Limited Scope Retainer Project – helping lawyers and the public they serve

Attention Alberta lawyers! The Limited Scope Retainer Project is about helping lawyers provide more limited legal services to more clients, and about letting people who might not otherwise be able to hire a lawyer know that other options are available. The Project connects Albertans with lawyers who will help with just part of the case, not all of it.

Limited legal services include: giving legal advice, including second opinions; drafting court papers, such as applications and affidavits; drafting other legal documents like wills and powers of attorney; going to court for settlement conferences or hearings; and, providing on-going advice and coaching while you run your own legal case.

There are already over 50 Alberta lawyers currently involved and the Limited Scope Retainer Project is seeking additional lawyers to join. The project will run until October 2018. For more information click Limited Scope Retainer Project or visit albertalegalservices.com

Save the Date: October 11, 2017 “Working with Vulnerable Clients” workshop, Calgary

Attention lawyers, articling students and law students:

JOIN US OCTOBER 11, 2017 AT MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY:

Save the Date- working with Vulnerable Clients
The workshop is for all lawyers, articling students, and law students. Through simulation and skill building exercises, participants will learn practical skills to work with vulnerable clients.

The workshop is a project of the Justice Sector Constellation of Enough for All, Calgary’s Poverty Reduction Initiative, in partnership with Calgary Legal Guidance, Mount Royal University, and Pro Bono Law Alberta.

Details to follow in August.

The Great Bar Band Battle, June 1, Calgary

The Great Bar Band Battle is a fundraising event in support of access to justice initiatives and organizations. The 2016 event raised over $15,000 for Calgary Legal Guidance, and the 2017 edition is in support of Student Legal Assistance.

The event will feature five – six bands consisting of lawyers and other members of the Alberta legal community, each competing for the coveted Bar Band Battle Championship Cup.

http://www.barbandbattle.com/ or email info@barbandbattle.com for more info.

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.

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:  http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NA_ona2j17.  Information about accreditation of the sessions for inclusion in your continuing professional development hours is located here: http://www.cbapd.org/accreditation_en.aspx?id=NA_ONA2J17

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 pd@cba.org.

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