Practice Profile: Dr. Lund, Assistant Professor – U of A

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Sep 092016

As an organization, LESA depends greatly on the support of its volunteers. Recently, we spoke with Dr. Anna Lund, Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law , about her career, her research in insolvency law, and her volunteer work with LESA.

Dr. Anna Lund, Assistant Professor - University of AlbertaDr. Lund’s interest in law began when she was awarded a Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Researcher Award during her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Alberta to study the experiences of children in war zones. She came to see law as, “a very practical solution to significant social problems.” She became interested in insolvency law while pursuing her law degree at the University of Alberta. After graduation and a clerkship at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, she worked in private practice during the Global Financial Crisis which meant there were significant opportunities for her to pursue her interest in insolvency law. Dr. Lund then went on to complete her Master of Laws at the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD at the University of British Columbia.

During her undergraduate degree, Dr. Lund was influenced by professors who created dynamic, academically stimulating learning environments. Now, as a professor herself, the most rewarding part for Dr. Lund is engaging with students.

Law is such a flexible tool, seeing the sorts of ways people can use it is exciting.”

She enjoys when students ask questions or come up with issues that help her to think more deeply about a subject area.  Dr. Lund currently holds a research fellowship, funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute, to study disordered gambling and bankruptcy. This research examines the experiences of individuals, who make use of insolvency proceedings to address gambling-related debt, and asks what changes could be made to better support them.

Apart from her research and teaching, Dr. Lund finds many opportunities to give back through pro bono work and volunteering. Dr. Lund enjoys practicing pro bono law with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) and Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) in part because, “it’s nice when I’m able to take these skills I’ve learned and help people who are in difficult situations.”

Dr. Lund first became involved with LESA when she and Pat Paradis co-chaired “The Constitution in the Insolvency Tool Box” seminar this past spring. She is also currently working on LESA’s Collections Fundamentals publication. One of the aspects she really enjoyed about taking part in the LESA seminar was that, “it was a really neat opportunity to bring practitioners and academics together to talk about some underexplored aspects of insolvency law.”

It is through the support of volunteers like Dr. Lund that LESA is able to provide a diverse array of programs to serve the educational and professional development needs of Alberta’s legal community.

Thank you for your continued dedication.

Life After Articling

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May 112016

Life After Articling

Have you heard? The University of Alberta Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association are hosting a dinner seminar for current CPLED students and junior lawyers.

Life After Articling: Succeeding as a Junior Lawyer Dinner Seminar is part of the, Law Alumni & Friends “Pizza and Practice” series.


So you’re a junior lawyer now, and in the midst of congratulating yourself on having successfully navigated all the challenges of your articling year, a thought dawns upon you; this is not only the end of one chapter, but the beginning of a brand new one. Trepidation starts to set in. You’re a lawyer now, and you’re expected to actually know things. You might feel like you are completely alone in the wilderness – no more principal to guide you, no more using your student-at-law status to explain why you don’t always have a ready answer.

Guess what? We’ve all been there.

Please join us for an illuminating conversation around how to succeed as a junior lawyer. You’ll hear from associates who have walked in your shoes, partners who will remember what it’s like, a legal recruiter who knows what law firms look for in a lawyer, and a professional development lawyer who will share some thoughts as to how you can get to where you want to be.

Find out more about dates, locations, featured guests, and how to register for Life After Articling.

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

2016/2017 CPLED Program Registration Opens March 1

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Feb 242016



***Update: The 2016/2017 CPLED registration application deadline was May 31. Contact Ashley Iachetta if you have questions or need to apply. Late applications are subject to a non-refundable late fee of           $150 + GST. ***


Can you believe that the 2016/2017 CPLED Program is just around the corner? If time is flying by for you like it is flying by for us here at LESA, it’s hard to believe but 2016/2017 CPLED Program registration opens on March 1.

Register Online

If you’re a current 3rd year law student, recent graduate, or someone else who needs to take the Alberta bar admission program (the CPLED Program), mark March 1 on your calendar – 2016/2017 CPLED Program registration opens at noon.

The CPLED Program includes 7 online modules and 3 face-to-face sessions. Each face-to-face session is offered at 4 different times. Since session enrolment is limited and time preferences are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, students are encouraged to register early.

You can view the CPLED Program 2016/2017 Key Dates for details about when the face-to-face sessions and online modules are running.


Attending one of our two info sessions is a convenient way to learn more about what you can expect from the 2016/2017 CPLED Program. Info sessions are happening at the University of Alberta (February 23) and the University of Calgary (February 25).

You can also head to our CPLED for Students website, where you’ll find a short presentation on what to expect from the CPLED Program and other key information.

If  you have any additional questions about the CPLED Program or the registration process, contact LESA’s Student Coordinator – Ashley Iachetta (780.969.3557 or

We’re looking forward to having you in the CPLED Program!

Alberta Law Review – Student Editorial Board Positions

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Sep 012015

Alberta Law Review Books.

And just like that a new school year is upon us. From all of us here at LESA, we hope that all of you Alberta law students enjoyed a relaxing summer, and we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming year.

With the start of the new school year also comes the quickly approaching Alberta Law Review deadline for second year students to join the student Editorial Board (September 9th at noon!). If you’re still considering applying or are working on your application, today’s LESA blog is for you.

Today we’re sharing what one of the Co-Editors-in-Chief, Michael Swanberg, has to say about Alberta Law Review: why working for the journal is an incredible experience, the type of work involved, and what you have to do to apply. Please note that, while Michael shares some great insights relevant for anyone wanting to work on the journal, some of these things apply specifically to students at the University of Alberta.

Happy reading!

ALR LogoThe Alberta Law Review (ALR) is once again looking to fill positions on its student Editorial Board in both Edmonton and Calgary. In an effort to increase interest amongst law students, the Co-Editors-in-Chief have modified the application process to decrease the amount of time it takes to complete the application. For those second year students at the University of Alberta who are interested in applying to the ALR, here is some information about the application process and what you can expect as a member of the Editorial Board.

What is the Alberta Law Review?

The ALR is a peer-reviewed legal journal run by law students from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. The journal publishes four issues per year and has a circulation of over 2500.  The journal is planning on making a transition to a fully online open-access format by 2016/17, which is intended to give the practicing bar and the public enhanced access to the journal’s scholarship.

In a 2011 study of law school-run legal journals in Canada, the ALR was ranked among the top five legal journals in the country in each metric used (Neil Craik, Philip Bryden & Katie Ireton, “Law Review: Scholarship and Pedagogy in Canadian Law Journals” (2011) 36:2 Queen’s LJ 393). Scholarship published in the ALR is cited frequently by Canadian courts and in other academic journals in Canada and abroad.

Past members of the Editorial Board have gone on to distinguished careers in private practice, the judiciary, and academia. These include Madam Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, former Supreme Court Justice William A. Stevenson, the Honourable J.E.L Côté (of the Alberta Court of Appeal), Justice Peter Costigan (of the Alberta Court of Appeal), and Prof. J.A. Weir, to name a few.

What is it like being a member of the student Editorial Board?

Students who are selected for a position on the Editorial Board at the University of Alberta are required to make a two-year commitment to the journal (2L and 3L). The Co-Editors-in-Chief assign each student to a committee that is given a set of tasks to complete each year. Committee tasks include (but are not limited to) vetting all article submissions and overseeing the peer review process, planning and running the annual Banquet, soliciting donations, preparing funding applications, running the annual Morrow Essay Contest, and planning recruitment activities for next year’s Editorial Board. The type of work that each committee is assigned varies considerably, but the work itself is a great way to meet and work with your other ALR colleagues. While the workload for each committee varies somewhat over the course of the academic year, committee work will, on average, entail about one hour of work per week.

All members of the Editorial Board are also required to complete a minimum of two student edits before they graduate. Each article that is accepted for publication (after passing peer review) is first edited by a member of the Editorial Board and is then edited a second and third time by the two Co-Editors-in-Chief before it is considered to be ready for publication. Generally, the student edit requires the Board Member to do a “light” edit on the text itself to correct all spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors and to do a more substantive edit on the citations to ensure full compliance with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (otherwise known as the McGill Guide, 8th edition). All editors are given an Editorial Policy Manual and Checklist to help guide the student through the editing process. The most important (and time consuming) aspect of the student edit is fact checking each citation. This entails finding the original source for each citation to make sure that all of the information contained in the citation is accurate and to ensure that all quotations appear exactly the same in the source that is being quoted.

If this sounds like a lot of work, it is! But have no fear – students have a lot of flexibility in choosing when to take on an edit, so you will not be forced to do an edit when it is not feasible to do so. Furthermore, there are many benefits to going through the full editorial process. Doing a student edit helps develop useful legal research skills that will serve you well in your future career. Student edits are the best way to become intimately familiar with the finer intricacies of the McGill Guide and to develop useful research skills that will make finding obscure sources much easier in other contexts.  It also helps develop your own writing abilities as you focus on proper grammar and spelling. In addition, you learn a lot about new trends in Canadian law, which may come in handy in other courses and in your future career.

Are there other benefits to being a member of the Alberta Law Review Editorial Board?

Being a member of the ALR does come with some residual benefits! First and foremost, the ALR is a great addition to any law student’s CV, and all members of the Editorial Board receive an invitation to apply to the Alberta Courts clerkship program in 2L. Historically, members of the Editorial Board have had great track records in obtaining clerkships both in Edmonton and Calgary.

University of Alberta students are also eligible to receive course credit in 3L for work completed with the ALR. To receive the course credit, students must complete the two required edits and a minimum of 104 hours of service to the journal. If a student completes these requirements before the term that they take the credit in, then that effectively means the student only has to take four courses in that term (since the course credit is pass/fail).

Another tangible benefit that should not be discounted is access to the ALR office in the John A. Weir Memorial Law Library. The ALR has recently furnished the office with new furniture and computer equipment, making this space particularly comfortable during “crunch time” each semester when everyone is feverishly working on completing term papers and studying for exams. All Editorial Board Members have full access to the office and are free to use it to work on course work.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently open for all 2L students. There are many Board positions available, so everyone is encouraged to apply! The packages were sent out via email to all incoming 2L students at the beginning of June and are due back by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 9. This year’s application process is much less time consuming than that of previous years. Applicants are no longer required to write a case comment, and the length and difficulty of the “test edit” has been reduced. Also, the two reference letters are now optional instead of required. A complete application package consists of a cover letter, CV, law school transcripts showing final 1L grades, a completed test edit, and a committee ranking sheet showing the applicant’s preference for which committees they would prefer to serve on.

If you have any questions about the application process or the ALR in general, feel free to contact the Co-Editors-in-Chief (Michael Swanberg and Sophie Trageser) at

Michael Swanberg
ALR Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 2015: Upcoming Legal Events

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Aug 312015

September Events

September is full of exciting upcoming legal events here at LESA and elsewhere in the legal community. Read today’s blog to find out what you need to mark on your calendar.


September Programs

Technology Contracts helps you learn how to analyze drafting pitfalls, solutions, and best practices.
Read the blog with seminar chair Jim Swanson to learn why you should attend, or register online now to attend in Edmonton (September 15) or Calgary (September 22).

Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers teaches you how to approach negotiations strategically, making you a more effective negotiator.
Read the blog with presenter Marty Latz to learn more about what you’ll gain, or register online now to attend in Calgary (September 17) or Edmonton (September 18).

All That Touches Family Law investigates intersections between family law and other areas, including agriculture, bankruptcy, immigration, and corporate topics.
Read the blog with seminar chair Hugh Willis to find out what practical advice and resources you’ll takeaway from this the seminar, or register online now to attend in Red Deer (September 18).

Interest Based Negotiations demonstrates what principled negotiation is and how it differs from adversarial negotiation. This course is recognized by the collaborative law associations in Alberta.
While the course is currently full, you can register online to add yourself to the waitlist in Edmonton (September 24–27).

Estate Accounting covers important estate accounting concepts – formal and informal accounting, review, passing of accounts, and more. It also discusses accounting guidelines, reviews recent cases, and illuminates court processes.
Read the blog with seminar chair Shelly Chamaschuk to discover what you’ll gain, or register online now to attend in Calgary (September 29) or Edmonton (October 1).


Early Bird Registration Deadlines

We have several early bird registration deadlines coming up this month. Don’t delay – register today to take advantage of these savings.


ENDING September 1

Microsoft Outlook for Legal Users demonstrates tips and tricks for getting the most out of various Outlook applications – calendar, contacts, mail, and tasks.
Read the blog with tech guru Paul Unger for some FREE tips and to learn more about what you’ll gain from this program. Register online now to attend in Edmonton (October 6) or Calgary (October 7).

Time, Task, Email, and Document Management shows you how to manage distractions and use technology to develop more efficient processes and workflows.
Read the blog with seminar presenter Paul Unger for some FREE tips and to discover why you’ll want to attend. Register online now to attend in Edmonton (October 6) or Calgary (October 7).

Professional Productivity for Legal Support Staff teaches you how to become more efficient and effective at managing the continuous flow of work you encounter in your job by helping you learn how to make decisions about goals and priorities.
Read the blog with presenter Gillian Rasmussen to find out what this program has to offer, or register online to attend in Edmonton (October 7) or Calgary (October 21).

Court of Appeal Practice offers insight from the bench and experienced practitioners on common Court of Appeal topics, including factums, appeals, appeal records, effective arguments, and more.
Read the blog with seminar chair Honourable J.E.L Côté to learn about the practical advice you’ll gain from this course, or register online to attend in Edmonton (October 8) or Calgary (October 14).


ENDING September 22

Constitutional Law Symposium provides an update and analysis of recent Supreme Court of Canada constitutional decisions, emerging trends, and helpful litigation strategies.
Watch for more details to be released on the blog shortly, or read the program brochure to learn more. Register online to attend in Edmonton (October 23).

Top Wills & Estates Law Cases shares insights into leading cases in estate planning, including those dealing with costs, claims, tax issues, the Wills and Succession Act, enduring powers of attorney, and more.
You’ll find more details on the blog soon, but for now you can read about the topics in the program brochure. Register online to attend in Edmonton (October 27) or Calgary (November 3).

Domestic Contracts discusses how to negotiate, draft, and challenge domestic contracts.
Keep an eye on our blog for more information coming soon; to find out more about the topics covered, read the program brochure. Register online to attend in Edmonton (October 28) or Calgary (November 4).



We kicked off the 2015/2016 CPLED year with the Oral Advocacy face-to-face module in Calgary last week. Here’s a look at the modules being offered in September:

Oral Advocacy face-to-face module runs in Edmonton from September 1 until September 3.

Legal Research & Writing online module opens on September 3 and concludes on September 24.

Interviewing and Advising face-to-face module runs during the week of September 28. In Edmonton it takes place September 28 – September 30, and in Calgary it runs September 30 – October 2.

If you have any questions about the modules you are scheduled to take, contact LESA’s Student Coordinator Ashley Iachetta at 780.969.3557 or


Events in the Legal Community

September is a busy month that connects the legal community to exciting events and initiatives outside of LESA. Here’s a look at some of them:


If you want LESA’s help to raise awareness about an upcoming event relevant to the Alberta legal community, contact Renee Vander Meulen, Communications Coordinator.
780.969.0553 or

2015 University of Alberta Alumni Awards

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Aug 282015

Fielding, Alan_2015 Alumni Honour AwardOn September 24 the University of Alberta is celebrating some of their outstanding alumni, and this year there is a LESA connection. Alan D. Fielding – a former LESA Board Member – will receive an Alumni Honour Award in recognition of his contributions to his profession, community, and university.

In addition to serving on LESA’s Board of Directors as Vice-Chair from 2004–2006 and as Chair from 2007–2009, Alan has also given back to others through his work with the Law Society of Alberta, the Vision Credit Union, the Rotary Club, the Central Alberta Mental Health Review panel, the Alberta Review Board, his church, the University of Alberta, and the local musical community.

If you’d like to join in celebrating the many contributions of Alan and other University of Alberta alumni, you can reserve your complimentary ticket online.

For more event information or to see the complete list of 2015 University of Alberta Alumni Award recipients, refer to the program info sheet.

Please join LESA in congratulating all of the award recipients – including Alan and fellow member of our Alberta, law community Francis M. Saville – and in extending our thanks for their volunteer efforts and contributions to our communities.

University of Alberta Celebrates Outstanding Graduates

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Sep 172014

University of Alberta

Kicking off Alumni Weekend 2014, Sept. 18 – 21, the University of Alberta (U of A) celebrates the accomplishments of 41 outstanding graduates at its annual Alumni Awards.

Open to all family, friends, colleagues, and community members, this inspirational ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and is followed by a complimentary reception where the public can mingle with Award Recipients.

Register for this free event at Business attire is encouraged.

The University of Alberta Alumni Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni in seven categories. Learn more about the 2014 Award Winners.