Dial-a-Lawyer, April 22, 2017

Do you need legal advice and can’t make it to your local courthouse on Law Day? Call toll free at 1-888-644-8950 from anywhere in Alberta between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 22 for 15-20 minutes of FREE legal advice from a volunteer lawyer.

For more information on Law Day visit www.lawdayalberta.com

Click here for the Dial-a-Lawyer poster

Dial-a-Lawyer is an initiative of Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch, Legal Aid Alberta, Calgary Legal Guidance and Pro Bono Law Alberta.

Public Legal Education Workshops, April to June – Edmonton

Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) hosts FREE Public Legal Education workshops. These presentations are 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:

The Edmonton Community Legal Centre 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: April 20, May 11, June 1, June 22
  • Child and Spousal Support: April 6, April 27, May 18, June 8
  • Property Division: April 13, May 4, May 25, June 5

A presentation on Wills and Estates will be held at the Capilano Library (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue) on Monday April 10 at 7 PM.

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

The Family Law Series will be held monthly at the St. Albert Community Village – 30-50 Bellrose Dr. St. Albert from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

  • Child Custody and Parenting: Wednesday April 19, 2017
  • Child and Spousal Support: Wednesday May 17, 2017
  • Property Division: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If you work at a community organization that would be interested in having a lawyer from the ECLC give a presentation for your clients and/or staff at your agency please contact Giselle at ggeneral@eclc.ca and leave the name of your organization, the location, the topic you would like, as well as options for dates and times. Topics include, Family Law, Wills and Estates, Landlord and Tenant, Immigration, Employment and Introduction to the Canadian Justice System.

Posters for the events are online at http://www.eclc.ca/programs-services/legal-education/.

 

I am More Than My Criminal Record – Calgary John Howard Society Initiative

The Calgary John Howard Society has launched a new public education initiative: I Am More Than My Criminal Record. This initiative was created to reduce the stigma associated with a criminal record and give individuals involved in the criminal justice system an opportunity to share their experiences and voice who they truly are.

For details click here

Please visit www.iammorethanmycriminalrecord.com and help spread the word!

Healing and Reconciliation Access to Justice Project Launched in Calgary

Calgary Legal Guidance is launching the city’s first ever program to increase access to  justice and legal and cultural supports for urban Indigenous Peoples who are experiencing poverty and are unable to qualify for Legal Aid to resolve their matter.

The program has been made possible by a generous grant from The  Calgary Foundation and the Calgary and Area United Way.

For full media release, click here.

Civil Claims Duty Counsel program update March 8, 2017

Please note that the Civil Claims Duty Counsel (CCDC) afternoon shift at Calgary Courts Centre has been cancelled for Wednesday, March 8 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.

The CCDC morning shift from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on March 8 (today) will close at 12:00 pm.

The CCDC program will re-open on Thursday, March 9 at 9:00 am to 12:00  pm and 12:30 to 4:00 pm.

Calgary Resilience Symposium March 18

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Marital breakdown causes a flood of emotions and a shaken sense of security. Taking decisive actions restores dignity and helps build resilience. ACES, the Association of A Community Engaged in Sharing, encourages media to inform their audience about the Calgary Resilience Symposium where people can learn about and discuss the variety of supports available to individuals and families facing decisions about one of the biggest life changes they will experience.

WHAT:  A full day of lectures and learnings from professionals who will answer questions pertaining to family matters, legal issues, financial planning and insurance inquiries, as well as mental and physical health topics. Everyone’s focus is on helping participants to make the right decisions for moving forward.

WHO:  Keynote Speakers at the Calgary Divorce Symposium include:

  • Nicole Sherren – Alberta Wellness Initiative 
  • Cyndy Morin – Resolve Legal Group
  • John-Paul Boyd – Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family
  • Sharon Numerow – Certified Divorce Financial Specialist
  • Dr. Sue Clark – Psychologist 

WHERE:  Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail, SE Calgary, Alberta

WHEN:  Saturday, March 18th, 2017. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, incl. lunch & refreshment breaks.

  • Advance tickets ( including lunch, refreshments and parking) are $47.50, on Eventbrite
  • A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, for a fee of $65 if not SOLD OUT
  • This is not a tradeshow

WHY:  Topics will include:

  • Personal and family counselling – dispute resolution, developing a parenting plan, grief counselling, personal health & wellness, life coaching, etc.
  • Legal matters – choosing & making best use of a lawyer’s time, wills& estates, mediation
  • Financial matters – spousal & child support, property division, insurance education

FAST FACTS:

  • In Alberta, 43% of marriages end in divorce. For most separated or divorced parents (85%), the children live primarily with one parent (Statistics Canada 2012a).
  • In 2011, lone-parent families represented 16.3% of all Canadian census families. This was almost double the share of 8.4% in 1961. (http://www12.statcan.gc.ca)
  • 2016 Census Program release on families, households & marital status will be issued August 2, 2017

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Dorothy Briggs, Executive Director, ACES (Association of a Community Engaged in Sharing) Email: info@acesab.org  Tel: 780.761.3000      www.divorcesymposium.ca

Free Legal Programs at Calgary Public Library March to July

Calgary Public Library offers several free legal programs at the Central Library and at many library locations around the city.

Here’s a link to library locations and hours: https://calgary.bibliocommons.com/locations/list/. Please register at http://events.calgarypubliclibrary.com/programs/online-registration or drop in.

Calgary Public Library acknowledges with thanks Calgary Legal Guidance for an ongoing partnership which provides these programs free of charge through the assistance of volunteer lawyers in our community.