Roster Update

Update: Roster Management Strategy Committee

July 15, 2022 – Legal Aid Alberta formed the Roster Management Strategy (RMS) Committee at the beginning of April 2022. We have been busy working behind the scenes on improvements. We would like to share our progress on what we’ve been working on.

Roster Quality: Training, Courses and Skills

LAA is constantly striving to improve its services and processes. Training to staff and roster lawyers helps enhance their skills and education. Moving forward, we are adding extra panels for several areas of the law including child welfare and serious criminal offences. Panels ensure assigned counsel have the requisite skills and experience to take on these types of files.

Upcoming training initiatives

July 15, 2022
Complainant counsel training
For: Complainant counsel panel members
Speakers: LAA, the Crown, roster lawyers, and the Elizabeth Fry Society

July 26, 2022
Cultural Awareness Training
Better understand the impacts of colonialism and intergenerational trauma
For: LAA staff, roster lawyers
Speakers: LAA Indigenous staff

October 4, 2022
Detention reviews and appeals
For: LAA staff, roster lawyers
Speakers: LAA lawyers, Immigration and Refugee Board

Coming soon:

  • Unconscious Bias Training for staff and roster – coming soon
  • Criminal Mental Health Training for staff and roster – coming soon

Operational panels

Roster Education and Standards

Roster will soon have access to new and improved training materials. So far, three new handbooks are available:

We are committed to continuous improvement in all these materials. Next, we are looking at a Client Handbook for family matters and complex family clients.

If you have any ideas about improvements to handbooks or new handbooks that you’d like to see created, we invite you provide your feedback to r[email protected]. We would love to hear from you.

Tariff modernization

This work is in high gear. We are currently in the consultation phase with roster lawyers. Two committees have been formed: one criminal law committee and one family and immigration committee. Our approach to tariff modernizations includes reviewing the tariff, as it is outdated and difficult to bill under. Specifically, we are focused on LAA’s end-to-end processes to seamlessly implement the tariff.

We understand there may be some concern around this work. Our team is committed to providing monthly updates moving forward. Since April, we have been consulting with our committee roster lawyers during this review process.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

Roster Interactions

Roster Interactions runs a thread through all parts of the Legal Aid Alberta Roster Management Strategy. We are striving to enhance our interactions with roster lawyers by operating with one voice at LAA. The focus of Roster Interactions is to centralize and standardize our communications to roster lawyers.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to LAA clients. Stay tuned for more updates as we move through these initiatives.

Roster Management Strategy Committee 
Legal Aid Alberta 

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