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

Specialized Training from LAA on Immigration & Refugee Law

As part of Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) commitment to being a Centre of Excellence in all that we do, our organization recently held an Immigration and Refugee Law training session for Alberta lawyers. Presenters at this event included LAA staff lawyers and resident immigration experts Ruth Williams and Juliette Ukpabi, as well as guest speakersContinue reading Specialized Training from LAA on Immigration & Refugee Law

Staff Wear Orange to Commemorate Special Day of Awareness

Staff from across our organization wore orange on September 30, 2019 to honour Orange Shirt Day and to show support for residential school survivors and their commitment to reconciliation. One of Legal Aid Alberta’s core organizational values is that we are protectors. We serve Albertans, often the most vulnerable of us, and work tirelessly toContinue reading Staff Wear Orange to Commemorate Special Day of Awareness

Mental Health Court team gives crash course to high-risk youth support team

As an organization, we are protectors. We serve Albertans, often the most vulnerable of us, and work tirelessly to protect their rights and ensure a fair legal process. One way we do that is by collaborating with others in the justice system, which is why the Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Mental Health Court team recentlyContinue reading Mental Health Court team gives crash course to high-risk youth support team

‘We are a welcoming place to many diverse peoples’

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) provides support to some of the most vulnerable in society, including new immigrants or those who have left their lives behind to escape persecution. Our commitment to protecting the rights of all our clients can be seen in a recent success story related to a refugee claimant.  A young woman fromContinue reading ‘We are a welcoming place to many diverse peoples’

Supreme Court decision on presumptive ceiling could have impact on youth clients

A decision pending in the Supreme Court of Canada could have a significant impact on some of Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) youngest and most vulnerable clients. On February 23, 2019, LAA lawyers Dane Bullerwell and Susan Haas appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada to intervene on behalf of LAA in the case of K.J.M. vContinue reading Supreme Court decision on presumptive ceiling could have impact on youth clients