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Friday, November 02, 2012

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In this issue:
New Conflict of Interest Rules Effective December 1, 2012
Volunteers Sought for 2013 Law Society Committees
UPDATE: Matrimonial Property Division on Death
There’s Still Time to Comment on Arbitration Reform Issues
Unmarried & Unjust [Enrichment] SuperConference

New Conflict of Interest Rules Effective December 1, 2012

The Benchers adopted new conflict of interest rules at their September 2012 meetings. Draft rules 2.04 (1) to (13) had previously been made available for review on the Law Society’s website on September 7, 2012, and were adopted with minor amendments. The new rules will become part of Alberta’s Code of Conduct on December 1, 2012.

The Professional Responsibility Committee wishes to acknowledge and thank those members of the profession who provided comments and feedback.

The new conflict of interest rules are consistent with the principles articulated in the Model Code of Professional Conduct of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The new rules and commentary also provide clear, meaningful guidance to lawyers, consistent with accepted Alberta standards of practice and ethics and with guiding principles articulated by the judiciary.

The new conflict of interest rules are available at


Volunteers Sought for 2013 Law Society Committees

Committee Service is an excellent way to get involved with the Law Society of Alberta. Most Law Society issues either begin at the committee level, or are referred to committees for further examination and recommendations before being brought to the Benchers for consideration. Committee service offers tremendous professional development opportunities and is a way to meet other members of Alberta’s legal community. Apply by November 12, 2012. Please download the application today.


UPDATE: Matrimonial Property Division on Death

The Government of Alberta has reviewed the summary report of the feedback from the technical discussions held at the end of May and the results of the online questionnaire. Section 117 of the Wills and Succession Act will not be proclaimed in force at this time. Further research will be conducted to explore some of the issues raised in the consultation process.

A copy of the report is available at If you have any questions or concerns, please contact


There’s Still Time to Comment on Arbitration Reform Issues

In September 2012, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) issued Report for Discussion 24, Arbitration Act: Stay and Appeal Issues. The Report can be accessed at

ALRI is seeking comments and input on the issues contained in this Report by November 30, 2012.

Your comments are key to the success of this reform initiative and ALRI hopes to hear from as many lawyers and arbitrators as possible. Your input may be emailed to ALRI at or sent to 402 Law Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton T6G 2H5.


Unmarried & Unjust [Enrichment] SuperConference

The Faculties of Law at both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta are co-sponsoring a family law conference entitled: Unmarried & Unjust [Enrichment] SuperConference. Dividing property at the end of a common law relationship is extremely complicated. The recent SCC case of Kerr v. Baranow has completely changed the property division landscape.

Attendees will learn the finer points of the Kerr decision, review nation-wide cases since Kerr, see what the Alberta Courts are doing and learn how to conduct a common law property division case.

The Faculty includes Professor Ben Hovius from the University of Western Ontario, Professor Rollie Thompson from Dalhousie, Philip Epstein, QC, from Toronto, Jennifer Cooper, QC, from Winnipeg, and Doug Moe, QC, from Calgary.

The SuperConference will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 in Edmonton and on Friday, November 30, 2012 in Calgary. Details can be found at


Law Society of Alberta

Evaluating Progress on Your 2012 CPD Plan

The annual planning and implementation of a Continuing Professional Development Plan is part of your professional responsibility as a lawyer, and a requirement of the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta. As the year’s end approaches, now is a good time to make sure you are on track to accomplish the activities and goals you set in your 2012 CPD Plan.

Start by reviewing your professional development goals, and evaluating the steps and activities you have taken so far in the implementation of your CPD Plan. What parts of your plan have you accomplished? What more needs to be done? Most importantly, how have your CPD activities in 2012 enhanced your competence as a lawyer and improved the legal services you provide?

If you made and declared your 2012 CPD Plan online, you can revisit to review your plan and update your CPD profile.

The annual CPD Plan declaration cycle for 2013 will begin on January 1 and declarations will be due on or before March 15, 2013.

If you have questions regarding the Continuing Professional Development program, please visit or contact us at or 403-229-4766 (1-800-661-9003 toll free).


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