June 23, 2020
Reminder: Seeking Feedback on Model Code of Conduct Amendments
The Federation of Law Societies is proposing amendments to Model Code Rule 6.3 concerning discrimination and harassment. The draft amendments revise the rule to provide clearer guidance on prohibitions against discrimination, harassment and bullying.

The Law Society of Alberta has been engaging in initiatives related to the recent articling survey and the launch of the model Respectful Workplace Policy. As part of this commitment, we are seeking your feedback on proposed changes to Rule 6.3 of the Model Code, dealing with harassment and discrimination. For more details on the amendments, view the Consultation Memo and Draft Rules and Commentary.

The Federation’s Standing Committee will carefully consider the feedback it receives, making further changes to the proposed amendments as appropriate.

The deadline for providing feedback is Tuesday, June 30. Please email your feedback to Nancy Carruthers, Senior Manager, Policy & Ethics.
Court of Queen's Bench Announcements
Legal Aid Alberta Board Recruitment
Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is currently recruiting candidates to fill three upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors. One of those positions must be filled by a lawyer and the remaining two must be filled by members of the public.

LAA currently provides more than 297,000 assists annually in the areas of criminal law, family law, child welfare, refugee claims and other civil matters. It is an independent, publicly-funded, not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act, which provides a broad range of services to enable Albertans to resolve their legal issues. It operates under a Governance Agreement among LAA, the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, and the Law Society of Alberta. The Board of Directors governs LAA through policy, budget and business planning decisions. The Board of Directors consists of 11 members with a maximum of six lawyers and a minimum of five public members.

For more information on this Board position and how to apply, visit the Legal Aid Alberta website.
Access to Library Resources On-site Pick up of Material On Hold 
Alberta Law Libraries has created a pathway to reopening. Step one is offering on-site pick up of physical material on hold starting Monday, June 22.

For more information read this article or email LawLibrary@just.gov.ab.ca.