The Advisory: Volume 10, Issue 3, July 2012

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Trust Safety Committee to Consider Changes to Program

By Jim Glass, QC, Bencher and Chair, Trust Safety Committee, Law Society of Alberta

The Trust Safety Program has completed one full year of operation and is being received well by lawyers. The Law Society has received and continues to receive feedback from lawyers about the Trust Safety Program.

Representatives of the Committee also met with the North CBA subsection of Solo, Small and General Practice Section to discuss the Trust Safety Program on April 26, 2012. The Committee received constructive comments from the subsection members on how the Program impacted solo and small firm practitioners.

The Trust Safety Committee will consider further changes to the Program based upon such feedback after May 30, 2012. A s a result of some of the feedback, the Benchers approved changes to some of the Rules at their April 2012 meeting. It is the Committee’s hope to have the ongoing feedback analyzed over the summer with any further Rule or other changes to be reviewed by the Benchers in the fall.

As with any new program, there have been some growing pains and the Committee is seeking as much feedback as it can to address the concerns of lawyers. Lawyers are encouraged to email comments and suggestions to Trust.

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