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Program Feature—Pot Topics: Legalization of Cannabis

Pot Topics: Legalization of Cannabis

The legalization of cannabis will come into effect in just under 2 weeks, and a number of new legal issues are sure to surface.

Join us for Pot Topics: Legalization of Cannabis on November 16, 2018 (Calgary) or November 22, 2018 (Edmonton), and discover how these legislative changes will affect your practice.


Explore the implications of legislative changes relating to the legalization of cannabis. Discuss Alberta’s cannabis regulatory system, the commercialization of cannabis, how legalization affects employment and real estate law, and the public health approach to legalization.

Join program chair, Alexis Moulton (McLennan Ross LLP), and faculty for this informative, interactive program. Topics include:

  • Alberta’s Cannabis Regulatory System
    Dave Berry (Vice President Regulatory Services, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission)
  • Cannabis: Challenges in Multi-Unit Housing
    Heidi Besuijen (Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP)
  • Commercialization
    Annie Murphy (Senior Manager, Strategy, Ernst and Young)
  • Employment Law Update
    Dan Bokenfohr (McLennan Ross LLP) & Maurice Dransfeld (McLennan Ross LLP)
  • What is a Public Health Approach to Legalization of Cannabis?
    Dr. Brent T. Friesen (Lead Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services) & Dr. Chris Sikora (Lead Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services)
  • Municipal Regulatory Roles in Cannabis Legalization
    Shannon Belvedere (City of Calgary, Law Department) & TBD

Read the brochure to learn more.

REGISTER ONLINE

Register online to attend Pot Topics: Legalization of Cannabis on November 16, 2018 (Calgary) or November 22, 2018 (Edmonton).

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October Upcoming Legal Events

October upcoming Legal Events

Find out what’s happening in the legal community this month!


LESA PROGRAMMING

Alberta Land Titles Online Alberta Land Titles Online | CAL (October 2) | EDM (October 9)

This program is now full. Register for our January program in Edmonton (January 22) or Calgary (January 29).

With a shift to online Land Titles registrations and digital signatures, lawyers and their firms will need to adjust their conveyancing processes. Explore the new ALTO platform and evaluate strategies for enhancing your real estate practice.

Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Regular Price: $295 + GST

 

 Effective Legal Support: Residential Real Estate

Effective Legal Support: Residential Real EstateCAL (October 2) | EDM (October 9)

Develop a solid foundation in real estate conveyancing. Review standard documents, processes, and timelines. Explore strategies and best practices.

 

 

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Regular Price: $295 + GST

 

Commercial Disputes Commercial Disputes | CAL (October 4)

Commercial disputes frequently arise, despite efforts to prevent them. Evaluate mechanisms and strategies for resolving such disputes in this flipped classroom-style program. (Attendees must review resource materials and undertake pre-program work online in the LESA Classroom prior to attending.)

 

Time: 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Regular Price: $445 + GST

 

8th Annual Law & Practice 8th Annual Law & Practice Update | CAL (October 5)

Sole practitioners, lawyers with a general practice, and those practicing in smaller firms face unique challenges. This program explores updates on a wide variety of substantive law & practice management topics, including family law, wills & estates, corporate/commercial law, real estate, and more.

 

Time: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Regular Price: $445 + GST

 

Condominium Law Update Condominium Law Update | EDM (October 10)

Explore changes to condominium legislation and analyze their effects in practice. Identify tips and traps to better advise clients
on condo matters.

 

 

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Regular Price: $445 + GST

 

Appellate Advocacy Appellate Advocacy | CAL (October 12)

This program is sold out in Calgary. Click here to register for the Edmonton session on November 2.

Appellate advocacy presents unique challenges and requires a different set of skills than those needed by trial counsel. Explore various aspects of the craft of appellate advocacy in Alberta.

 

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Regular Price: $445 + GST

 

Environmental Law: Key Strategies for Everyday Practice Environmental Law: Key Strategies for Everyday Practice
EDM (October 17)

Gain valuable practice tips to enhance your understanding of environmental law matters that may arise in everyday files. Learn to spot common (and sometimes tricky) practice issues and develop strategies to advise your clients appropriately.

 

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Regular Price: $445 + GST

 

PCLaw for Lawyers and Legal Support StaffPCLaw for Lawyers and Legal Support Staff
CAL (October 23) | EDM (October 30)

Trust accounting software is a critical component of any practice management. Explore intermediate and advanced functionality, tips, and other topics to effectively use PC Law in your firm or practice.

 

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Regular Price: $445 + GST

 

Junior Lawyer Series Junior Lawyer Series | EDM (October 31)

Session 1 | “So now you’re a junior lawyer…”

Engage in an interactive dialogue on a variety of topics essential to effective legal practice management. Discuss limitations management, file diarization, file organization, time management, time-keeping, wellness management, and more.

 

 

Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Regular Price: $100+ GST


LEGAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

LEAFs Annual Persons Day Breakfast will be held on Monday, October 22nd from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at the Sutton Place Hotel.

ASSIST FIT

Starting up again on Monday, Assist provides the legal community in Calgary with complimentary yoga sessions every week. lead by our lawyer and judiciary volunteers, who are certified fitness instructors. Yoga helps professionals manage stress, focus better, sleep deeper, and ease pain. We encourage you to join us in maintaining a healthy lifestyle with other lawyers, law students, and guests.

Mondays at 5:15 PM | Fifth Avenue Club 715 5 Ave SW (2nd Floor)
Click for Further Details

  • Calling All Male Rugby Players!

The University of Calgary Faculty of Law Men’s Rugby Team will be playing an exhibition match against Calgary Lawyers on Friday, October 5th at 5:00 PM. The match will be held at the University field. They need as many players (and fans) as possible!

The Calgary Lawyers squad will be having only one practise on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM. It will be held at Elboya Heights Community Association (Stanley Park) – 416 Park Ave. Paul Reid of Carscallen will be leading practise.

This will be a friendly match and the start of a great tradition. You are not required to have extensive experience to play. However, you must have insurance through Rugby Canada who offers inexpensive single match coverage.

If you plan on participating, please email Peter Crozier at pacrozier@fosterllp.ca. Please be sure to tell him what position(s) you play. He will be compiling a list of players to submit to the insurer. There will likely be a small associated cost for players.

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Program Feature—Junior Lawyer Series

Junior Lawyer Series

Lawyers with less than 5 years at the bar face unique challenges and opportunities. Examine substantive law, practice management, client relationship management, ethical issues, and other topics in this interactive, 6-session series.


Join us for the following sessions and learn critical skills for developing a successful legal practice. Register for sessions individually, or save when you attend them all!

SESSION 1 | OCTOBER 31, 2018 | 8:00AM to 9:00 AM
“So you’re a junior lawyer…” | Alexander Yiu
Engage in an interactive dialogue on a variety of topics essential to effective legal practice management. Discuss limitations management, file diarization, file organization, time management, time-keeping, wellness management, and more. (REGISTER)

SESSION 2 | NOVEMBER 8, 2018 | 8:00AM to 9:00 AM
Personal Injury Litigation Essentials | Patricia Tiffen & Sara E. Hart
Explore essential topics in the field of personal injury litigation, and get answers to key questions such as: What is “The Fund”? What is the Crown’s “Right of Recovery” and why does it matter in personal injury litigation? What has changed in the Minor Injury Regulation? (REGISTER)

SESSION 3 | DECEMBER 11, 2018 | 8:00AM to 9:00 AM
Drafting Effective and Enforceable Contracts | Slader Oviatt
Learn key tips for drafting effective, enforceable contractual provisions, including how to draft releases, indemnification clauses, full agreement clauses, incorporations by reference to other agreements (vs. attached schedules), and other essential provisions. (REGISTER)

SESSION 4 | JANUARY 17, 2019 | 8:00AM to 9:00 AM
A View From the Bench—the Law of Summary Judgment and Summary Dismissal | Hon. Justice T.W. Wakeling and Master W.S. Schlosser
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. (REGISTER)

SESSION 5 | FEBRUARY 7, 2019 | 8:00AM to 9:00 AM
Drafting Effective Affidavits and Statutory Declarations | Arman Chak
Learn the “dos” and “don’ts” of effective drafting of affidavits and statutory declarations. Explore how to navigate and understand the nuances of drafting affidavits versus statutory declarations in a variety of legal and extra-legal settings. (REGISTER)

SESSION 6 | FEBRUARY 21, 2019 | 8:00AM to 9:00 AM
How do I Grow my Practice as a Junior Lawyer? | Alexander Yiu and Noël Papadopoulos
Receive essential tips for growing your legal practice. Examine topics such as business and marketing development, client relationship management, community involvement, networking, and more. (REGISTER)

For more information, view the program brochure.

Note: this is a limited enrolment program. Register today to reserve your spot!

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Recent Changes Affect the Practice of Family Law in Alberta

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has recently approved 2 changes that will affect the practice of family law in Alberta. Under NPP#2018-03, the following has been in effect since September 1, 2018:

  • An increase in Mandatory Early Intervention Case Conferences [EICCs] from 4 per week to 6 per week in Edmonton and Calgary, and
  • Mandatory pre-trial conferences in some family matters in Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer.

Increase in mandatory early intervention case conferences

Since September 1, 2017, the Court of Queen’s Bench has been conducting 4 EICCs per week, on matters referred from family chambers. With the increase of 2 additional EICCs per week since September 1, 2018, 2 of the 6 weekly spaces will be referred based on written requests.

Written requests can be made by filling in the prescribed form — “Request for an Early Intervention Case Conference (EICC) In a Family Proceeding” — and providing it to the Case Conference Coordinator in Edmonton or Calgary. The form is available on the Court of Queen’s Bench website: https://albertacourts.ca/qb/areas-of-law/family/family-law-forms.

If the matter is accepted to an EICC, written confirmation will be provided and counsel must follow the appropriate protocol and obtain an order and an information package for each of the parties.

Mandatory pre-trial conferences in some family matters

Effective September 1, 2018, pre-trial conferences are mandatory in Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer for family matters where there are 1 or more self-represented litigants and where trials are scheduled to last 3 days or longer. In these instances, trials will not be scheduled until a pre-trial conference has taken place. The conferences will be held in camera in a courtroom and the parties must be in attendance. The parties will not have access to recordings or transcripts without leave of the court.

Want more information?

For more information, please refer to the Notice to the Profession and Public here.

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Program Feature—Contentious Matters in Wills and Estates

Disputes frequently arise in wills and estates matters. Join us for Contentious Matters in Wills and Estates November 7 (Edmonton) or November 15 (Calgary), and identify common points of contention, develop strategies to avoid or deal with them, and discover how to better advise your clients.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Explore critical topics in will and estates to enhance your legal practice and provide more competent advice to your clients.

  • Discuss estate litigation from a solicitor’s perspective, including how to properly document your client’s intentions using Deeds of Gift and Letters of Intention as well as creative approaches to applications for grants of probate and administration.
  • Learn when to mediate, how it works, and why you should consider it as an alternative. Learn about the court forms and procedures for challenging the validity of a will or responding to such a challenge.
  • Discuss necessary evidence, use of experts, cross-examination, and recent case law in advancing family maintenance and support (FMS) claims.
  • Review how courts in Alberta have chosen to interpret wills following the proclamation of the Wills and Succession Act.
  • Receive an update on legislative amendments that may impact eligibility for and entitlement to AISH benefits, and review recent decisions as they relate to costs awards.

And more!

 

MEET THE FACULTY

Chair

Barbara J. Stratton QC | Bennett Jones LLP | Edmonton

Faculty

Hon. Justice C. Jones | Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta | Calgary (Calgary only)

Hon. Justice J.S. Little | Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta | Edmonton (Edmonton only)

Anne S. de Villars QC | de Villars Jones LLP | Edmonton

Françoise Belzil | Biamonte LLP | Edmonton

Barbara J. Kimmitt | Bennett Jones LLP | Calgary

Jennifer R. Lamb | Carscallen LLP | Calgary

Layne N. Thiessen | McLeod Law LLP | Calgary

 

REGISTER ONLINE

Register online to attend Contentious Matters in Wills and Estates November 7 (Edmonton) or November 15 (Calgary). Register on or before September 25 to take advantage of our early bird discount!

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Notices to the Profession and Public

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta recently issued two new Notices to the Profession and Public related to family law that came into effect on September 1, 2018.

In NPP#2018-07, the Court of Queen’s Bench advised that it will no longer accept divorce judgments in hard-written form in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Red Deer. Fillable PDF forms of divorce judgments are available on the Court of Queen’s Bench website.

Under NPP#2018-08, all protection order applicants are no longer permitted to leave the courtroom without a signed order. This includes applications for review of emergency protection orders granted under the Protection Against Family Violence Act, RSA 2000, c P-27.

All parties and counsel are encouraged to complete draft orders in advance of an application. Template forms of order are available on the Court of Queen’s Bench website.

Template forms of order will also be made available in courtrooms for the presiding justice to complete and sign where a draft order has not been provided in advance.

Where a protection order application is being scheduled for an oral hearing, all parties and counsel must use the Emergency Protection Order Review Oral Hearing Order form, available on the Court of Queen’s Bench website, unless the court orders otherwise.

For more information, read the notice to the profession and public in full here.

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Program Feature—8th Annual Law & Practice Update

8th Annual Law & Practice Update

We’re looking forward to our 8th Annual Law & Practice Update in Calgary (October 5). Join us to receive updates on a full spectrum of substantive law and practice management topics tailored to practitioners in a solo or small firm environment.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Sole practitioners, lawyers with a general practice, and those practicing in smaller firms face unique challenges. Explore updates on a wide variety of substantive law and practice management topics, including:

• family law
• wills & estate
• corporate law

• commercial law
• real estate
• cloud-based data storage

And more!

This year’s discussion topics include:

  • A View from the Bench
  • Proposed Changes to Divorce Law—A Lawyer’s Perspective
  • Proposed Changes to Divorce Law—An Academic’s Perspective
  • Technology in the Practice of Law
  • Current Trends in Real Property Law
  • Making Your Practice Employment Standards Compliant
  • Trends in Wills and Estates and Corporate/Commercial Law

Here’s what some of our past attendees had to say about this program!

This is the “Refresher” equivalent for solo and small firm practitioners who need expert information on a wide range of practice issues.”

—7th Annual Law & Practice Update Attendee

The presenters were excellent. All were engaging, knowledgeable, and brought humour to their subjects.”

—7th Annual Law & Practice Update Attendee

There were good opportunities to network and discuss with practitioners in similar areas. In addition, the topics were helpful and informative.”

—6th Annual Law & Practice Update Attendee

In the busyness of everyday it is easy to forget process and just go from activity to activity. It is good to step back and take stock.”

—6th Annual Law & Practice Update Attendee

View the program brochure for details.

MEET THE FACULTY

Chair
Todd Munday | Wood & Munday LLP | Bonnyville

Faculty
Hon. Judge A. Fradsham | Provincial Court of Alberta | Calgary
Roger S. Hofer QC | Neuman Thompson | Edmonton
Elizabeth Aspinall | Law Society of Alberta | Calgary
Pam L. Bell | Bell and Stock Family Law LLP | Calgary
Jonathan F. Griffith | Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP | Calgary
Nolan B. Johnson | Huckvale LLP | Lethbridge

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Register online for the 8th Annual Law & Practice Update in Calgary on October 5.

Location: Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre, 1000 Glenmore Court SE

Schedule:

  • Registration & Hot Breakfast | 7:30 AM–8:00 AM
  • Morning Sessions | 8:00 AM–11:30 AM
  • Lunch & Keynote Address | 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
  • Afternoon Sessions | 1:00 PM–3:30 PM

PROGRAM BUNDLE AVAILABLE

Looking to make the most of your CPD budget? Save $100 when you bundle Commercial Disputes (October 4) and 8th Annual Law & Practice Update (October 5).

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Monthly Upcoming Legal Events: September

Monthly Upcoming Legal Events: September

Check out what’s happening in the legal community this month!


LESA PROGRAMMING

 

Tech Solutions for Busy Law Practices

Explore technology solutions to streamline your legal practice. Discover key security measures to ensure your client information is kept confidential, methods for managing complex legal documents, strategies for creating a paper-reduced law office, and more. View the brochure or read the blog for program details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Matrimonial Property

Examine property issues in more complex files. Enhance your mastery of current issues in matrimonial property division, particularly in complicated matters. View the brochure or read the blog for program details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criminal Procedure Fundamentals

Develop confidence and competence in handling criminal law matters. Review criminal procedure principles, learn effective file management strategies, and consider implications of the Charter and recent case law. View the brochure or read the blog for program details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condominium Law Update

Explore changes to condominium legislation and analyze their effects in practice. Identify tips and traps to better advise clients on condo matters. View the brochure or read the blog for program details.


Have you heard of the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society’s (Assist) free annual Walk for Wellness events? This September, Assist is holding its Annual Walk for Wellness events in Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Lethbridge, Calgary, and Edmonton.

Read our blog for more information.


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 andrea.maltais@lesa.org

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Program Feature—PCLaw for Lawyers and Legal Support Staff

PCLaw for Lawyers and Legal Support Staff

Do you know what PCLaw can do for you?

Join Carmen Gallant for PCLaw for Lawyers and Legal Support Staff in Calgary (October 23) or Edmonton (October 30) and learn how to increase functionality and improve office management.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Discuss advanced PCLaw functionality, and discover how to leverage the software to better track your productivity and overall business performance. Cover key topics, including:

  • Trust Accounting
  • Billing
  • Receipts
  • Templates
  • Budgeting
  • Front Office Management
  • Dashboard Navigation

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This program is intended for lawyers and legal support staff who have experience with PCLaw.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Carmen Gallant is a Certified Independent Consultant (CIC) for LexisNexis/PCLaw. She has been a PCLaw instructor and trouble shooter for 30 years. She regularly assists clients with everything from start up to advanced training, trouble shooting, balancing accounts, and Law Society requirements. Her prior experience includes being an exclusive dealer for PCLaw in Alberta and Saskatchewan, working at a law firm for 5 years, and transitioning the law firm’s accounting from manual books to PCLaw.

REGISTER ONLINE

Register online to reserve your spot in Calgary (October 23) or Edmonton (October 30). Save $50 if you register on or before September 11, 2018. View the brochure for details.

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Program Feature—Commercial Disputes

Commercial Disputes

Despite best intentions, commercial disputes frequently happen. Join us in Calgary (October 4) for an exploration of common issues and analysis of strategies for avoiding and resolving disputes when they do arise.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

NOTE: This program is offered in a flipped classroom format.

A flipped classroom is an instructional strategy that flips the traditional learning environment. This alternative model delivers instructional content online in advance, freeing up in-person
time to focus on higher-level, active learning activities. Benefits of flipped classrooms include:

  • Learner-centred emphasis
  • Increased engagement
  • Skill development
  • Application of knowledge to real-world situations

PART 1: Pre-Program Learning (Before October 4, 2018)

Before attending the program, attendees must complete pre-program learning components, available through the online LESA Classroom. The pre-program material uses existing LESA content, including:

  • Breaking the Logjam: Revisiting the Role of Lawyers in Resolving Business Disputes
  • Good Faith and Honest Performance in Commercial Contracts: Developments Since Bhasin
  • “My Business Partner Is Stealing my Business”
  • What’s Left to Dispute? A Review of Exclusion Clauses, Liability Caps, and Sole Remedy Clauses

PART 2: In-Person Workshop (October 4, 2018)

Understanding the material provided in the pre-program learning material is only part of what lawyers need to improve their practices. Join instructors Karen O’Keeffe and Darren Reed to apply your knowledge to fact-based scenarios and problems. Work with other attendees to analyze key issues and identify common traps in commercial disputes. Develop the skills you need to be successful in your practice.

REGISTER ONLINE

Register online to attend Commercial Disputes in Calgary (October 4). Bundle this program with the 8th Annual Law & Practice Update, and save! Get more information at: on.lesa.org/bundle1.