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Volunteer with a Court-Based Program

PBLA operates the following programs in Edmonton and Calgary that assist self-represented litigants and provide a unique volunteer opportunity for lawyers, articling students, law students and internationally trained lawyers.

Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project
Provides assistance to  self-represented litigants with civil matters in Provincial Court in Calgary or Edmonton.

Lawyers/Articling Students: Volunteer lawyers or articling students (when permitted by their principal) provide legal advice, information on court procedures, help preparing for trials, motions and other appearances, and help completing forms on a first-come, first-served basis on site at the Calgary Courts Centre and Edmonton Law Courts.

Law Students: We also welcome law students and internationally trained lawyers completing the NCA process to assist with the intake and triage of clients. This gives students the opportunity to shadow experienced lawyers, hone soft and hard skills and  gain understanding of the legal process.

Read more about the Civil Claims Duty Counsel project.
Contact: civilclaims@pbla.ca

Queen’s Bench Amicus Court Assistance Program
Provide assistance for self-represented litigants with civil matters at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary and Edmonton.

Lawyers/Articling Students: Volunteer lawyers and articling students (when permitted by their principal) provide assistance to those without legal representation who are appearing in Morning Chambers on a first-come, first-served basis at the Calgary Courts Centre and Edmonton Law Courts.

Additionally, volunteers provide summary legal advice, assistance with document preparation, education on court processes and procedures and onward referrals at a clinic in the afternoon at the Calgary Courts Centre.

Law Students: We also welcome law students and internationally trained lawyers completing the NCA process to assist with the intake and triage of clients. This gives students the opportunity to shadow experienced lawyers, hone soft and hard skills and gain understanding of the legal process.

Read more about the Queen’s Bench Amicus program.
Contact: courtassistance@pbla.ca

Volunteer Lawyer Services Roster Program

Through the VLS Roster Program, PBLA tries to match volunteer lawyers with non-profits and charitable organizations with discrete legal needs that are unable to afford legal services.

You choose your case and define the scope of your involvement based on your availability and comfort level.

There are a number of ways to get involved, including opportunities for private practitioners, in-house counsel, government lawyers, students-at-law and retired lawyers and judges.

Get On Board. Download the volunteer registration form and send to us by email, fax or mail.

VLS Email: vls@pbla.ca