PBLA Annual Report 2016-2017

Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) celebrates 10 years of pro bono in 2017. PBLA’s latest Annual Report is now available.

For reports of past years visit pbla.ca

PBLA thank you message logo 2017

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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.

LegalAve – a starting point for family law resources

LegalAve is a free website that brings together existing public legal information under a single virtual “roof” to help people in Alberta dealing with family law issues such as separation and divorce, child support, custody, guardianship, parenting time, partner/spousal support, property division, family violence, and more. The plain language website describes the law in Alberta, the process to follow (such as court forms and court hearings), and common questions about family law issues. LegalAve also has general information about navigating the legal system, including out-of-court resolution options, working with a lawyer, community legal resources, and legal aid. The “Guided Pathway” feature allows users to answer a series of questions about their legal issue and be directed only to the information that applies to them.

Visit legalave.ca as a starting point for family law resources in Alberta.

The website was created by the Alberta Legal Information Society (ALIS), and links to resources from organizations such as the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta, Alberta Courts, Legal Aid Alberta, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Calgary Legal Guidance, Student Legal Services of Edmonton, and many more. All resources are reviewed and approved for accuracy and currency by the ALIS staff lawyer.

“Enough for All” Strategy Celebration January 15, 2015

The Enough for All – Strategy Celebration took place January 15 in Calgary. The event marked the important work of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPRI) Secretariat and volunteers. A new agreement was signed to transition the continued implementation of the Enough for All strategy to Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC).

Learn more at http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/vibrant-initiatives/enough-for-all-strategy/

On February 10, New Scoop published a brief news story about the Justice Sector Constellation:

http://newscoopyyc.coop/deep-commitment-drives-justice-sector-constellation/