lawnow-magazineLawNow Magazine, published six times a year by the Centre for Public Legal Education in Alberta, is now a digital magazine that was converted from a print magazine some years ago. The magazine, now in its 40th year, provides unique insights into changing social conditions by examining and reflecting on contemporary issues from the perspective of the law. Each issue focuses on a particular theme supported by features articles on the topic and regular columns on contemporary issues that include: Family Law, Law & Literature, Employment Law, Human Rights, Online Law, Criminal Law, Aboriginal Law, Landlord & Tenant, Not-for-Profit Law and Famous Cases. The editorial team includes Canadian lawyers, education specialists, writers, librarians, and legal editors. 

Each issue of LawNow includes articles written in plain language that focus on a feature theme. A special report on current and emerging topics, as well as a section of practical columns round out each issue. New content is added to the website regularly: supplementary blog posts with further analysis, lesson plans based on the articles for teachers, links to other resources, and more!

The feature theme of the January/February 2016 is Protecting Children. Feature articles include:

An Overview to Child Intervention Services in Alberta by Amanda Baretta
Child and Family Services in Alberta will intervene when children need protection.

Privacy Considerations for Families by Riley Gallant
Interventions by Child and Family Services are a sensitive matter and families need to have their privacy protected.

Signs of Safety by Heather D. Malaryk
Signs of Safety is a promising new child protection casework practice being implemented in Alberta.

Litigating Deaths of Children in Care by Avnish Nanda
A shocking number of children have died in care in Alberta.

Marriage Breakdown Affects Taxes and Child Benefits by Christie Hoem-McNall
There are lots of tax issues that arise if you have children! Significant financial and non-financial issues arise during the breakdown of a relationship.  This article addresses the various tax claims and related benefits for children that should be considered in the finalization of a separation or divorce agreement.  These issues can also be relevant for parents who never lived together.

If you’re a parent or teacher, the LawNow website is a great place to find quality printable articles for Social Studies, Science, English, Legal Studies, and more. Parents and teachers can print out full articles and share  them with their children or students. Everything on the site is free and there is no usernames or passwords required!

Teachers can also send their students to the LawNow site to read a specific article and leave a comment. LawNow is a safe place for students to research and explore a legal topic. All comments are moderated and there are no ads.

If you’re researching a legal topic for yourself, a friend or a family member, LawNow is the perfect jumping off point when researching a legal topic. The site is searchable and conveniently organized by subject for browsing.  Below each article is a list of other related articles that can help you connect to the information you need.

The website also features a blog with posts that are more informal than regular articles and provide supplementary materials, summaries, other resources, news, events, etc. and accepts submissions.

LawNow Magazine is published by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta
800, 10050 – 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2J1
Telephone: 780.451.0782

Frequency: 6 issues per year
Digital Single Copy Price: Free
Digital Subscription Price: Free

Editor: Teresa Mitchell