Young Voices, Healthy Lives
CLERC staff and volunteer lawyers provide representation and advice to young people caught up in their parents’ high conflict custody and access disputes.
Youth Wellness In Action
In order to reach young people and contribute to their overall well-being, CLERC offers ongoing legal clinics in the City of Calgary at locations such as Forest Lawn High School.
We Care – Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention
CLERC partners with Louise Dean Centre, the Kara Life Program and Highbanks Society to assist young women who are pregnant or young people who are parenting with custody and access, wills, guardianship, child support and tax matters.
Ask a Lawyer Youth Legal Clinic
CLERC’s website provides young people with the opportunity to get legal advice directly by e-mail. FAQs provide information to the public about Alberta civil law topics affecting youth.
Pro Bono Training & Opportunities
As specialists in child representation, CLERC has developed extensive family law training materials for lawyers to represent children and youth in custody and access/parenting matters. CLERC also provides pro bono opportunities to lawyers who wish to give back to the community.
Child Advocacy Project with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP/Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA)
Through CLERC’s relationship with PBLA, we have an on-going Child Advocacy Project with the national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) to provide legal services and support to young people at no charge. Volunteer lawyers have represented young people in matters including estate, school expulsion, employment and return of property. Other lawyers and students provide invaluable research support on important legal issues. We continue to develop opportunities for BLG lawyers to be involved. Approximately 20 of the firms lawyers have already joined the Child Advocacy Project roster and volunteer with CLERC.
Information, Advice And Referral
CLERC provides information and referrals to many young people, parents and professionals who work with young people who are dealing with a diversity of civil law issues. This includes but is not limited to questions and problems related to custody, access, guardianship, living independently, education, employment, immigration, landlord and tenant issues, privacy issues, pregnancy and access to financial support. In this regard, staff provides referral, advice and support, and act as information officers to all who contact CLERC by telephone and email.
Public Legal Education
CLERC works to increase knowledge about the legal issues facing young people through presentations to community groups, schools, post-secondary and law students, law firms, conferences and seminars and to professionals working with youth. CLERC distributes public legal education and information through print materials and more recently through our new website.
For information on any of these CLERC initiatives, please contact CLERC staff by phone or email.