September 7, 2021
2022 Recruitment Dates
Summer Student Recruitment Dates

The 2022 first-year summer student recruitment period will be Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 to Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. No offer of employment shall be made before 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2022. Such offers must remain open for acceptance for a minimum of 24 hours. An offer of employment may be made at any time after the recruitment period and shall be left open for a reasonable period of time. For further information, please refer to Rule 49.2 and 49.3.

Articling Student Recruitment Dates

The 2022 articling student recruitment period will be from June 6 to June 20, 2022. Employers may only make offers of employment after 8 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the recruitment period (June 14). These offers must remain open for acceptance for 24 hours. For further information, please refer to Rule 49.1 and 49.2.
Registration for the 2021–2022 Mentor Express Program Open to Mentees
As previously communicated, an expanded version of the Mentor Express program is launching on Sept. 14, 2021. All Alberta lawyers and articling students are welcome to register as mentees for the Mentor Express program.

Mentoring relationships can encourage and empower your professional development, help you identify and achieve career goals, and increase your confidence. By engaging in mentoring relationships, you can identify gaps in your knowledge or skills and address them early in your career.

The program is particularly beneficial for:

  • articling students,
  • new lawyers recently called to the bar,
  • young lawyers in their first years of practice, or
  • lawyers seeking advice about transitioning to a new practice area or practice setting.

Register as a mentee on our website.

Registration is also open to those interested in participating as a mentor. Lawyers who have practised at least five years, including active, inactive and retired lawyers, are eligible to serve as mentors in Mentor Express.

For more information on the program or how to participate, visit our website or contact our Customer Service team.
Distinguished Service Awards

Jointly presented by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Alberta, the Distinguished Service Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of Alberta lawyers.

Award categories include: Service to the Profession, Service to the Community, Legal Scholarship, Pro Bono Legal Service, and Service in Promoting Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Oct. 29, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Visit the CBA website for more information on eligibility requirements and to download a nomination package.
Federation of Law Societies of Canada Statement in Support of Afghan Women Judges
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is deeply concerned about the risks to women judges and their families in Afghanistan due to the takeover of that country by the Taliban.

An independent judiciary, free from interference or threat, is a cornerstone of the Rule of Law.

The existence of that institution in any viable, democratic society is made possible by the efforts and sacrifices of the women and men who are devoted to building it and ensuring its success on a daily basis. Recent news reports suggest that many individuals who have invested in the successful administration of justice in Afghanistan, be they judges, lawyers, or other justice system stakeholders, are under threat. Such reports also underscore that women in the judiciary in Afghanistan are at particular risk arising directly from their efforts to build a fair and effective judicial branch as part of a legal system that comports with international norms.

The approximately 270 women judges faced serious threats even before the recent fall of the elected Afghan government. Those threats have been greatly intensified since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, and developments in recent days indicate a rapidly deteriorating situation. We note the commitment of the Canadian government to bring 20,000 at risk Afghanis to Canada. We recognize that evacuating people from Afghanistan is very difficult, but we urge the Canadian government to do everything it can, whether by resuming its evacuation efforts or by working with its international partners, to ensure that Afghan women judges and their families who wish to leave the country are counted among the vulnerable individuals who are worthy of urgent assistance and protection.

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is the national coordinating body of the 14 law societies which are mandated by provincial and territorial law to regulate Canada’s 126,400 lawyers, Quebec’s 3,800 notaries and Ontario’s 12,700 licensed paralegals in the public interest.

Court of Queen's Bench Announcements

The Court of Queen’s Bench will continue to take a cautious approach to the resumption of operations as they were being conducted prior to March 2020. With the commencement of the 2021 Fall Term on Sept. 7, 2021, the Court will continue to take steps to minimize traffic at courthouses as much as possible.

Access to courthouses will continue to be restricted in accordance with the Courts’ Notice dated Nov. 27, 2020. The mask requirements for individuals attending at courthouses set out in the Courts’ Notice dated June 25, 2021 will continue to apply. Read more.

Commencing Sept. 13, 2021, all new desk divorce packages submitted to the Court must include a Desk Divorce Package Checklist (Checklist) and copies of all relevant, previously filed materials as listed on the Checklist.

The Desk Divorce Package Checklist can be found here as well as on the Divorce Forms and Instructions webpage. Submissions that do not include the Checklist will not be accepted for processing. Read the full announcement and download the desk divorce package checklist requirement document.
Upcoming Events
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