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Pilot resumption of CCDC and QB Amicus Programs—virtually!

Posted on December 16, 2020 by
The Civil Claims Duty Counsel (CCDC) Project and Queen’s Bench Court Assistance (QB Amicus) Program are back, this time, online. In-person services provided through these programs at the Calgary and Edmonton Courthouses were suspended in March 2020 due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Given ongoing public health restrictions and limited access to courthouses, …

Calgary Legal Advice Clinic 2020

Posted on October 7, 2020 by
PBLA is partnering with Calgary Legal Guidance, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and the Calgary Public Library to host the 10th Annual Calgary Legal Advice clinic. The Clinic will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. This year’s clinic will be delivered remotely over the phone and through videoconferencing, …

Survey Responses Needed: Document Assembly Support Service “DASS” Project Needs Assessment Project

Posted on September 4, 2020 by
Navigating the court system without a lawyer can be challenging, especially with all the court forms and legal documents required during a civil claim. PBLA is conducting a research study to understand the civil document needs of self-represented litigants in Calgary and Edmonton, and available supports in these cities. Study findings may inform future research, …

PBLA Board Vice-President receives 2020 SunCares Changemakers Award

Posted on September 1, 2020 by
Please join us in congratulating PBLA Board Vice President Ed Ma, QC, who was recently announced as a 2020 SunCares Changemaker! Ed Ma, QC, is a senior strategy advisor in climate and energy policy at Suncor Energy, and a long-time volunteer on the Board of Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA). From co-developing PBLA’s strategic plan, …

Volunteer Lawyers Needed: Legal Clinic Advice

Posted on July 28, 2020 by
The Edmonton Community Legal Centre urgently needs volunteer lawyers to provide “clinic” advice to low income people in areas of civil law, landlord-tenant law, employment, family law, wills and estates, adult guardianship and trusteeship, administrative law, human rights, and immigration law.  Three options are available—telephone appointments to clients from your home or office, telephone appointments …

PBLA Stands In Solidarity Against Anti-Black Racism

Posted on June 15, 2020 by
Today, and every day, Pro Bono Law Alberta denounces all forms of racism. While recent US events have highlighted the cruelty of anti-black racism, we know that it is not solely an American problem. All over the world, and here at home, black communities have been treated like their lives do not matter. They do. …

National Pro Bono Conference Rescheduled to 2021

Posted on May 14, 2020 by
In view of ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including restrictions around large gatherings, travel bans and most importantly, the health of our registrants, presenters, and staff, PBLA has decided to reschedule the National Pro Bono Conference. The conference will now take place from September 29 to October 1, 2021. Venue arrangements will remain the …

Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2020

Posted on April 23, 2020 by
Sunday, April 19th marked the exciting start of National Volunteer Week 2020! As an organization whose mission is tightly interwoven with volunteerism, Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) spent the last few days shouting out and thanking our volunteers. We know first hand how hard volunteer lawyers, articling students, law students, internationally trained lawyers and others …

Volunteers Needed: Review of Dial A Law Resources

Posted on April 22, 2020 by
Calgary Legal Guidance is looking for volunteers lawyers to assist with Dial A Law resource review. This program, housed on their website, comprises of over 100 topics on a variety of legal areas. Topics require review and edits to ensure up to date with current legislation. There are numerous topics available for review in civil, …

COVID-19 and PBLA Office Closures

Posted on March 18, 2020 by
Pro Bono Law Alberta’s offices are temporarily closed, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, to mitigate the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. PBLA staff will be working remotely and at full capacity. Be advised that the Civil Claims Duty Counsel and Queen’s Bench Court Assistance programs at the Calgary and Edmonton courthouses will remain closed …
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