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

CPLEA News Release May 1, 2017

CPLEA

News Release – May 1, 2017

Housing providers play a key role in supporting victims of domestic violence
Click here to view the full release.
The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and Homeward Trust Edmonton are pleased to announce the release of two reports highlighting the roles that housing providers can play in supporting families affected by domestic violence. Read the full reports: Domestic Violence: Roles of Landlords and Property Managers and Homeward Trust Domestic Violence Forum 2016 – Final Report.

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.

Legal Fact Sheets and Resources for Fort McMurray Evacuees

The wildfires in Fort McMurray have displaced an entire community, giving rise to many legal questions and issues.  Visit www.pbla.ca/gethelp/fortmcmurrayfire for legal fact sheets and other information. You can download them here or listen to them.

Fact Sheets of Frequently Asked Questions: Download these helpful FAQs for information.

Podcasts/Audio of Frequently Asked Questions: If you are unable to view the FAQs you can listen to them here.

Helpful Links:

Visit the Department of Justice and Solicitor General webpage for information on court closures and other services in the Fort McMurray area impacted by the fire. Additional updates on the crisis are available on this Government of Alberta emergency information webpage.

Updated June 6, 2016

 

Going to Court? Get ready with educational films on legal topics

Going to court can be stressful. You can prepare ahead of time by viewing these short educational films on basic courtroom procedures and processes, foreclosure, civil claims matters and landlord and tenant issues. Each film has easy to understand instructions and tips to help you better understand these legal topics. Scripts are available for each film in seven languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. A list of resources discussed in the Landlord and Tenant, Foreclosures and Civil Claims videos is also available for download.

The films were produced by Pro Bono Law Alberta in partnership with Canadian Bar Association- Alberta Branch and members of the judiciary from Alberta courts.