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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.

Elkow v Sana, 2018 ABQB 1001
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)
March 2019
Restrictions on Communications During the Election for Post-Secondary Institutions
Post-Secondary Alert
Alberta post-secondary institutions are subject to new election laws restricting public communications during the 2019 election period.Bill 32, An Act to Strengthen and Protect Democracy, passed on December 12, 2017, introduces restrictions on advertis...
December 2018
2018 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
The third annual Field Law Post-Secondary Summit was held on November 29 in Edmonton, and was co-chaired by Greg Harding, QC and Derek Cranna. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below, followed by a directory of the l...
November 29, 2018
2018 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit
Conferences
Join us for our annual Summit to focus and collaborate on legal issues facing Alberta's post-secondary institutions. Topics to be covered include:  Governance: Representative Roles + Responsibilities Academic Labour Relations + Barg...
September 2018
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
28 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is proud to announce that 28 of our lawyers have been included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. These lawyers have been recognized in 17 service areas, resulting in a total of 36 rankings.Among the 28 Field Law l...
December 2017
2017 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
Field Law held its second Post-Secondary Summit on November 30, 2017 in Calgary. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below, followed by a directory of the lawyers in Field Law’s Post-Secondary Education Practice ...
November 30, 2017
2017 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit
Conferences
Join us for our second annual summit to focus and collaborate on legal issues facing Alberta's post-secondary institutions. Click here to view the brochure.  Click here to register.   
November 2017
Bill 27: Expansion of the Conflicts of Interest Act to Public Agencies
Bill 27 passed first reading in the Alberta Legislature on November 8, 2017. If passed, the legislation will amend the Conflicts of Interest Act (the "Act"), and expand its coverage to include public agencies, boards and commissions in Albert...
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2018 Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions a...
April 2017
Bill 7: An Act to Enhance Post-Secondary Academic Bargaining
Bill 7 passed first reading in the Alberta Legislature on April 6, 2017. The Bill is part of the Government of Alberta’s response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision that guaranteed workers the right to strike and comes after consultation wit...