In a typical year, LAA’s team of private-practice roster lawyers bill about $70 million for representing clients on certificates. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement and accountability, we identified the need for a formal agreement with roster lawyers as a strategic priority.
Following consultations with legal profession stakeholders, we created a Roster Agreement that spells out key rules and helps to eliminate uncertainties about a roster lawyer’s legal relationship with LAA. More than 90 per cent of existing roster signed the agreement and with the addition of new signatories LAA has a team of nearly 1,200 quality roster lawyers.
LAA adjusted travel compensation for roster lawyers to ensure rural Albertans could have a meaningful choice of counsel. We created a fair system so lawyers would be incentivized to take clients outside of their immediate location.
At Legal Aid Alberta, we help some of Alberta’s most disadvantaged citizens. This is an impactful responsibility. By keeping our focus on staying accountable to Albertans, we’re innovating and re-imagining processes to deliver access to justice, making the best use of our expertise and resources, so that we can make the biggest possible impact in our province.