WHO WE ARE
The Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta (AJEFA – French-speaking Legal Professionals Association of Alberta) is a non-profit organization that was created in 1990 to promote access to justice in French in Alberta. Since June 2015, we are now a registered Canadian charity.
Up until 2001, the AJEFA was busy carrying out several projects in both Calgary and Edmonton, such as organizing mock trials, conferences and workshops; producing information material; publishing weekly columns on legal matters in Le Franco; and taking part financially in the Laskin Moot competition.
Due to lack of funding, the AJEFA was inactive for a few years but resumed its activities in 2005 after the provincial ACFA in partnership with the Fédération nationale des juristes d'expression française de Common Law (National French-speaking Lawyer's Association of Common Law) revived the association.
The role of the AJEFA is to inform Albertans of their rights and responsibilities by providing and delivering legal information to the general public and to special clienteles (schools, elders, newcomers, families...). It also aims at improving and facilitating access to justice and legal services in French in Alberta.
Moreover, the AJEFA aims at collaborating with Anglophone associations (e.g.: The Law Society of Alberta, judicial authorities) to bring awareness to the needs of the French-speaking Albertans to avoid overlaps.
Since April 2015, the AJEFA has been operating the Alberta Legal Information Centre, which offers legal information, support and referral services with regard to clients' legal questions. These services are provided in French or English, in person or remotely, free of charge and in addition to existing resources. Funded by the Department of Justice Canada, the creation of the Centre is the result of a close collaboration between francophone and anglophone stakeholders. For further information, please visit www.infojuri.ca.
MISSION AND GOALS
The AJEFA's mission is to facilitate access to judicial services in French and to promote the use of French in the administration of justice in Alberta.
- Develop and coordinate public legal education and information programs
- Promote the use of French within the Alberta legal system and ensure the equality of both official languages before the courts
- Ensure active offer and delivery of legal services in French in Alberta
- Inform the general public of their rights to access legal services in the language of their choice
WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS?
The AJEFA has more than a hundred active members who are part of the justice system or community members interested in supporting access to justice in French. Our members play an important role in our association: they supervise the staff in the production of public legal education material. They can also sit on various advisory committees, offer workshops free of charge, etc.
The AJEFA succeeded in partnering with the following Francophone and Anglophone organizations:
ACFA and its regional branches
Alberta Law Libraries
Alberta Restorative Justice Association (ARJA)
Alliance Jeunesse-Famille de l'Alberta Society (AJFAS)
Association des étudiants endroit francophone de l'Université de l'Alberta
Association francophone de Brooks
CANAF (Centre Accueil Nouveaux Arrivants Francophones), Calgary
Calgary Legal Guidance
Centre d'accueil francophone (Cité des Rocheuses, Calgary)
Centre d'appui familial - Sud de l'Alberta
Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA)
Coalition des femmes
Conseil scolaire Centre-Est
Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord
Conseil scolaire Francosud
Conseil scolaire Nord-Ouest
Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC)
Fédération des ainés et ainées francophones du Canada
Fédération des ainés franco-albertains and its affiliated clubs
La Fondation franco-albertaine
Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta
Institut Guy-Lacombe de la famille (IGLF)
Law Society of Alberta
Legal Aid Alberta
Programme des services d’accueil et d’établissements (PASE)
Pro Bono Law Alberta
Pro Bono Students Canada
Radio Cité Edmonton
Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Board of Directors
According to the AJEFA's by-laws, the Board of Directors is made up of up to 10 people. At the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) the following board was elected: Justin Kingston (board chair), Shannon James (vice-chair), Gabriel Joshee-Arnal (secretary-treasurer), Kim Arial, Carole Aippersbach, Elsy Gagné, Denis Lefebvre, Morgan McClelland and Jean-Pascal Siewe. The directors are elected every year during the AGM.
Denise Lavallée – Executive Director
Ida Ituze – Legal Information Officer (Alberta Legal Information Centre)
Brigitte Etien – Legal Information Officer (Alberta Legal Information Centre)
Maria Vigneault – Administrative Assistant
Mélanie Dubreuil – Receptionist
8627, rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 Street NW)
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1