Calgary Legal Guidance

Legal Education

Calgary Legal Guidance offers learning sessions, educational resources and training for Volunteer Lawyers and Community Agencies.

Free Legal Education for Lawyers

  • At Home with Law Project:  Landlord/TenantWednesday, May 18
    (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm – Virtual)
    The At Home With Law Project is a program that provides wholistic tenancy education to diverse members of the community through a series of education workshops and individual coaching. As a graduate of the At Home with Law Project participants can become Peer Educator’s to their local neighbors and greater community.  This course teaches the “ins and outs” of tenancy in Alberta and gives participants the skills to communicate with their landlord and neighbors.

  • Tips and Tricks when your Client is in Foreclosure – Thursday, April 28  (12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Virtual)
    Judith Hanebury, QC

    Learn the questions to ask and the options available when your client can’t pay their mortgage. In this half hour discussion Retired Master Judith Hanebury will tell you how to make sure your client leaves with a plan to move forward. She’ll review what information may be missing from what they tell you and how to get it. As well she’ll cover how to figure out what options make sense and who can help your client make their best option a reality.

  • Court Applications and the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (Two workshops)
    Wednesday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 11 –
    (12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Virtual)
    Terri Mair, Mair Law
    So, you have your first Child and Family Services (Child Welfare) Court Application. These can seem daunting and scary! These two lunch hour sessions (101 and 102), will help you learn how to best represent your clients.  We will discuss providing your clients with reasonable advice and direction as to how they can help themselves on these matters. You will learn what the various Court Applications are pursuant to the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and what they mean. Advice will be given on obtaining disclosure documentation and how best to review it. We will work our way from your very first Court appearance all the way up to a Trial. We shall have discussions about how to best prepare yourself and your client for the road ahead.  It may not be paved with gold but it does not need to be rocky!

  • Take A Stand Against Family Violence
    Wednesday, May 25  (12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Virtual)
    Donald Ogden, Calgary Women’s Shelter
    Take A Stand is designed for groups to learn how to identify family violence and abuse in all its forms, ways to respond compassionately and positively to victims, and how to connect victims to resources.  These presentations can be tailored to between 60 to 90 minutes and cover:
    •         Different types of abuse
    •         How to recognize, respond and refer
    •         Barriers victims face
    •         Myths and misconceptions
    •         Statistics and research around family violence and abuse
    The focus of the presentation is to give participants the skills and confidence to recognize and support victims of family violence and abuse

  • Labour, Employment and Workplace
    Tuesday, June 7 (12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Virtual)
    Jackie Laviolette, Counsel – Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
    Learn the basic principles and leading cases in the areas of labour, employment and workplace accommodations.  This “Lunch and Learn” will offer key questions to ask when assisting clients with workplace questions and highlight resources available to learn more.

  • Kids, Their Brains, and Toxic Stress Exposure to Violence
    Tuesday, June 8
    Nancy Flatters QC, LL.M. (Dispute Resolution)

    (12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Virtual)
    Why talk about this? Because our children are our most precious resources and hope for the future. It is important to understand that a child can be exposed to toxic stress emitting family, domestic, intimate partner, and inter-personal violence, all of which are woven into the fabric of our community. Its chilling touch can find any of us and our children, whomever we are and wherever we are within our society/ community. As learned coercive behaviour, it may be situational, systemic, and inter-generational. It can affect early brain and biological development in a child’s early years with possible life-long effects. In this, our community is neither unique nor alone.

  • OmbudService for Life and Health Insurance: Wednesday, June 21
    (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm – Virtual)
    There are 29 million Canadians with health and life insurance in Canada. The overwhelming majority of their claims are successfully approved and paid out by Canada’s Life and Health insurance companies every year. The Ombudservice for Life and Health Insurance (OLHI) exists for those who have questions, concerns or just want a second opinion regarding a final decision about a claim. OLHI exists provides consumers a free-of-charge, independent, impartial and timely alternative dispute resolution service.
    This introduction to OLHI will help Calgary Legal Guidance volunteers understand what OLHI does and when to refer clients to this free public service. The presentation will be about 30 minutes followed by a Q & A.

Domestic Violence/Family Law Program

CLG’s Domestic Violence/Family Law Online Program assist victims of such abuse through online education and guidance on issues of law pertaining to a victim’s circumstance. This includes knowing your rights, gaining access to financial security for your family, and how the law can protect victims of violence.

Public Legal Education for Volunteer Lawyers

For Volunteer Lawyers, Calgary Legal Guidance runs many workshops and presentations in the community on a variety of legal topics such as Family Law, Wills & Estates, Debt, and Landlord & Tenant Law. Each month we provide learning opportunities for you to assist CLG clients and keep up to date on the latest legal information.

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