University of Calgary

Law students use their education to help flood victims with free advice

UToday HomeJuly 3, 2013

By Ali Abel

Three University of Calgary law students have partnered with several pro bono legal organizations in Calgary to provide information and advice to people affected by the recent southern Alberta floods.

“With many people displaced from their homes due to the flooding, questions related to landlord-tenant, employment, mortgage, family and insurance laws have come up,” says Ben Leung, student director with Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary. “We want to help people understand what laws apply and what they can do from a legal standpoint.”

Leung, along with Kevin Stenner, president of the Society of Law Students, and Eleanor Carlson, program co-ordinator with Pro Bono Students Canada, are working with members of Calgary Legal Guidance, Pro Bono Law Alberta, Legal Aid Alberta, Pro Bono Students Canada and Student Legal Assistance to provide information and brief consultation opportunities with lawyers specializing in these various areas of the law.

“We’re organizing four sessions over two days, in both Calgary and Okotoks,” says Carlson. “Each session will include a panel of lawyers specializing in these specific areas of law, as well as the opportunity for people to meet with lawyers to ask specific questions or for a brief consultation.”

“I’m very proud of the initiative these students have taken to help people who have been affected by the floods,” says Ian Holloway, dean of law. “They have recognized that these issues will require a mid- to long-term response, and provides access to justice to those who need it most during this rebuilding period.”

Info sessions will be held on the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, July 3
University of Calgary Downtown Campus
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 4
Okotoks United Church
43 Riverside Drive, Okotoks
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

More information about the sessions can be found on the Pro Bono Law Alberta website. Additional sessions are being planned and will be conducted in the coming weeks and months.

Do you need flood assistance? Would you like to volunteer to help others affected by flooding in southern Alberta? Sign up under one of the flood assistance options offered to the University of Calgary community.