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Program Feature — Effective Legal Support: Civil Litigation

Effective Legal Support: Civil Litigation

About the Program

Effective legal support staff are key to a successful law practice! Examine the role of legal support staff in managing civil litigation matters. Review the civil litigation process, including pleadings, applications, questioning, costs, and trial preparation. Analyze relevant Rules of Court Parts and learn how they affect litigation matters.

When asked about the benefits and key takeaways of this program, chair Maureen McCartney-Cameron offered,

Attendees will receive an overview of civil litigation; pleadings; applications; questionings; and case management, costs, and Queens’ Bench Filings. They will also receive practical tips for providing effective assistance to civil litigators and hear from lawyers who will provide insight into how assistants can effectively provide help.

When asked what she was looking forward to most, Maureen added,

I’m looking forward to working with and learning from a great panel and audience.

Chair & Faculty

Join chair Maureen McCartney-Cameron and a panel of experienced practitioners to discover how to increase legal support staff effectiveness and efficiency.

Chair | Maureen McCartney-Cameron (JSS Barristers)

Maureen joined JSS Barristers and has focused her practice almost exclusively on plaintiff-side personal injury and long term disability litigation. In doing so, she has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in Alberta. Maureen is the Immediate Past President of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (ACTLA), which advocates for a strong civil justice system that protects the rights of all Albertans. She is also Past Chair of the Personal Injury Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta. In addition, she has served as a volunteer facilitator for the CPLED Program and is a presently a volunteer lawyer with Pro Bono Law Alberta.


Robert Armstrong QC | Calgary Police Service
Christy Elliott | Parkland Fuel Corporation
Erin Runnalls | Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Shane Sackman | Law Society of Alberta
Michael Sestito | Bennett Jones LLP
Wilma Shim | Alberta Justice and Solicitor General – Legal Services
Cassandra Sutter | Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP



  • September 12, 2017
  • 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
  • Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre (2720 Glenmore Trail SE)
  • Early bird deadline: August 15, 2017


  • September 19, 2017
  • 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
  • Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre (11727 Kingsway NW)
  • Early bird deadline: August 15, 2017