Feb. 17, 2016 | Shelley Boettcher
New Public Interest Law Clinic to challenge landlord-tenant law in Alberta
As a child, Sophie Purnell lived in Burundi before her family fled due to the country's increasing violence.
Now, as a third-year law student at the University of Calgary, she is hoping to make life better for others by working with a group of students to change landlord-tenant law in Alberta, one issue at a time.
The students — all second- and third-year law students — are taking a new course offered through the school's new Public Interest Law Clinic. Supervised by university professors, as well as local public interest lawyers, the students will take on cases from the clinic that fall under the public interest banner as part of their course load.
This term, students will be learning about residential tenancy law, human rights and potential constitutional challenges in the way tenants are treated.