The Edmonton Law Libraries Association and the University of Alberta J.A. Weir Law Library are proud to present the 18th Annual HeadStart Program. HeadStart is a legal research workshop for law and library students and new graduates entering the legal workplace. If you want to begin your article term with a research refresher, talk to your firm about attending the workshop.
Topics covered will include:
Comprehensive Search Strategies (including: secondary sources, legal databases, and case law)
Legislative Research & Legislative Process
Practical Strategies for Legal Research from a practicing research lawyer
A panel of recent law school grads discussing the role of legal research in their jobs
June 14th, 2019 8:30 am to 5:00pm University of Alberta, Law Centre 237 $50 + fees, incl. continental breakfast, lunch & coffee
They rely heavily on lawyers who volunteer their services, but they do have 3-4 staff lawyers who can guide clients through the whole court process or even represent them.
Their financial guidelines vary, but they usually have a little higher threshold above Legal Aid. The do offer some exemptions, e.g. victims of domestic violence who may not have access to the family income.
Meetings are by appointment only. You can contact them via phone, email or an online form on their website. They will ask some preliminary questions to see if you qualify for their services.
There are no limits to how many times you can use their services.
They will also refer clients to various social service agencies as required.
They do NOT assist with Criminal matters.
They CAN help with:
Family Law, including separation and divorce, child custody, child support, and more
Landlord and Tenant
Employment and wrongful dismissal
Immigration, including concerns of Temporary Foreign Workers. Eligibility for their services does not depend on your status in Canada.
Income supports, including appeals for AISH, Employment Insurance, CPP, and others.
This month we were fortunate to be joined by Caroline Gosling (a board member of the Alberta Restorative Justice Association) who provided us with an introduction to Restorative Justice.
According to Caroline, “Restorative Justice is an approach that focuses on the repair of harm and restoration of damaged relationships caused by specific incidents between people and within communities.”
Restorative justice differs from the traditional justice system in that there is a stronger focus on the victims and their needs. The offenders are still held accountable, but the victims play a larger role in the whole process. The person who caused the harm must be willing to take responsibility.
Julie noted that both Headstart and CALL are coming up soon. Volunteers are needed for both. Please also consider volunteering for the ELLA executive. The term for the current executive ends at the end of August.