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Advising Small & Family Businesses

Small and family business owners have unique challenges. As trusted advisers, lawyers are well-positioned to help address these challenges. Join us for Advising Small & Family Businesses on February 6 (Edmonton) or February 13 (Calgary), and investigate issues that small and family businesses face so you can more competently provide advice.


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Program Feature—Effective Legal Support: Matrimonial Property

Effective Legal Support: Matrimonial Property

Join us in for Effective Legal Support: Matrimonial Property in Edmonton (March 5) or Calgary (March 12), and discover valuable tips so you can provide more confident legal support in property division matters.


Join program chair Rachel Woynorowski and faculty for an informative afternoon on legal support in property division matters.

Discuss key topics including:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Property
    Examine what is “property”, including real estate, bank accounts, businesses, and more. Delve into less common and commonly forgotten or overlooked types of property. Explore the role of legal support staff in property division matters.
  • Does It Make a Difference if They’re Married?
    Review property division and the differences between separating common-law and legally married couples. Discuss additional documentary evidence and the information needed to establish a joint family venture and to prove unjust enrichment claims, exemptions, and tracing.
  • Evidence and Disclosure
    Advance your understanding of financial disclosure and analysis. Explore evidence issues to help you complete undertakings and compile affidavits of records.
  • How to Get Stuff Done: A Review of Practical and Procedural Matters
    Develop strategies to find information when your client cannot locate the answer. Investigate alternative evidence sources, including obtaining client authorizations, expert valuations, and expert opinions. Once a file is concluded, examine how to assist clients with protecting their property and realizing on judgments.
  • Matrimonial Property Top 10 Tips
    Discuss tried, tested, and true tips, hints, and practical suggestions about property division matters from experienced family law legal support staff.


Register online to reserve your spot in Effective Legal Support: Matrimonial Property.

View the brochure for program details.

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January Upcoming Legal Events

January Upcoming Legal Events

Happy New Year!

Discover what’s happening in the legal community this month.


Intellectual Property Law for Non-IP Lawyers | EARLY BIRD EXTENSION January 8
EDMONTON (February 5) | CALGARY (February 12)

Intellectual property rights can be found in nearly every transaction and are often the most valuable asset of any business. If your client has a business name, provides a product or service to others, uses a website or software, gets referenced on social media, creates or improves on technology, or has confidential business information such as customer lists and data, they have IP rights to consider. Join experienced IP practitioners and develop strategies to protect your clients.

Junior Lawyer Series (Session #4) | SOLD OUT!
EDMONTON (January 17)

Hear the Bench’s perspective on recent jurisprudential developments in the Alberta Courts regarding the law of summary judgment and summary dismissal. Brief Q & A session to follow.

Civil Enforcement Fundamentals
EDMONTON (January 22) | CALGARY (January 29)

Learn how the Civil Enforcement Act works with other legislation for the enforcement of distraint for rents, personal property seizures under security agreements, Notices to enforce security, and possession under Court Orders. Learn how distributions are determined and where priorities are given so you can provide proper advice to your clients about the costs/benefits of Civil Enforcement. Explore post-judgment enforcement and how to maximize your client’s return.

Wills and EPAs—Commonly Occurring Issues
EDMONTON (January 23) | CALGARY (January 30)

Wills and enduring powers of attorney are essential to an effective estate plan. Analyze common issues that arise in the drafting of these documents. Discover how to avoid these issues before they arise or deal with them if they do.

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Law Society of Alberta: New Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

LESA is pleased to welcome Elizabeth J. Osler as the new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Law Society of Alberta (LSA). Ms. Osler will begin in her new role on January 1, 2019.

Ms. Osler has been with the LSA since September 2012, first as the Director of Regulation and later as Deputy Executive Director. She oversaw several departments within the LSA including Governance, Communications, Human Resources, Counsel, Conduct, Investigations, Custodianships, and Trust Safety.

Prior to joining the LSA, Ms. Osler worked at the University of Calgary as Associate General Counsel & University Secretary. She has also worked as a securities lawyer in private practice and as corporate counsel and corporate secretary in-house.

Ms. Osler, born and raised in Calgary, received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta, and holds bachelor and master degrees in Canadian History from the University of Calgary. She received her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and serves on the National Discipline Standards Committee for the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and as a Board member for the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

We are sad to say farewell to outgoing LSA Executive Director and CEO—and trusted LESA board member—Don Thompson, QC. His extraordinary leadership not only helped transform the LSA into a leading regulator of the legal profession, but also supported LESA in delivering exceptional educational programming for the Alberta legal community. We are excited to embark on a new journey with Ms. Osler and are confident that she too will excel in her new role as the LSA’s Executive Director and CEO.

Read the Law Society of Alberta’s full announcement here.

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ASSIST: New Parents Practicing Law Events

Assist: New Parents Practicing Law Events

Are you the parent of a child under the age of 5 who is juggling legal practice with new parenthood? If so, then please join Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society for their inaugural New Parents Practicing Law program, hosted and sponsored by Bennett Jones LLP.

Lawyers and articling students are invited to join Linda Parsons, Professional Coach and Practice Consultant, who will provide information and resources about practicing law as a new parent.

Linda is a parent with over twenty-five years’ experience as a lawyer in private practice, having been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in 2013 and 2014, and profiled in the April 2010 Lexpert health law cover story. She held a variety of leadership roles within her firm and the legal profession during her years of practice. Linda is certified in executive coaching through Columbia University and is a member of the International Coaching Federation, and provides parent, performance, leadership and business development coaching for lawyers. Linda has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with new parents practicing law.


Date: January 16, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Location: Bennett Jones LLP | 4500 Bankers Hall East, 855 2 St. SW | Calgary

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by January 11, 2019, and please include your dietary restrictions.

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2018 Reflection & Holiday Closure

2018 Reflection & Holiday Closure

LESA extends its warmest thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who have devoted their time and expertise to us and their profession this year. The commitment of our staff and volunteers has resulted in another successful year for LESA.

  • Since the beginning of the 2018/2019 educational year, we have overseen 18 continuing professional development programs across a variety of practice areas including business law, civil litigation, criminal law, family law, real estate, wills and estates, legal support, and more.
  • The ever-growing LESA Library continues to be in popular demand. In the last year we gained upwards of 150 subscribers, and uploaded more than $7,000 worth of resources to help you continue to improve your practice.
  • The 2018/2019 CPLED Program is also going very well, with 3 online modules and 3 face-to-face sessions complete so far and 471 registered students.

From all of us at LESA, thank you for your support in 2018. We wish you a happy holiday season and prosperous New Year!

LESA will close at 4:30 PM on Friday, December 21, 2018, and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 8:00 AM.

We’re pleased to be your lifelong partner in continuing legal education. See you in the New Year!