Calgary Legal Guidance Annual General Meeting, October 5




Poverty Law Course for Legal Community, Oct 11, 2017 – Calgary

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.

More information and the registration facility is at this link:


Free Legal Clinic – October 18, Calgary

Need legal help? Need to talk to a lawyer?

Free Legal Clinic October 18

9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Calgary Public Library downtown branch, 2nd Floor John Dutton Theatre. Appointments can no longer be booked for this clinic as the booking period ended October 11.

*Walk in appointments may be available on a first come-first served basis on October 18.

Held as part of Law Connect, Calgary Public Library’s annual legal resources fair.

Court Programs Holiday Closures

Calgary Court Programs Holiday Closure Dates:

  • The Court Assistance Program and free legal advice clinic at Calgary Courts Centre (North Tower, 8th Floor) will close at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 15, and reopen on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:00 am.
  • The Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program at Calgary Courts Centre (South Tower, 15th Floor) will close at 4:00 pm on Friday, December 16 and reopen on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm.

Edmonton Court Programs Holiday Closure Dates:

  • The Court Assistance Program at Edmonton Law Courts (2nd Floor, South Tower) is closed as of Wednesday December 14 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:00 am.
  • The Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program at Edmonton Law Courts Building (2nd Floor, Provincial Court) will close at 4:00 pm Thursday, December 15 and reopen Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:00 am.

GivingTuesday is November 29, 2016

After the crazy consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back to others through volunteering, donating or fundraising.

Commit to Making a Difference this GivingTuesday!

Canada’s fourth annual GivingTuesday is happening November 29th, 2016. It’s a national day to celebrate giving and giving back. A day where charities, companies, families and individuals will join together to rally for causes, give back and think about others.

Show your commitment to making our communities, country and world a better place this GivingTuesday. Easily pledge online how you will participate; whether you plan on donating to a charity close to your heart, volunteer at a charity in your community, fundraise for a cause that matters to you, or spread the word about GivingTuesday with friends and family, pledge today to be involved in this charitable movement!

For more info visit:


Advice-a-Thon Sept 24 – Edmonton

The 2nd Annual Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) Advice-a-Thon will take place Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 4 pm at Churchill Square.

Volunteer lawyers will provide FREE summary legal advice to lower income Edmontonians in a variety of areas of law. In addition to legal advice there will be food, drinks, and entertainment, all hosted by ECLC volunteers and staff.

Last year’s inaugural Advice-A-Thon was an incredible success with 34 lawyers participating, 92 clients receiving legal advice, 224 additional people received ECLC info and/or legal information and referral, $23,095 raised by volunteer lawyers, $8,250 in corporate sponsorships and an increased awareness of our services to the community.

This year’s goal is to have 60 lawyers assisting in areas of Civil, Family, Criminal and Immigration Law. For details and to sign up visit

ECLC Advice-A-Thon Poster- Sept 2016

Pay it Forward with Pro Bono

According to a recent article by Chief Economist Todd Hirsch (ATB Financial) the month of November 2015 saw a loss of nearly 15,000 jobs in Alberta. Mr. Hirsch advises readers to brace for even tougher news in the months ahead and notes that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. Not only are there losses of jobs in the oil and gas industry, but the professional, scientific, technical, and manufacturing sectors are also adversely affected by the economic downturn. The Owl, December 4, 2015

For many people, our jobs are a reflection of our identity, and when we experience a loss of our professional ‘identity’ through losing our job we may have feelings of despair, inadequacy or failure, even if the loss has nothing to do with our performance or skill level.

The holiday season is a particularly difficult time of year for those experiencing recent job losses. There is added pressure to be merry and bright while trying to pay bills and cover basic needs for the family after a reliable source of income from our job suddenly ends.

However, for some people, a job loss may be embraced as an opportunity to reinvent oneself and try something different, by utilizing one’s unique talents toward a new venture. Read more