New brochures help spread awareness of services

Legal Aid Alberta has launched a line of new brochures in an effort to raise awareness about the programs and services it delivers to Albertans. As part of its efforts outlined in its three-year Strategic Plan, Legal Aid Alberta has been working to improve the overall reputation and public understanding of the organization, its roleContinue reading New brochures help spread awareness of services

Law Society appoints Sarah Lanceley to Indigenous Advisory Committee

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

Bob Aloneissi, left, and Deborah Hatch, both roster lawyers with Legal Aid Alberta helped organize the Junior Counsel Criminal Law Conference last week in Edmonton.

Junior criminal lawyers gets crash course in courtroom proceedings

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

Legal Aid Alberta Proudly Announces New Strategic Plan

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

Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Supreme Court youth appeal

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

Support Organizations Resource launched

To better serve clients and Albertans across the province, Legal Aid Alberta has launched a new and improved support organizations section of its website. Legal Aid Alberta provides legal support to thousands of Albertans annually, and there are times when clients are in need of social or other legal supports to assist them in improvingContinue reading Support Organizations Resource launched

Collaboration key to LAA’s role in Mental Health Court

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

A Legal Aid Alberta Legal Services Officer

New Process Speeds up Service for Legal Aid Alberta Clients

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

Grace Auger, right, accepts the Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Award with Justice Rosalie Abella at the awards ceremony in Edmonton on November 22, 2018.

Grace Auger wins Women In Law Leadership Award

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

Legal Aid Alberta Negotiates New Governance Agreement

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