a volunteer peer role to provide confidential help to lawyers, law students, and their immediate families with personal issues.

Join Assist’s Peer Support Training Session on January 28 in Calgary. Click here for more information.

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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Monthly Upcoming Legal Events

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Sep 012016
 
Find out what happening in the legal community this September.
LESA Programs

Check out what LESA has to offer you this September!

Being an Excellent Principal

This course is free of charge; register online to secure your spot (registration required; limited enrolment).

View the program brochure for more details.

Delivering Effective Feedback

Join the Honourable Judge J.L. Dixon and seminar chair Molly Naber-Sykes QC and learn to deliver constructive feedback to colleagues, associates, articling students, support staff, and others.

View the program brochure for more details.

Basic Collaborative Law

There are only 4 spots remaining. Register today to save your seat!

View the program brochure for more details.


CPLED

The Interviewing and Advising Face-to-Face sessions begin the week of September 26 in Edmonton and Calgary. Get more details here.


Legal Community Events

Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist): 6th Annual Walk for Wellness Events

  • Lethbridge, September 22
  • Calgary, September 22
  • Red Deer, September 27
  • Edmonton, September 27

Edmonton Legal Community Centre (ECLC): Advice-A-thon

  • September 24, Sir Winston Churchill Square

Edmonton Legal Build: Race Judicata

  • September 17

If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

Assist: Annual Walks for Wellness

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Aug 312016
 

6th Annual Walks for Wellness

Have you heard of the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society’s (Assist) annual Walks for Wellness? This September marks the 6th Annual Walk for Wellness events in Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton.

Locations, Dates, & Times

Join Alberta’s legal community for a free walk at,
• The Lethbridge Courthouse Park, September 22, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM;
• The Calgary Courthouse Park, September 22, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM;
• The Red Deer Provincial Courthouse (Remand Centre/East Side), September 27, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM; or at
• The Edmonton Courthouse Park (Sir Winston Churchill Square), September 27, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.

This walk is free, but participants are asked to pledge one of the following:
Family Time;
Active Time;
Quiet Time;
Reflective Time; or
Fun Time.

Help promote health and wellness and raise awareness of Assist’s services this fall. There are prizes to be won and plenty of fun to be had!

More Information

Get more information about this year’s Walks for Wellness.
Lethbridge
Calgary
Red Deer
Edmonton

Have questions? Call, 1.877.737.5508 or 403.537.5508.


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

Assist Peer Support Training Session

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Jul 082016
 

 

Assist Peer Training Support

On June 25, 2016, LESA’s summer student’s Katie Moore and Angela Beierbach had the opportunity to attend the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society’s (Assist) peer support training session.

This confidential and discreet program allows participants to be matched with a peer support volunteer who is trained in having discussions with people in distress and can offer support, encouragement, and referral to appropriate resources.

Through peer support training sessions, volunteers learn valuable communication skills that can be used when providing peer support to participants. Here’s what Katie and Angela learned.


Body Language

First, body language is an essential component of creating meaningful conversation. It is important to ensure that the speaker feels that they have your full attention. This means planning a time when you can put down your phone, facing the person with open posture and avoiding distractions that can draw you away from the conversation.

Active Listening

Second, when you are looking to have a meaningful conversation it is important to be an active listener. Active listening involves ensuring that you have a strong understanding of the information being conveyed to you by asking questions and making observations.

This doesn’t necessarily involve frequent interruptions and fact-checks, but is more of a pointed checking in process through which you can both ensure that you are on the same page. This can be as simple as asking, “how does that make you feel?” or checking in with observations such as, “you sound upset about this.” Checking in demonstrates to the speaker both that you are listening and that you are making every effort to better understand the issue at hand.

Being Genuine

Thirdly, remaining genuine is key to creating meaningful rapport in any social situation. It can sometimes feel difficult to be yourself in a structured situation where you are trying to say the right thing or remember specific points of conversation, but staying grounded is an integral part of positive communication.

Being genuine will help conversation to flow more easily and create a more comfortable environment for both you and the person with whom you are speaking.
It is through communication tools like these that Peer Support volunteers are able to be positive resources for participants across Alberta.


About Assist

Assist is an independent, charitable Society that seeks to provide confidential help to lawyers, law students, and their immediate families with personal issues.
Assist offers many different resources beyond the peer support program that can help lawyers or families of lawyers with their personal needs. Some of these resources include offering counselling sessions with registered clinical psychologists, online modules, and proactive sessions throughout the year like AssistFit.

Contact Assist

For immediate help from Assist call 1-877-498-6898 (toll free) from anywhere in Alberta. For more information on Assist’s services or to access online resources please visit the website . To speak with someone at Assist about their services or volunteer opportunities please call 403.537.5508 or 1.877.737.5508.


If you are interested in submitting a blog post relevant to Alberta’s legal community, please contact LESA’s  Communications Coordinator, Andrea Maltais.

July Upcoming Legal Events

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Jul 042016
 

July Upcoming Legal Events

 

It’s the beginning of July, which means the start of a new educational year at LESA. Watch your mailbox for the 2016/2017 Educational Calendar, filled with a fresh list of programs, seminars on demand, and key dates you won’t want to miss.

CPLED

The 2016/2017 Student Guide and Program Agreement have been posted. Students from Alberta and the Northwest Territories can now pay tuition for the upcoming year. The deadline for documentation and fees is July 29. Get more information at LESA.org/CPLED.

Legal Community Events

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AssistFit

Win your firm the grand prize at AssistFit’s Line Dancing: Whoop-Up, July 12. And, on July 23, sweat your stress away at Assist’s private Spin Class at YYC Cycle.


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

 

May 022016
 

Register for upcoming May 2016 events today!

May Programs

Check out today’s blog for information on May 2016 upcoming legal events that you won’t want to miss, as LESA’s programming starts to wind down for the 2015/2016 educational year.

Complete Lawyer

Register online to attend in Lethbridge (May 6)

  • Get tips for answering commonly asked questions in 6 areas of law. Discuss practical issues from how to successfully navigate difficult litigation issues to addressing agricultural real estate concerns.
  • Read the blog to find out what seminar chair Deirdre M.I. McKenna had to say about the value of this program.
Estate Planning for Blended Families

Register online to attend in Edmonton (May 10) or in Calgary (May 17)

  • With divorce and re-marriage rates on the rise, wills and estates practitioners are increasingly facing more challenging cases. Don’t miss the chance to gain practical tools and advice for representing blended families.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Karen A. Platten QC for a sneak preview of the discussion topics and main program takeaways.
Criminal Advocacy – Experts

Register online to attend in Calgary (May 14) or in Edmonton (May 28)

  • Learn how to face complex trials using expert evidence. Participate in a demonstration voir dire, and discover important insights from the perspectives of the Crown, the Defence, and the Bench to help refine your practice.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Karen E. Hewitt QC for an overview of some of the key program goals and learning outcomes.
Privacy Update

Register online to attend in Calgary (May 19) or in Edmonton (May 25)

  • Delve into the constantly progressing world of access and privacy, and explore a road map for addressing these issues. Discuss key issues and trends, investigative reports, and more.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Ritu Khullar QC and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, Jill Clayton for a sneak peek of some of the key questions to be addressed.
Mediation of Family and Divorce Conflict

Register online to attend in Calgary (May 16–20) – ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT

  • Gain over 40 hours of intensive hands-on training in this course that is recognized by the collaborative law associations in Alberta.

Registration Savings

There are only a few programs left in this 2015/2016 educational year, and the last early bird deadline is coming up soon on May 3!

The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box

Register online to attend in Edmonton (June 9) – Early Bird ENDS May 3

  • Discover how constitutional and insolvency law intersect to shape division of powers jurisprudence, discharge in personal bankruptcy, regulators’ enforcement of powers, receivership, and priority ranking of creditors.
CPLED

The registration deadline for the 2016/2017 CPLED year is May 31, 2016. Students who do not apply by this date are subject to a non-refundable late filing fee. Read the blog for more information and to register online.

If you have any questions, contact LESA’s Student Coordinator, Ashley Iachetta.

Legal Community Events

Players de Novo – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

On May 6, the 11th annual legal community play is taking on a Shakespearian tone, and the night promises to be as entertaining as ever. Read the blog for more information.

AssistFit Events

Assist has two AssitFit events – to promote health and wellness – scheduled for May. To learn more about AssistFit, read our blog.

Law Day

Although most Law Day activities wrapped up in April, you can still be part of the fun in Fort McMurray on May 28. If you want more info on the kinds of events that happened throughout the province, read the blog to learn more.

Assist Speaker Series – Amanda Lindhout

This May 30 (Calgary) and June 1 (Edmonton) marks the 2nd speaker series event hosted by CPA Assist and the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society – where Amanda Lindhout speaks about her experience as a hostage in Somalia, forgiveness, resilience, social responsibility, and more. Read the blog for registration information and event details.


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

Assist Speaker Series: Amanda Lindhout

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Apr 292016
 

Register for Assist’s “A Story of Resilience” with Amanda Lindhout today!

Have you heard? CPA Assist, in collaboration with Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, are hosting a 3 part speaker series this year. These informative sessions on mental health and wellness feature engaging speakers and address topics that affect professionals in Alberta.

This presentation is the 2nd of the series. Speaker Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian journalist and humanitarian, talks about forgiveness, resilience, social responsibility and more in “A Story of Resilience.”

AboutRegister for Assist’s “A Story of Resilience” with Amanda Lindhout today!

As Founder and Executive Director of the Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF), Amanda Lindhout has gained international acclaim for her work supporting development and aid in Somalia – the country where she once spent 460 days as a hostage. Her award-winning humanitarian work has provided aid and education to over 300,000 people living in the war-torn country. Amanda’s story of survival in the face of lost hope illustrates the remarkable strength of the human spirit.

Register

For a more detailed description of these events and to get information, including registration deadlines, ticket pricing, and more, select a city below:

Other Events

Click here for a list of other upcoming Assist events.


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0555 or andrea.maltais@lesa.org

Apr 012016
 

Calendar Image. Discover April 2016 Upcoming Legal Events!

They say April showers bring May flowers, but the next few weeks are also packed full of interesting events and useful continuing professional development programs. Read today’s blog to find out what April 2016 upcoming legal events you’ll want to mark on your calendar.

April Programs

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives

Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 5) or in Calgary (April 12).

  • Join seminar chair Farah Salim and panel experts to explore both common and extraordinary issues, such as inter-jurisdictional concerns, health care challenges, litigation tips, and more.
  • Read the blog for a sneak peek of what you can expect.
Unanimous Shareholder Agreement Disputes

Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 6) or in Calgary (April 20).

Read the blog to discover the top 5 program takeaways and to find out why seminar chair Bryan Haynes says this program offers valuable tips, information, and best practices to address the surprisingly common issue of shareholder disputes.

A lot of people enter into ventures with friends, family, or, in some cases, strangers. At the outset, everyone has the best intentions and is acting in good faith, but, more often than one would like to think, there is a breakdown in the relationship and a dispute arises.”

Basic Collaborative Law

Discuss negotiation theory, preparing for 4-way meetings, the principles of collaborative practice, ethical issues, how to advise clients, and more.

If you missed your chance to attend this program on April 8–9 (the seminar is full!), don’t delay and register online now to attend this fall (September 30–October 1).

Legal Project Management

Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 13) or in Calgary (April 14).

Join instructors Pamela Woldow and Patricia Olah in this interactive seminar to explore various project management skills: from the top 4 project management strategies, to the connection between project management and profitability, and even metrics used to measure and evaluate project management performance and success.

Read the blog for the inside scoop about what legal project management is, how you can implement its principles, and why this is a useful tool to add to your practice management tool box.

Questioning

Register online to attend in Edmonton (April 19) or in Calgary (April 28).

  • Delve into questioning with experienced practitioners and Queen’s Bench Masters. Discuss specific issues, and join the conversation by participating in roundtable discussions and demonstrations.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Patrick Kirwin for the inside scoop on the top 3 reasons this seminar is particularly valuable.
Alberta Land Titles Online

Register online to attend in Lake Louise on April 23!

Stay up-to-date on significant upcoming changes to how electronic signatures will be used for land title transactions. All practitioners are welcome to attend this add-on program to the 49th Annual Refresher.

Read the blog with Curtis Woollard from Land Titles North to learn about 5 key changes and what all real estate practitioners should be aware of.

49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate

Register online to attend in Lake Louise this April 24–26.

  • Keep current on various issues affecting real estate transactions – from important snippets on topics such as protocol, trust cheques, and real property reports to sessions on practice pointers, commercial real estate, condominiums, and taxes.
  • Read the blog for more information about the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate and the add-on program Alberta Land Titles Online.

Registration Savings

If you’re looking to start checking some 2016 CPD requirements off your list, why not consider attending some of these upcoming programs? They’re running in May and June, but don’t wait to reserve your spot. Early bird registration savings for the following programs end in April.

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Register online to attend in Edmonton (May 10) or in Calgary (May 17) – Early Bird ENDS April 5.

Consider the unique concerns, competing interests, and estate planning strategies that come into play in the complex situations encountered with blended families. Read the blog with seminar chair Karen A. Platten QC to learn more about the practical tools you’ll gain and why this program offers important advice and information to practitioners.

Every practitioner runs across issues that they haven’t ever seen before. … [Unique situations] require certain expertise and certain understanding.”

Privacy Update

Register online to attend in Calgary (May 19) or in Edmonton (May 25) – Early Bird ENDS April 12.

  •  Explore current issues and emerging themes in privacy law to better prepare yourself to identify and address issues that come up in practice.
  •  Read the blog with seminar chair Ritu Khullar QC and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton for more information about the questions and topics that you’ll discuss in the program.
Criminal Advocacy – Experts

Register online to attend in Calgary (May 14) or in Edmonton (May 28) – Early Bird ENDS April 12.

Both junior lawyers and more seasoned veterans stand to benefit from this review of seminal issues and specialized matters. Consider the top 25 criminal cases in the areas of expert evidence, right to counsel, statements voir dire, and warrantless search and seizure.

CPLED

The 2015/2016 CPLED year is fast coming to a close now that all regular session modules have concluded. Students completing reserve period modules should contact LESA’s Student Coordinator, Ashley Iachetta if they have any questions.

Registration for the 2016/2017 CPLED year is open. Applicants can read the blog for more information and to register online.

Legal Community Events

AssistFit activities are part of a new program offered by the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) to encourage health, fitness, and creative activities within the legal community. There are several events happening in April. Read the blog to learn more!

Law Day celebrations are happening around the province this month, and volunteers are needed to make the events possible. Read the blog for more information about locations, dates, and volunteer opportunities.


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Renee Vander Meulen, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0553 or renee.vandermeulen@lesa.org