Professional Development Webinar Series for Lawyers

Have you ever wanted to learn more about how to incorporate your passion for access to justice into the day to day practice of providing legal services?

A great new professional development webinar series developed by the CBA’s Access to Justice Committee is now available.  It’s called the Better Client Service Series: Good for Clients, Good for LawyersIt consists of three webinars focused on the following areas:

  • (March 7, 2017) Lasting Client Relationships: Intake Strategies that Build Long-Term Trust: Using client intake procedures to identify long-term needs and build client capacity;
  • (March 29, 2017) Made-to-Measure Legal Services: The Power of Limited Scope Retainers: Understanding the practical application of limited scope retainers and the associated professional responsibilities;
  • (April 19, 2017) Intelligent Client Communications: Empowering Your Clients Through Clear Legal Writing: Drafting correspondence that optimizes clients’ understanding of their legal issues and helps them make effective decisions.

These 90-minute live webinars will be taught by a superb faculty who are well known to many in the access to justice community.  More information about the webinar series can be located at the following link:  Information about accreditation of the sessions for inclusion in your continuing professional development hours is located here:

The CBA is offering this series at a substantial pricing discount for non-members actively involved in the A2J community (approximately half the regular rates).  To see if you qualify for the discount or to apply for it, please email the CBA’s PD department directly at

Public Legal Education Workshops, Edmonton

The Edmonton Community Legal Centre continues to hold the Family Law Series Presentations at the Downtown Enterprise Square Branch Library every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM. These presentations are FREE and open to the public with the option to register to be contacted for a potential follow-up meeting with a Family Law Lawyer for additional assistance. The schedules for the topics are:

  • Child Custody and Parenting: January 26, February 16, March 9, March 30
  • Child and Spousal Support: January 12, February 2, February 23, March 16
  • Property Division: January 19, February 9, March 2, March 23

NOTE: New location for the Downtown Library is Enterprise Square Branch, 10212 Jasper Avenue NW.

A presentation on Wills and Estates will be held at the Capilano Library (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue) on Monday January 30, 2017 at 7 PM.

  • Wills
  • Responsibilities of an Executor
  • Power of Attorney
  • Personal Directives
  • Where to go for help and more!

Posters for the events are online at

1000 Voices Legal Clinic Schedule 2017, Calgary

The FREE 1000 Voices Legal Clinic at the Genesis Centre in NE Calgary operates the 4th Tuesday of every month. Volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice on a variety of legal topics including immigration, landlord/tenant, criminal, personal injury, social benefits and more. Call 403-716-6496 to book an appointment.

Click here for the schedule:1000 Voices Legal Clinic Schedule Jan to June 2017

Free Legal Programs at Calgary Public Library

Calgary Public Library will offer several free legal programs from January to June.

For more information visit:

Families and the Law – free workshops

Law at your Library – January to June 2017

Law at your Library – Community Branches

Being Your Best – an evening with Clara Hughes, Edmonton

Join the Faculty of Law, Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society and CPA Assist for an evening with Clara Hughes that will inspire you to live your best life.

March 8, 2017 at Timms Centre for the Arts, 112 St. Edmonton AB

5:00 pm Registration, 5:30 pm Reception, 6:00 pm Keynote, Q & A and book signing to follow

Event Details and Tickets


Resolution Support Centre Moving to 7th Floor, Calgary Courts Centre

Resolution Support Centre Information Services: Self Help (formerly Law Information Centre) is moving to the 7th floor, South Tower, Calgary Courts Centre effective January 1, 2017.

Information Services provides general information and referrals to Albertans regarding:

  • court processes and legal service options
  • assistance with locating and filling out court forms for family and civil matters
  • Resolution and Court Administration Programs and Services
  • referrals to other community legal resources

Court Programs Holiday Closures

Calgary Court Programs Holiday Closure Dates:

  • The Court Assistance Program and free legal advice clinic at Calgary Courts Centre (North Tower, 8th Floor) will close at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 15, and reopen on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:00 am.
  • The Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program at Calgary Courts Centre (South Tower, 15th Floor) will close at 4:00 pm on Friday, December 16 and reopen on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm.

Edmonton Court Programs Holiday Closure Dates:

  • The Court Assistance Program at Edmonton Law Courts (2nd Floor, South Tower) is closed as of Wednesday December 14 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:00 am.
  • The Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program at Edmonton Law Courts Building (2nd Floor, Provincial Court) will close at 4:00 pm Thursday, December 15 and reopen Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:00 am.