The Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) hosts free public legal education workshops on a regular basis. These presentations are FREE and open to the public and certain locations require registration.
NOTE: Video Versions of ECLC presentations are now available online. The links are:
The ECLC 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: July 19, August 9, August 30
Child and Spousal Support: July 26, August 16
Property Division: July 12, August 2, August 23
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 email@example.com 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.
The 7th National Pro Bono Conference will bring together lawyers, paralegals, law students, judges, politicians, government representatives, non-profit sector leaders, academics and the public from Canada, the US and abroad to share ideas and best practices for increasing access to justice for all members of society.
Plenary and workshop participants will discuss new and different ways to identify and serve the unmet needs of people seeking timely and effective resolutions to their legal problems. Topics will include: justice system reform, supporting self-represented litigants, serving Indigenous communities, unbundled legal services, reduced rate legal services, paralegal pro bono services, the politics of access to justice, using new technologies and good corporate citizenry.
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.
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
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.
The CBA is offering this series at a substantial pricing discount for non-membersactively 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.