September 23, 2021
Engagement of Women in the Profession: Roundtable and Panel Discussion Rescheduled
Due to the municipal elections taking place across Alberta on Oct. 18, the organizers of the Engagement of Women in the Legal Profession roundtable and panel discussion have opted to reschedule the event to Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the event on its new date please email the Canadian Bar Association Alberta to cancel your registration.

On behalf of the organizers, we apologize for the inconvenience and hope that the new date will be more convenient for all those registered to attend.

Click here for updated event information.
Viscount Bennett Scholarship Recipient: Anna-Marie Robertson
The Law Society of Alberta is pleased to congratulate another recipient of the Viscount Bennett Scholarship, Anna-Marie Robertson.

Anna-Marie was born and raised in Edmonton where at a young age, she developed a passion for international relations. In 2018, she graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Transnational Law and Human Rights and in 2020, she earned her law degree from the University of Cambridge.

During her final year of law school, she applied to the Master of Laws (LLM) program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and was accepted. In 2020, she also applied for the Viscount Bennett Scholarship and was selected; however, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, she deferred her admission and her award by one year.

She is currently enrolled at Georgetown and is pursuing her LLM in National Security Law.
Legislative Review Summary – Spring 2021
The Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch Legislative Summary for the spring 2021 sitting of the legislature is now available. The summary includes reviews of recently passed legislation such as the COVID-19 Related Measures Act, the Election Statutes Amendment Act and the Employment Standards (COVID-19 Vaccination Leave) Amendment Act.
Notice from the Courts to the Public and Legal Profession

COVID-19 is a virus that can cause a serious medical illness, the risk of which can be effectively minimized by vaccinations. Recently, in Alberta, there has again been a very significant increase in infections with hospitalizations and admissions into intensive care rising rapidly. On Sept. 15, 2021, the government of Alberta declared a further state of public health emergency.

The Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Provincial Court of Alberta (the Courts) have a responsibility to provide a safe workspace that protects the health and safety of individuals who work in, visit or attend the Courts’ workspaces. Accordingly, the Courts have adopted mandatory vaccination policies which are effective as of Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. These Policies apply to all secure areas of courthouses used by judicial officers and certain staff to which public access is restricted.

As each of the three Courts has unique operational requirements, their respective Policies contain minor differences that address each Court’s specific needs. That said, the principles and purpose that underlie each Court Policy are consistent.

Effective Oct. 8, 2021, counsel, service providers and visitors wanting to access the secure areas of Alberta courthouses to which public access is restricted will be questioned about their vaccination status. Those who have not been vaccinated or who have not received a negative test from a privately-paid negative PCR or privately-paid negative rapid test completed not more than 48 hours prior to entry will be denied entry.
Federal Court Notice
An amendment to the Notice to Parties and the Profession (Document Retention Schedule Pursuant to Rule 23.1 of the Federal Courts Rules) was issued by the Chief Justice and published on the Court’s website
Upcoming Events
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