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basic corporate practices and procedures, and learn how to maintain a minute book (including how to properly fix an out-of-date one).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.

CPLED

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.

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.

2017/2018 CPLED Program Registration Opens March 1st

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Feb 222017
 

2017/2018 CPLED ProgramAre you a 3rd year law student, recent graduate, or someone who needs to take the Alberta bar admission course (the CPLED Program)? Or, do you know someone planning to take the CPLED Program next year?

Registration for the 2017/2018 CPLED Program opens on March 1.


Register Online

Students can apply to the CPLED Program before having completed the requirements to be admitted as a student-at-law. If you’re thinking there is a chance you will need to complete the CPLED Program next year, mark March 1 on your calendar – 2017/2018 CPLED. Program registration opens at noon.

About the CPLED Program

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

More Details

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. Head to 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.

We’re looking forward to having you in the 2017/2018 CPLED Program!

Important Changes to LESA’s CPLED Team

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Jan 182017
 

CPLED

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.

Meet Craig Edhart: A LESA Education Assistant

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Mar 222016
 

Craig Edhart

Since Craig Edhart started at LESA in July 2014, he’s worked in most areas of our organization on many different projects and tasks. His unique role and shifting responsibilities have allowed him to work closely with most people in the office, something he values.

There are some people who work a little more in their own area, but because I am able to work with almost everybody, I am able to see how supportive we really all are, in being one team – the team of LESA.”

The feeling is mutual Craig – the rest of us appreciate how you contribute to the LESA team with your serious but humorous nature and work-hard, play-hard attitude. If you’ve ever called LESA to inquire about CPLED, to place an order, or to register for a seminar – you’ve also likely had the pleasure of talking to Craig and getting his assistance – which is freely offered and followed through on directly.

Since Craig is one of the LESA staff you’re likely to deal with if you’re calling or emailing LESA, we thought you might want to know a little more about him.

What does Craig do at LESA?

When Craig was on LESA’s Integration Team, he took care of administrative duties, supported special projects, and backed up most of his fellow Integration Team coworkers – including the CPLED Student Coordinator – Ashley Iachetta.

Now that Craig is an Education Assistant, he plays an even bigger role supporting the CPLED Program. While he still supports Ashley and helps handle CPLED student inquiries and tasks, he also works with Bronwyn Connolly – LESA’s Education Coordinator responsible for supporting the CPLED Program’s online Learning Group Facilitators and Evaluators (LGFs and LGEs). This all means that Craig is busy with many CPLED duties, answering student emails or calls, contacting LGFs and LGEs, processing grades, preparing surveys, and more.

One thing Craig likes best about working at LESA is that no two days are ever same. That’s a relief, since in addition to his CPLED responsibilities, he also helps prepare for our live events – seeing various tasks through from start to finish.

What does Craig want you to know about LESA?

Craig enjoys the friendly, supportive team environment at LESA as well as the opportunities he’s had to interact with and provide service to Alberta’s legal community. His work has helped him improve his communication and project management skills, by working on things like the LESA Library and CPLED projects. It’s LESA’s innovative approach to these things that he wants others to know about.

We’re always striving for excellence; our ideas come from that vision. We’re not happy with the status quo. That’s what struck me. That’s actually what made me excited to work here even before I started. …. LESA really … challenges ideas and is always pushing forward. Whether it be new technology, new ideas, new ways to deliver products or education to our customers, we’re always looking to see how things could be done better.”

What else should you know about Craig?

While some people define themselves by their occupation or education, Craig prefers to describe himself to others based on his personality and passions. In that case, to understand Craig, you need to know that he loves hockey, spends a lot of his spare time on the ice as a ref, and volunteers in an executive role in the refereeing community. He also loves working with people, is patient, and handles stressful situations well. All of which make him a good teacher (he loves training people!) and an excellent resource when you’re phoning or emailing in to LESA with an inquiry.

Did You Miss the Women’s Legal Forum 100 Year Celebration?

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Sep 212015
 

Lillian Ruby ClementsEarlier this month, the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association’s Women’s Legal Forum organized a 100th anniversary celebration of the first woman called to the bar in Alberta – Lillian Ruby Clements. LESA is proud to have been a sponsor of the event, providing a photo gallery depicting some of the Alberta legal community’s trailblazing women.

If you missed the event, today’s blog shares photos and a brief synopsis provided by LESA’s Karen McDougall, one of the Women’s Legal Forum Committee Members.

The majority of event attendees were female members of the bench and bar, including Alberta’s Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, and this sold-out crowd was treated to a truly inspirational evening. They came together to celebrate women in the legal profession generally and Lillian Ruby Clements specifically. Attendees heard from a number of incredible speakers: from the Honourable Madam Justice Joanne Veit, reminiscing on what it was like to practice law as a young woman in the 60s, to Corrie Flett, a lawyer raised in northern Alberta, describing how she was galvanized by issues facing aboriginals to set up her law practice in Fort McMurray. The keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Madam Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada, who shared her own experiences as a woman in the profession. The evening then ended on a high note for the event’s charity of choice, the iHuman Society, when the organizing committee presented it with a cheque for $30,000.

Photo Gallery

While we can’t share all the photos from the event, below are a few to give you a taste of the evening.

LESA Staff
The LESA contingent: Craig Edhart, Holly Miller, Susan Paterson, Carolyn Bernardin, Karen McDougall
Photo credit: Myles Peterman

Speakers
Special guests: The Honourable Marguerite Trussler QC, The Honourable Madam Justice Suzanne Côté, the Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Fraser
Photo credit: Myles Peterman

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Guest speaker: The Honourable Madam Justice Joanne Veit
Photo credit: Myles Peterman

The event’s photo gallery included pictures of several female trailblazers coming after Lillian Ruby Clements. Some of those photos are featured below.

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The Honourable Madam Justice Elizabeth McFadyen – first woman appointed to an Alberta court (1976)
Photo credit: Legal Archives Society of Alberta

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The Honourable Madam Justice Mary Hetherington – first woman appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal (1985)
Photo credit: Legal Archives Society of Alberta

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The first all-female Alberta Court of Appeal panel: the Honourable Madam Justice Mary Hetherington, the Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, and the  Honourable Madam Justice Carole Conrad (1993)
Photo credit: Legal Archives Society of Alberta