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Friday, September 07, 2012

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In this issue:
Draft Alberta Conflict Rules Available for Review
Notice to the Profession about Seeking Criminal Case Management
Plan to Attend the Upcoming National Annual Pro Bono Conference

Draft Alberta Conflict Rules Available for Review

The new conflict of interest rules are now available for review by lawyers on the Law Society of Alberta's website. While there are a number of changes from our current Code of Conduct, familiar material has been incorporated in the new draft.

In November 2011, the Law Society implemented a new Code of Conduct. The Law Society attempted to maintain consistency with nationwide standards to the greatest possible extent, while also preserving essential elements of Alberta standards and practice which were previously articulated in our 1995 Alberta Code of Professional Conduct.

As the Federation of Law Societies of Canada had not yet approved a final version of conflicts rules for the Model Code, Chapter 6 on conflicts from the 1995 Alberta Code continued as part of the new Code. In December 2011, the Federation issued new Model conflicts rules for consideration and adoption by the provincial law societies. These rules have already been approved and adopted in several jurisdictions.

The Professional Responsibility Committee began its review of the new Model conflict rules in March. The Committee sought to retain key conflicts principles and to provide clear, meaningful guidance to lawyers, consistent with Alberta standards of practice and ethics articulated by the judiciary.

In June, the Law Society of Alberta approved a version of the new rules, in principle, without the related commentary. The Committee was directed to complete the review and revision of the rules and commentary over the summer. The Committee considered the Federations Model Rule, the former Alberta rules, independent research and input from the profession. The final draft version is now posted on the website for the profession to review. It will be considered by the Benchers on September 28, 2012.

Interested members of the profession may provide feedback by sending comments to the Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee, Rose Carter QC, through the Committee staff liaison Jennifer Rothery at


Notice to the Profession about Seeking Criminal Case Management

Section 551.1 (1) of the Criminal Code allows the Chief Justice or a designated judge to appoint a Case Management Judge if he or she is of the opinion that it is necessary for the proper administration of justice.

The notice provides information about what a party seeking the appointment of a Case Management Judge should provide to the Chief Justice or Associate Chief Justice.

For more information, visit


Plan to Attend the Upcoming National Annual Pro Bono Conference

You are invited to attend the 4th annual National Pro Bono Law Conference , November 1-2, 2012, in Montreal, Quebec.

It will provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas about pro bono legal services. Plenary and breakout sessions will address issues related to pro bono culture and will take a "nuts and bolts" approach to the development and delivery of pro bono projects and services.

This years theme, Pro Access Pro Justice Pro Bono, will bring together legal practitioners, the judiciary, the voluntary sector and academia to share ideas and best practices in pro bono legal services, to forge new pro bono partnerships, and to explore challenging issues that still lie ahead in the pro bono sphere.

For more information, visit  


Law Society of Alberta

Walk for Wellness with Assist on September 20th

Join Assist, your colleagues and friends for a fun, brief walk through downtown Edmonton on Thursday, September 20th. At noon, you are invited to meet at Sir Winston Churchill Square for a walk to promote health and wellness within the Edmonton community.

All participants are encouraged to nurture their physical and mental health. Please join this first annual Walk for Wellness in Edmonton. The walk is FREE!

Date: September 20, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square (directly north of the library), Edmonton, AB
Inquiries: 1.877.737.5508


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Calgary Office
Suite 500, 919 11th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 1P3
Phone: 403-229-4700

Edmonton Office
Suite 800, Bell Tower
10104-103 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0H8
Phone: 780-429-3343

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