The University of Calgary’s Aspire Legal Access Initiative (ALAI), the first Canadian incubator project, was developed to provide its law school graduates with intensive articles in family law while improving access to family justice. Special project funding to operate the incubator was originally requested from the Alberta Law Foundation and other sources of potential funding, but the application was turned down. The University of Calgary agreed to support the initial startup of the program, and the project was able to move forward. An Executive Director, lawyer Kyla Sandwith, was hired in the summer of 2017, the necessary articles of incorporation were prepared, and the first cohort of four articled students was selected shortly thereafter.
Paetsch, J.J., & Bertrand, L.D.. (2018). An Evaluation of The Aspire Legal Access Initiative . Calgary, AB: Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family.