​Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is currently recruiting candidates to fill one vacancy on its Board of Directors for one lawyer who is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and who is unrelated to LAA ("unrelated" is defined as a lawyer who does not have gross earnings of $50,000 or more from Legal Aid certificates in any one year, or who does not work at a firm which has gross earnings of $150,000 or more from Legal Aid certificates in any one year). Employees of Legal Aid Alberta, Benchers of the Law Society of Alberta and employees of Alberta Justice are not eligible.

A candidate with demonstrated experience, skill set, and track record in some or all of the following areas is required in order to support the LAA executive and organization as a whole:
Strategic planning, governance and organizational theory

  • First Nations and Metis
  • Diversity
  • Low-income or disadvantaged individuals and communities
  • Mental illness, substance abuse, and other developmental and health challenges

LAA currently provides more than 297,000 assists annually in the areas of criminal law, family law, child welfare, refugee claims and other civil matters. It is an independent, publicly-funded, not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act, which provides a broad range of services to enable Albertans to resolve their legal issues. It operates under a Governance Agreement among LAA, the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, and the Law Society of Alberta. Candidates should make themselves familiar with the services offered by LAA and also review its Governance Agreement at www.legalaid.ab.ca.

The Board of Directors governs LAA through policy, budget and business planning decisions. The Board of Directors consists of 11 members with a maximum of 6 lawyers and a minimum of 5 public members. Board candidates are recruited by a Nominating Committee, made up of representatives of LAA, Alberta Justice, and the Law Society of Alberta, and are appointed by the Benchers of the Law Society of Alberta.

If you have an interest in ensuring access to justice and would like to apply as a candidate for the Board of Directors, please contact Pat Bard at (780) 422-4403 or by email to pbard@legalaid.ab.ca for an application form and information package.

Submit completed applications by April 30, 2018 to:

Legal Aid Alberta
400, 10320 – 102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4A1
Attn: Pat Bard

Or by email to pbard@legalaid.ab.ca