2017 Alberta’s Top Employers Winner

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Mar 232017

Alberta's Top 70 Employers 2017


The winners of the 2017 Alberta’s Top 70 Employers competition were announced yesterday at the official awards reception in Calgary, and LESA made the list.

At LESA, we strive to be collaborative, innovative, professional, and responsible with our resources. Today’s blog shares some examples and reasons why we have been recognized as one of the distinguished 2017 Alberta’s Top 70 Employers winners. Read our press release to learn more.



LESA’s physical workspaces encourage collaboration. Our meeting room and offices have writeable walls, which make it easy to brainstorm, be creative, and stay organized – all important aspects of working as a team.


To respond to the diverse learning needs of our community and succeed in offering high quality continuing legal education, LESA strives to be innovative. As such, we use various approaches in order to remain up-to-date on current knowledge and technological advances. First, we invest in the professional development of our staff. Staff attend training sessions, engage with other organizations, and participate in quarterly team development activities. We also take part in discussions with other continuing legal education providers through the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) to ensure we keep current in our educational delivery methods. Finally, we gather feedback from Alberta’s legal community for our programs and resources through annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Discovery surveys, programming proposal submissions, and more.


In January 2015, LESA forged ahead with an exciting change in structure that, in part, reflects our desire to effectively and competently serve Alberta’s legal community. Our reorganization to a structure of responsible autonomy fundamentally reflects the values LESA holds most dear: it favours empowerment, fosters accountability and communication, helps employees develop leadership competencies, and embraces collaboration and innovation.


Being responsible with our resources – being fiscally responsible now and investing in a sustainable future – entails many things. Since our employees are our greatest asset, it is incredibly important to LESA to manage our human resources responsibly and conscientiously. Our earned days-off program is hugely popular, letting staff enjoy every third Friday off. LESA staff also appreciate flexible work hours and telecommuting options that allow for work-life balance. LESA’s commitment to helping staff achieve a healthy work-life balance benefits everyone and makes for a positive work environment where staff are engaged and productive.

What do our staff love most?

We’re proud of the many reasons that LESA is a 2017 Alberta’s Top Employers winner, but we’ll wrap things up by letting you hear straight from some of our staff why they love working at LESA.

What I enjoy most about LESA is the opportunity to work with a group who values the common goal of providing quality continuing education for Alberta’s legal community.”

Chris Mendez, Director of Integration


The best part of LESA is the staff. Everyone here is very kind, dedicated, positive, and works well on a team. We are people who always go the extra mile to improve LESA, and we also have fun in the process.”

Courtney Black, Education Assistant


At LESA, we get the opportunity to enjoy flexibility and work-life balance. I am thankful that I am able to use and develop a range of skills in my daily tasks. I love working with a team so devoted to professional development and forming long-lasting, positive relationships.”

Andrea Maltais, Communications Coordinator

2017 Summer Student Positions Available

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Feb 072017

Top 70 Alberta Employers 2016

LESA is now hiring 2017 summer students. We’re looking for current law students who have completed at least 1 year of law school.

Benefits & Expectations

Join our innovative, dynamic organization and make a meaningful contribution to the legal community as part of our LESA team.

Gain experience and knowledge in key areas of law while refining your research and writing skills. Get the opportunity to work with LESA’s Legal team to research, write, review, and update LESA’s print publications and online resources. You will also have the opportunity to contribute here – on LESA’s blog.

Value of Being a LESA Summer Student

As one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers in 2016, LESA is a great place to work. One of our past summer students – Kelsey Dick – knows this first hand, joining LESA’s Legal team in the fall of 2015. Here’s what she had to say about working as a LESA summer student.

What did you enjoy about being a LESA summer student?

It allows you to stay involved in legal work during the summer and keep up-to-date on changes in the law, in an office atmosphere that is relaxed and friendly. Plus, LESA’s staff are wonderful to work with and always willing to help.”

What did you get to learn while working at LESA that you may not have learned elsewhere?

While summer students don’t have access to the CPLED Program materials, you do have the opportunity to work alongside the people involved with the program, so you can gain a better understanding of what CPLED is, how it works, and what LESA does. I think this is really beneficial as a student before starting the bar admission program, as it makes the CPLED Program a little less intimidating when you start articling.”

How did working at LESA as a summer student help shape your future career trajectory and opportunities?

It allows you to see the different opportunities available in the legal field, outside of the traditional firm career path. One of the real benefits of choosing a legal career is that it opens up a lot of doors to different employment opportunities. After I finished my law degree, I articled and worked at a large Edmonton law firm for a few years. I was interested in making a change around the same time LESA was looking for another lawyer to join their staff, and … I am now a Staff Lawyer at LESA.”

Want to learn more about the kind of work LESA summer students do? Check out what last year’s law students, Angela Beierbach and Katie Moore enjoyed about spending a summer with us.

Apply Now

View the job posting for complete details about the 2017 summer student positions. If you’re interested in joining the LESA team, apply by February 24, 2017 to Chris Mendez.