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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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In this issue:
Queen's Counsel Application Process Begins April 2, 2013
Province Launches Estate Administration Reform Consultations
Alberta Law Libraries Seeking Your Feedback

Queen's Counsel Application Process Begins April 2, 2013

Every two years, it is the tradition in Alberta that selected lawyers be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the legal profession or in public life by being appointed as Queen’s Counsel.

To be eligible for a QC appointment, individuals must meet the requirements of the Queen’s Counsel Act. Applications for consideration in 2013 will be accepted starting Tuesday April 2, 2013. The deadline for applications is Friday September 6, 2013.

For complete eligibility and review process guidelines view this letter from the Minister of Jusice.

Further information regarding the QC application process may be directed to the Office of the Deputy Minister of Justice by contacting 780-427-5032 (Toll Free: Dial 310-0000) or from the Justice and Solicitor General website at:


Province Launches Estate Administration Reform Consultations

Albertans are invited to provide input on how to make the Administration of Estates Act more user-friendly.

Beginning on Friday, March 1, the online consultation guide is available to those interested in weighing in on changes being considered for the Administration of Estates Act. The changes are intended to make the process of administering estates more transparent, logical and easier to follow.

In-person consultations are also being conducted with stakeholder groups including estate planners, wills and estates lawyers, trust companies, and other professionals who deal with administering estates.

Albertans have until April 30 to provide feedback online which will help to shape future estate administration legislation.

Inquiries may be directed to:
Ian Roddick, Public Affairs Officer
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Communications


Alberta Law Libraries Seeking Your Feedback

Alberta Law Libraries is engaging in a strategic planning process to set their course for the next three years, and are in need of your assistance. In order to plan well, they are interested in hearing your perceptions of Alberta Law Libraries' services and resources.

Please provide feedback by completing this simple online form by Friday, March 15, 2013. Your ideas and suggestions will inform upcoming strategy sessions for Alberta Law Libraries.

If you have any questions, or encounter problems using the form, please contact Rhonda O'Neill, at or call (403) 297-3958.


2013 CPD Plan Deadline Approaching: March 15, 2013

The Law Society of Alberta’s Continuing Professional Development Program is a mandatory requirement for all active lawyers in Alberta.

Identify, evaluate, create and declare your 2013 CPD Plan by visiting

The most common inquiry received by our CPD Department relates to logging into a pre-existing account on the CPD Alberta website. For more information on navigating the CPD online tools click here. If you are still experiencing difficulties please email

The Rules and the Code of Conduct require every lawyer to:

  • Annually prepare and make a record of a CPD Plan in written or electronic form
  • On or before March 15 or each year, make a declaration to the Law Society that their annual CPD Plan has been made; and
  • Retain the written or electronic record of the CPD Plan for five years and produce the CPD Plan to the Law Society upon request.

Additional information is available on the Law Society website or contact the Continuing Professional Development Department at 403-229-4766;


Invitation to Make Application as a Part-Time Master in Chambers

Two part-time positions, one each in Calgary and Edmonton are available as Master in Chambers under the general direction of the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

View the complete posting here.


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Phone: 403-229-4700

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