May Upcoming Legal Events

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May 012017

May Upcoming Legal Events

Discover what legal events are coming up this May, from LESA programs, to CPLED, and more.

LESA Programming

Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence | Edmonton, May 2 | Calgary, May 4
Every litigator requires honed skills to effectively lead evidence at trial. Develop practical and effective techniques to adduce evidence in support of your cause of action and requested relief. View the brochure for more details.

Corporate Procedure Fundamentals | Edmonton, May 3 | Calgary, May 10
Discuss how corporations are distinguished from other structures, review basic corporate practices and procedures, and learn how to maintain a minute book (including how to properly fix an out-of-date one). Read the brochure for more information.

Talent Management | Lake Louise, May 6
Proficiency in talent management is vital to the success of any law practice. Explore strategies for recruiting and retaining top talent, developing high-performance teams, mitigating burnout risks, and minimizing staff turnover. View the brochure to learn more.

50th Annual Refresher: Practice Excellence | Lake Louise, May 7–9
Deepen your substantive legal knowledge in civil litigation, family law, transactions (real estate and business), or wills and estates. Leverage powerful tips to strengthen your practice, and connect with top practitioners from across Alberta. View the brochure for program details.

Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Inclusion | Calgary, May 11 | Edmonton, May 12
Canada’s population has become increasingly diverse, which affects all members of the legal community. Increase your cultural competence skills, develop bias awareness, and identify potential cultural awareness blind spots. Read the brochure for details.

Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts | Calgary, May 15–19
Mediation is increasingly important in the practice of family law. This in-depth program provides over 40 hours of intensive, hands-on skills training and is recognized by collaborative law associations in Alberta. Read the brochure to learn more. Note: This seminar is full. Register online to join the waitlist.

Personal Property Security and Debt Recovery Essentials | Edmonton, May 17 | Calgary, May 24
Review recent developments, discuss key issues and procedures, and examine common challenges in personal property security and debt recovery. Read the brochure for more information.

Foreclosures Fundamentals | Edmonton, May 18 | Calgary, May 23
Review the substantive and procedural issues framing the foreclosure process, including orders, priorities that arise in a foreclosure context, and available options. Read the brochure for program details.


The registration deadline for the 2017/2018 CPLED Program year is May 31, 2017. Click here to complete your online application. Students who do not apply by this date are subject to a non-refundable late filing fee.

Visit our CPLED for Students page for more information, or contact Craig Edhart, Student Coordinator.

Legal Community Events

Association des jurists d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA)

The Early Bird registration deadline for AJEFA’s Annual Banquet and General Meeting is May 18. Click here to learn more about these meetings, including dates, speakers, pricing, and more.

Durvile Publications’
More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges & Criminal Lawyers

The third book in Durvile Publications’ True Case Series will be available soon. More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges & Criminal Lawyers is scheduled for release on May 31, 2017. Click here to learn more about book release receptions and how to pre-order your copy.

Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (ASSIST)

Assist has partnered with the Chartered Professional Accountants’ (CPA) Assistance program to offer a series featuring celebrity speakers on the importance of mental health in the legal profession. Members of the legal community, support staff, and guests are invited to the Elevate Dinner featuring guest speaker, Margaret Trudeau on May 30 (Edmonton) and May 31 (Calgary). Click here for more information.

Program Feature – Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence

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Mar 202017

Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence

Examine foundational matters and current updates to the rules of evidence to enhance your skills in effectively leading evidence at trial. Join program chair the Honourable Justice R.A. Graesser and expert panelists in Edmonton (May 2) or in Calgary (May 4) for Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence.

Sneak Preview

We recently spoke to the Honourable Justice R.A. Graesser to get a sneak preview of this program. Here’s what he had to say.

What topics will be covered at this program?

This program addresses the key aspects that civil litigators should know about the rules of evidence. The topics include how to properly cross-examine – bringing into play the old Browne v Dunn (1893) Rules; how to deal with hearsay evidence – referencing the R v Khan, [1990] and R v Khelawon, [2006] line of cases; [and more]. I think the program will give people a better understanding of where the courts and the law are at on taking judicial notice.”

What do you think attendees will find most beneficial about this program?

I think this program will open their eyes to some areas of evidence that they probably haven’t given much thought too. I think some of what’s going to be covered will come as news to people in civil litigation. This is going to be a very practical program.”

Can you tell me about the panel?

I thought it might be interesting to have the program led by people who teach the Rules. We’ve got Prof. Lisa Silver (University of Calgary), who is the evidence Prof. down there. We’ve got the Honourable Justice W.N. Renke (Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta), who used to be the evidence Prof. at the University of Alberta. We also have Judges who enforce the rules of evidence, who will discuss the practical application of the theories presented by the Professor and former Professor. The Honourable Justice K.P. Feehan (Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta) has a wealth of knowledge as a civil litigator. He will speak to the practical side of things. Lastly, we have the Honourable Judge M.J. Durant (Provincial Court of Alberta) to address practical applications as well.”

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to review and discuss the rules of evidence with experienced panelists. Register online for Civil Advocacy Series: Evidence to attend in Edmonton (May 2) or in Calgary (May 4)Register on or before April 4 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.