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Law Society of Alberta News

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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In this issue:
Happy New Year
Deadline for Making Your 2012 CPD Plan Declaration is March 15, 2012
Four Distinguished Lawyers To Be Honoured
CQB Notice Re: Amendments to the Surrogate Rules and Forms - Grace Period
Notice from CQB Re: Waiver of Dispute Resolution Before Trial

Happy New Year

The Law Society of Alberta wishes you a Happy New Year.


Deadline for Making Your 2012 CPD Plan Declaration is March 15, 2012

Your 2012 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plan declaration must be made on or before March 15, 2012.

Creating and implementing a CPD plan is a “best practice” which demonstrates to the public that Alberta lawyers strive for excellence in their practice of law.

All active lawyers should note that by March 15, 2012, they will need to have done two things:

1. Prepare a 2012 CPD plan, and
2. Declare to the Law Society by March 15, 2012 that they have made a plan.

A key component of the CPD professional responsibility is for lawyers to evaluate the implementation of their 2011 CPD Plan, particularly what worked in 2011, what new activities need to be incorporated into their 2012 Plan, and see what needs to be carried forward.

Continuing professional development is not limited to traditional opportunities, i.e. seminars, conferences, courses, but can encompass a wide-range of activities such as self-directed learning, mentoring, writing an academic article, teaching CPD seminars or learning a new technology to deliver legal services. The New Alberta Code of Conduct, which came into effect November 1, 2011 provides learning opportunities for lawyers which can count towards their 2012 CPD Plan.

Lawyers are required to prepare written CPD plans annually, and keep them for five years. Lawyers are required to declare annually to the Law Society that they have completed a CPD Plan.

For more information on the CPD program, please visit

Online tools and CPD resources for the development and declaration of a CPD Plan are available at the CPD Alberta website at


Four Distinguished Lawyers To Be Honoured

Four outstanding lawyers in Alberta will be honoured with a 2012 Distinguished Service Award at the upcoming Alberta Law Conference.

The Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association Alberta will present awards to the following: 

  • David P. Jones, QC for Distinguished Service in Legal Scholarship
  • Michael F. Casey, QC for Distinguished Service to the Community
  • Cheryl C. Gottselig, QC for Distinguished Service to the Profession
  • W. Laird Hunter, QC for Distinguished Service in Pro Bono

The 2012 Distinguished Service Awards luncheon will be held on January 27, 2012 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta.

The Law Society and CBA Alberta thanks all those who submitted nominations for these annual awards. For more details and to order luncheon tickets, please contact CBA Alberta at


CQB Notice Re: Amendments to the Surrogate Rules and Forms - Grace Period

Amendments to the Surrogate Rules arising out of the new Wills and Succession Act, which come into effect on February 1, 2012, have prescribed a number of new forms and introduced several procedural changes for the Court of Queen’s Bench. It is the responsibility of litigants or their counsel to ensure that, starting on February 1, 2012, they are fully complying with the amendments to the Surrogate Rules.

However, to ensure continued access to justice for litigants, the Court will observe a grace period until April 30, 2012 before the requirement for compliance is more strictly enforced.

After May 1, 2012, as a result of a review of the practices observed by the Court, the requirements of compliance may be more strictly enforced.


Notice from CQB Re: Waiver of Dispute Resolution Before Trial

Applications to waive a dispute resolution process pursuant to Rule 4.16(2) shall be made to the Case Management Judge, or of there is no Case Management Judge available, to any Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench.

Notice to the Profession NP 2010-07, which directed that such applications be made to the Chief Justice or the Associate Chief Justice, is no longer in effect.


Law Society of Alberta

Plan to Attend the Law Society's Plenary

Erosion of the legal profession's monopoly - should this be bad news?

The Law Society’s plenary will explore what the monopoly is in today's world, who is making inroads, and whether such inroads can be justified as an access to justice solution.

Find out what the Law Society's recent surveys of the public and the profession tell us about these issues, and discover 10 things lawyers can do to help manage the erosion in this challenging environment.

The Law Society’s plenary session at the Alberta Law Conference will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta.

Save the date in your calendars.


Careers at the Law Society of Alberta

You can achieve a work/life balance and contribute to our mission to become a model regulator and employer. We offer a respectful, collegial workplace with a comprehensive compensation package, including employer-funded benefits.

The Law Society of Alberta values diversity in its workforce and equal access to opportunity. The Law Society is currently recruiting for a number of positions in both of its Calgary and Edmonton offices including: Counsel, Financial Analyst, Claims Examiner, Governance Officer, and Manager, Business Enablement Services. For details, please visit


CQB Summer Sittings Pilot Project

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta is instituting a pilot project for summer trial sittings in Calgary and Edmonton. Commencing January 15, 2012, the Civil and Criminal Trial Coordinators will have the ability to book non-jury criminal and civil trials, that are not expected to take longer than 5 days, to be heard during the period of July 3, 2012 to August 31, 2012. There will be space on the Court schedule for one criminal trial and one civil trial, in each of Calgary and Edmonton, per week.


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