Alberta Legal Resources – CPLEA (Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta)

Lesley Conley, Library Specialist and Community Education Liaison, CPLEA (Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta)

  • CPLEA strives to provide access to justice through increasing the public’s knowledge of the law
  • Prior to 2014 they were known as the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta.
  • They produce plain language materials (online and in print) on many different areas of the law. They currently have over 200 publications available.
  • They also provide information and referral services. Anyone can phone or email and they will send the needed information to that person. CPLEA does not offer any advice or representation.
CPLEA maintains 12 different websites including: ELLA-Jan-22-2019

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“CALL” for volunteers!

Edmonton CALL members are excited to host this year’s annual conference and…
We still need volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions over the course of the CALL Conference. Sign up now! Volunteers can sit in on programming for free during their shift if it does not interfere with their duties. Unfortunately, we cannot provide free access to the entire conference for volunteers, nor can we provide meals or snacks. 

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Be sure to visit the conference website for the up-to-date information regarding the conference schedule and social activities.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your registration, please e-mail our National Office

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Alberta Legal Resources – Legal Aid Alberta

Jennifer Costigan,  Assistant Senior Counsel for Corporate Law & Case Management, Legal Aid 

  • Legal Aid provides a wide range of legal services from referral to traditional legal representation.
  • In addition to criminal law, they deal with Child Welfare, Adult Guardianship and Immigration matters
  • They utilize staff lawyers and lawyers from the community
  • Income testing is required for full representation. There may be billing, but payment plans are available or claiming undue hardship may be an option
  • Starting April 1st, all AISH recipients will be eligible regardless of assets
  • Some services they provide are available to all Albertans including:
    • Duty counsel in every criminal court in Alberta
    • Duty counsel in family courts in larger centres
    • Fresh arrest advice
    • Emergency protection orders program in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge
    • Alberta Review board
    • Drug treatment court
    • Youth representation (ages 12-18)
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Jennifer Costigan
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Alberta Legal Resources – Court Assistance Program

Rukaiyat Lawal, Program Coordinator (Edmonton)Court Assistance Program, Pro Bono Law Alberta

  • The Court Assistance Program provides Civil Claims Duty Counsel and the Queen’s Bench Court Assistance Program (Amicus) in both Calgary and Edmonton.
  • Under the Civil Claims Duty Counsel program, anyone can receive 30 minutes of free legal advice. It is available on a first come first serve basis, but there is no limit to the number of times you can use the service. This program is available in Edmonton on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • They do not provide advice with respect to family, criminal or company law matters.
  • Under the Amicus program in Edmonton, they provide support for applications made in Masters’ chambers and QB courts on Wednesday mornings.
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Rukaiyat Lawal
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Alberta Legal Resources – AJEFA (Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta)

Denise Lavallée, Directrice Generale/Executive Director, AJEFA (Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta)

  • AJEFA is a bilingual information centre located at La Cité francophone.
  • Services can be provided remotely or in person free of charge to all Albertans.
  • They provide a variety of legal services in both French and English including:
    • Relevant legal information including many brochures and other materials in French;
    • Referrals to bilingual legal professionals;
    • Commissioner for oaths and notary public services;
    • Workshops and information sessions.
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Denise Lavallée
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