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Legal Aid Alberta assists vulnerable Albertans by providing legal and support services to help clients navigate the justice system and get the help they may need. Find out more on the full Legal Aid Alberta website.
In an effort to showcase the work Legal Aid Alberta does to help Albertans understand and protect their legal rights, staff participated in the third annual Indigenous Students Career Day at Edmonton City Hall on March 12. Andrea Menard, Manager of the Metis Youth Advocacy Program, represented Legal Aid Alberta at the event which sawContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta participates in Indigenous Students Career Day →
Legal Aid Alberta lawyer Sarah Lanceley has been appointed to a Law Society of Alberta committee aimed at advancing the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The Indigenous Advisory Committee was established as part of the Law Society’s commitment to respond to the TRC Calls to Action, and will collect feedback and provideContinue reading Law Society appoints Sarah Lanceley to Indigenous Advisory Committee →
Junior lawyers had the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest in Edmonton’s legal community at the Junior Counsel Criminal Law Conference last week. Over 50 lawyers from the Edmonton area participated in two days of panel discussions on a range of topics that helped them build on the knowledge they learnedContinue reading Junior criminal lawyers gets crash course in courtroom proceedings →
With a new Governance Agreement in place, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) has now finalized a Strategic Plan that sets the direction for the organization over the next three years. Having worked with the LAA Board of Directors and staff at all levels and across the organization, LAA President and CEO John Panusa released the planContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta Proudly Announces New Strategic Plan →
How long should young people have to wait for their criminal charges to go to trial? The Supreme Court of Canada may answer this question in a case scheduled for this February – and Legal Aid Alberta will have an opportunity to argue that under the new Jordan framework, there should be a lower “presumptiveContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Supreme Court youth appeal →
Just over eight months since the program started, Edmonton’s Mental Health Court has proven early success, and is in no small part due to the collaboration of Legal Aid Alberta lawyers and Justice Navigators in and out of the courtroom. The Edmonton Mental Health Court is designed to address matters where there is reason to believe that a person’s criminal charges are due at least in part to mental health…Continue reading Collaboration key to LAA’s role in Mental Health Court →
Last year Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) received over 185,000 phone calls and provided a lawyer to Albertans in nearly 52,000 cases. With so many people looking for help, the organization is always looking for better ways to serve Albertans, and especially how to assign lawyers faster and more effectively. Recently a project was launched thatContinue reading New Process Speeds up Service for Legal Aid Alberta Clients →
Legal Aid Alberta Grace Auger, right in the photo above, won a Leadership in the Profession Award Legal Aid Alberta lawyer Grace Auger received a Leadership in the Profession award during the Women In Law Leadership (WILL) Awards ceremony on November 22 in Edmonton. Auger was awarded the Leadership in Profession (Government) award for extraordinary leadershipContinue reading Grace Auger wins Women In Law Leadership Award →
The new Governance Agreement and sustainable funding framework announced on Oct. 11 will give Legal Aid Alberta the flexibility it needs to help ensure the most vulnerable Albertans are able to access legal services and protect their legal rights. The agreement, signed with the Government of Alberta and the Law Society of Alberta, will provideContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta Negotiates New Governance Agreement →
In order to better serve Albertans and support the courts, Legal Aid Alberta now offers full-day criminal assessment services at the Edmonton and Calgary courthouses from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., effective October 1, 2018.
Legal Aid Alberta is always looking to find ways to improve the service we provide Albertans who are in need of legal support at difficult times in their lives. As an organization we put our clients first in the way we think and the way we operate. That’s why we have been working diligently toContinue reading Phone system updates improve client service →
Court rules that solitary confinement of youth not authorized by the Corrections Act A charter challenge against the extended segregation of an Alberta youth over the period of two years was successful this week when Provincial court judge Geoffrey Ho ruled that the unlawful confinement contravened national and international law.
Celebrations recognize 20 years since Provincial Courthouse opened its doors Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is committed to educating and informing the public about their rights under the law and the importance of appropriate legal representation for all Albertans. Representatives from LAA, including John Panusa, President and CEO, and Tyler Tollefson, Vice-President of Legal Representation andContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta celebrates Law Day with Siksika Nation →
Legal Aid Alberta has been able to support elderly clients escape unhealthy, and at times, dangerous situations. Elder abuse is a serious social and public health issue that can destroy a person’s independence, dignity and sense of security. It can also damage lives and destroy relationships. Whether it is emotional, financial, physical or sexual inContinue reading How Emergency Protection Orders can improve the well-being of seniors in Alberta →
June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and staff from our Calgary office participated in the Walk to End Elder Abuse to help put the spotlight on the issue and let Calgarians know how we can help support Albertans escape unhealthy situations. Whether it is financial, emotional, sexual or physical abuse, thousands of AlbertansContinue reading LAA Joins in Walk to End Elder Abuse in Calgary →
As part of Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) commitment to share its in-house expertise with the legal community, the organization recently held a very unique training session for Alberta lawyers. “Effectively representing children always poses unique challenges for lawyers,” explains Andrea Doyle, who is Assistant Senior Counsel with LAA and one of the team who presented atContinue reading Unique Training from LAA on Effective Representation of Children in High Conflict Cases →
Legal Aid Alberta was proud to join with other members of Alberta’s legal community to take part in this interesting, informative and fun family event. Law Day is a national event every April that celebrates the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In Alberta, it is usually celebrated in provincial courthouses across theContinue reading Alberta Law Day 2018 →
Government of ALberta News Release: Helping Albertans navigate the justice system The government is introducing duty counsel services at first appearance bail hearings to reduce court backlogs and help Albertans understand their rights. Duty counsel is a free service that is available to all Albertans regardless of income levels. Under the new system, Legal AidContinue reading LAA to provide duty counsel services at bail hearings →