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Aspire Legal Access Initiative at U of C Downtown Campus

Partnership increases access to legal services for families

With funding from UCalgary Law, Aspire Legal Access Initiative to help Calgary families with legal matters.  By Ali Abel, Faculty of Law

Nearly two-thirds of self-represented litigants in family court can’t access or afford legal advice or representation. A new legal service in Calgary is setting out to change that.

The Aspire Legal Access Initiative (ALAI), led by executive director Kyla Sandwith, will increase access to legal services for Calgarians dealing with family law matters by providing clients with the information, advice and support they need to take charge of their own file.

“We are not a traditional law firm. Our aim is to empower clients to handle their own file and make the legal services they do need more accessible,” says Sandwith. “We leverage technology and maximize efficiencies where we can. This means we can keep costs low and offer sliding scale, flat-fee services that are accessible to all Calgarians.”  READ MORE>>