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Le droit en français

For the first time in history, LESA is offering a full-day seminar en français. Taking place at the Mayfield Inn & Suites on October 21, 2011, this is a program you will not want to miss if you are a French speaking practitioner. Watch the video above to hear two of our faculty members, Pierre C. Desrochers Q.C. (c.r.) and Michèle Vincent, explain why you should attend this program.

Click here to register online!


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Distracted Driving

Comprehensive  distracted driving legislation is now in force in Alberta as of September 1.

Check out this tip sheet on  the Alberta Transportation website, or visit here for more information.

From all of us at the Legal Education Society of Alberta, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!


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Missed a Seminar? Papers Available Online!

Individual seminar papers are now available as PDF downloads! Watch your desk for our recent brochure highlighting available papers in various practice areas. Multiple purchase options are available and include:

1. PDF Download: To gain immediate access to the resources you need, and to avoid paying shipping and handling fees, visit our website at and click on Educational Resources. Under Seminar Papers, you can easily search our collection by title, author, or seminar to purchase online and download the PDF.

2. Emailed PDF: If you wish to have the papers of your choice emailed to you for a processing fee of $10 per order, please send your order, noting that you wish to receive an email, to

3. Shipped Hard Copy: If you wish to have a hard copy sent to you for a shipping and handling fee of $20 per order, please send your order, noting that you wish to receive the hard copy, to

Click here to search for the resources you need!

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New Wills & Succession Act: Transition Guide – Pre-order Your Copy Today!

Launching Fall 2011 is our New Wills & Succession Act: Transition Guide.

There are big changes coming for all wills & estates practitioners in Alberta! The new Wills & Succession Act affects all areas of wills & succession law by consolidating several statutes, including the Wills Act, the Intestate Succession Act, the Survivorship Act, and the Dependents Relief Act. Significant amendments will also be made to the Matrimonial Property Act, the Administration of Estates Act, the Family Law Act, and the Trustee Act. Purchase this transition guide and prepare yourself for the upcoming new rules. Based on the materials from our sold-out seminar, this guide provides a general overview of what’s new as well as tips on what you need to do to prepare yourself and your clients.

Price: $195 + GST

Pre-order your copy by emailing or by calling 780.420.1994.

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Farewell to LESA’s Summer Students and Thank You to LexisNexis

Josh de Groot and Adina Popescu were welcome and cheery additions to our LESA office over the last number of months! During their time with us, they worked with our volunteer authors to check citations and quotes for accuracy and assisted in the editing of our New Wills & Succession Act: Transition Guide (available this fall). In addition to this project, they provided assistance on our upcoming update of the Wills & Estates Legislation Practice Manual, as well as researched and wrote a number of memos for the committee working on the upcoming Family Law Practice Manual.

LexisNexis Canada generously provided Josh and Adina with four months of complementary access to the Quicklaw database. Thank you, LexisNexis, your generosity provided the necessary tools to effectively complete research assignments and update existing educational resources.

We wish Josh and Adina the best of luck in their last year of law school at the University of Alberta–and we hope they will come back to visit sometime soon!

The LESA team.

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LESA Accepts “ACLEA’s Best” Award for Professional Excellence in Boston

The Legal Education Society of Alberta is excited to announce that have been presented with the “ACLEA’s Best” Award for Professional Excellence for our Rules of Court programming. The award was presented at the Annual Meeting in Boston this past week.

This award is of the highest honour, and we are proud to note that this is not only our 6th ACLEA award, but that we have now won an “ACLEA’s Best” award two years in a row.

We provide continuing legal excellence to our partners in the legal community, and recognition such as this reaffirms the work that we do. For more information on our organization, please check out our website.

Jennifer Flynn accepted the award from Vince O’Brien, the president of ACLEA.


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New Judges Appointed to Provincial Court

Announced yesterday on the Government of Alberta site, three new judges have been appointed to the Provincial Court of Alberta. We are excited to say that both Janet Lynn Dixon Q.C. (appointed to Edmonton Criminal Court, effective August 29) and William Steven Andrew Q.C. (appointed to Edmonton Family and Youth Court, effective August 2nd) have been loyal LESA volunteers!

Congratulations, all!

To read the full article, click here.

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Congrats, Arman Chak! Winner of the National Canadian Bar Association – Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award

We are excited to announce that Arman Chak, a loyal LESA volunteer, is this year’s recipient of the National Canadian Bar Association – Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award! We chatted with Arman to give you a glimpse into who he is and what advice he would give to a newly called lawyer. Congratulations, Arman!

I am Legal Counsel for the Alberta Human Rights Commission; my practice is highly unique in that even though it is focused on Human Rights, this particular area of law intersects with so many other areas such as Administrative Law, Employment Law, Constitutional Law and Health Law. I have been practicing law since I was called in 2001.

I am very honoured to be chosen as this year’s recipient of the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award. This award recognizes outstanding pro bono publico (“for the public good”) legal services to the community by a Canadian lawyer who is younger than 40 years old, or who has been in practice for less than 10 years.

Please share with us a little bit about your background; your education, family, work?

As a backdrop I was born in Ontario, subsequently my family moved to Edmonton, Alberta when I was two years old. Our family composed of my parents and three brothers and a younger sister, which makes six. I am happy to say that we have added to that number three more spouses and two children. My wife Samra and I are blessed to have a beautiful daughter, Iman, who is currently an adventurous 6-year old.

My passion has always been Cinema and the Dramatic Arts; which is probably why I chose Sociology and Film Studies as my major subjects of interest. My focus in Sociology was always in the area of important social movements and criminology, which became reflected in the films that I have created (sometimes due to budget constraints starring in them myself!). While my skills and experience have improved over the years as a Lawyer and as a Filmmaker, my passion for Human Rights has always remained my priority. 

I went from working in the area of Family Law and Child Welfare to the area of Human Rights in an almost seamless transition. The protection of the rights of Canadians is a hallmark of the Legal Profession, human rights is an extension of those principles.   

You have been a loyal supporter of LESA. What makes you want to volunteer?

For me, the vision of equality and social justice means that you are always learning and improving the manner in which we resolve our differences. I look at volunteering as part of our Legal Tradition in that sharing the education, skills and experience that I have gained makes the legal profession and those that are involved in it (clients, opposing parties, self-represented) view the profession as noble and exceptional. Being a Volunteer makes you have to prepare, organize, think on your feet as well as execute a strategy, all great qualities for a Lawyer.  

What advice would you pass on to a newly called lawyer?

Be a constant learner. Even though I had experience in litigation and a familiarity with provincial legislation, I have always maintained that having a constant learning aspect to your career keeps your career fresh all the time. While I was working, I constantly partake in LESA events (such as the New Rules of Court) to gain excellent practical skills, I, as well, take the time to do higher-level education in the Study of Law.

Specifically, when I received my LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School (specialization in Administrative Law), I learned a lot of theoretical legal strategies which I was able to implement in my day to day work. With constant education come the complementary feelings of humbleness and confidence. Both which are necessary to better represent your client and be able to understand how to implement logical persuasive tools in advocacy.

Do you have an experience while volunteering for LESA that is particularly memorable for you?

My most favourable experience for LESA was when I was asked to be one of the Face-to Face evaluators for LESA, it is great to be able to connect with the students and engage them on their understanding of the law and share with them my own experiences. Just the ability to discuss the mutual obstacles we all face makes the process dynamic for both the learner and the educator.


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Legal Representation for Children and Youth Conference Announcement

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!

Legal Representation for Children and Youth (LRCY) is hosting a conference on September 14-16, 2011 at the Banff Centre. The goal of the conference is to further develop and improve child legal representation practices. Sessions will draw on the expertise and experiences of experts in the field to lead discussions on current issues, to hear about new ideas of practice and to learn from other jurisdictions. The conference will be an opportunity to reflect and develop new plans for practice. Come learn what’s new in this developing area of practice!

This conference will feature national and international speakers on the cutting edge of legal representation for children and youth.

Some key areas that will be explored:

  • What does good child legal representation look like?
  • What are children’s rights?
  • What are some current issues and new ideas in child legal representation?

For more details and to register, please go to the LRCY website.