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Friday, August 10, 2012

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Feedback Sought on New Conflict of Interest Rules
Women Lawyers Mentoring Program Initiated in Calgary

Feedback Sought on New Conflict of Interest Rules

The Law Society's Professional Responsibility Committee is currently considering commentary for new conflict of interest rules in the Code of Conduct. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada approved its final version of conflict of interest rules for the Model Code of Professional Conduct in December 2011. Since then the Law Society has been reviewing the Federation’s model rules. The Professional Responsibility Committee drafted fifteen new conflict rules based on the Federation’s Model Code, which were approved in principle by the Benchers in June 2012.

The Professional Responsibility Committee has been working through the summer to draft commentary for the fifteen proposed rules. The Committee is attempting to preserve essential elements of the Federation’s model, while also making the conflicts Rules consistent with Alberta practice. The commentary is not currently available for distribution. A final version of rules and commentary will be presented to the Benchers for approval on September 27 and 28, 2012.

Comment and feedback from lawyers is invited.

To review the Federation’s Model Conflict Rules please click here

To review the draft Rules 2.04 (1) through (15) please click here

Written feedback may be provided to the Law Society Practice Advisors, Ross McLeod, QC at and Nancy Carruthers at

The deadline for receipt of feedback is September 4, 2012.


Women Lawyers Mentoring Program Initiated in Calgary

The Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) 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.

The deadline for applications has been extended to August 31, 2012.


Law Society of Alberta

Tips from ALIA

A postcard from the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association containing tips on how to avoid insurance claims and resources for lawyers was mailed out along with the latest edition of the Advisory. Keep this postcard handy as a reminder of important steps that will help you avoid becoming involved in an insurance claim.

• Communicate clearly (face-to-face if possible).
• Meet the client yourself and ask questions.
• Use a retainer letter and be clear about the services you will provide.
• Know who your client is and communicate this clearly.
• Obtain your client’s consent.
• Understand your client’s instructions.
• Take time to explain and document.
• Put it in writing. Confirm your advice and instructions, and keep good notes.
• Take time to explain implications of legal processes.

To report a claim, please contact ALIA at:
TF: 1-800-661-1694
T: 403-229-4716


2013 First Year Summer Student Recruitment Dates Set

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

No offers of employment shall be made before 5 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012. Offers must remain open for acceptance until 5 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.


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