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.

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

Become a More Complete Lawyer: Answers You Need

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Mar 082016

Complete Lawyer

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where friends, family, or clients are looking for a bit of advice? Maybe they want tips on starting up a business, or perhaps they are interested in knowing the rules around spousal obligations with respect to children.

LESA’s Complete Lawyer seminar is for all lawyers in all practice areas. As we heard in a recent interview with seminar chair Deirdre M.I. McKenna, Complete Lawyer offers an opportunity for you to gain a broad understanding of various areas of law including: real estate, employment law, family law, litigation, business law, and wills & estates.


Join Deirdre M.I. McKenna and panel experts of varying experience levels to get a true sense of the multiple approaches you can take to deal with common legal issues:

You can learn more about each panelist’s discussion topic in the program brochure.

Be prepared to ask challenging questions about these topics. Deirdre and the rest of the panel want the program to be “an opportunity for dialogue between participants and the presenters.” For Deirdre, the goal is that people come to the program with real, concrete questions that initiate meaningful conversation, allowing everyone to leave the seminar with a fuller understanding and the answers that they were looking for.

Why Attend?

As Deirdre notes, the discussion topics focus on practical issues: from how to successfully navigate difficult litigation issues to addressing agricultural real estate concerns and the shifting sands of complex areas with blended families, employment law, and more.

Here’s how she explained the value of this program:

Being able to have a broad range or broad understanding of different areas of law is valuable because it will allow you to do a better job for your clients. … [This seminar] would be good for … anyone … who wants to make sure that their knowledge is broadened in … the most common areas.”

Register Online

Maybe you are interested in changing your area of practice; broadening your skills and knowledge; or perhaps simply keeping up-to-date on common questions, concerns, and key issues.

Whatever the case may be, Complete Lawyer is sure to answer many of those key questions, leaving you feeling more confident and complete!

Reserve your spot to attend Complete Lawyer in Lethbridge on May 6.
To take advantage of early bird savings register on or before March 29.