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

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

 

Gain Tips & Info in Criminal Advocacy – Experts

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Mar 232016
 

Criminal Advocacy – Experts

Are you interested in learning how to face complex trials using expert evidence? If so, Criminal Advocacy – Experts has plenty to offer!

At this program, you’ll discover important insights from the various perspectives of the Crown, the Defence, and the Bench – all of which will help you refine your own practice, whether you are crown prosecutor or a defence lawyer.

You’ll hear from seminar chair Karen E. Hewitt QC as well as other program faculty:

Hon. Justice T.D. Clackson

Dino Bottos

Peter Royal QC

Inspector Dan Jones

Today’s blog passes on insights that Karen recently shared with us about the program to give you a sense of what you’ll gain from this seminar.

Who Should Attend?

As Karen explains, this full day, intensive program addresses crucial CPD requirements laid out by the Law Society of Alberta, touching on the areas of ethics and professionalism, substantive legal knowledge, oral and written advocacy, and more. Since every lawyer’s CPD Plan needs to address these competencies, attending this program is a great way to start fulfilling your 2016 CPD requirements.

Because this program goes beyond the basics to discuss more intermediate-level topics, it is targeted to practitioners with 5+ years of experience in criminal law. However, Karen notes that there are benefits for anyone working through a complex court case.

It will be good for juniors as well, because … junior practitioners are increasingly facing complex trials where expert evidence is part of the trial itself.”

Seminar Goals

According to Karen, Criminal Advocacy – Experts will be “packed with information, discussion, demonstration, and panel review.” Karen sums up the value of the program in this way:

This course is … going to provide a strong foundation for the evolution of expert evidence, the current issues in approaching the evidence, and the substantive procedural considerations. … [It’s also] going to talk about strategic use of this evidence in structuring the trial and being effective with the trier fact. That’s the key here.”

Karen laid out the key program goals and learning outcomes that you’ll take away from the seminar:

  1. Evaluate the evidence. Learn to “determine when expert evidence is an appropriate evidentiary consideration in a criminal case.”
  2. Prepare your case. Discover how prepare in anticipation of both “calling the evidence and challenging it, if and when, called by the opposing council.”
  3. Set the scope. Determine how to set the scope of the evidence “in terms of issues to be addressed and qualifications of the expert.”
  4. Understand shifting judicial roles. Explore the “potential shift of the role of the trial judge and issues that must now be considered as a result of the White decision.”
  5. Lay a factual foundation. Recognize how to prepare your case and lay a foundation “from which the expert will offer the opinion evidence” – including a discussion of “preservation of evidence, the potential for spoliation, and the impact of the evidence in terms of the expert and the case itself.”
Demonstration Voir Dire

While you’ll benefit from hearing the discussion from each presenter, you’ll also take away tips and tricks from an in-course demonstration of a voir dire.

Here’s what Karen had to say about this unique program component that brings in the expertise of Inspector Dan Jones of the Edmonton Police Service.

Dan Jones … has been qualified in court a number of times as an expert. He will be participating in the demonstration voir dire, in which we will be addressing the issue of scope, use of evidence, and potential for bias. He will be offering a perspective … into what the expectations are of the expert both in pre-trial preparation as well as what happens on the stand and how to give a balanced, fair, and truthful opinion.”

Register Online

For more information on Criminal Advocacy – Experts, check out the program brochure.

To take advantage of early bird prices, register by April 12 to attend in Calgary (May 14) or Edmonton (May 28).

We look forward to seeing you!

Mar 042016
 

 

2016 CPD Plan

Are you an active Alberta lawyer? If so, you already know that the Law Society of Alberta’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program is mandatory and it’s time to submit your 2016 CPD Plan. This year, you must submit your CPD Plan online through the lawyer portal. The deadline for CPD Plan declaration is March 15, 2016.

Spring Seminars for Your 2016 CPD Plan

If you want to get a head start on your 2016 CPD activities, take a look at our upcoming LESA seminars. Here’s a sample of what’s offered between now and June:

  • Delve into current issues and emerging themes of privacy law with experienced practitioners and Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner in Privacy Update.
  • Explore commonly asked questions about 6 areas of law and gain more knowledge and confidence to answer questions from clients, family, and friends in Complete Lawyer.
  • Review how to use expert evidence in criminal proceedings while engaging in comprehensive review of substantive law, evidence, and procedure in Criminal Advocacy – Experts.
Watch for Fall CPD Activities

Not quite there yet? No problem! Keep an eye out for our 2016/2017 Educational Calendar to schedule your fall seminars.

Want to know about the new programs as soon as the Educational Calendar is available this spring? Follow our blog or subscribe to our E-Letter to stay up-to-date with all the latest LESA news, and we’ll let you know when the new calendar is published.

Access Seminars on Demand

Don’t forget about LESA’s seminars on demand, which allow you to stream video recordings of presenters and download seminar materials.

If you were unable to attend any of the seminars we’ve recorded this year, take a look at our online classroom offerings, they are a great addition to your 2016 CPD Plan. Here are two brand new Seminars on Demand from 2016:

  • File Organizations for Legal Support Staff
  • Securities Law
Need something else?

If you have any questions about the programs and resources that LESA offers, please be in touch (info@lesa.org or 780.420.1987 or toll free in Alberta 1.800.282.3900).