PBLA Recognizes Black History Month

Each February, Canada recognizes Black History Month and honours the contributions of Black Canadians. This month, we are highlighting the commitment to pro bono service exemplified by the following Pro Bono Law Alberta volunteers and champions.

Angela Egbase
Angela pix 4 Final-originalAngela Egbase has volunteered with the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project and the Queen’s Bench Court Assistance Program. She was awarded a 2017 PBLA Outstanding Volunteer Award in recognition of her volunteer activities on these programs.

Angela completed her legal education in Nigeria, where she practiced for a number of years before immigrating to Canada. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 2015, and now practices at AE LEGAL with a focus on estate planning, family law, and real estate law. Outside of her pro bono work with PBLA, Angela is also a past volunteer at Calgary Legal Guidance, one of Alberta’s pro bono legal clinics, where she donated her time as a volunteer researcher.

Rukaiyat Lawal
Rukaiyat Lawal began her time with PBLA as a volunteer for both the Civil Claims Duty Counsel and Queen’s Bench Court Assistance programs, and later joined the PBLA staff as the Edmonton Court-Based Program Coordinator. During her time as a volunteer, she was the recipient of two 2018 PBLA Outstanding Volunteer Awards for her contributions to both programs.

Rukaiyat completed her legal education in Nigeria, and after immigrating to Canada received the Certificate of Qualification from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. When not supporting the Edmonton court-based programs for PBLA, Rukaiyat is an avid volunteer in the pro bono sector, volunteering for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton and the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. She is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch, where she sits on the Legislative Review Committee, which is responsible for reviewing and commenting on bills introduced in the Alberta Legislature. Outside of the legal sector, Rukaiyat volunteers for the Kids Food Basket Campaign, where she collaborates with the Edmonton Food Bank to empower, educate and provide food to Canadian families in need.

Wasiu Omotoso
wasiu omotosoWasiu Omotoso is a former PBLA volunteer who was a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Award for his volunteer work at the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project, which provides free legal consultations to members of the public on civil matters at the Provincial Court.

Wasiu began his legal education in Nigeria, and went on to complete his Master of Laws at the University of Manitoba in 2014. After completing his articles at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Calgary, he was called to the Bars of Alberta and Ontario in 2016. Wasiu has since moved to Toronto where he is now Legal Counsel at Walsh Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of The Walsh Group, one of the largest construction companies in North America.

Charles Osuji
profile-pic-charles_White-BackgroundCharles Osuji is a champion for pro bono causes, and an active mentor for internationally trained lawyers in Alberta. Through his work with internationally trained lawyers, he was referred numerous volunteers to pro bono organizations around our province, including PBLA.

Charles received his legal education in Nigeria, and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2014. He began articling at what was then called Smith Law Office, and became a named partner in 2016, and sole owner of Osuji & Smith in 2017. Charles currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council, where he also volunteers as a mentor to other internationally trained professionals. He has previously volunteered for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary and the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. Charles is also a volunteer for the Igbo Cultural Association, the Mustard Seed, and Habitat for Humanity.

Chidinma Thompson
IMG_4793Chidinma Thompson is an active PBLA volunteer, having been involved in both the Civil Claims Duty Counsel and Queen’s Bench Court Assistance programs with her firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of PBLA’s longstanding program partners. Chidinma is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Group at the BLG office in Calgary.

Chidinma received her law degree from University of Nigeria and her Master of Law at the University of Calgary. She also received her Ph.D. in law from the University of Calgary in 2014, being the first Ph.D. graduate from the faculty of law. She has taught various law courses at the University of Calgary. In addition to her pro bono work with PBLA, Chidinma is an active volunteer at Youth Law at the Alex (formerly the Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre), a law student mentor through the Canadian Bar Association and a student mentor at Student Legal Assistance.


These volunteers represent only a small number of the dedicated volunteer lawyers, law students and internationally trained lawyers who generously donate their time to support pro bono causes in Alberta. PBLA is thankful for the contributions of all its volunteers; their support is invaluable in providing access to justice for unrepresented people across our province.



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Our response time may be delayed as we work to restore email service. We thank you for your patience at this time.

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.

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 May/June 2018 issue

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

Read the May/June 2018 issue

Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic is moving, effective April 10

The Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic (CACLC) office is moving to #106, 4916-50 Street  Red Deer, AB   T4N 1X7 effective April 10th, 2018.

The office will be closed April 6th and 9th**

For more information contact:

Community Legal Clinic

Central Alberta  – Medicine Hat – Lloydminster – Fort McMurray

Telephone: 403-314-9129  Fax:403-314-9194

Toll Free: 1-800-314-9129   Website: www.communitylegalclinic.net




Notice of Office Closure and Relocation – Edmonton Community Legal Centre

The Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) offices will be closed starting Monday, December 18th, 2017.

The ECLC will re-open on January 2, 2018 at its new location:

Telus House, South Tower: Second floor 10020 – 100 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N3

Phone and fax numbers remain the same:

  • Phone: 780-702-1725
  • Fax: 780-702-1726