Fighting the ‘fear of the legal system’ for the Indigenous community

In the photo above: Legal Aid Alberta lawyers Grace Auger (left) and Jessica Buffalo (right). Legal Aid Alberta Indigenous lawyers say now is the time for change in the province  (Calgary, AB and Siksika Nation) One of the biggest obstacles for First Nations people is fear and lack of trust in the legal system, butContinue reading Fighting the ‘fear of the legal system’ for the Indigenous community

LAA lawyers share what Alberta courthouses look like amid COVID-19 reopening

As youth courts are opening next week and adult criminal courts are set to open in the near future, some of Legal Aid Alberta’s family practice lawyers wanted to share their experience on what courthouses were like in Edmonton and Calgary after Family Courts reopened on June 1.   Vita Houlihan, Lawyer, Family Provincial Court, Calgary Courts Centre   “In many ways I currently feel even safer workingContinue reading LAA lawyers share what Alberta courthouses look like amid COVID-19 reopening

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

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

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