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.
In May, the University of Alberta officially launched a major project to produce research on Indigenous law and governance that is led by Indigenous communities. The Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge (WLGL) is a collaboration of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Native Studies.
It was created in the spirit of Call to Action #50 from the “Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,” published in 2015, and in response to community demands
Athabasca University is an open online university, headquartered in Athabasca Alberta. It is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide. Students enrolled at Athabasca University can take classes in legal studies or a graduate diploma in legislative drafting.
The Alberta Law Foundation was established under the Legal Profession Act, in 1973. The Foundation is the recipient of the interest which financial institutions pay on clients' funds held in lawyers' pooled trust accounts. This does not include interest paid on a specific trust investment held for an individual client. The interest is made available to help fund the costs of Legal Aid Alberta and by way of grants to organizations engaged in activities which are considered to be in keeping with the Foundation's objects.
A talented artist and boxer, Danny has many enviable skills. But a childhood of abuse and neglect led to mental health challenges. He used drugs to cope with the trauma and, as they often do, drugs led to jail.
Danny was determined to make a change in his life and connected with the Calgary John Howard
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre (ACLRC) is deeply committed to furthering access to justice for all. Our Access to Justice Tab on our website (aclrc.com) features summaries of current research on various vulnerable groups and access to justice. It also provides annotated resource lists. Topics include:
The Community Legal Clinic is proud to introduce a new program, the Alberta Rural Legal Assistance Initiative. Supported by the Alberta Law Foundation and an Anonymous Donor, the Community Legal Clinic is now offering extended follow-up support services to clients in rural areas including Medicine Hat, Lloydminster, and Fort McMurray, in addition to its offerings in Central Alberta. This service allows individuals who are traditionally unable to obtain legal assistance due to lack of
Parlez-vous français? Are you looking for French training in Basic Restorative Practices? For the first time, AJEFA (Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta / French-speaking Legal Professionals Association of Alberta) is partnering with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) to host a training session during National Restorative Justice Week in 2019. The training will be facilitated by Peggy Barrette from IIRP and is open to anyone from the legal,
What is Access to Justice Week? It’s a week for learning about what constitutes justice and why access to it is important. It’s a week dedicated to talking about the barriers to justice faced by Albertans, as well as existing and potential solutions. It’s a week during which we can learn about and celebrate the important work being done in the justice sector across the province.
Access to justice is sometimes equated with access to lawyers. Lawyers play an important role in helping individuals achieve just outcomes: lawyers educate their clients about their rights and responsibilities, they advise them about their options, and they advocate on their behalf. But access to justice is a broader concept than access to lawyers. It can mean having access to the resources necessary to effectively represent oneself in court. It can mean having access to the alternative dispute resolution services of a mediator or arbitrator. It can mean having a meaningful say in the laws by which we are governed. It can mean having laws that protect our fundamental freedoms and ensure our basic necessities. It can mean all this, and more.
Access to Justice Week started in Ontario and has since spread to Saskatchewan, British Columbia and now Alberta. During Alberta’s Access to Justice Week, there will be live, in-person events around the Province, as well as online content highlighting the work of Alberta’s justice sector organizations. Come join the conversation!