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

Important Notice to our Roster Lawyers

In November, Legal Aid Alberta held meet-and-greet events with Roster lawyers from across the province to provide information about important initiatives currently underway. Beginning in early February 2020, Legal Aid Alberta will be expanding Choice of Counsel and simplifying travel compensation. Choice of Counsel is enshrined in the Legal Aid Alberta Governance Agreement and isContinue reading Important Notice to our Roster Lawyers

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

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