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June Upcoming Legal Events

June Upcoming Legal Events

Discover what legal events are coming up this June.


LESA Programming

Rural Property Issues for Alberta Lawyers | Red Deer, June 2
Rural property matters can present unique challenges, which include wetlands and noxious weed issues, oil and gas leasing concerns, and OH&S considerations. Attend this program to learn the latest about these topics and other related issues. View the brochure for more details.

Criminal Advocacy: Sentencing | Edmonton, June 3 | Calgary, June 10
Expand your knowledge of sentencing. Examine the implications of mental health issues and FASD, the R v Lacasse SCC decision, and the developments post-Gladue. Read the brochure for more information.

Commercial Leasing Challenges | Edmonton, June 6 | Calgary, June 8
Commercial leasing is increasingly complex. Discover strategies for handling the most pressing and thorny issues arising in commercial leases today. Read the brochure for details.

35th Annual Intensive Advocacy| Calgary, June 12–17
Develop a confident, professional courtroom presence by exploring every aspect of trial and hearing work in this intensive, week-long workshop. This program is full. Register to be put on the waitlist.


CPLED

The registration deadline for the 2017/2018 CPLED Program year has passed, but you can still register for the 2017/2018 program year. Students applying after May 31 are subject to a non-refundable late filing fee.

Visit our CPLED for Students page for more information, or contact Craig Edhart, Student Coordinator.


Volunteer Opportunities

35th Annual Intensive Advocacy| Calgary, June 12–17
Are you interested in gaining valuable trial experience as a witness? We are looking for volunteers to act as witnesses in our upcoming 35th Annual Intensive Advocacy program in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Click here for more details.


Legal Community Events

Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward
The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF), in partnership with the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta (OCYA), is holding the “Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward” symposium on September 15 & 16, 2017. The early bird registration deadline is Saturday, June 3. Click here for more information.

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Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward

CRILF Symposium: Finding the Best Ways ForwardOffice of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF), in partnership with the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta (OCYA), is holding the “Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward” symposium on September 15 & 16, 2017.

This two-day national symposium will gather together a multidisciplinary spectrum of leading stakeholders to share information and talk about how the voices of children and youth are heard, how their interests are protected, and how their evidence is received in justice processes.

There will also be a half-day pre-symposium conference, at which attendees will review law on the parenting and care of children after separation, contemporary dispute resolution processes, and traditional and emerging ways that the views and voices of children and youth are presented in those processes.

Finding the Best Ways Forward

In a recent interview, we spoke with Executive Director of CRILF, John-Paul E. Boyd, who told us a bit more about the symposium. Here’s what he had to say about why this event is so exciting.

It is exciting to see something that was but an idea become reality and take shape. I’m excited by the extraordinarily high quality of presenters who are coming from across Canada, and, in fact, one also from the U.S. We’ve got Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, from Queen’s University (Ontario); Professor Nicholas Bala, a frequent speaker and researcher in family law matters; Dr. Francine Cyr from the Université de Montréal; and Hon. Justice D. Martinson QC, of the British Columbia Supreme Court. Aside from academics and researchers, we’ve got mental health professionals who will be presenting on this issue and lawyers, such as Patricia Hébert QC, who presented at LESA’s Refresher in Lake Louise. So, lots of people that I unblushingly call the leading likes.”

Click here for a complete list of presenters.

John-Paul also told us a bit about some of the key takeaways attendees can look forward to.

“We intend on publishing a record of proceedings following the symposium. We’ve asked each workshop to attempt to produce something tangible. The fundamental idea is for everyone to share what’s going on in their particular jurisdiction. Partly, this symposium is about information sharing – common controversies; recommendations for policy, process, and legislation reform; best practices – so that attendees can understand what is going on in other parts of the country.”

Finally, John-Paul shared some of the topics that will be covered at the symposium, which include:

  • Assessing the Credibility of Children
  • Creating, Operating, and Sustaining Legal Clinics for Children and Youth
  • Hearing the Voice of the Alienated Child in Family Law Disputes
  • Hearing the Voices of Infants and Toddlers

…and more

Dates & Location

  • Pre-Symposium Conference | September 14, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Calgary (700 Centre Street SE)
  • Symposium | September 15 & 16, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Calgary (700 Centre Street SE)

Want to learn more about the symposium? Click here for details, including keynote speakers, accommodations, pricing, and registration information.

The early bird registration deadline is Saturday, June 3. Click here to register today.

Funding for the symposium generously provided by the Alberta Law Foundation.

Alberta Law Foundation

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35th Annual Intensive Advocacy: Call for Volunteer Witnesses

35th 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 35th Annual Intensive Advocacy program in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

About the Program

The Intensive Advocacy program is a week-long interactive program designed to hone critical advocacy skills. The program culminates in a moot criminal trial, civil trial, or administrative hearing on Saturday, June 17 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Calgary Courts Centre. Program participants conduct moot trials or hearings before Alberta justices, judges, and administrative tribunal members, who 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 and give evidence on the witness stand under direct examination and cross-examination. Volunteers are briefed on their role by participant lawyers prior to Saturday, June 17, then act as a witness during the actual moot trials and hearings.

Contact

This is 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 kathy.fortier@lesa.org.

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Bill C-224 – Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

 

Bill C-224 Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

Parliament has recently passed the largely supported Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (Bill C-224) [the Act]. This Liberal private member’s Bill was unanimously approved last November 2016 and continues to receive wide political support. According to Vishaal Gupta, writing for Rights Watch,

[s]upport for the Bill has come from all corners of Canada, and this was reflected in the bipartisan, unanimous vote”.

Importantly, the Act may represent a change in tactics in the war on drugs. To respond to the challenges created by fear of prosecution, this Act signals a new approach that puts human life first and foremost. In short, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act recognizes the rising problem of drug-related deaths and represents a novel approach to a growing societal issue.

Summary of Bill C-224

The Act amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, SC 1996, c 19 [CDSA] in order to bar laying charges under s 4(1) (illegal possession of drugs listed in schedules 1-3) where the would-be-accused has sought emergency medical or law enforcement aid on behalf of themselves or another person.

The purpose of the Act is to reduce the pandemic of opiate-related overdoses. Research indicates that most overdoses are witnessed and, in many cases, witnesses fail to call for help out of a fear of prosecution for drug-related offences. According to Angie Hamilton, Executive Director of Families for Addiction Recovery, in a brief regarding Bill C-224, the Act prioritizes survival rather “than [the] cold comfort of knowing that if the [person] dies the trafficker can be prosecuted.”

Following the Act’s approval on May 2, 2017, and in anticipation of its coming into force, Health Canada has already prepared an information campaign to alert the public and raise awareness of the Act.

More Information.

For more information regarding Bill C-224, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, click here.

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2017/2018 CPLED Opportunities

2017/2018 CPLED Opportunities

Each year, LESA partners with experienced legal professionals to deliver Alberta’s bar admission program, the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED). We’ve already had more than 330 students apply for the 2017/2018 CPLED program, and we’re still taking applications. Having this many students means we need a lot of support from Alberta’s legal community to help the CPLED Program run smoothly. That’s why today’s blog shares upcoming CPLED opportunities that you can get involved with.

One of the CPLED Program goals is to help students develop entry-level lawyer competencies. As such, LESA recruits facilitators – who provide feedback to students in preparation for their competency evaluations – and evaluators – who grade these final submissions. The desire to help new, aspiring lawyers develop their competencies is one reason why more seasoned lawyers choose to be a part of the program. If you’re one of those lawyers who wants to give back, you’re in luck – LESA has plenty of CPLED opportunities to fill.

LESA is currently recruiting facilitators and evaluators for the 7 online modules and the 3 face-to-face sessions that comprise the CPLED program (see the 2017/2018 Key Dates).

Online Modules

Each online module is open for 3 weeks.

Learning Group Facilitators (LGFs) commit about 10–20 hours a week to CPLED while the module is open, including time spent providing feedback on assignments. LGFs monitor the progress of their learning group (usually 18–20 students) and interact with students through an online learning management system. The responsibilities of LGFs include:

• preparing for each module;
• facilitating online discussions;
• responding to student questions;
• reviewing weekly student submissions; and
• providing feedback.

Learning Group Evaluators (LGEs) grade approximately 30–40 competency evaluations (final submissions). LGE duties conclude approximately 2 weeks after a module closes.

Both LGFs and LGEs are provided with training to explain the duties and expectations of their roles. Additional module-specific LGF training occurs about a week before each module opens.

Face-to-Face Sessions

Each face-to-face session runs over 3 or 4 days in Edmonton and Calgary, and individual volunteers usually commit 1 day of their time to the CPLED Program. LGFs help guide discussion and answer questions on teaching and learning exercise days, and LGEs grade final assessments on competency evaluation days.

LESA provides training materials and a pre-session conference call to ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities.

Apply for CPLED Opportunities

Please note: CPLED facilitators and evaluators must have a minimum 4 years at the bar.

If you would like to get involved, complete the applicable application form(s).

Online module application form (due June 30)

o Please email all online module inquiries and application forms to Ashley Iachetta.

Face-to-Face module application form (accepted throughout the year)

o Please email all Face-to-Face Inquiries and application forms to Kathy Fortier.

Separate application forms must be completed for face-to-face and online modules.

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May Upcoming Legal Events

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.

CPLED

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.

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More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges and Criminal Lawyers

More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges and 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.

About the Book

The sixteen stories in More Tough Crimes include:

  • Mr. Don Bayne on the Senator Mike Duffy trial and the theme of a trial as media spectacle;
  • Mr. David Bright on a tale of intrigue spanning extradition and incarceration from India to Nova Scotia;
  • Mr. Brian Beresh on a historic case of domestic violence;
  • Ms. Breese Davies on Ashley Smith who died by self-inflicted strangulation in her prison cell;
  • Honourable Justice J. Di Luca on funny and, at times, tragic stories of inmate appeals at the Court of Appeal;
  • Ms. Mona Duckett on a Mr. Big operation where the client falsely confessed to the killings;
  • Honourable Justice F. Finnestad on the twisting, turning, and unravelling of people’s lives as a crime unfolds;
    Mr. Alan D. Gold on the Andre Gravelle murder and bogus lip reading evidence;
  • Mr. Brian H. Greenspan on the trial of hockey agent and promoter Alan Eagleson;
  • Mr. James Lockyer on the wrongful conviction of Steven Truscott;
  • Mr. Brock Martland on the Surrey Six murders focusing on the Crown negotiating deals with alleged triggermen;
  • Honourable Judge J. Ogle on the case of Calgary druggist Stephen Kesler who shot a robbery suspect;
  • Mr. Jonathan Rudin on the deaths of young Aboriginal people from fly-in communities in Northern Ontario and the quest to get an inquest;
  • Honourable Justice R. Wyant on a vicious case of rape and murder that changed his life and career forever; and
  • Mr. William Trudell on the trial of the contract killing of the wife of Helmuth Buxbaum.

Sneak Preview

Here are some excerpts from the book that you can look forward to.

Clayton Rice | The Case of Kristen Budic: Too Crazy to be Insane

At the core of the delusion was Budic’s belief that he had signed an insurance policy on a previous visit to Dr. Bozo Bulaijic and that Dr. Bulaijic was preventing him from getting treatment. According to Budic’s thinking, Dr. Bulaijic carried out the worldwide conspiracy against him by telex machine. Dr. Geoffrey Hopkinson, a psychiatrist at the Alberta Hospital, would testify years later: ‘I suspect that [Budic] took the law into his own hands to perhaps save his own life.’ The psychiatric diagnosis was the easy part. Getting Budic to trial was something else.”

Jonathan Rudin | The Death of Reggie Bushie and the Eight-Year Inquest

Almost all of the witnesses who testified about their experience attending high school at DFC (Thunder Bay) spoke about the racism—racism that sometimes took the form of name calling, but often including food and drinks being thrown at them on the street. For the students who came to the city from First Nation communities where this sort of racism was foreign, they had to live with the knowledge that these assaults could occur at any time. None of them ever went to the police, most didn’t even report it to school staff, it was—and is—the price First Nations students pay for high school education.”

Brock Martland | The Surrey Six

As criminal lawyers we get a lot more excitement than some of our desk-bound colleagues, but it’s normally detached from the immediacy and unpredictability of the crime itself. We study the evidence and analyze photographs from the crime scene and autopsy. They can be disturbing. But our analysis is all after-the-fact and it’s second-hand. It does not have the same intensity as being there. In the Surrey Six case, veteran RCMP Staff Sergeant Dave Teboul described the crime scene as horrific, even for seasoned homicide investigators.”

More Information

You’re invited to attend the book release receptions.

  • Calgary | May 30, 2017 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) | Danish Canadian Club (727 – 11 Ave SW)
  • Toronto | June 1, 2017 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) |Simcoe Chambers (#100, 116 Simcoe Street)
  • Edmonton | June 14 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) | Audrys Books (10701 Jasper Avenue)

Pre-order your copy of More Tough Crimes from durvile.com or at indigo.ca. Read more excerpts here. Partial proceeds go to Canadian Women’s & Family Shelters.

For a review copy or excerpt inquiries, to set up an interview, or for further information, contact Lorene Shyba, Publisher (lorene.shyba@durvile.com) or 403.818.4808.

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Hon. Madam Justice P.A. Rowbotham wins 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

We are pleased to announce that the Honourable Madam Justice P.A. Rowbotham has been named the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner of the 2017 Women In Law Leadership (WILL) Awards. A long-term judicial liaison on the LESA Board and with 34 years of experience as a practising lawyer, law professor, trial judge, and appellate judge, LESA extends our warmest congratulations to Justice Rowbotham.


About the Awards

The WILL Awards are presented annually to female members of the Alberta legal profession. The purpose of the WILL Awards is for the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) and The Counsel Network (TCN) to recognize the contributions of women lawyers in the following areas:

  • Leadership in the Profession in Private Practice
  • Leadership in the Profession in Government
  • Leadership in the Profession In-house
  • Leadership in the Profession in a Broader Role
  • Leadership in the Community
  • Tomorrows Leader
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Law Firm Award

The 7th Annual WILL Awards Dinner will be held on November 9, 2017 at the Westin Calgary. Click here for more information.

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Final Surrogate Practice & Procedure Town Hall Meetings

Final Surrogate Practice & Procedure Townhall Meetings

The Final Surrogate Practice and Procedure Town Hall Meetings are happening next week.

Members of the bar are invited to join in open discussion and to submit questions and comments relating to Surrogate practice matters, including the process of applying for grants, to the Co-Chairs at SRAC@albertacourts.ca.

Efforts will be made at the meeting to address these questions and concerns. Select the city where you wish to attend to see full details, including guest speakers and session topics.

Meeting Information

Calgary

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM–1:30 PM
Location: Calgary – QB Courtroom 1801
Hosts: Chief Justice N.C. Wittmann and Hon. Justice C.M. Jones

Guest Speakers:

  • Marie Strauss | Executive Director, Queen’s Bench Administration
  • Graham Badry | Calgary Regional Public Guardian
  • Dana Kingsbury | Assistant Public Trustee
  • Yvonne Gaudet | Assistant Public Trustee

View the Notice of Meeting here.

Edmonton

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM–1:30 PM
Location: Edmonton – QB Courtroom 317
Hosts: Hon. Justice P. Michalyshyn | Northern Alberta Surrogate Practice Advisor

Guest Speakers:

  • Marie Strauss | Executive Director, Queen’s Bench Administration
  • Shirley Peleshytyk | Edmonton Regional Public Guardian
  • Cheryl Fix | Assistant Public Trustee

View the Notice of Meeting here.

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AJEFA Annual Banquet and General Meeting

AJEFA Annual Banquet and General MeetingThe Association des jurists d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA) is hosting their Annual Banquet and General Meeting on June 2 (Calgary) at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club (2502 – 6 Street NE).

Topics and Times

Annual General Meeting | 4 PM
This meeting is intended for AJEFA members. However, you’re welcome to attend this meeting as an observer. Interested in becoming an AJEFA member? Click here.

Panel of Experts on Dying with Dignity | 5 PM

  • Me Jolene Lalonde | Scenario and overview of the history of dying with dignity,
  • Me Shannon James | Legal implications for the drafting of wills mandates and other documents in the event of incapacity, and
  • Health Professional (to be confirmed).

Cocktail Reception | 6 PM

Annual Banquet – Above All, Common Sense | 7 PM
Join the Honourable Justice R.J. Chartier, Chief Justice, Manitoba Court of Appeal, to hear about his report Above All, Common Sense on French Language Services within the Government of Manitoba. Learn how the Policy on French Language Services helped increase access to justice in French in Manitoba.

Register Online

Please note that the Annual General Meeting and the panel are free activities, while the Annual Banquet is a paid event.

To register for these activities, complete the registration form before May 19, 2017. The Early Bird registration deadline is April 30, 2017.

Click here for more information. For assistance, call Brigitte or Maria at 780-450-2443.