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 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

Articling Students Called to the Bar

In front of a courtroom packed with colleagues, family, and friends, Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) 2018/2019 articling students were admitted to the bar last week after completing a 12-month term that had them practicing in areas of law across the organization. During the 1 year articling term, Bobbi Jo Hennigar, Lauren Turner and Orin TomlinsonContinue reading Articling Students Called to the Bar

‘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

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

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

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