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Thursday, July 26, 2012

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In this issue:
Recruitment Rules: Delay Between Interviews and Offers Resolved with New Dates
CPD Evaluation: Consider Sharing your CPD Plan
Mentoring Circle Program Initiated for Women Lawyers

Recruitment Rules: Delay Between Interviews and Offers Resolved with New Dates

On May 17, 2012, the Law Society of Alberta sent an EBulletin seeking input from lawyers on the objectives of the Recruitment Rule subcommittee relating to recruiting articling students and first year summer students.

The Society thanks those who responded and advises that the subcommittee has considered this feedback and will make recommendations to the Credentials and Education Committee. The Benchers will discuss this matter at their September meeting.

As the Rules will not be amended in the immediate future, the Committee has dealt with the issue of delay between interviews and offers to first year summer students by setting the summer student recruitment period as follows:

2013 First Year Summer Student Recruitment Dates Set

The 2013 summer student recruitment period will be November 5 to November 9, 2012.

No offers of employment shall be made before 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012. Offers must remain open for acceptance until 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012. An offer of employment may be made at any time after the recruitment period and shall be left open for a reasonable period of time.


CPD Evaluation: Consider Sharing your CPD Plan

The Law Society of Alberta thanks all lawyers for participating in its 2012 online survey of the Continuing Professional Development Program.

This survey is part of the 2012 impact evaluation of the CPD program conducted by Charis Management Consulting Inc.

Share your CPD Plan

Lawyers are invited to share their CPD Plans with Charis Management. The review of CPD Plans will lead to a better understanding of the range of CPD activities and methods undertaken by lawyers in Alberta. Your CPD Plan can be shared by emailing it to Charis Management at

The Law Society’s self-directed learning CPD Program has been in effect for four years. This program is a made-in-Alberta solution and although this approach is prevalent in other professions, it is unique in the Canadian legal profession.

The Continuing Professional Development Program is an important regulatory requirement of the Law Society and we thank you for your input. Results of the evaluation will be communicated to lawyers in the fall.


Mentoring Circle Program Initiated for Women Lawyers

The Association of Women Lawyers is launching a new mentoring program for female lawyers with various years of service and practice status in Calgary. Mentoring is an important way for women lawyers to provide and receive support to and from other women in the profession to enhance their own careers, and personal and professional lives. Participants may be practising, non-practising, or retired members of the Law Society of Alberta.

The program’s objective is to provide a venue and structure for women lawyers in a confidential and comfortable environment.

Each circle has a facilitator and is comprised of six to eight women per ‘circle’ from all levels of seniority. Sessions will focus on a different topic relevant to women lawyers. Participants remain in the same circle and will meet eight times a year from September through May at the Calgary Petroleum Club.

For more information or to obtain an application form please visit

If you are interested in participating please complete and submit an application form together with the program fee $100 for AWL members and $125 for non-members to Melanie Gaston c/o Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, 3500, 855 – 2nd Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 4J8.

Space is limited so apply early. The deadline for applications is August 2, 2012.


Law Society of Alberta

Fraud Alert: Solicitation Via Email

A Calgary lawyer recently received a series of emails that appeared to come from a legitimate company. The person was seeking legal services related to an alleged defendant of another legally operated company.

The first email appeared to be legitimate as both companies had businesses in Texas and Calgary respectively. The lawyer did his due diligence and determined he was in a position to act. A draft retainer letter and request for information was sent by the lawyer. Another email was received with additional information from the fraudster that seemed suspicious. The lawyer did some research and found that there appeared to be complaints of fraudulent activity on this company in another province.

To date no further communications have been received from the company. Lawyers are encouraged to be vigilant as they continue to be targeted with attempted scams.

Fraud Alert: Law Firm’s Trust Account Target of Fraudulent Cheques

Recently a law firm was contacted by its bank in regards to a number of small denomination cheques deposited that were not the "computer-generated" cheques normally used. The cheques were determined to be fraudulent. What was unusual is that the fraudster also held accounts with this bank. In this case, as both the law firm and fraudster had accounts at the same bank there was less likelihood that a hold would be placed on the funds. The process of trust account reconciliation was tasked to a bookkeeper who happened to be away at the time of the fraud occurrences.

Lawyers are reminded to be vigilant in reviewing bank transactions especially during the summer months and after long weekends.

Know the Law Society’s client identification and verification rules, posted at

If you have been targeted by a fraud, please contact the Law Society by email at


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