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basic corporate practices and procedures, and learn how to maintain a minute book (including how to properly fix an out-of-date one).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

Personal Property Security and Debt Recovery Essentials

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Apr 052017

Personal Property Security and Debt Recovery Essentials

Join seminar chair Prof. Tamara Buckwold and experienced panelists for Personal Property Security and Debt Recovery Essentials in Edmonton (May 17) and Calgary (May 24). Review recent developments, discuss key issues and procedures, and examine common challenges in personal property security and debt recovery law.

Q & A

Prof. Tamara Buckwold began her academic career as a member of the faculty of the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2005 and has since moved on to teaching and publishing in the areas of commercial law and contracts.

We recently spoke with Tamara to learn more about this program. Here’s what she had to say.

What topics will be covered at this program?

The program will cover central issues that may arise in a lending or credit transaction that involves debt secured by a personal property security interest, right from the outset of the transaction through to enforcement in the event of default. We’ll be looking at due diligence and strategies in structuring a deal and factors in the assessment of priorities including the impact of Crown tax claims. We will also discuss the claims of judgment creditors, the operation of the registry, alternatives in enforcement remedies, and important developments in the case law and legislation.”

What makes this program unique?

This program offers comprehensive coverage of an important area of the law that generally doesn’t get a lot of attention in Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programming and practitioner resources. The focus is on the Personal Property Security Act (PPSA), but we will also look at other areas of law that can have a significant impact on the position of secured creditors. A particular feature of this program that I’ve not seen in PPSA course offerings inside or outside the law school is the comparative discussion of how personal property registries in different Canadian jurisdictions operate in terms of registration and search functionality. I think that will be of real interest given the interjurisdictional character of so much of today’s legal practice.”

What will attendees find most beneficial?

I think attendees will leave the seminar with information they can use in their day-to-day practice, and I think they are likely to learn about issues, strategies, and solutions that they hadn’t previously considered.”

What will be some of the key program takeaways?

Attendees will get practical tips on structuring a security agreement and providing pre-transaction advice, anticipating and managing credit risk, searching and registering in the personal property registry, and enforcing security. Attendees will also get an update on important current developments that they might otherwise miss.”

What excites you about this program?

I’m excited about the depth and range of the program content. What excites me the most about this program is the strength of the faculty and the range of their knowledge and experience. We have an exceptional roster of people who have deep expertise in this area of law and are enthusiastic about their subject. All of our presenters will be inviting questions and comments, and I am really looking forward to the exchange of information and views both among the presenters themselves and between the presenters and seminar participants.”

Topics and Presenters

Learn about personal property and debt recovery law from experienced practitioners.

Michael Morcom | First Steps: Providing Early Advice in Financing Transactions
Rick T.G. Reeson QC | Making the Right Decision on Enforcement Options
Prof. Rod Wood | New and Emerging Developments Under the PPSA
Michael J. Lema | Federal Tax Claims
Prof. Tamara Buckwold | Secured Debt and the Civil Enforcement Act
Kevin Bauer | Recommendations for Effective Registration and Searches

Register Online

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with seasoned practitioners from across Canada. Register online to attend Personal Property Security and Debt Recovery Essentials in Edmonton (May 17) or in Calgary (May 24).