We support a number of affiliate organizations throughout Alberta and across Canada. Although there are many law-related organizations in the province, the following lists those which are supported – financially, in-kind or otherwise – by the Law Society.
The Alberta Law Foundation is the recipient of the interest which banks, credit unions, trust companies and treasury branches must pay on clients’ funds held in lawyers’ general trust accounts. (This does not include interest paid on a specific trust investment held for an individual client.) The interest is made available by the Foundation to organizations engaged in activities which are considered to be in keeping with the Foundation’s objectives.
The Alberta Law Reform Institute is dedicated to advancing just and effective laws through independent legal research, consultation and analysis. It was founded in 1967 and has been instrumental in many changes in Alberta law.
The Alberta Law Review is published quarterly by the Alberta Law Review Society, a non-profit group of law students from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. The Alberta Law Review has been published continuously since 1955 and is the successor to the Alberta Law Quarterly which was established in 1934. The objective of the Alberta Law Review is to promote legal research and scholarship and to provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary legal issues.
With a mission to facilitate access to legal information for all Albertans, the vision of the Alberta Law Societies Libraries is to be a model of excellence in the provision of legal information services. Its 11 libraries throughout Alberta are located in courthouses in the Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, Drumheller, Peace River, St. Paul and Wetaskiwin Queen’s Bench Judicial Districts.
The libraries are funded by Alberta Justice, the Alberta Law Foundation and the Law Society of Alberta.
The Libraries offer a wide array of resources and services to clients. Access to its extensive print collections is free to all who visit the libraries. Skilled staff is available to provide assistance in the use of its collections, electronic resources and online catalogue, and in the development of research skills.
The Alberta Lawyer’s Assistance Program helps Alberta lawyers, articling students and their immediate families to cope with personal problems. The program is voluntary and confidential. Individuals seeking help are not identified to the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association or any other entity. Assist is operated by the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, a non-profit society that is independent from the Law Society of Alberta.
CanLII is a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. CanLII’s goal is to make Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet.
The Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) is a non-profit organization which administers one portion of the pre-call process in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The CPLED Program is the bar admission course in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Students are expected to complete the CPLED program and complete articling requirements. In Alberta, students will be completing the CPLED Program while articling.
In 1975, a group of truly visionary individuals gathered together to create a remarkable instrument to meet the needs of the legal profession and the public that it serves. That instrument was the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA) and the resulting organization today reflects the diverse interests of the legal community. It was structured in such a way as to take on the duties of delivering the existing educational activities and to respond to future needs as they evolve. Today, LESA’s mission is to serve the spectrum of educational and professional development needs of Alberta’s lawyers, articling students, and their staff.
Since LESA’s inception, over 750 CLE programs and courses have been developed and held in 2000 sessions. It is estimated that around 100,000 registrations have been processed, which is a lot of blue binders, coffee and lunches. Nearly 4800 books have been sold in the Practice Manual series, not counting the regular updates, along with thousands other publications including the seminar materials from the various CLE programs.
The Legal Archives Society of Alberta is a non-profit, charitable organization with the mission to preserve, promote and understand the evolution of law and society in Alberta.
The mission of the Legal Resource Centre is to enhance the accessibility and quality of justice realized in Canada. It addresses its mission by creating learning opportunities and building learning communities that facilitate the creation, management, exchange and integration of knowledge among people within the justice system and between them and the general public.
The Legal Resource Centre is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, librarians, teachers and web specialists. The LRC uses a collaborative approach to develop materials and strategies for teaching people about the law.
Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is a charitable organization which promotes access to justice in Alberta by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means. PBLA was formed in 2007 as a legacy project in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Law Society of Alberta.