One week. 14 events. 17 blog posts. Countless important discussions about what access to justice looks like in Alberta. Thank you to everyone who came out to an event or read a post. And thank you to all the organizations that staged events and provided content for the blog:
On September 28, Calgary Legal Guidance hosted the annual Advice-a-Thon free legal advice clinic and fundraiser at Calgary City Hall. Volunteers braved a snowy day to provide free legal advice to Calgarians in need in areas such as family law, civil law, immigration, wills and estates, and criminal law. The Advice-a-Thon also include an ID clinic, providing individuals with a statutory declaration of identification that can assist in accessing services that require ID including obtaining an Alberta Health Care card, government ID or birth certificate, or filing taxes, applying for jobs, or applying for housing.
The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) has been educating Albertans on the law since 1975. Through its many websites, print resources and workshops, CPLEA provides understandable information to Albertans about the laws that affect their lives.
CPLEA recently published new and updated resources, just in time to share for Access to Justice Week! This week we are showcasing the following resources:
Reflections by Michael Gottheil, Chief of Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission
From: Mohammed S.
Sent: August 19, 2019
To: Michael Gottheil
Subject: I want to live please I am a human being
Legal problems that are left unaddressed can have a domino effect, leading to other problems such as medical issues, employment issues and homelessness. Recognizing legal problems early on and taking action when problems are identified may help reduce the chance of additional problems occurring.
The Edmonton Community Legal Centre is a not-for-profit organization providing free legal advice to low income Albertans with the help of 400 volunteers each year including 300 volunteer lawyers. This past weekend we held a kick-off event for Access to Justice Week, our 5th annual legal Advice-A-thon on Sat Sept 28 in Edmonton City Hall. Advice-A-thon is not only a venue for free legal advice, it is also a fundraiser, with volunteer lawyers asking for donation pledges from their colleagues and
Student Legal Services is a not-for-profit organization run by law students at the University of Alberta and was established to provide the low-income community with free legal information and assistance. The organization was created in the summer of 1969 by fourteen law students who had a passion for access to justice and who were inspired by the student legal clinics emerging across Canada. During the early years, the law students assisted individuals with a variety of matters
The Public Interest Law Clinic and Calgary’s Justice Sector Constellation: Working Towards Strategic, Systems-Level Change
In 2015, through generous community support, the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law established the Public Interest Law Clinic. Like many clinical teaching programs across Canada, JD students at UCalgary’s Faculty of Law earn credit for research, writing, and advocacy that strives for systemic change in public law matters such as public health, human rights, equality, poverty, and
Calgary Chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada Gives Law Students the Chance to Help Improve Access to Justice
Laws are supposed to protect people from being wronged by others. Once someone has been wronged, laws are intended to step in to make sure that the situation is made right.
But what happens when obstacles prevent people from accessing the justice system? Many Canadians cannot afford a $30,000 two day trial, let alone lawyers’ fees to file an application. Even the time commitment to see a matter through may be enough of a deterrent to keep people from trying altogether.
The University of Calgary Faculty of Law Blog (ABlawg) includes commentary by faculty members, sessional instructors, research associates at affiliated institutes, and students on court and tribunal decisions as well as legislative and policy developments in Alberta and beyond. To mark Access to Justice Week, Drew Yewchuk, a staff lawyer at the University of Calgary's Public Interest Law Clinic, has written about some of the access to justice themed posts that appeared on ABlawg this past year. Check out the full blog here.