Info for Volunteers

NOTICE: If you are concerned about your debt and need information, access the Help With Debt Alberta website for information on options.  

If you want to become a client of the Consumer Debt Negotiation Project, click here.

To Volunteering Lawyers and Jurists:

Thank you for joining the Consumer Debt Negotiation Project.

The legal community has drawn together to respond to the economic fallout of Covid-19, and you are a big part of that. Thank you.

All PILC volunteers will be provided with complimentary debt and foreclosure training, an individual email address for client appointments, a user account on Clio Legal Software to store client information, and access to a Zoom account for scheduling virtual meetings. 

*NOTE  VOLUNTEER TRAINING IS ONLINE, ON DEMAND, AND IS AVAILABLE NOW.*

**GIVEN THE ANTICIPATED TIMELINE TO COMPLETE VOLUNTEER ONBOARDING, WE ANTICIPATE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE YOUR FIRST VIRTUAL CLIENT MEETINGS ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 16.**

How to register as a volunteer

Step 1

If you are a recently retired lawyer or judge, your first step is to apply to the Law Society of Alberta to obtain Active-for-Pro-Bono status. The LSA has a backlog of applications for reinstatement, and processing could take several weeks.

Learn more about Active-for-Pro-Bono status

Step 2

Let us know you want to volunteer with the Consumer Debt Negotiation Project. Active lawyers and recently retired lawyers or judges welcome. If you are waiting on a status change, you can start this step even if your application with the LSA is still pending.

Email us to get started

Step 3

Your materials for online Debtor Support Training are hosted on LESA’s continuing education website. They will be accessible 24/7 and will available for your reference at any time. You can obtain your free personal access code by emailing pilc@ucalgary.ca.

 

Then you are ready to serve! Our  volunteer coordinator will be in touch with instructions on shift scheduling and client service procedures.

Volunteers in this project are also free to serve in Pro Bono Law Alberta's duty counsel and amicus programs and Calgary Legal Guidance's summary advice clinics, and we encourage you to do so! Click here for information on that collaboration.

Call for Champions

As the Alberta Debtor Support Project enters its final weeks before launch, we need a core group of senior practitioners with interest and experience in foreclosures, creditor-debtor, or insolvency to champion the project to completion. Champions will work closely with Project Lead Judith Hanebury to learn about the project, review and provide feedback on training materials, and reach out among their networks to spread word about the project in the legal community. For more information, email pilc@ucalgary.ca