HeadStart 2019: Registration is Open!

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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

Register Today! Space is limited.
Registration closes on June 2, 2019.

For more information, please visit the HeadStart Program and HeadStart Announcements webpages on the Edmonton Law Libraries Association website.

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Tour of the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Edmonton Law Libraries Association invites you to a tour of the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Michael Gourlie, Government Records Archivist, will highlight court and other legal records in the PAA’s holdings and how those records make their way to the PAA.

Monday, May 6, 2019, 1:30-2:30
8555 Roper Road, Edmonton
Provincial Archives of Alberta

Please RSVP to secretary@edmontonlawlibraries.ca by Friday, May 3, 2019
(Limit of 20 participants)

We will carpool from downtown; if you require or can offer a ride, please indicate so when registering with the ELLA Secretary. Thanks!

And don’t worry, there will be more door prizes!

We accept membership applications throughout the year; the dues are the same affordable price that they have always been. Students qualify for free membership.

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Alberta Legal Resources – SLS (Student Legal Services Edmonton)

Jordan McDermott, Criminal Coordinator, SLS (Student Legal Services Edmonton)

  • SLS is run by law students who are supervised by actual practicing lawyers. The organization has been around since 1969.
  • They provide free legal information and assistance to low income persons in the Edmonton area.
  • They have over 250 volunteer students during the school year and hire approximately 25 students to work over the summer months.
  • They can help with:
    • Criminal–where the Crown is proceeding summarily and not seeking jail time.
    • Civil-including small claims (under $50 000), residential tenancies, WCB, etc.
    • Family-they can provide information for divorce, child and spousal support, but can only provide actual assistance with child support and parenting orders which are already in place
  • They also participate in various outreach and legal education programs.
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Jordan McDermott
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Alberta Legal Resources – ECLC (Edmonton Community Legal Centre)

Giselle GeneralVolunteer and Communications Coordinator, ECLC (Edmonton Community Legal Centre)

  • Provides free legal advice, information and referrals to low income people in the Edmonton area.
  • Provides free legal education seminars on a wide variety of topics which are available to everyone.
  • 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
    • Human Rights
    • Debt
    • Small Claims
    • 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.
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Giselle General

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ELLA Blog Update – March 2019

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.

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Caroline’s presentation is posted below. You can read more about restorative justice in this Edmonton Journal article, and Caroline recommends The Little Book of Restorative Justice as a good introduction.
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.


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