Access to Justice Week - celebrating Alberta lawyers



    EDMONTON, April 14 /CNW/ - Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is pleased to announce
Access to Justice Week taking place April 14 - 17. The week-long celebration
is the continuation of last year's successful Lawyer Appreciation Day which
was established to recognize Alberta lawyers who, by accepting legal aid
cases, have helped to make the legal system more accessible to Albertans in
need.
    Lawyers who participate in legal aid share in a common belief in the
importance of quality representation and advice at all levels to those who
could otherwise not afford it. They have chosen to commit themselves to legal
aid work despite the current lack of financial reward, because they want to
provide a good quality public service within the justice system. "The
dedication and expertise of our roster lawyers makes it possible for Albertans
in need to receive the legal services they need to successfully manage their
legal issues," says Jacqueline Schaffter, LAA President and CEO.
    Private Bar and firm participation in the legal aid system is fundamental
to being able to provide access to justice to those who cannot afford it.
Access to Justice Week is province-wide with events being hosted in each of
LAA's 11 regions. LAA Access to Justice Awards will be presented to one
private bar lawyer per region while a separate award, being presented at the
Edmonton event, will be given to recognize the efforts of one LAA staff
lawyer.
    Please visit www.legalaid.ab.ca for a list of the Access to Justice Award
winners and more information about events that are happening throughout the
province.

    (*) Please note that events are not open to the public.

    About Legal Aid Alberta

    Legal Aid Alberta works to provide a continuum of innovative and cost
effective legal services for people in need throughout Alberta. LAA was
officially established on July 1, 1970 by an agreement between the Law Society
of Alberta and the provincial Attorney General. For more information about
Legal Aid Alberta and its many services please visit www.legalaid.ab.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Fowler, Direct: (780) 427-8742, Cell:
(780) 233-6521, Email: jfowler@legalaid.ab.ca, Web: www.legalaid.ab.ca

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