LESA Employment Opportunity: Executive Director

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Apr 122017

LESA Employment Opportunity: Executive Director

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As you may know, after nearly a decade as part of LESA’s leadership team, Jennifer Flynn will be transitioning out of her position as Executive Director effective May 10, 2017. If you have not had the opportunity to read her open letter to teammates, supporters, and friends, it can be accessed here.

As we note in our LESA Blog: Jennifer Flynn to Join LESA’s Alumni, transitions are a natural part of learning and growing. As such, we are pleased to announce a new LESA Employment Opportunity as we begin the search for our next Executive Director.

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If you feel you are uniquely qualified to lead LESA into the future of legal education in Alberta, please
email a cover letter and resume to careers@lesa.org with the title “Executive Director” in the subject
line. Candidates whose background and qualifications fit the desired requirements of the position will be contacted directly. View the job posting for complete details.

Closing Date

April 28, 2017, or until the successful candidate has been hired.

Jennifer Flynn to Join LESA’s Alumni

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Feb 142017

After nearly a decade as part of LESA’s leadership team, Jennifer Flynn will be transitioning out of her position as Executive Director effective May 10, 2017. Her open letter to teammates, supporters, and friends is here.

Aaron Martens, Chair of the LESA Board, notes “Jennifer’s leadership and presence will be sorely missed by all of us at LESA but we are excited for her future prospects. Luckily, LESA finds itself very well positioned for the future.”

“Serving as LESA’s Executive Director has been an honour and a privilege,” says Jennifer, “I could not have imagined a vantage point that provides a more inspiring view of the Alberta legal profession. This really has been a dream job.”

Transitions are a natural part of learning and growing. While change isn’t always easy, Jennifer is excited about the future: “I have tremendous confidence in LESA and I can’t wait to see how the organization will evolve and flourish in the years to come.”

LESA looks forward to celebrating Jennifer’s contributions in the next few months.

Congrats 2015 WILL Award Recipients!

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Nov 262015

WILLAwards2012_logoThe Women in Law Leadership (WILL) awards were handed out earlier this month, and LESA heartily extends our congratulations to all of this year’s WILL award recipients!

The 5th anniversary of the WILL Awards saw 7 outstanding professionals awarded for their dedication and contributions:

Heather McKay QC – Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice)
Keely Brown – Leadership in the Profession (In-House)
Gail Harding QC – Leadership in the Profession (In-House)
Jolaine Antonio – Leadership in the Profession (Government)
Phyllis Smith QC – Leadership in the Profession (Broader Roles)
Donna Purcell QC – Leadership in the Community
Chidinma Thompson – Tomorrow’s Leader

LESA also wants to congratulate all of the 2015 finalists (including our own Jennifer Flynn). We know that each of you has also made significant contributions to the profession, and you deserve a hearty applause for all of your hard work.

Many of these recipients (and the other finalists!) have supported LESA through their volunteer efforts in the past, so we know firsthand the difference that these women are making in the profession. Thanks for all your hard work and congrats again to the 2015 WILL award recipients!

You can find a complete list of 2015 recipients and finalists online.

Continuing Legal Education: Attending ACLEA to Serve You Better

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Aug 072015

UPDATE: This seminar occurred in the past, and the seminar materials are now available.
• LESA Library subscribers can already access course materials through the LESA Library.
• Alternatively you can purchase course materials a la carte (search outlook & document management).
• You can also view the list of upcoming seminars to discover live programs that are available now.

As your lifelong partner in continuing legal excellence, LESA is committed to offering you exceptional continuing legal education opportunities both face-to-face and online. To offer you the best possible programs and resources, we know that we also need to attend seminars and access resources ourselves – all as part of our commitment to continue offering you high-quality continuing legal education that innovatively leverages current knowledge and technology to provide engaging experiences that meet the diverse needs that you and the rest of the legal profession have here in Alberta.

To make sure that we are staying at the top of our field as a continuing legal education provider, LESA is actively involved with the international Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). Twice a year, ACLEA holds meetings that bring professionals from around the world together to discuss the latest ideas, issues, and solutions in continuing legal education.

The latest ACLEA meeting just wrapped up in Chicago this week, and the LESA contingent consisted of Executive Director Jennifer Flynn, Director of Education Dawn Ofner, Information Specialist Carolyn Bernardin, and Communications Coordinator Renee Vander Meulen. To pick just a few, program highlights included sessions on how to build online resources that engage adult learners, how to employ the latest and greatest technology when delivering continuing legal education, how to use data to make informed program and communications decisions, and how to add value to programs by bringing in relevant sponsors and exhibitors.

Not only did we gather great ideas for how to serve you better but LESA was also able to share our innovations and standards of excellence with other continuing legal education providers. Jennifer Flynn was appointed as ACLEA’s new President (see our full press release for more information), and Dawn Ofner offered her guidance and educational planning expertise as Chair of the Planning Committee. Dawn also spoke about our innovative LESA Library.

Have you heard about the LESA Library? It brings you relevant legal content in one convenient online resource. For the price of annual Library subscription, you can download all available seminar papers as PDFs and access all practice manual content in searchable encyclopedia-style articles. Library content includes substantive legal information, valuable resources (such as checklists and precedents!), and practice management suggestions. We’re just about ready to launch the Library, so watch for more announcements coming soon.

As we put the things we learned at ACLEA into practice, we hope that you engage with us on your continuing legal education journey this year. You can find a whole range of available programs and resources on our website.

At one of the amazing ACLEA session we attended, Paul Unger shared important time and distraction management techniques to help us increase our workplace productivity. Paul is an informative, engaging speaker who offers practical advice you can implement immediately. We’re pleased to bring him in for two LESA programs this October: Microsoft® Outlook for Legal Users and Time, Task, Email, and Document Management. Register online now to secure your spot in what are sure to be two incredibly useful programs.

Fight Procrastination

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Aug 142013

Fight Procrastination Day is coming up on September 6, and LESA’s Executive Director Jennifer Flynn has some suggestions on how to celebrate the day early. Read her article on page 18 in the Law Matters Summer 2013 edition.

LESA Rings in the “New Year” with New Executive Director

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Aug 012013

On July 1, LESA began a new fiscal year with Jennifer Flynn as the new Executive Director. She succeeds Paul Wood QC  who served as Executive Director since 2009 and was withLESA Staff Photos LESA for 20 years.

Jennifer has a background in business, law, education, technology, and communications.  In the decade prior to her joining the leadership team at LESA, Jennifer worked as a Corporate/Commercial lawyer with a national firm and then as a Business Law instructor at the JR Shaw School of Business. In addition to her degrees in Commerce and Law, Jennifer also holds a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology. Jennifer’s graduate research focused on lawyers’ use and acceptance of technology. For the past five years, Jennifer has served as LESA’s Managing Director.

“Jennifer is right for the role. She has excelled in everything she has done at LESA,” Paul says. “She will be an exceptional Executive Director, and am very comfortable with this transition to her very capable hands.”

Jennifer is excited about the new responsibilities on her plate. “I am very honoured to be taking on this role, and I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from our staff and our friends in the legal community. I look forward to busy and engaging times ahead.”