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 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 Aid Alberta to intervene in Mental Health Act appeal

When someone is arrested by the police, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms promises the person the right to speak with a lawyer. But does the Charter also guarantee a lawyer for someone who has been detained in a hospital because they suffer from a serious mental illness?  The Alberta Court of Appeal mayContinue reading Legal Aid Alberta to intervene in Mental Health Act appeal

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

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 on Emergency Protection Orders

Legal Aid Alberta’s (LAA) Edmonton Emergency Protection Order Program (EPOP) hosted a training session for staff and roster lawyers on November 25, 2019 in an effort to increase awareness around Emergency Protection Orders (EPO) and Family Violence Prevention Month. The lawyers who participated in this training represent a significant number of Applicants and/or Respondents inContinue reading Specialized Training on Emergency Protection Orders

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