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Judicial Appointments to Provincial Court of Alberta

LESA congratulates the seven new judges appointed to the Provincial Court of Alberta on April 17, 2020:
The Honourable Judge Jeffrey Champion | Edmonton Region
The Honourable Judge Tracy Davis | Calgary Family and Youth Division
The Honourable Judge Carole Godfrey | Edmonton Criminal Division
The Honourable Judge Francine Roy | Edmonton Criminal Division
The Honourable Judge Brandy Shaw | Calgary Criminal Division
The Honourable Judge Robin Snider | Central Region
The Honourable Judge Eric Tolppanen | Calgary Criminal Division
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Discounted Webinar Series Now Available

The LESA team is dedicated to providing you with timely and topical continuing legal education. We thank you for your continued support, and want to express ours during these uncertain times. We are pleased to announce discounted pricing on the launch of our Spring 2020 Webinar Series.

Bookmark this page and be sure to check back often. New LESA webinars will be posted as they become available. For additional resources to keep you up-to-date while working remotely, check out LESA’s available electronic resources.

Click here to see our calendar of upcoming webinars.


Practicing Family Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: May 4, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM–1:30 PM

Price: $125 + GST  $29 + GST

Presenter: John-Paul E. Boyd QC





Issues to Watch Out for in Residential Real Estate Transactions

Date: May 5, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Price: $95 + GST  $29 + GST

Presenter: Jeffrey V. Kahane






AISH Update

Date: May 6, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM–2:00 PM

Price: $95 + GST  $29 + GST

Presenter: Gordon P. VanderLeek





Managing Civil Litigation Matters During COVID-19

Date: May 12, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Price: $95 + GST  $29 + GST

Co-Presenters: Andrew P. Wilson and Kaila Eadie



Bookmark this page ( and watch for more information about these upcoming May webinars:

  • COVID-19 Case Law: Family Law in the Age of the Coronavirus | John-Paul E. Boyd QC | May 13
  • Practicing Wills & Estates Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Doris C.E. Bonora QC | May 14
  • Remote Resolution: Addressing Applications that Aren’t Urgent | John-Paul E. Boyd QC | May 20
  • Capacity 101 | Dr. Irene Liu | May 21
  • Employment Law Primer | Roger S. Hofer QC | May 26
  • Vagueness and Ambiguity in Contracts | Douglas H. Peterson | May 27



Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act Accounting

Date: June 11, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM–10:00 AM

Price: $95 + GST  $29 + GST

Presenter: Gordon P. VanderLeek


Bookmark this page ( and watch for more information about these upcoming June webinars:

  • Amendments to the Divorce Act: Understanding Parenting and Relocation | John-Paul E. Boyd QC | June 3
  • Drafting Effective Memos | Douglas H. Peterson | June 8
  • The Expanding Meaning of “Other Cause”: Support Entitlements of Adult Children | John-Paul E. Boyd QC | June 10
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10% off an Electronic Resource

Be the first to know about new LESA programs and resources! The LESA E-List is a periodic email giving you advanced and instant access to all that’s new and notable with LESA. As a member of the list, you will have priority access to program registrations and will be the first to know when new resources become available. We promise to appear in your inbox only when we have something of value to offer. As a gift upon sign-up, we want to welcome you with 10% off any one electronic resource.

Click here to join the list today!



Check out LESA’s Electronically Available Resources

mini Seminars on Demand

Seminars on Demand

New this year, we now offer mini Seminars on Demand. Select individual presentations from past programs are now available online, allowing you to pick and choose the topics that best fit your educational needs. Check out our newly added mini Seminars on Demand:

Program: Family Property Act3 presentations available
Program: Impaired Driving | 5 presentations available
Program: Provincial Court Civil Practice | 6 presentations available
Program: Advanced Family Law Issues for Paralegals | 5 presentations available


NEW! mini Seminars on Demand | $95 + GST per presentation


Program Papers

Select papers from our recent programs are available for download in Adobe PDF format. These papers expand your substantive law knowledge and increase your confidence. Click on a practice area below to search available papers by title or author.

Business LawCivil LitigationCriminal LawFamily Law; Legal Support StaffOther; Real EstateWills & Estates

Instantly access topical, Alberta-specific legal information.



No law library would be complete without the LESA Practice Manual series. These critical titles provide in-depth coverage in specific areas of law and are a useful resource for both junior and senior legal practitioners. Our Fundamentals provide a broad and comprehensive overview of specific areas of law and practice in Alberta. They are a useful resource for practitioners as well as articling students. Electronically available titles will be sent to the email address provided at checkout.

Coming soon! Updates to the Alberta Family Law Practice Manual are nearly complete which will reflect recent legislative changes to the Family Property Act and the Divorce Act. Click here to subscribe today!

LESA Library

The LESA Library provides you with Alberta-specific legal information you can access from anywhere, at anytime. Checklists, editable precedents, fillable forms, practice management tips, and so much more are just a click away.

Did you know that LESA Library subscribers get access to hundreds of program materials, the entire Practice Manual series, and so much more? With prices starting at just $795 + GST (for an annual subscription) you can get instant access to topical, Alberta-specific resources to help you excel in your practice. Learn more at

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COVID-19 and LESA Programs

In light of recent developments, LESA has postponed all programs scheduled from March 14 to June 30, 2020. Registrants for all programs scheduled during this time have been sent an email with additional information. Our office is now closed, with our staff currently working from remote. If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing

Postponed programs, include:

  1. Commercial Real Estate for Legal Support Staff, scheduled to run in Calgary on March 17
  2. Family Law Trial Fundamentals, scheduled to run in Calgary on March 18
  3. Dealing with Difficult Conversations, scheduled to run in Edmonton on March 20
  4. Rules of Court 2020, scheduled to run in Calgary on April 1 and Edmonton on April 7
  5. Corporate Law Fundamentals, scheduled to run in Calgary on April 2 and Edmonton on April 8
  6. Commercial Real Estate – Leasing, scheduled to run in Calgary on April 16 and Edmonton on April 23
  7. Basic Collaborative Law, scheduled to run in Edmonton on April 23–25
  8. Managing Wills & Estates Matters, scheduled to run in Lake Louise on May 1
  9. 53rd Annual Refresher: Wills & Estates, scheduled to run in Lake Louise on May 2–4
  10. Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts, scheduled to run in Calgary on May 11–15
  11. Apps & Ale, scheduled to run in Edmonton on May 26
  12. Young Lawyers Conference, scheduled to run in Calgary on May 28–29
  13. Rural and Real Property Issues, scheduled to run in Red Deer on May 29
  14. Board Governance, scheduled to run in Edmonton on June 3
  15. 38th Annual Intensive Advocacy, scheduled to run in Calgary on June 8–13

We have worked quickly, though, and have rescheduled the following programs:

  1. Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts (November 9–13, 2020)
  2. Managing Wills & Estates Matters (October 23, 2020)
  3. 53rd Annual Refresher: Wills & Estates (October 24–26, 2020)
  4. 38th Annual Intensive Advocacy (new date coming June 2021)

More details will be posted soon.

The health and safety of our faculty, attendees, and staff (and their families) is LESA’s top priority. We hope everyone remains healthy and well during this time.

We look forward to seeing you at upcoming programs and we truly appreciate your continued support.

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Student Base Camp

Articling week is next week! If you are a law student interviewing in Edmonton next week (February 18-21), the LESA office will be set up to provide you with an interview base camp.  With the help of Alberta Lawyers’ Assist, we have got you covered for a garment malfunction, a phone that needs charging, a coffee craving that needs satisfying – plus we offer an office full of friendly faces. We would love to have you make the LESA office your home base. See you next week!


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Don’t miss out! Alternative Dispute Resolution is a must-attend program

Enforcement of the mandatory ADR rules is in effect.

Join Brad Mustard and our panel of senior mediators at this must-attend program. Examine the new rules, and address best practices within these mandatory dispute resolution processes so you can achieve positive negotiated results. Explore how to prepare yourself as counsel, manage your clients’ expectations, and be effective in interest based and competitive ADR processes. Discuss techniques for diagnosing conflict and overcoming impasses. Counsel will also explore strategies to paper, and enforce, mediated agreements.

Register today! February 19 (Calgary) or February 25 (Edmonton)


meet the CHAIR

Brad Mustard | Moe Hannah LLP

Brad practices as a family law mediator and lawyer. He understands that separation and divorce is not just a legal change, but also one that involves a personal transition that affects family, friends and children. Brad uses his extensive training and experience to advise clients on how to solve problems. He is well-known in the family law community for negotiating out-of-court settlements, mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration. Read more

meet the FACULTY

Rhoda Dobler QC | Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP

A teacher and leader in the Alberta legal community, Rhoda’s practice spans two and half decades, and includes mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and litigation. Her positive attitude, compassion and creativity guide her conflict resolution approach, making her a valued mediator and arbitrator. Rhoda’s skill in the legal community has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada since the initial edition (2006) in Family Law, and has expanded to include recognition in the areas of Family Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Read more

Robert McBean QC | Parlee McLaws LLP

Bob has practiced civil litigation since 1978. Since the early 2000’s, he has focused his practice on the arbitration and mediation of commercial and insurance disputes. He has extensive practical experience in mediation having mediated in excess of 300 Queen’s Bench matters. Bob’s mediation experience includes the resolution of personal injury, insurance, commercial, construction, employment, and professional liability disputes. Read more

Sid Kobewka | Kobewka Stark Lawyers and Mediators

Sid has practiced law for over 30 years assisting clients with a variety of legal matters. He has a general practice of law and has extensive experience with litigation, family law, personal injury, real estate and corporate and commercial law. He has a particular interest in helping clients reach agreements and settlements that best meet their needs and that promote healthy relationships with their family members and business partners. Read more

Jim McCartney | McCartney ADR

A Calgary lawyer since 1973, Jim McCartney developed a senior litigation practice including major refinery fire, building, and products liability claims. Jim has mediated or arbitrated more than 2,000 disputes involving commercial, industrial, public and residential construction, professional negligence, and more. He is a Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator, Past President of the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (now ADR Institute of Alberta), and Past Director of the ADR Institute of Canada. Read more



Case Law Review | Engage in a review of recent legislation, discuss mandatory and non-mandatory ADR, and consider other case law issues such as enforcing mediation, agreements reached in mediation, and more.

Mediation: A Lawyer’s Perspective | Explore mediation theory including, interest-based negotiations, and consider the differences between competitive vs. cooperative mediation.

Mediation: A Mediator’s & Arbitrator’s Perspective | Discuss models of mediation as well as processes for ADR, mediation, and JDR, including strategies for success in these processes.

Strategies for Getting Out of Sticky Situations | Review attribution theory, trust rebuilding, boundary theory, and strategies for conflict diagnosis and resolution.


Register for February 19, 2020 (Calgary)

NOTE: New Venue!

The Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre

1000 Glenmore Court SE

9:00 AM-4:30 PM


Register for February 25, 2020 (Edmonton)

NOTE: New Venue!

Aspen Conference Centre, 4th Floor, Bell Tower

10104 – 103 Avenue

9:00 AM-4:30 PM

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Hot off the press! Spring 2020 Programs Brochure

This brochure is hitting desks!

For a sneak peek, click the above image to view our web brochure. Or, scroll down for a list of our upcoming programs. Simply click the link for your preferred date, and register today.


Commercial Real Estate for Legal Support Staff
March 10 (Edmonton) | March 17 (Calgary)

Family Law Trial Fundamentals
March 11 (Edmonton) | March 18 (Calgary)

Dealing with Difficult Conversations
March 13 (Calgary) | March 20 (Edmonton)

Rules of Court 2020
April 1 (Calgary) | April 7 (Edmonton)

Corporate Law Fundamentals
April 2 (Calgary) | April 8 (Edmonton)

Commercial Real Estate: Leasing
April 16 (Calgary) | April 23 (Edmonton)

Basic Collaborative Law
April 23–25 (Edmonton)

Managing Wills & Estates Matters
May 1 (Lake Louise)

53rd Annual Refresher: Wills & Estates
May 24 (Lake Louise)

Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts
May 11–15 (Calgary)

Apps & Ale
May 26 (Edmonton) 

Young Lawyers Conference
May 28-29 (Calgary) 

Rural and Real Property Issues
May 29 (Red Deer) 

Board Governance for Not-for-Profit Organizations 
June 3 (Edmonton)

38th Annual Intensive Advocacy (Sold out!)
June 8–13 (Calgary)

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2019 Holiday Office Closure

2018 Reflection & Holiday Closure

From all of us at LESA, thank you for your support in 2019. We wish you a happy holiday season and prosperous New Year!

LESA will close at 12 PM on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 8 AM.

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