LAA staff lawyer honoured with Queen’s Counsel designation

On March 4, 2020, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Queen’s Bench Duty Counsel lawyer Christine Le Quéré was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) for the province of Alberta. An appointment as Q.C. represents a great deal. Le Quéré will be joining a highly respected group of lawyers deserving of recognition and distinction for the exceptionalContinue reading LAA staff lawyer honoured with Queen’s Counsel designation

Legal Aid Alberta takes steps to address gaps in detention review hearings

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) hosted training sessions this month for its roster immigration lawyers on how to effectively prepare for and conduct Detention Review hearings. When a foreign national or permanent resident is detained by Canada Border Security Agency, a Detention Review Hearing will take place within 48 hours to determine if there is aContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta takes steps to address gaps in detention review hearings

Building a stronger relationship with Alberta lawyers

As part of our efforts to build stronger relationships with our stakeholders in the justice system, our senior leaders held Meet-and-Greet Information Sessions with Roster Lawyers and members of the Judiciary in November. These sessions took place in Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Edmonton and St. Paul (a session scheduled in Grande Prairie was unfortunately cancelledContinue reading Building a stronger relationship with Alberta lawyers

Specialized Training on Emergency Protection Orders

Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) Edmonton Emergency Protection Order Program (EPOP) hosted a training session for staff and roster lawyers on November 25, 2019 in an effort to increase awareness around Emergency Protection Orders (EPO) and Family Violence Prevention Month. The lawyers who participated in this training represent a significant number of Applicants and/or Respondents inContinue reading Specialized Training on Emergency Protection Orders

Staff #GoPurple for Family Violence Prevention Month

November is Family Violence Prevention Month. To show  support for ending family violence, staff from across Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) wore purple on Monday November 25, 2019.  Family violence is an all-too real experience for thousands of Albertans every year. In 2018-2019, LAA lawyers were able to help get 1,933 Emergency Protection Orders issued, assistingContinue reading Staff #GoPurple for Family Violence Prevention Month

Legal Aid Alberta – 2018-2019 Year in Review

In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) made significant strides to enhance our essential programs and services that support Albertans during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Last month we launched our Annual Report, which reflects all the work we have accomplished in the last year and the progress weContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta – 2018-2019 Year in Review

The Journey to Recovery in Drug Treatment Court

A year and a half ago, Stephany was facing 30 months in jail for crimes she committed to support her drug addiction. After a 19-month journey, she graduated from Edmonton’s Drug Treatment Court (DTC) as a strong courageous woman with a bright future – actively engaged in recovery, prepared for employment, and most recently gaveContinue reading The Journey to Recovery in Drug Treatment Court

Need to apply for legal aid in Edmonton? Head to the Courthouse!

Starting October 21, 2019, all in-person applications for legal aid coverage in Edmonton will be accepted only at the Edmonton Law Courts at 1a Sir Winston Churchill Square. Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) Edmonton office will no longer accept in-person applications.  This change to intake and reception services in Edmonton will bring us in line with theContinue reading Need to apply for legal aid in Edmonton? Head to the Courthouse!

10 Year Anniversary of the Low Income Individuals & the Law Course

As part of Alberta’s first Access to Justice Week (September 29 – October 5, 2019) Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) partnered with the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and the Edmonton Community Legal Centre to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Low Income Individuals and the Law Course. This course links the study ofContinue reading 10 Year Anniversary of the Low Income Individuals & the Law Course