The first session of the Poverty Law Course for Lawyers will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Lincoln Park Room at Mount Royal University, Calgary. The free workshop is for all lawyers, articling students, and law and criminal justice students. Through simulation and skill-building exercises, participants will learn practical skills to work with vulnerable clients.
More information and the registration facility is at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/working-with-vulnerable-clients-a-workshop-for-lawyers-students-tickets-37111903703?aff=eprofsaved.
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.
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.
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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 Lawyers. It 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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