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Field Law has the largest education law practice in Alberta, providing a comprehensive range of services for universities, colleges and technical institutes. We also represent the Alberta Teachers Association. We understand that advanced education is delivered in a complex governance and legislative environment, and that accountability, transparency and integrity are essential to the operation of post-secondary institutions.

Post-secondary institutions navigate many settings and rely on our assistance in numerous areas including:

LABOUR + EMPLOYMENT

  • Collective bargaining
  • Grievances and Arbitrations
  • Disability Management and Human Rights
  • Pensions and retirement incentives
  • Immigration

ACADEMIC STAFF

  • Designation and de-designation of academic staff
  • Academic freedom
  • Relations with CAUT and Universities Canada
  • Secondment agreements
  • Contingent funding agreements
  • Research integrity and Tri-Council policies
  • Research services agreements

GOVERNANCE  

  • Bicameral governance
  • Interpretation of Post-Secondary Learning Act
  • Government relations
  • Public accountability and Office of the Auditor General
  • Policy development
  • Bylaw review and interpretation

CAMPUS SAFETY

  • Sexual violence policies
  • Detention of individuals
  • Electronic surveillance
  • Petty Trespass Act
  • Relationships with policing agencies

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Copyright and trademark registration
  • Patents
  • Licensing agreement
  • Technology transfer
  • Access Copyright
  • Data sharing

PRIVACY

  • Access to information
  • Legislative compliance
  • OIPC inquiries
  • FOIPPA interpretation
  • CASL compliance

REPUTATION MANAGEMENT

  • Public accountability obligations
  • Social media
  • Defamation
  • Freedom of expression on campus
  • Class actions

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

  • Program reorganization
  • Accreditation reviews
  • Affiliation agreements
  • Distance learning and Massive Open Online Courses 

STUDENTS

  • Codes of Conduct and discipline
  • Academic appeals
  • Training of adjudicators
  • Tuition fee regulation
  • Student residences
  • International student fees, employment and sponsorship
  • Student groups

ENDOWMENTS/GIFTS

  • Advancement
  • Donors, donations and charitable giving
  • Trusts and endowments
  • Donation investment, management and administration

CORPORATE/COMMERCIAL

  • Land and business trusts
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Tendering
  • Commercial agreements

HEALTH + SAFETY

  • Institutional legislative compliance 
  • Policy development and implementation 
  • Incident investigation and response

Field Law hosts a legislative monitoring service to support our clients with their legislative compliance. The service can be accessed here. For details on enrolment to the legislative monitoring service please contact Josette McEachern at library@fieldlaw.com or call 780-423-7692.

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Calgary School District No. 19 v Alberta Teachers' Association, 2017 CanLII 10820 (AB GAA)
Alberta Teachers Association v Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 1, 2016 CanLII 97764 (AB GAA)