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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, moved to Counsel in 2014, and served as our Executive Director since May of 2018. Now, Christine continues her excellent service to LESA in the role of Executive Director.
Christine graduated with distinction in 2003 with a Bachelor of Commerce followed by her Bachelor of Laws in 2006, both from the University of Alberta. 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.
When we asked Christine what she enjoys most about working at LESA, she responded, “Most of all I love the people that I work with. I love our highly collaborative work environment – it makes it so easy to come to work each day! I enjoy keeping up to date on the law and working with our staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders to ensure that the legal profession is receiving the programs and resources they need to keep up-to-date and ensure they are competently serving the public.” She was also quick to note her favourite thing that we’ve done together as a team was play combat archery as a team building exercise.
As a wife and mother of 2, Christine has plenty to keep her busy outside of the office. She enjoys baking, relaxing with a good book, and watching her kids at the pool and the arena.
LESA (Legal Education Society of Alberta) has decades of experience providing top-notch continuing legal education and professional development for Alberta’s lawyers, articling students, and legal support staff. LESA delivers webinars, livestream programs, and in-person programs, as well as a variety of educational resources, including on-demand programs, papers, and publications.
Supported by hundreds of loyal volunteers and dedicated professionals, we continue to develop innovative, future-focused education programs and resources to ensure that our continuing legal education offerings are second to none.
Have you heard about our all-new LESA Library? This online, comprehensive, and searchable resource provides valuable legal information to Alberta’s lawyers, articling students, and legal support staff. Click “LESA Library” at the top of your screen for details.
The composition of LESA’s Board of Directors reflects our roots in the legal education community. Membership is drawn from the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), the Faculties of Law and Extension or Continuing Education at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, the judiciary at all three levels of courts, and the profession at large. All of these organizations share a belief in the value of quality continuing professional development for the entire profession thereafter. To peruse the list of current and past Board members is to meet many of the outstanding leaders of the legal community in Alberta.
Board of Directors
Chair: Michelle Gallagher KC | Patriot Law Group
Vice-Chair: Paul M. Bourassa | Bourassa Law & Strategic Services
Treasurer: Walter Pavlic KC | MLT Aikins LLP
Past Chair: Jennifer Ruttan | Ruttan Bates
Thomas Bradley | Bucephalus Consulting
Evan Clarke | Kahane Law Office
Sarah Dargatz | Latitude Family Law LLP
Rachel Hopf | MMH Lawyers LLP
Dr. Cosette Lemelin | Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Alberta
Gulu Punia | Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Dr. Kellinde Wrightson | University of Calgary, Faculty of Law
Advisory Council Members
Hon. Justice R. Khullar | Court of Appeal Alberta
Hon. Justice S.D. Hillier | Court of King’s Bench of Alberta
Hon. Judge A.J. Brown | Provincial Court of Alberta
Prof. Catherine A. Brown | University of Calgary
Ted Feehan KC | Duncan Craig LLP
Kyle Kawanami | Emery Jamieson LLP
Prof. Anna Lund | University of Alberta