Youth Criminal Defence Office celebrates 15 years of service

    EDMONTON, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - The Youth Criminal Defence Office (YCDO) is
pleased to announce the celebration of its 15th anniversary of providing legal
services to young persons (between 12 to 17 years of age) who have been
charged with criminal offences.
    Since 1993, the YCDO, a program of Legal Aid Alberta, has delivered legal
and related services to young persons charged with criminal offences in
Edmonton and Calgary. "We represent, assist and advocate for young people with
legal issues and value the important role we play," comments Greg Francis,
Senior Counsel for the YCDO. "Our clients have unique circumstances that must
be addressed. Our role is to support these young people as they navigate their
way through the justice system."
    To celebrate their unwavering dedication to legal rights of young
persons, the Edmonton office of the YCDO will host a cocktail and hors
d'oeuvres reception in the Devonshire Room of the Union Bank Inn (10053 Jasper
Avenue NW) on October 24 from 3:00pm-4:00pm. A similar reception will be held
in Calgary on November 21.
    Recognition of the YCDO's success is echoed throughout the Legal Aid
Alberta organization. "The individual and specialized services the YCDO
lawyers, social/youth workers and staff offer produce a unique legal support
system for young offenders in this province. Over the last 15 years, the
positive effects of the YCDO's ardent work has spread throughout our
communities," comments Jacqueline Schaffter, President and CEO of Legal Aid
Alberta. "We wish the YCDO success for many years to come."
    All media are invited to attend the event. Please contact Jennifer
Fowler, Director Communications, Legal Aid Alberta, for more information.

    About The Youth Criminal Defence Office

    As a program of Legal Aid Alberta, the Youth Criminal Defence Office
(YCDO) provides legal services on behalf of youths charged with criminal
offences. There are 2 Youth Criminal Defence Office locations in Alberta; one
each in Edmonton (600, 10310 Jasper Avenue) and Calgary (600, 444 5th Avenue
SW). At present, there are 17 lawyers and 5 social and youth workers. For more
information about the services offered by the Youth Criminal Defence Office
please visit:

    About Legal Aid Alberta

    Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) 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

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Fowler, Direct: (780) 427-8742, Cell:
(780) 233-6521, Email:, Web:

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