Enhanced Lawyer Directory to Launch Thursday, July 13

Lawyer Directory is an online tool that helps connect people with lawyers across the province. The Law Society of Alberta has upgraded Lawyer Directory so that Albertans have access to more information when choosing a lawyer who meets their individual needs.

Weíve improved the functionality of Lawyer Directory by making it possible to search for a lawyer by name, firm, location, area(s) of practice, languages spoken, gender, and whether a lawyer offers limited scope retainers. As a member of the profession, you are encouraged to publish this information so that Albertans can make informed decisions before hiring a lawyer; however, if you would like to unpublish these additional personal details, you can do so by updating your settings in the Lawyer Portal.  

Discipline information dating back to January 1, 2015 is also shown on profiles in Lawyer Directory. We will continue to publish discipline information going forward as per Rule 40.1. Discipline information prior to January 1, 2015 remains available on our website. Access to discipline information offers online access to the Law Society Roll (see Rule 39), which aligns with the National Discipline Standards as set by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

We will continue to improve Lawyer Directoryís functionality in future upgrades. If you have any questions about the changes, please call the Law Society at 1.800.661.9003.

Viscount Bennett Scholarship Award Recipient - Ryan Clements

Ryan Clements is one of two recipients of the 2017 Viscount Bennett Scholarship.

Ryan obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2007. He maintained a position on the Deanís List, graduating with Distinction and receiving several awards for academic excellence.   

Ryan will use his scholarship toward graduate studies at Duke University where he is the only Canadian Master of Laws candidate this year. He will focus his studies on business law, governance, corporate finance and entrepreneurialism. His personal goals include pursuing a JSD in business Law, and becoming a full time faculty member at a Canadian law school. 

Ryan is an adjunct law professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, where he teaches classes in Corporations Law and Entrepreneurial Law. He is also an instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAlT), where he teaches Business Law in the Energy Asset Management Program. He also practices business and corporate law at Kahane Law Office in Calgary, where he focuses his practice on start-up businesses, franchises and advising entrepreneurs. He also wears other hats as an entrepreneur, public speaker and author.

The Viscount Bennett Scholarship is financed from a trust fund established by the Right Honourable Viscount Bennett to encourage a high standard of legal education, training and excellence. This annual award for postgraduate studies in law is presented to individuals who are dedicated to their community and profession and wish to further their legal education. The second award recipient will be announced shortly.  

CPD Cycle Open

Visit the  Lawyer Portal to develop and declare your 2017 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan. The CPD declaration period opened on July 1 and declarations are due on September 30.   

Questions? Email  CPD or call 403.229.4766.

Fall JDR Schedule Now Available

Please check the Court's website for more information.

Maintenance Enforcement and Child Support Recalculation Programís Increase to Penalties and Service Fees

On June 12, 2017, the Government of Alberta approved changes to the Maintenance Enforcement Regulation (MEP) and the Child Support Recalculation Program Regulation (RP) . These changes increase the amount of each fee and penalty charged by the MEP and RP. The new amounts take effect on August 1, 2017. An information page detailing the changes and how MEP and RP clients can avoid penalties may be found here or by accessing the MEP and RP web pages directly.