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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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In this issue:
Social Media Launch
Professional Liability Insurance Invoices Mailed
Pro Bono Law Alberta Annual Meeting

Social Media Launch

The Law Society of Alberta launched our official Twitter account on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Click here to view the @LawSocietyofAB account and 'follow us' for all the latest Law Society news concerning lawyers, students and the public.


Professional Liability Insurance Invoices Mailed

The Law Society of Alberta has mailed the 2013/2014 Professional Liability Insurance Levy invoices. Please watch for your invoice to arrive in the coming days.

For insured lawyers, the Benchers have approved the insurance levy of $3,550 plus GST (this includes the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association premium).

The levy is payable to the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association (ALIA) and is due July 2, 2013. Payments may be made in two instalments as indicated on the insurance invoice.

Please note:

  1. Lawyers with paid claims in the past five years will pay surcharges in addition to the set levy.
  2. Exempt active lawyers are insured at no charge for Pro Bono services as referenced in Rule 148 (2).

As the value of client matters and transactions increases over time, so does the need to secure adequate levels of errors and omissions insurance.

The Law Society recommends firms consider purchasing excess coverage for additional protection.

The rates for July 1, 2013 are as follows:

$1,000,000 per occurrence/and aggregate - $343
$2,000,000 per occurrence/and aggregate - $504
$3,000,000 per occurrence/and aggregate - $589
$4,000,000 per occurrence/and aggregate - $624
$9,000,000 per occurrence/and aggregate - $873

New applications will be available on June 1, 2013 on the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association website at Renewal applications will be mailed shortly. If there are any questions, call ALIA at 403-229-4716 or 1-800-661-1694.

The 2013/2014 Renewal Applications for excess insurance were sent via email to firms. If you have not received it by Friday, May 24th, please contact ALIA at 403-229-4716 (1-800-661-1694) or

Note on claims reporting: It is a requirement of ALIA's policy that all claims or potential claims be reported to ALIA during the policy period. Please ensure that any claims or potential claims are reported to ALIA on or before June 30, 2013.

Preventing Claims Effective in Controlling Insurance Costs

It is strongly recommended by ALIA that practitioners take steps to prevent claims. Preventing claims remains the most effective way of controlling costs of the insurance program.

Missed limitation claims continue to be a steady area for claims reported to ALIA. Frequent errors are found in a failure to enter the limitation date in the firm’s system or a mistake in entering the date. It is important for all individuals involved in a file to ensure important dates have been entered into the firm’s limitation system.


Pro Bono Law Alberta Annual Meeting

Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) invites you to attend the PBLA’s 6th Annual Celebration on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre.

The Honourable Terrence J. Matchett, Chief Judge, Provincial Court of Alberta, will deliver the key note address. Click here to visit the registration page.


Law Society of Upper Canada National Articling Placement Process

The Law Society of Upper Canada has implemented a National Articling Placement process ('National Articles'). National Articles refers to an articling placement served within Canada to a Principal and/or Supervisor who has been called to the bar in another Canadian jurisdiction. As a result, the placement may not necessarily provide the articling candidate with substantial experience dealing with the laws and practices applicable to the Province of Ontario.

If a member of the Law Society of Alberta is approached to act as a Principal or Supervisor for an Ontario student participating in the National Articles process, please note that approval to act in such a capacity will be granted by the Law Society of Upper Canada. However, the student must consult and comply with the rules of the Law Society of Alberta regarding admission as a student-at-law in Alberta. Such a requirement is necessary in order to avoid unauthorized practice issues in Alberta.


FASD Legal Issues Conference

The Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) will take place in Edmonton at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre from September 18 to September 20, 2013.

Delegates at the conference will hear from leading experts in the field, including judges, lawyers, and others in the legal system. This conference is anticipated to raise awareness of the connections between FASD and the law, and in addressing the issues that result.

View this brochure to read more about the conference and how you can register. For further information, please visit their website.


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Law Society of Alberta
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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