PBSC is a national, multiple award-winning organization with chapters in 22 of Canada’s 23 law schools. The first pro bono organization in the country, PBSC has been working with law schools and the bar to deliver high-quality legal services for over 20 years. PBSC has extensive program expertise and experience designing access to justice placements that are recognized as having a significant impact on access to justice. Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella has described PBSC as “one of the most visionary undertakings I have seen in my 40 years at the bar.”
After Black Friday & Cyber Monday join the the movement dedicated to giving back! Consider donating money or time to your favourite charity, volunteering at a community legal clinic, or pledging to make 2019 the year for positive change in your life or for someone else in need. For more info on how you can get involved visit https://givingtuesday.ca/
Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) will provide Public Legal Education workshops in October and November 2018. These presentations are FREE and open to the public and certain locations require registration.
NOTE: Video Versions of ECLC presentations are now available online. This is a great alternative if you are unable to attend the in-person presentations. The links are:
ECLC continues to hold the Family Law Series Presentations at the Downtown Enterprise Square Branch Library 10212 Jasper Avenue NW every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM. These presentations are 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 as follows:
Child Custody and Parenting: November 1, November 2, December 13
Child and Spousal Support: October 18, November 8, November 29, December 20
Property Division: October 25, November 15, December 6
A presentation on Immigration Law is will take place at the Candora Society (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue) on Thursday, October 25 at 5 :30 PM. The presentation will cover:
The laws and processes involved
Where to get help
A presentation on Wills and Estates will take place at the Candora Society (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue) on Thursday November 29 at 5 :30 PM. The presentation will cover:
Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is pleased to announce that Nonye Opara has been appointed as incoming Executive Director, succeeding current Executive Director Kendall Moholitny.
Ms. Opara will officially begin her new role effective September 17, 2018. She joined PBLA in 2014 and has served in various capacities, including more recently as Director of Programs and Operations and Deputy Executive Director. Ms. Opara completed her LL.B. and Baccalaureate in Law in Nigeria, and practiced corporate, commercial and technology law for nearly two years post-call before moving to Calgary in 2011. She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Calgary and received her Certificate of Qualification from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in 2014. Prior to joining PBLA, Ms. Opara was a dedicated volunteer at the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project and the Queen’s Bench Court Assistance Program in Calgary.
“Nonye has been an extremely valued member of the Pro Bono Law Alberta team for over four years,” says Kevin Feth, QC, PBLA Board President. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of PBLA, I extend her my congratulations and best wishes for success in her new role.”
Outgoing Executive Director Ms. Moholitny began her time with PBLA in February 2013 as the Volunteer Lawyer Services Program Manager and has served as Executive Director since April 1, 2016. She was integral in the expansion of the Queen’s Bench Court Assistance Program to Edmonton, the development of legal clinics in Lloydminster and Fort McMurray, and in providing legal advice and information to victims of the 2013 Calgary flood and the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, among many other important access to justice initiatives. PBLA’s Board of Directors and staff wish Ms. Moholitny the best as she transitions to her new position with the Law Society of Alberta.
PBLA remains committed to promoting pro bono activities for lawyers, with the goal of increased access to justice for all Albertans. To learn more about how you can become involved in pro bono, visit www.pbla.ca/volunteer.