CLERC is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable young people through our legal work. We are the only registered charity Western Canada providing specialized legal support to vulnerable children and youth at no cost. Since 2002, our staff and volunteer lawyers have provided legal information, advice and representation to young people caught up in their parents’ high conflict custody and access disputes, as well as legal support in civil law matters (guardianship, independent living, pregnancy/parenting, employment, return of property and landlord/tenant matters). As legal specialists in dealing with children and youth, we also provide education and pro bono opportunities to lawyers looking to give back to the community.
CLERC does not provide legal support on criminal matters or to children involved in child protection proceedings. Those young people are referred to 100% government funded programs: the Youth Criminal Defence Office of Legal Aid Alberta and the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, respectively.