Drug Treatment Court success story: ‘I just thought it was my life’

The Edmonton Drug Treatment Court Service is an intensive one-year (minimum) court-supervised drug treatment program aimed at helping participants break the cycle of crime and addiction. The program sees participants completing drug treatment rather than being incarcerated. Successful graduates return to the community with access to secure housing, employment or schooling, as well as theContinue reading Drug Treatment Court success story: ‘I just thought it was my life’

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

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

Re-establishing Duty Counsel Services in Fort McMurray

As part of our efforts to ensure that all Albertans have access to our vital services, we are pleased to announce that full-time Duty Counsel services are being provided by our staff lawyers are now available in Fort McMurray and the remote community of Fort Chipewyan. Duty Counsel services are an area where Legal AidContinue reading Re-establishing Duty Counsel Services in Fort McMurray

Staff Lawyer Grace Auger Receives U of C Alumni Award

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) staff lawyer Grace Auger received a Career Achievement Award from the University of Calgary during the Arch Awards ceremony last week. Auger was presented the award for her continued dedication to her profession. She is a valued member of LAA and has spent her career serving Indigenous people of Alberta andContinue reading Staff Lawyer Grace Auger Receives U of C Alumni Award

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

A ‘Made in Alberta’ approach to Indigenous Services

Metis youth advocacy program increasing awareness around culturally appropriate sentencing for metis youth Legal Aid Alberta aims to be the Centre of Excellence for Indigenous clients and communities by offering a more concentrated, knowledgeable and ‘made-in-Alberta’ approach to Indigenous services in both the rural and urban areas of the province.  In 2016, Canada had anContinue reading A ‘Made in Alberta’ approach to Indigenous Services

Understanding Sudanese culture key to supporting community

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) co-hosted an event at Calgary City Hall to raise awareness about the unique experiences of Sudanese and South Sudanese Youth within the Canadian justice system. The conference, Ubuntu: Experiences of Sudanese and South Sudanese Youth and a Reflection of the Canadian Judicial System, held on On June 14, 2019, encouraged participantsContinue reading Understanding Sudanese culture key to supporting community