Top 10+ (Things Every Lawyer Should Know)

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Jan 042017

Top 10 + (Things Every Lawyer Should Know)
Should I ever refuse to blow?
I want to leave someone out of my will, can I do that?
We are separating, should I leave the matrimonial home?

Lawyers are frequently asked to answer all kinds of different questions by friends, family, and clients, and it can be challenging to provide competent responses in all areas of the law.

Join the Honourable Justice D.L. Pentelechuk and distinguished panelists for Top 10 + (Things Every Lawyer Should Know) February 25 (Calgary) or March 4 (Edmonton). Discover answers to frequently asked questions in various areas of the law, including:
• Criminal Law,
• Wills and Estates,
• Family Law,
• Employment Law,
• Condo and Residential Tenancy Law,
• Debtor and Creditor Law,

And more…

Sneak Preview

In a recent interview, we spoke to seminar chair the Honourable Justice D.L. Pentelechuk, who gave us a sneak preview of what to look forward to in this program. Here are some of the key program takeaways and benefits you can look forward to.

I think [this program] will be a wonderful opportunity for lawyers to come out feeling well-rounded and in a position to more confidently and competently provide general information to their clients [and others]. This seminar is not in a paper format. One of the key takeaways is the ability for attendees to engage with the experts on the panel.”

The Honourable Justice D.L. Pentelechuk also spoke about the diversity of the panelists. Here’s what she had to say.

We have Doris Bonora (Dentons Canada LLP), our specialist in Wills and Estates, who has had a very robust career in that area. We have Lonny L. Balbi QC (Balbi & Company Legal Centre), who is based in Calgary and will be our Family Law specialist. He has a lot of speaking experience and brings a very energetic dynamic. We also have Michael Lema, with the Federal Department of Justice, who is a nationally recognized expert in the area of creditor and debtor law and matters involving CRA. Roberto Noce QC (Miller Thomson LLP), is well known for speaking widely in the area of condominium and residential tenancy law. In the area of Criminal Law, we have Kim Hardstaff (Beresh Aloneissi O’Neill) – a young, up-and-coming criminal defense lawyer – who will be talking about criminal matters. Finally, we have Daniel Scott (Seveny Scott), who will be talking about employment law. He is a very seasoned lecturer who has been the sessional lecturer of the year several times at the U of A Law School.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with seasoned practitioners, and learn how to competently answer some of the most frequently raised questions across a broad spectrum of practice areas. As the Honourable Justice D.L. Pentelechuk notes, “This program has certainly proved to be a huge success in other jurisdictions. It’s a brand new venture for LESA, and I think it will be a particularly well received program.”

Register Online

Register online to attend Top 10 + (Things Every Lawyer Should Know).
February 25 (Calgary)
March 4 (Edmonton)

Register on or before January 19, 2017 to take advantage of our Early Bird discount.

The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box

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May 122016

The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box

This June, LESA and the Centre for Constitutional Studies invite you to learn about the relationship between constitutional and insolvency law at The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box.

Discover answers to key questions, such as:

  1. How do insolvency proceedings interfere with a regulator’s powers under provincial legislation?
  2. How have recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decisions shaped the paramountcy doctrine?
  3. How has the priority ranking of creditors been molded by constitutional doctrine?
Topics and Speakers

During this half-day seminar, you get the chance to hear from seminar co-chairs Dr. Anna Lund and Patricia Paradis, as well as from experienced faculty on the following topics:

Q & A

In a recent interview, seminar co-chair Dr. Anna Lund shed some light on the program and what it has to offer to attendees.

Q: Why is this program valuable?

I think what’s going to be most valuable about the program is that it gives practitioners who are working in the insolvency area a chance to think a little bit more about how constitutional law may impact the types of legal issues that they’re facing. … I think there is going to be a really nice opportunity here for practitioners … to think a little more broadly about some of the issues that have been arising in the insolvency field and the ways that they implicate some of these constitutional principles.”

Q: What makes this program unique?

I think what is particularly unique about it is the intersection. … You don’t have a lot of people writing in the constitutional field about bankruptcy [for example]. … It’s not something that constitutional lawyers look at, and insolvency lawyers do look at constitutional principles (especially when it comes up in the context of priority fights between provincial and federal creditors or creditors who have differing priorities under provincial and federal legislation), but I think that insolvency practitioners could be making event broader and better use of those constitutional principles. … It’s an intersection of law that I think has been under theorized by scholars, underused by practitioners, and understudied by pretty much everyone.”

Q: What should attendees know about the program?

There are a few of things that I think are really exciting about the program. One is that we have this great insolvency community in Edmonton … some really talented practitioners … so, I’m pretty excited about getting that insolvency community together and seeing what sort of interesting, insightful things they have to offer. A second thing I’m really excited about is that we’re doing this at the Art Gallery of Alberta, which is a fantastic building, and it’s great to be able to support that as a part of a faculty of the University, LESA, and the Centre of Constitutional Studies. The last thing that I think is exciting about [the program] is that there is going to be a chance for networking afterwards and [to] discuss the topics a little more informally.”

Sneak Preview

Anna also gave us a sneak preview of her discussion topic.

I’m talking about a couple of decisions that came down in November [2015] from the Supreme Court of Canada, that had to do with whether or not a province could continue to deny a drivers’ license to somebody on the basis of an unpaid debt after that debt had been discharged in bankruptcy. … I’m taking that and thinking about what that decision tells us about the scope of protection and rehabilitation available to individuals in bankruptcy. … I’m particularly interested in the context of regulated professionals – your dentists, your lawyers, your doctors. … If they are subject to some sort of fine or costs award under the professional discipline legislation … does that then mean that they could discharge that in bankruptcy, and avoid any sort of license suspension arising as a result?”

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Don’t miss the opportunity to delve into a world where constitutional law and insolvency law overlap.

Register now to attend this program in Edmonton, June 9.