May 4, 2021
"My Experience" Project: Weekly Submissions
Each week, we will feature experiences in our eBulletins collected through the “My Experience” Project. We encourage you to read each experience in its entirety, so it is viewed the way the participant intended. To read more experiences, complete self-reflection questions or submit your own experience, visit the Law Society Listens website.
"...I attended [an Alberta law school] and felt out of place pretty early on at career events. At the career fair in my first year, it often felt like the lawyers at the booths, who were predominantly white, would not engage with me the same way they would engage with several of my peers. They would answer my questions, but not really make any conversation with me. I applied to several firms and only got one interview.

During articling week, I applied to almost all of the firms that were participating and only got three interviews despite having a straight A average during my preceding semester, along with having extra-curricular interests and activities. At one of the interviews at a large firm, I was asked to explain how I would “fit in” at the firm given my social justice background. I never emphasized my social justice background during my interview, so this question took me by surprise. I know white lawyers at large firms who have social justice politics and beliefs, and that was not a barrier for their employment..."

"...Subtle bias is something that exists in the legal system, and what makes it worse than blatant bias is that you can never be sure if the legal system is operating objectively.

If there is blatant discrimination, it can be identified and called out. But what is more insidious is bias that might be bias, but cannot be proven as bias.

As a lawyer with a number of years of experience, I have learned that some lawyers are extremely duplicitous. They say one thing in private amongst other lawyers, when their true
selves come out, but then in public portray a politically correct persona. Because this duplicity
is common, a person can never know 100% if their case or their client’s case is being treated in an independent and objective manner.

The other problem is that lawyers are generally of high intelligence. You cannot pass law
school and the articling process without being intelligent. Therefore, lawyers or judges that
might hold biases are smart enough not to blatantly express those biases. As a result, the
biases remain mostly hidden..."

Additional Alberta Land Titles Online (ALTO) Training Session Added
Submit electronically to Alberta Land Titles from the comfort of your own home.

The way we work has changed rapidly over the past year and is accelerating the modernization of our work environment. Alberta lawyers can now electronically submit all documents to Alberta Land Titles, from anywhere at any time.

Join Alberta Land Titles May 19 from 11 a.m. to noon for a free webinar to learn everything you need to get started with your ALTO account and the Law Society of Alberta’s digital signature. This webinar will also include a demo of ALTO and electronic submittal of documents.

Who should attend: lawyers and any staff members who prepare documentation for submission to Alberta Land Titles today.

Court of Queen's Bench Announcement

Effective immediately and until further notice, due to staffing shortages, all inquiries relating to the Calgary Review and Assessment Office should be directed to the Edmonton Office. As a result of this shortage, you may experience a delay in response time and they thank you for your patience in advance.
Provincial Court Announcement

Due to the current public health emergency in Alberta due to the COVID-19 virus, the Provincial Court of Alberta has allowed greater flexibility for individuals to appear by telephone or video. From May 3-6, the matter of R v Coates will be made available.

The prohibition against recording all or any part of the proceedings has not been relaxed. Any person attending this proceeding by phone or other telecommunication is ordered not to share the access link, or to record any part of the proceeding.

Failure to comply with this order or any other directions made by the Court will result in the person(s) responsible being required to attend court and show cause why they should not be held in contempt of court.

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