Programs

Step Forward Program

The Step Forward Program was created with our holistic approach to law in mind. The transition from one household to two, and/or coping with the loss of a loved one comes with hardship, not least of which are financial pressures. In order to provide our clients with some financial relief as they as they go through a difficult time, we have carefully partnered with over (80) companies and professionals who offer exclusive discounts to our clients. They are discounts on the things our clients need, on things that will make our clients’ lives easier, or on activities that can help take our clients’ minds off their legal matter. We are incredibly thankful for our Step Forward partners and their participation in the program. Click on your city below to see what they offer exclusively to our clients.

CALGARY

Participating Partners

COCHRANE

Participating Partners

AIRDRIE

Participating Partners

Kids in Mind

Families in high-conflict situations over custody issues often struggle to find resolution without the assistance and intervention of professionals. Furthermore, the court is already over-burdened, and it is difficult to address the complexities of high-conflict custody matters in morning chambers. Therefore, achieving resolution to any custody matter is usually a slow and expensive process for families.

Families in high-conflict situations need access to immediate solutions and intervention. “Kids in Mind” was designed to provide immediate mediated or arbitrated outcomes for these families through a streamlined, cost effective, interdisciplinary alternative to court. Kids in Mind achieves this by bridging both legal and therapeutic intervention services to families on an immediate triage basis. The parties, mediator/arbitrator, and child specialist (psychologist or social worker) all fully engage in this process to explore multiple solutions and ensure that any recommendations made are sustainable from both the emotional and financial means of the family. Where agreements are not reached, an arbitrated decision is made with the immediate consultation of the child specialist.

The cost of this program is $300.00 per hour for both an experienced mediator/arbitrator and qualified child specialist consultant (psychologist or social worker). Financial assistance may be available to some clients.

Contact Program Director Judge Nancy Flatters (Ret.) at Nancy.flatters@shaw.cato find more about how this unique program can bridge necessary services ensure mediated agreements and/or arbitrated decisions are created with the true best interests of the “Kids in Mind”.

Law Day

Once a year, the Canadian Bar Association puts on a free event to introduce the public to the legal system called “Law Day”. Primarily, the goal of this day is to provide an interactive educational experience regarding the law and the court process. This event is held at major locations throughout Canada, and in Calgary it is held at the Calgary Court Centre. Lawyers, judges, law enforcement, and court staff volunteer their time to put together and participate in this worthwhile event. There are entertaining and interactive mock trials are performed throughout the day, there are a variety of booths and exhibits, and various other demonstrations. There is always something new to see and do for guests of all ages.
Both Cyndy and her staff have been long-time volunteers with Law Day, whether it be chairing the event, writing the scripts for the mock trials, assisting with organising the events or volunteering on the day. Their involvement in Law Day is and has been personally rewarding to all involved, and we look forward to it every year.