LAA staff lawyer honoured with Queen’s Counsel designation

On March 4, 2020, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Queen’s Bench Duty Counsel lawyer Christine Le Quéré was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) for the province of Alberta. An appointment as Q.C. represents a great deal. Le Quéré will be joining a highly respected group of lawyers deserving of recognition and distinction for the exceptionalContinue reading LAA staff lawyer honoured with Queen’s Counsel designation

Legal community benefits from LAA’s in-house expertise

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is committed to professional development of its staff across the organization and sharing its expertise with the broader legal community. Our organization is in a unique position to effectively improve the overall quality of the justice system in Alberta. Educating our partners in the justice system about access to justice issuesContinue reading Legal community benefits from LAA’s in-house expertise

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

Legal Aid Alberta lawyer recognized as a Filipino Champion of the Year

Congratulations are in order for Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) Lawyer Desiree Tan for being recognized as a Filipino Champion of the Year. Tan received the award from the Filipino Champions of Canada (TFCC) on June 14, 2019, as part of the celebration of Filipino Heritage Month in Canada. Tan is a Senior Lawyer and TeamContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta lawyer recognized as a Filipino Champion of the Year

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

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