Public Legal Education Workshops, April to June – Edmonton

Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) hosts FREE Public Legal Education workshops. These presentations are open to the public and certain locations require registration.

NOTE: Video Versions of ECLC presentations are now available online. This is a great alternative if you are unable to attend the in-person presentations. The links are:

The Edmonton Community Legal Centre continues to hold the Family Law Series Presentations at the Downtown Enterprise Square Branch Library 10212 Jasper Avenue NW every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM. These presentations are open to the public with the option to register to be contacted for a potential follow-up meeting with a Family Law Lawyer for additional assistance. The schedules for the topics are as follows:

  • Child Custody and Parenting: April 20, May 11, June 1, June 22
  • Child and Spousal Support: April 6, April 27, May 18, June 8
  • Property Division: April 13, May 4, May 25, June 5

A presentation on Wills and Estates will be held at the Capilano Library (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue) on Monday April 10 at 7 PM.

  • Wills
  • Responsibilities of an Executor
  • Power of Attorney
  • Personal Directives
  • Where to go for help and more!

The Family Law Series will be held monthly at the St. Albert Community Village – 30-50 Bellrose Dr. St. Albert from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

  • Child Custody and Parenting: Wednesday April 19, 2017
  • Child and Spousal Support: Wednesday May 17, 2017
  • Property Division: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If you work at a community organization that would be interested in having a lawyer from the ECLC give a presentation for your clients and/or staff at your agency please contact Giselle at ggeneral@eclc.ca and leave the name of your organization, the location, the topic you would like, as well as options for dates and times. Topics include, Family Law, Wills and Estates, Landlord and Tenant, Immigration, Employment and Introduction to the Canadian Justice System.

Posters for the events are online at http://www.eclc.ca/programs-services/legal-education/.

 

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I am More Than My Criminal Record – Calgary John Howard Society Initiative

The Calgary John Howard Society has launched a new public education initiative: I Am More Than My Criminal Record. This initiative was created to reduce the stigma associated with a criminal record and give individuals involved in the criminal justice system an opportunity to share their experiences and voice who they truly are.

For details click here

Please visit www.iammorethanmycriminalrecord.com and help spread the word!

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.

Calgary Resilience Symposium March 18

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Marital breakdown causes a flood of emotions and a shaken sense of security. Taking decisive actions restores dignity and helps build resilience. ACES, the Association of A Community Engaged in Sharing, encourages media to inform their audience about the Calgary Resilience Symposium where people can learn about and discuss the variety of supports available to individuals and families facing decisions about one of the biggest life changes they will experience.

WHAT:  A full day of lectures and learnings from professionals who will answer questions pertaining to family matters, legal issues, financial planning and insurance inquiries, as well as mental and physical health topics. Everyone’s focus is on helping participants to make the right decisions for moving forward.

WHO:  Keynote Speakers at the Calgary Divorce Symposium include:

  • Nicole Sherren – Alberta Wellness Initiative 
  • Cyndy Morin – Resolve Legal Group
  • John-Paul Boyd – Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family
  • Sharon Numerow – Certified Divorce Financial Specialist
  • Dr. Sue Clark – Psychologist 

WHERE:  Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail, SE Calgary, Alberta

WHEN:  Saturday, March 18th, 2017. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, incl. lunch & refreshment breaks.

  • Advance tickets ( including lunch, refreshments and parking) are $47.50, on Eventbrite
  • A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, for a fee of $65 if not SOLD OUT
  • This is not a tradeshow

WHY:  Topics will include:

  • Personal and family counselling – dispute resolution, developing a parenting plan, grief counselling, personal health & wellness, life coaching, etc.
  • Legal matters – choosing & making best use of a lawyer’s time, wills& estates, mediation
  • Financial matters – spousal & child support, property division, insurance education

FAST FACTS:

  • In Alberta, 43% of marriages end in divorce. For most separated or divorced parents (85%), the children live primarily with one parent (Statistics Canada 2012a).
  • In 2011, lone-parent families represented 16.3% of all Canadian census families. This was almost double the share of 8.4% in 1961. (http://www12.statcan.gc.ca)
  • 2016 Census Program release on families, households & marital status will be issued August 2, 2017

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Dorothy Briggs, Executive Director, ACES (Association of a Community Engaged in Sharing) Email: info@acesab.org  Tel: 780.761.3000      www.divorcesymposium.ca

Free Legal Programs at Calgary Public Library March to July

Calgary Public Library offers several free legal programs at the Central Library and at many library locations around the city.

Here’s a link to library locations and hours: https://calgary.bibliocommons.com/locations/list/. Please register at http://events.calgarypubliclibrary.com/programs/online-registration or drop in.

Calgary Public Library acknowledges with thanks Calgary Legal Guidance for an ongoing partnership which provides these programs free of charge through the assistance of volunteer lawyers in our community.

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.

Public Legal Education Workshops, Edmonton

The Edmonton Community Legal Centre continues to hold the Family Law Series Presentations at the Downtown Enterprise Square Branch Library every Thursday evening at 6:30 PM. These presentations are FREE and open to the public with the option to register to be contacted for a potential follow-up meeting with a Family Law Lawyer for additional assistance. The schedules for the topics are:

  • Child Custody and Parenting: January 26, February 16, March 9, March 30
  • Child and Spousal Support: January 12, February 2, February 23, March 16
  • Property Division: January 19, February 9, March 2, March 23

NOTE: New location for the Downtown Library is Enterprise Square Branch, 10212 Jasper Avenue NW.

A presentation on Wills and Estates will be held at the Capilano Library (200 Capilano Mall, 5616 101 Avenue) on Monday January 30, 2017 at 7 PM.

  • Wills
  • Responsibilities of an Executor
  • Power of Attorney
  • Personal Directives
  • Where to go for help and more!

Posters for the events are online at http://www.eclc.ca/programs-services/legal-education/.