As the regulator of the legal profession in Alberta we support lawyers who are striving to provide much needed legal services, but we know there are still many unmet legal needs. We believe a democratic society needs access to services that help maintain stability and preserve the rule of law.
The Law Society is concerned about access to legal services for all Albertans and is working on several strategies within our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan to give us more flexibility in how we regulate and how we allow lawyers to deliver legal services.
Seeking Flexible Legislation
We have been in discussions with the Government of Alberta about modernizing our governing statute, the Legal Profession Act. While the Act has been amended a few times since 1907, many of its principles are outdated and do not reflect the current challenges facing the legal profession and the delivery of legal services that are needed.
We need an Act that allows us to modernize the structure and work of the Law Society, giving us the ability to enable other legal service delivery models, to strengthen our governance and adjudicative processes and to improve the diversity of our Board. The amendments we are seeking will not bind us to specific models but will allow the Law Society’s future Board tables to develop rules to address key issues over time and be responsive to an evolving legal marketplace.
Engagement and Decision Making
Our success as a regulator comes directly from our actions and this includes promoting an understanding of our work. We are committed to holding discussions with both the public and the profession about what the future may look like. We will share more information as it becomes available. We look forward to discussing these important issues with you in the coming months.
We believe that amendments to the Legal Profession Act will allow the Law Society to change the way it conducts its work as a regulator, including improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its processes.
Please watch our website for more information or email us.