Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is a charitable, provincial not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to justice by increasing the scope and availability of pro bono legal services for low income Albertans. PBLA does this through various projects and partnerships with the legal community that engage lawyers in volunteering to provide pro bono services. PBLA is not a legal clinic and does not provide legal advice.
creating pro bono opportunities for Alberta lawyers
working with law firms to develop pro bono policies and projects
leveraging pro bono resources in the community
enhancing the growth and fostering a pro bono culture in the legal profession
Are you a lawyer or law firm that wants to engage by volunteering to provide pro bono service? PBLA provides several ways in which you can get involved in pro bono.
Are you a member of the public in need of pro bono legal assistance? There are programs in Alberta that may be able to help.
Educational Films: Tips and Information on What to do in Court
In May 2012, PBLA, the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch and members of the judiciary from the Alberta Courts worked collaboratively to create Educational films for the public. The films provide unrepresented claimants with short, easy to understand information about basic courtroom procedures, processes, etiquette and other useful information.
The films are in the areas of Courtroom Etiquette, Landlord Tenant Disputes, Foreclosure Matters, and Civil Claims.
Civil Claims Duty Counsel in Calgary and Edmonton
The Civil Claims Duty Counsel (CCDC) project was established in Calgary in October 2011 and in Edmonton in January 2012 to provide legal assistance to Albertans engaged in proceedings before the Provincial Court who would benefit from legal counsel. The CCDC project engages volunteer lawyers and law students in the provision of summary legal advice, procedural information, help with trials, motions and other appearances and help completing forms.