Important Changes to LESA’s CPLED Team

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Jan 182017
 

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The New Year has brought changes to LESA’s CPLED team; our former Education Coordinator, Bronwyn Connolly, has officially gone on maternity leave.


We are happy to inform you that as of January 2, 2017, Ashley Iachetta (previously the CPLED Student Coordinator) became LESA’s new CPLED Education Coordinator. Ashley is now the primary point of contact for all Learning Group Evaluators (LGEs) and Learning Group Facilitators (LGFs).

In addition, Kathy Fortier (our current Meeting & Relations Coordinator) has taken over some of the CPLED Education Coordinator responsibilities. She is now the primary point of contact for CPLED Face-to-Face Instructors and Evaluators.

Furthermore, Craig Edhart has taken on the role of CPLED Student Coordinator, and is now the primary point of contact for all student-related matters.

Contact our office at 780.420.1987 if you have any questions.

June 2016 Upcoming Legal Events

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Jun 012016
 

June 2016 Upcoming Legal events

June Programs

Find out what programs and events are coming up in June 2016, including the last programs offered by LESA in the 2015/2016 educational year!

Criminal Law 25

Register online to attend in Calgary (June 3) or in Edmonton (June 10).

Issues in the area of criminal law are multifaceted and increasingly complex. Gain insight from multiple perspectives, including the Judiciary, Crown, and Defence, and learn the practical considerations one must take into account where court interpretation becomes a quandary at Criminal Law 25.

Read our blog with seminar chair the Honourable Justice R.P. Belzil for more details, including why this program is valuable.

The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box

Register online to attend in Edmonton (June 9).

How do insolvency proceedings interfere with a regulator’s powers under provincial legislation? How have recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decisions shaped the paramountcy doctrine? How has the priority ranking of creditors been molded by constitutional doctrine? Find out all of this and more at the Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box!

Check out our blog with seminar co-chair Dr. Anna Lund for more details, including a sneak preview of her discussion topic.

34th Annual Intensive Advocacy

Register online to attend in Calgary (June 13 – 18).

There is 1 spot available in the 34th Annual intensive Advocacy program! Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the most intensive advocacy skills course for litigators in Western Canada. Learn how to examine-in-chief, cross-examine, object to improper questions, enter exhibits, and much more!

Visit our blog with experienced panelist Tim Mavko for more details, including a sneak peek of what this week-long workshop has to offer.

ESILaw Boot Camp

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

Are you a timekeeper, bookkeeper, firm administrator, or lawyer looking to enhance your ESILaw skills? If so, join us for the ESILaw Boot Camp! Discover valuable tools and learn time saving tips for managing clients, producing comprehensive reports, covering year end procedures, and more!

Read our blog with experienced faculty member Cathy Boyd to find out what you can expect from this program.

CPLED

LESA is currently recruiting facilitators and evaluators for both the 7 online modules and the 3 face-to-face sessions that comprise the CPLED program. Please note that CPLED facilitators and evaluators must have a minimum 4 years at the bar.

Visit our blog for more information, including how you can get involved! Questions? Contact LESA’s Education Coordinator, Bronwyn Connolly.


Legal Community Events

Annual AJEFA Banquet and Meeting

The Association des jurists d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA) is hosting their Annual Banquet and General Meeting on June 10, at the Derrick Golf & Winter Club in Edmonton.

Check out our blog for more information, including discussion topics, speakers, ticket pricing, and more!

Dial-a-Lawyer

If you are looking for a way to help those affected by the Fort McMurray wildfires, we invite you to join Pro Bono Law Alberta(PBLA), Legal Aid Alberta(LAA), the Law Society of Alberta (LSA), the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and pro bono clinics across the province to assist Fort McMurray residents through a one-day Fort McMurray Dial-a-Lawyer initiative.

Read our blog to find out how you can get involved!

University of Alberta Alumni & Friends of the Faculty of Law Association: Life After Articling

The University of Alberta Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association are hosting a dinner seminar for current CPLED students and junior lawyers. Life After Articling: Succeeding as a Junior Lawyer dinner seminar is part of the, Law Alumni & Friends “Pizza and Practice” series.

Read our blog for 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

Prepare for a Perfectly Professional Photo Shoot!

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Mar 152016
 

More work goes into a professional photo than you may think. Lighting, clothing, make-up, hair, accessories, colour palates—the list goes on! However, achieving the perfect shot doesn’t have to be stressful.

Stephanie Cragg Photography is our go-to for professional photos. Here are some tips Stephanie has shared with us that we thought you might find useful too!

Professional Photo Do’s

Check out Ashley’s professional photo as an example of what you should choose:

Ashley Iachetta, Student Coordinator - LESA

• Solid clothing colours
• Clean, wrinkle free clothing that fits you properly
• A hairstyle that keeps your hair away from your face
• Jewelry that is small and simple
• Standard business attire (suit jacket, dress shirt, and tie) or   casual business attire (jacket and open dress shirt) depending how your organization wants to present themselves
• A modest V-neck to lengthen the neck and blouses with sleeves

Professional Photo Do Not’s

When you’re getting ready for the spotlight, here are some things you should remember to avoid:

• Patterns, checks, and stripes
• Logos, graphics, and text
• Red as the dominant colour
• Turtlenecks (they crowd the face)
• Tops in your flesh tone such as: hazel, cream, beige, pastels, peach, and yellow (these colours will blend into your face and clothes)

• A white shirt (unless you plan to wear something under it)
• Distracting elements such as: oversized buttons, bows, or adornments on clothing
• Glittery, frosted, or shimmery make-up
• Bold statement jewelry (as it will date your photo)

Additional Tips

Here are a few additional tips from Stephanie:
• Apply a light lip balm just before the shoot.
• Have your own touch up powder or blotting paper handy if you tend to get a shiny face.
• Predetermine whether a warm smile or more serious expression is appropriate for your profession (you can even practice in the mirror beforehand to ensure that the perfect shot will land on the camera roll).

Daniel Garcia, Director of Integration - LESA

 

At LESA, we have decided to go with the warm smile (as you can see in Dan’s professional photo). For examples of alternative expressions, have a look at Stephanie’s portfolio.

 

 

Whether you are booking professional photos for your staff or you are an employee with a photo shoot scheduled in the near future, these photo tips are sure to help you get the professional look you’re after!

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.

2016/2017 CPLED Program Registration Opens March 1

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Feb 242016
 

 

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***Update: The 2016/2017 CPLED registration application deadline was May 31. Contact Ashley Iachetta if you have questions or need to apply. Late applications are subject to a non-refundable late fee of           $150 + GST. ***


 

Can you believe that the 2016/2017 CPLED Program is just around the corner? If time is flying by for you like it is flying by for us here at LESA, it’s hard to believe but 2016/2017 CPLED Program registration opens on March 1.

Register Online

If you’re a current 3rd year law student, recent graduate, or someone else who needs to take the Alberta bar admission program (the CPLED Program), mark March 1 on your calendar – 2016/2017 CPLED Program registration opens at noon.

The CPLED Program includes 7 online modules and 3 face-to-face sessions. Each face-to-face session is offered at 4 different times. Since session enrolment is limited and time preferences are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, students are encouraged to register early.

You can view the CPLED Program 2016/2017 Key Dates for details about when the face-to-face sessions and online modules are running.

Questions

Attending one of our two info sessions is a convenient way to learn more about what you can expect from the 2016/2017 CPLED Program. Info sessions are happening at the University of Alberta (February 23) and the University of Calgary (February 25).

You can also head to our CPLED for Students website, where you’ll find a short presentation on what to expect from the CPLED Program and other key information.

If  you have any additional questions about the CPLED Program or the registration process, contact LESA’s Student Coordinator – Ashley Iachetta (780.969.3557 or ashley.iachetta@lesa.org).

We’re looking forward to having you in the CPLED Program!

February 2016: Upcoming Legal Events

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Feb 022016
 

February 2016: Upcoming Legal Events

Stay up-to-date on upcoming legal events and programs. Today’s blog shares our program dates and early bird deadlines for the upcoming month.

February Programs

Drafting, Pleadings, Affidavits, and Orders: The Pleading Edge
Register online to attend in Edmonton (February 9) or Calgary (February 17).

  • Discover best practices, review current case law, and explore the role that pleadings play in framing your case.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair James Kindrake to learn what you’ll gain from this seminar that brings together a broad range of perspectives (from the civil litigator and family law practitioner to a Queen’s Bench Justice).

Advanced Child Support
Register online to attend in Edmonton (February 10) or Calgary (February 23).

  • Explore what’s at play in high income cases, responsibility for post-secondary expenses, section 7 and section 18 considerations, and other complicated child support issues.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Pam Bell to hear why experienced practitioners should attend this program to gain insight into issues from one end of the child support spectrum to the other.

Search Warrants
Register online to attend in Edmonton (February 19) or Calgary (February 26).

  • Recognize different types of warrants and how to utilize them. Discuss Garofoli Applications, constitutional challenges, privacy expectations, delay in access to counsel, and more.
  • Read the blog with seminar co-chair Karen Molle to discover more about the cutting edge topics discussed in this program targeted to both Crown and Defence counsel.
Registration Savings

Register now to take advantage of special early bird pricing for the following upcoming programs:

ENDING February 2

Family Law 25
Register online to attend in Edmonton (March 3) or Calgary (March 8).

  • Review the top 5 cases relevant to 5 family law issues: child support, spousal support, matrimonial property, parenting, and unjust enrichment. Also discover tax tips related to each of these areas.
  • Read the blog with seminar chair Marla Miller QC for her top 5 reasons why you’ll benefit from this program, from the valuable information you’ll gain to understanding current court perspectives.

ENDING February 16

49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate
Register online to attend in Lake Louise (April 24–26).

  • Focus on common practice, thorny issues, and new methods in real estate. Engage in 6 half-day sessions geared towards all practitioners who want to keep current in the practice of real estate law.
  • Read the blog to find out what you can expect from this year’s 2016 Refresher program.

If you’re coming to Lake Louise for the 49th Annual Refresher: Real Estate, why not also register for the add-on program: Alberta Land Titles Online?

  • Read the blog with Curtis Woollard, from Land Titles North, to learn more about what you’ll gain from this add-on program and how the upcoming changes to implement digital signatures in land titles transactions will affect your practice.
  • Register online for Alberta Land Titles Online in Lake Louise on April 23.
CPLED Modules

Interviewing and Advising
This mandatory CPLED module runs in Calgary or Edmonton (February 8–12).

  • Interact in a face-to-face environment that includes instruction in and testing competence for interviewing and advising skills.
  • If you are a current CPLED student and have any questions about this module, please contact the LESA Student Coordinator Ashley Iachetta at ashley.iachetta@lesa.org or 780.969.3557.
Events in the Legal Community

Western Canada Class Actions Conference
Register online to attend the live program in Vancouver or the live webinar (February 26).


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

Reflections from our 2015 Law Summer Students

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Sep 022015
 

Over the past few months we’ve had two incredible law summer students working here at LESA! Allison Boutillier and Kristine Gu joined us back at the beginning of May, and we wanted to share what they learned while working at LESA and why they enjoyed spending the summer here.

What did you do here at LESA this summer and what did you most enjoy about your job?

Kristine and Allison both emphasized the researching, writing, and editing experience they gained – especially while working on the new wills & estates practice manuals that LESA is preparing. They also helped work on some of LESA’s online courses and the new LESA Library, in addition to writing several blogs. Want to see some of their work? Read their practice profile blogs with Marla Miller QC and Donna Tingley.

The rest of the LESA staff also had the opportunity to benefit from their knowledge during two LESA coffee talks: Allison spoke about intestacy and Kristine discussed copyright issues. Both of these presentations were interesting, informative, and greatly appreciated by the LESA staff!

I really enjoyed making that PowerPoint presentation [for the LESA coffee talk on intestacy]. I expanded into features of PowerPoint that I have never used before, [and it] is surprisingly fun to make everything on the screen move. Using the polling technology [the audience response units we use at LESA seminars] was really interesting to me. … [My presentation] was really based around user interaction and having the constant audience feedback – that was the driving force. … The talk was a bit of an opportunity to explore, especially in an area where we’ve worked … all summer, and then I could take it and do what I wanted to do with it.” Allison

The blog was one of the most interesting parts, especially the practice profile series … because it was interactive and it was interesting for us too – we got to talk to the lawyers in the community. …I also really enjoyed the [LESA Library]. It was something different – it wasn’t something you would really do in a law office. It was interesting browsing all the content, because it gave me a little bit of insight about what the website will look like. It was interesting watching the transition between [hardcopy] manuals and wiki, especially trying to match up the chapters. I think it’s good to be part of … LESA growing in the online world – to be able to be a part of that change. … I like how LESA’s moving that way, with the blog and Twitter and Facebook. It’s very rare to see organizations actually integrate so many platforms in the right way. I think a lot of organizations kind of separate their social media and aren’t able to align it, so for your blog you have Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter all together – so that’s good. I enjoy technology stuff.” Kristine

What is one thing you learned about LESA that you think other people
should know?

The CPLED Program (pre-call training for Alberta lawyers) comprises a large part of what LESA does. Neither Kristine nor Allison worked on any CPLED materials while doing their editing, researching, and writing this summer, but CPLED will be a part of their not-so-distant future, so it’s not surprising that they were interested in how the program works and in the faces behind it – those people who keep the CPLED Program running smoothly.

For both of them, one of the biggest things they learned was how much support LESA offers to CPLED students.

LESA’s not out to get people. … Everyone is so supportive. They take each student very seriously, and it’s not as if a student is just a number … If there’s an issue, they’ll try to work with you.” Kristine

I don’t know if you guys appreciate how much it’s sort of like looking behind the curtain. … [Those] students who are trying to get through CPLED don’t get to see that you call Ashley, who is so kind and will actually care. That’s what people should know – the person who does a great deal of the work on CPLED is one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet, and I think that would help students to know that they can call Ashley.” Allison

Kristine was also impressed by the work that LESA is doing to reach out to students who are still in law school. “Another thing I learned about LESA … [is that they’re] really trying to interact with students … [by] increasing their presence with more student-oriented blogs and things like that.”

Thinking down the road to your future as a lawyer, how do you think that working at LESA helped build the skills that you will need to do that job well?

I think at LESA we were lucky because we were able to do some legal research related things – things that a law student would have done at a law firm. But like I said at the beginning of the summer – and I think it showed itself through the people – we were able to develop those skills in a very friendly and welcoming environment. Karen was very supportive. … We did some things that we weren’t sure if we were qualified to do, and I think that was a really big learning experience filling that gap by myself. But then Karen was very supportive. She never made us feel bad about what we weren’t doing properly. She walked us through it. In terms of skills, I think it gave me the confidence to take some risks. In terms of researching things I wasn’t familiar with – I’ve never taken a wills and estates class before – I walked in I was like, “Oh man, I’m not sure if I’m able to do this.” But I came to realize that you can start from nothing and work from there. School isn’t the only place you can learn. So being resourceful [is important]: being able to walk away with something and work on in it for a bit – even if you’re not right, just putting the effort in and learning about it – and then being able to confidently ask for feedback.” Kristine

We did a lot of work on the practice manuals, … and it was an opportunity to go through some of the materials that are more practical. What we do in class is comparatively theoretical, and here we’re going through a manual that’s targeted at lawyers for development purposes that focuses on which form to fill out and things that aren’t going to get covered in a theoretical course. So personally, and very selfishly, I’ve had the opportunity to just learn things, because going through and editing the manuals means reading them. Or … looking through some of the manuals to see what would work well as an online course meant I literally sat down and read some of the binders. … So I just got to sit there and read it and learn things that are very practical. I think that exposure helps a lot. I have a little toe in the door of all the things that we’re going to see right away outside of law school but that we’re not getting as much exposure to in law school.” Allison

We’re so glad that Kristine and Allison learned a lot from working here at LESA, and we’re grateful for all the help they gave us this summer. We hope they’ll be able to share more of their insights with all us during this upcoming year as guest bloggers, so stay tuned to hear more from them throughout the year. If you want, you can even follow the blog by entering your email at the top, right hand side of this page – that way you’ll be sure to see their blogs when they are posted.

2015/2016 CPLED Alberta Student Guide

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Jul 222015
 

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If you’re starting your articles and the CPLED Program this year, you’re probably wondering what the CPLED Program is all about and what to expect when the program’s modules start in the next month or so.

LESA’s blog is a great place to come for information. (You can subscribe to follow it on the right side bar at the top of this page!) Last month, one of LESA’s summer students – Allison Boutillier – wrote a blog explaining the Law Society of Alberta’s recent changes to the Articling Student Education Plan. In today’s blog, LESA’s Student CoordinatorAshley Iachetta – shares some information about the CPLED Program.

You can also check out the 2015/2016 CPLED Alberta Student Guide to find answer all your CPLED Program questions.

Program Overview

Students seeking admission to the Alberta Bar must successfully complete the CPLED Program. Along with the experience of articling, the CPLED Program is intended to help students develop the competencies required of an entry-level lawyer and to ensure that students can demonstrate these competencies before being admitted to the practice of law.

The CPLED Program requires the successful completion of 3 face-to-face sessions, 7 online modules, and a Trust Accounting Fundamentals online self-study course.

All face-to-face sessions are 3 days long, except for Negotiations & Practice Fundamentals, which is 4 days.

All online modules, except Ethics & Professionalism, run over the course of 3 weeks. Students submit weekly assignments (which are voluntary but highly recommended!) and then learning group facilitators (LGFs) provide feedback on student submissions. These weekly assignments, along with background readings and learning exercises, help students prepare for their competency evaluations.

Online competency evaluations may consist of written submissions or may be invigilated (supervised) examinations. Face-to-face competency evaluations are – you guessed it – in-person, hands-on activities completed to demonstrate competency in the particular module’s skills, such as interviewing a client (played by an actor).

Applying to the CPLED Program

Before you can be admitted to the CPLED Program, LESA must receive 4 things:

  1. A completed Application for Admission to the CPLED Program. If you haven’t already submitted your application, email Ashley (ashley.iachetta@lesa.org) as soon as possible and be prepared to pay the non-refundable late fee ($150 + GST).
  2.  A signed CPLED Program Agreement, found here.
  3. Payment of tuition. (You should have received an email with an invoice and payment details. Note that the Law Society of Alberta sets the tuition for the CPLED program, typically in April.)
  4. Confirmation of student-at-law status (or conditional student status), which LESA receives from the Law Society of Alberta.
Student-at-Law Status

The Law Society of Alberta administers the rules, regulations, and procedures for students-at-law and principals. To article in Alberta, you must seek admission to the Law Society of Alberta as a student-at-law. This is a separate requirement from the requirement to register for the CPLED Program. Questions regarding admission as a student-at-law should be directed to the Membership Services department at the Law Society of Alberta.

Applicants can apply to the CPLED Program before being admitted as a student-at-law. Before commencing the CPLED Program, however, an applicant must have student-at-law (or comparable) status with either the Law Society of Alberta or the Law Society of the Northwest Territories.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of the CPLED Program requires the following:

  1. Attendance, participation, and professional behaviour.
  2. Completion of all mandatory assignments, competency evaluations, and examinations with professional and academic integrity.
  3. A grade of “competency demonstrated” (CD) in all mandatory assignments, competency evaluations, and examinations.

Over the course of the CPLED Program, a student completes 10 competency evaluations. Students must achieve a grade of CD in all 10.

Grading scale

A grade of CD means that the student successfully completed that module of the CPLED Program. A grade of “competency not yet demonstrated” (CNYD) means that the student was not successful in completing that module. If a student receives a grade of CNYD in up to three modules, those modules may be repeated during the Reserve Period.

Reserve Period

Supplemental competency evaluations are scheduled during the Reserve Period, which runs March 31, 2016 to June 23, 2016. At this time, students who received a grade of CNYD (in up to three modules) complete a supplemental competency evaluation for each module, in order to complete the CPLED Program requirement of earning a grade of CD in all 10 modules. Applicants whose entry into the CPLED Program was delayed also complete missed modules during this period.

Special circumstances

In some cases, students may have individual needs that necessitate an accommodation, an excused absence, a deferral, a scheduling change, or a withdrawal from the CPLED Program. More information about these options can be found here on our website.
If you have any other questions about the CPLED Program, check out the 2015/2016 CPLED Alberta Student Guide. The Student Guide covers the key information you need to know; however, if you still have questions, please email Ashley for clarification.

Best of luck to everyone during their articling and CPLED year!

CPLED – Looking Forward to 2015/2016

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Mar 272015
 

cpled-logo2010-new***Update: The 2015/2016 CPLED registration application deadline was May 31. Contact Ashley Iachetta if you have questions or need to apply. Late applications are subject to a non-refundable late fee of $150 + GST.***


 

Regular programming for the 2014/2015 CPLED year wrapped up this week when the Negotiations face-to-face module concluded on Wednesday. Now we’re starting to look ahead to the new year.

 

Welcome to CPLED

If you are a current 3rd year law student or recent graduate who needs to take the Alberta bar admission program, welcome to CPLED and to LESA. We know you’ll have lots of questions about CPLED, and we want to give you all the information that you need.

You’ll find details about when the CPLED face-to-face sessions and online modules run in the 2015/2016 Key Dates.

If you haven’t yet registered for CPLED, you’ll want to register online now. Registration has been open since February 23, and face-to-face session enrolment is limited, with time preferences granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you missed our info sessions at the U of A and U of C or if you have more questions, the CPLED 2015/2016 Presentation, should get you well on your way to answering your questions.

As always, our CPLED Student Coordinator, Ashley Iachetta, is available to answer any other questions you may have. You can reach her at ashley.iachetta@lesa.org or at 780.969.3557.

 

Volunteering for CPLED

If you’re looking for a way to give back to the profession, there’s no better way than to contribute your time, skills, and knowledge to help train the next generation of lawyers, who also happen to be our CPLED students.

LESA is currently recruiting volunteers to help with our face-to-face modules. We need both faculty members for the teaching days and evaluators for the competency evaluation days.

If you’d like more information or want to put your name forward as a volunteer, please contact Janette Sztym at janette.sztym@lesa.org or at 780.969.3553.

 

2014/2015 Reserve Period

If you are a current CPLED student who needs to complete modules in the Reserve Period (March 26 to June 18), you can access your Reserve Period Schedule through the “14/15 Reserve Period” course in Desire2Learn.

If you have any questions about your schedule, please contact Ashley Iachetta (CPLED Student Coordinator) at ashley.iachetta@lesa.org or at 780.969.3557.

2015/2016 CPLED Announcement

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Feb 162015
 

CPLED Logo***Update: The 2015/2016 CPLED registration application deadline was May 31. Contact Ashley Iachetta if you have questions or need to apply. Late applications are subject to a non-refundable late fee of $150 + GST.***


 

If you’ve been waiting for details about the CPLED program’s upcoming 2015/2016 educational year, we don’t want to keep you on the edge of your seat any longer.

 

Registration

Current 3rd year law students, recent graduates, or others needing to take the Alberta bar admission program should mark February 23 on their calendars – CPLED registration opens at noon.

Register for CPLED here by filling in the short Application for Admission form. Note that this link will not direct you to the form until registration opens on February 23.

The CPLED program includes 7 online modules and 3 face-to-face sessions. Each face-to-face session has 4 offering times. Since session enrolment is limited and time preferences are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, students are encouraged to register early.

For details about when the face-to-face sessions and online modules are running, view the CPLED Program 2015/2016 Key Dates.

Info Sessions

To learn more about the CPLED program, attend one of the CPLED info sessions happening at the University of Alberta (February 24) or the University of Calgary (March 12). Both the Law Society of Alberta and LESA will make presentations about the program to help answer your questions about what to expect from CPLED.

Questions

If you have any questions about CPLED or the registration process, LESA’s Student Coordinator, Ashley Iachetta, is just an email or phone call away. You can reach her at ashley.iachetta@lesa.org or at 780.969.3557.

Volunteering

If you are a practicing lawyer, have you considered being a part of our CPLED program?

Contact Bronwyn Connolly at bronwyn.connolly@lesa.org for information on becoming a learning group facilitator (LGF) or learning group evaluator (LGE) for the online modules; contact Janette Sztym at janette.sztym@lesa.org if you are interested in participating in the face-to-face modules.