PBLA Board President to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Join us in congratulating PBLA Board President Kevin Feth, QC, who has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Profession.

Kevin is a partner at Field LLP where he primarily practices in the areas of labour & employment, education and aboriginal law, and civil litigation. A graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Kevin completed his Bachelor of Laws in 1989 and was called to the bar in 1990.

A long-time supporter of access to justice in our province, Kevin has volunteered his time with a number of organizations with the aim of providing pro bono legal services to those in need, and increasing access to justice for all Albertans. Kevin first joined the PBLA Board of Directors in March 2009 and was elected Vice President in September of the same year. He served as Vice President through 2013, when he stepped down to serve as President-Elect, and then President of the Law Society of Alberta. Kevin returned to PBLA in March 2015 and  was elected President in June of that year.

Prior to joining PBLA’s Board, Kevin was active with Student Legal Services of Edmonton, the student-run pro bono legal clinic at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, where he served as a case worker and later Board Chair. He also served for five years as a supervising lawyer with Pro Bono Students Canada. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Law Society of Alberta Legal Aid Agreement Task Force, and was instrumental in negotiating the new Legal Aid Alberta Governance Agreement and the $70 million increase to legal aid funding, which were announced by Premier Rachel Notley and Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley in October 2018. Alberta’s legal aid system is expected to  serve an estimated 7,000 additional people as a result of those changes.

In addition to his extensive work in the community, Kevin has distinguished himself within the legal profession. He is the current Chair of Field Law’s Post-Secondary Education Practice Group, and past Chair of the Labour and Employment Practice Group in Edmonton. He previously taught Labour Law at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, and co-authored Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Carswell, 1999). He was a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) provincial and national Councils, Chair of the CBA National Civil Litigation Section and Sections Council, and has sat on numerous Law Society of Alberta committees and task forces since early in his career.

PBLA is honoured to have such an outstanding member of the profession serving as Board President, and we ask you to join us in congratulating Kevin for this well-deserved honour.

The Distinguished Service Awards are jointly awarded by the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch and the Law Society of Alberta. The awards luncheon will take place on Tuesday, February 5 in Edmonton.

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PBLA is Hiring!

Applications are now being accepted for PBLA’s 2019 summer law student position.

We are looking for a student who has successfully completed their second year of law school to work with us at our Calgary office from May to August 2019.

The summer law student will support the delivery of PBLA programs and key initiatives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing support to various programs and projects including the Civil Claims Duty Counsel (CCDC) project and the Queen’s Bench (QB) Amicus Program;
  • Reviewing and updating legal resource manuals on broad areas of law;
  • Revising and updating volunteer training manuals;
  • Researching legal topics touching on pro bono legal service delivery and pro bono models that incorporate technology in the delivery of pro bono legal services; and
  • Other program and administrative support, as required.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 8, 2019. Click here to view the full position details and application information.

LawNow Magazine Jan-Feb Issue

LawNow Magazine is a free digital magazine published six times per year by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

Read the January-February 2019 issue

FREE Public Legal Education Workshops Jan and Feb – Edmonton

Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) will host free Public Legal Education workshops in January and February 2019. These presentations are open to the public and certain locations require registration.

NOTE: Video Versions of ECLC presentations are now available online:

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: January 10, January 31, February 21
  • Child and Spousal Support: January 17, February 7, February 28
  • Property Division: January 24, February 14,

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

Spotlight on Legal Advice Clinic at Women’s Centre – Calgary

Read more about the Legal Clinic at the Women’s Centre in Calgary.

Pro Bono Law Alberta has been involved in this project since it began in 2008. Our sincere appreciation goes to all the volunteer lawyers who give their time to help women in Calgary move forward with their legal matters. Thanks to the Women’s Centre for continuing to offer this very important program in our community!

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) Fall Newsletter

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.”

Read the Fall 2018 Newsletter here

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LawNow Magazine Nov/Dec 2018 Issue

LawNow Magazine is a free digital magazine published six times per year by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

Read the November/December 2018 issue.