December 15, 2022

Holiday Office Closure

Please note that our office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022 and will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

We wish you a happy holiday season.

Recommendations Released from National Study on Wellness in the Legal Profession

The report of phase one of The National Study on the Health and Wellness Determinants of Legal Professionals in Canada was undertaken by a research team at the Université de Sherbrooke led by Dr. Nathalie Cadieux, with funding from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Canadian Bar Association.

Recommendations from the study have now been published, calling on all stakeholders in the legal community – legal employers, law societies, bar associations, legal educators, the judiciary and legal professionals themselves – to identify where they can take action to bring about meaningful change.

The study reported that significantly higher levels of psychological distress, depression, anxiety, burnout and suicidal ideation are experienced by legal professionals compared to the Canadian working population overall, and even greater proportions are reported by younger professionals and members of equity-seeking groups.

The recommendations offer concrete proposals that touch on training and mentoring, work culture, raising awareness and breaking down taboos, wellness support resources, adopting alternative business models, promoting diversity and committing to work-life balance.

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2023 Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Awards celebrate excellence in the legal profession. Jointly awarded by the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch and the Law Society of Alberta, these prestigious awards recognize the many outstanding contributions Alberta lawyers make to the profession, the community, legal scholarship, pro bono legal service, and in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

The in-person event will take place in Calgary on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, at 11:30 a.m.

The 2023 award winners will be announced in early January.

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Conflicts Essentials Part 2 Webinar: Recording Now Available

Key elements of ethical practice are recognizing conflicts of interest, understanding how to prevent them, and what might happen if they do occur.

During the Part 2 session, Practice Advisor, Elizabeth Aspinall, discussed common and complex scenarios to help lawyers understand when conflicts may arise and how to resolve them. This webinar built on the 2017 webinar to address issues that the Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (ALIA) are seeing and issues specific to Crown or in-house lawyers.

Watch the webinar recording.

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Legal Education Society of Alberta: Program Preferences Survey

Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA) is seeking input on continuing legal education offerings that best serve the needs of the Alberta legal profession. 

Please take this short survey to share your preferences for LESA programming.

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Court of King's Bench Announcement

Judicial Dispute Resolution - Booking Civil and Family JDR

Visit the Court of King's Bench website for an update on procedures related to booking civil and family judicial dispute resolutions.

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