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LESA Board of Directors – Announcement

On behalf of the LESA Board of Directors, it is our pleasure to announce that Christine Sanderman will be continuing her excellent service to LESA in the role of Executive Director.

Christine has been an invaluable member of the LESA team since 2010.  She began her work with LESA as the Associate Director for Educational Resources and has served as our Interim Executive Director and Counsel since May of 2018.

In addition to Christine’s outstanding contributions to LESA, she comes to the Executive Director position with solid educational credentials. In 2003, Christine earned a Bachelor of Commerce followed by her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2006. She then earned her Masters of Law from Columbia University in 2010 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Throughout Christine’s tenure at LESA she has consistently brought a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership. She has the unique ability to understand the needs of LESA clients, the legal community, and the LESA team.

Under Christine’s leadership, LESA is in the best position to integrate innovation and expand upon the current exceptional continuing legal education opportunities LESA offers for the Alberta legal community now and in the future.

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Business Law Resource Development Survey

We are pleased to announce the development of a brand-new Business Law Resource and would love to get your feedback on its contents.

As a token of appreciation, we’re offering all who complete the short 3-question survey a $50 discount to apply to any LESA product or program you’d like.

To complete the survey, click here.

NOTE: Survey closes August 23, 2019. Discount code expires December 31, 2019 and cannot be combined with any other offer.

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Fall 2019 Program Calendar | Now Available!

Fall 2019 Programs

Our Fall 2019 Program Calendar is now available! Kickstart your CPD planning.
Discover the professional development opportunities available to you this fall!


Indigenous Law Conference
September 19 (Edmonton)

Family Law Contracts
October 1 (Edmonton) | October 10 (Calgary)

Interest Based Negotiations
October 3–6 (Edmonton)

Tax Law for Corporate/Commercial Transactions
October 17 (Calgary) | October 28 (Edmonton)

Delivering Effective Feedback
October 23 (Edmonton)

Shareholder Disputes
October 25 (Calgary) | October 29 (Edmonton)

Impaired Driving
October 25 (Calgary) | November 1 (Edmonton)

Mediation of Family & Divorce Conflicts (Fall)
November 4–8 (Calgary)

November 6 (Edmonton) | November 12 (Calgary)

Drafting Considerations for Wills & Estates Practitioners
November 7 (Edmonton) | November 14 (Calgary)

Family Property Act
November 13 (Calgary) | November 22 (Edmonton)

Buying & Selling a Business
December 3 (Calgary) | December 10 (Edmonton)


Click here to view our full list of programming for the 2019/2020 educational year, or view at-a-glance below.
and keep an eye out for our Winter 2020 Program Calendar, coming this fall!


Winter 2020 Programs At-A-Glance

Advanced Family Law Issues for Paralegals
January 16 (Edmonton) | January 23 (Calgary)

Provincial Court Civil Practice
January 17 (Edmonton) | January 24 (Calgary)

Alternative Dispute Resolution
February 19 (Calgary) | February 25 (Edmonton)

Advanced Civil Litigation for Paralegals
February 20 (Calgary) | February 26 (Edmonton)

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

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

Spring 2020 Programs At-A-Glance

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

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

November 6 (Edmonton) | November 12 (Calgary)

Family Law update
April 15 (Calgary) | April 22 (Edmonton)

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

Basic Collaborative Law
April 23–25 (Edmonton)

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

Wills & Estates for Legal Support Staff
May 14 (Edmonton) | May 21 (Calgary)

Rural Property Issues
May 29 (Red Deer) 

Board Governance
June 3 (Edmonton) | June 4 (Calgary)

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



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Call for Volunteer Witnesses: 37th Annual Intensive Advocacy

Are you interested in gaining valuable trial experience as a witness? We are looking for volunteers to act as witnesses in our upcoming 37th Annual Intensive Advocacy program in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

About the Program

37th Annual Intensive Advocacy LESA designed the Intensive Advocacy program to hone critical advocacy skills. This week-long interactive program culminates in a moot criminal trial, civil trial, or administrative hearing on Saturday, June 15 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Calgary Courts Centre.

Program participants will conduct moot trials or hearings before Alberta justices, judges, and administrative tribunal members, who will then provide participants with feedback.

The Role

Volunteer witnesses play the role of a character in one of the criminal, civil, or administrative fact patterns. Witnesses also give evidence on the witness stand under direct examination and cross-examination. Participant lawyers will brief all volunteers on their role prior to Saturday, June 15, then act as a witness during the actual moot trials and hearings. This program offers an excellent opportunity for law students, articling students, and lawyers to observe the trial or hearing process and gain valuable insight into the experience and perspective of a witness.


If you are interested in volunteering as a witness for the Intensive Advocacy moot trials and hearings, or for more information, please contact

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Surrogate Town Hall Meetings


Surrogate Town Hall Meetings

Meet with Chief Justice Mary Moreau and Justice John Little (Edmonton) and Chief Justice Mary Moreau and Justice Craig M. Jones (Calgary), to have an open discussion regarding practices and procedures in Surrogate matters.

Members of the Bar are invited to submit questions and comments relating to Surrogate practice matters, including the process of applying for grants, to Calgary Co-Chairs (Justice John Little in Edmonton, Justice Craig M. Jones in Calgary) and Edmonton Co-Chairs (Justice Craig M. Jones in Calgary, Justice John Little in Edmonton) at


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6 Ways to Simplify & Streamline Your Family Law Practice

Alberta Legal Technology Conference.

Join us on May 23 & 24 for the Alberta Legal Technology Conference, and discover 6 ways you can use technology to simplify and streamline your practice.

  1. Spouses are saying a lot of things to one another through their smartphones. Discover how to efficiently and authoritatively retrieve, organize, and reproduce the data from smartphones including text messages, pictures, location data, and more!


  1. As you know, there are many files with a large volume of documents. Learn about the newest technologies combining traditional document management with AI (artificial intelligence) to make preparation for Questioning and Trial more effective and efficient.


  1. Learn about the latest in law office software and apps so you can maximize your billable hours and reduce the stress of daily practice.


  1. Reduce costs and increase your profits! Explore outsourcing opportunities for routine law firm functions or tasks.


  1. Hear from real practicing lawyers who are early adopters of technology on current trends and discover what’s coming next.


  1. Get a concentrated briefing on the current state of legal research tools to make your work on divorce, custody, and property distribution more efficient.



Get more details and register online to reserve your spot!