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basic corporate practices and procedures, and learn how to maintain a minute book (including how to properly fix an out-of-date one).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

More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges and Criminal Lawyers

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Apr 252017

More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges and 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.

About the Book

The sixteen stories in More Tough Crimes include:

  • Mr. Don Bayne on the Senator Mike Duffy trial and the theme of a trial as media spectacle;
  • Mr. David Bright on a tale of intrigue spanning extradition and incarceration from India to Nova Scotia;
  • Mr. Brian Beresh on a historic case of domestic violence;
  • Ms. Breese Davies on Ashley Smith who died by self-inflicted strangulation in her prison cell;
  • Honourable Justice J. Di Luca on funny and, at times, tragic stories of inmate appeals at the Court of Appeal;
  • Ms. Mona Duckett on a Mr. Big operation where the client falsely confessed to the killings;
  • Honourable Justice F. Finnestad on the twisting, turning, and unravelling of people’s lives as a crime unfolds;
    Mr. Alan D. Gold on the Andre Gravelle murder and bogus lip reading evidence;
  • Mr. Brian H. Greenspan on the trial of hockey agent and promoter Alan Eagleson;
  • Mr. James Lockyer on the wrongful conviction of Steven Truscott;
  • Mr. Brock Martland on the Surrey Six murders focusing on the Crown negotiating deals with alleged triggermen;
  • Honourable Judge J. Ogle on the case of Calgary druggist Stephen Kesler who shot a robbery suspect;
  • Mr. Jonathan Rudin on the deaths of young Aboriginal people from fly-in communities in Northern Ontario and the quest to get an inquest;
  • Honourable Justice R. Wyant on a vicious case of rape and murder that changed his life and career forever; and
  • Mr. William Trudell on the trial of the contract killing of the wife of Helmuth Buxbaum.

Sneak Preview

Here are some excerpts from the book that you can look forward to.

Clayton Rice | The Case of Kristen Budic: Too Crazy to be Insane

At the core of the delusion was Budic’s belief that he had signed an insurance policy on a previous visit to Dr. Bozo Bulaijic and that Dr. Bulaijic was preventing him from getting treatment. According to Budic’s thinking, Dr. Bulaijic carried out the worldwide conspiracy against him by telex machine. Dr. Geoffrey Hopkinson, a psychiatrist at the Alberta Hospital, would testify years later: ‘I suspect that [Budic] took the law into his own hands to perhaps save his own life.’ The psychiatric diagnosis was the easy part. Getting Budic to trial was something else.”

Jonathan Rudin | The Death of Reggie Bushie and the Eight-Year Inquest

Almost all of the witnesses who testified about their experience attending high school at DFC (Thunder Bay) spoke about the racism—racism that sometimes took the form of name calling, but often including food and drinks being thrown at them on the street. For the students who came to the city from First Nation communities where this sort of racism was foreign, they had to live with the knowledge that these assaults could occur at any time. None of them ever went to the police, most didn’t even report it to school staff, it was—and is—the price First Nations students pay for high school education.”

Brock Martland | The Surrey Six

As criminal lawyers we get a lot more excitement than some of our desk-bound colleagues, but it’s normally detached from the immediacy and unpredictability of the crime itself. We study the evidence and analyze photographs from the crime scene and autopsy. They can be disturbing. But our analysis is all after-the-fact and it’s second-hand. It does not have the same intensity as being there. In the Surrey Six case, veteran RCMP Staff Sergeant Dave Teboul described the crime scene as horrific, even for seasoned homicide investigators.”

More Information

You’re invited to attend the book release receptions.

  • Calgary | May 30, 2017 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) | Danish Canadian Club (727 – 11 Ave SW)
  • Toronto | June 1, 2017 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) |Simcoe Chambers (#100, 116 Simcoe Street)
  • Edmonton | June 14 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) | Audrys Books (10701 Jasper Avenue)

Pre-order your copy of More Tough Crimes from or at Read more excerpts here. Partial proceeds go to Canadian Women’s & Family Shelters.

For a review copy or excerpt inquiries, to set up an interview, or for further information, contact Lorene Shyba, Publisher ( or 403.818.4808.

SHRUNK: Crime and Disorders of the Mind

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May 032016

Pre-order your copy of SHRUNK today!

Have you heard? The second book in Durvile Publications’ True Case Series will be available this week!

SHRUNK: Crime and Disorders of the Mind is a collection of powerful chapters by eminent Canadian and international forensic psychologists and psychiatrists who write about the mental health issues they face in practice and what they are doing about it.

Following the immense success of Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers, SHRUNK is scheduled for release on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

About the Book

Unlike any other book within the genre of True Crime, SHRUNK is the first book that delves deeply into the disturbed human psyche to help build a solution to the problem of understanding mental illness within the criminal justice system.

As Earl J. Levy QC says,

The workings of the criminally disordered mind has always been a fascinating subject for experts and lay persons alike. How do trials play out for individuals with mental health issues? … Is it worthwhile to attempt to rehabilitate such persons?”

Get more details, including a sneak peek of some of the haunting stories this book features.

Alberta Launch Date & Location

CALGARY. Exclusive Canadian Release Party. May 5, 2016.
5:00 to 8:00 pm | Chapters Books, 9631 Macleod Trail S.W.

Get more information, including alternative Canadian launch dates and locations.

Pre-order SHRUNK Now

Pre-order your copy of SHRUNK from or at Excerpts are available on request. Partial proceeds of the book go to the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.

For a review copy or excerpt enquiries, to set up an interview, or for further information, email Lyn Cadence or contact Lyn at 403.465.2345.

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