Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is committed to creating an environment that minimizes barriers for women in law. According to Leanne Wight, who went to law school at age 40 and is now a supervisory duty counsel, LAO is a great environment for growing a career.
The LAO LAW team assemble in LAO’s legal library. (From left to right: )Lauren Warner, Wendy Knapp, Maria Golarz, Shane Matheson, Bruce Manson, Geoff Allen, Angus Grant, Matthew Oleynik, Paul Opolski, Amy Shoemaker, Rachel Vice, Elizabeth Ramsden. I ask Amy Shoemaker, the director of Legal Aid Ontario’s research department, LAO LAW, to explain what it […]
I’m Ojibway. I come from a line of women who are survivors of displacement. And despite what they went through—maybe even because of it—I believe that we all need to see, learn about and celebrate the positive impact that Aboriginal Peoples have on this country.
At LAO, we understand that women pursuing demanding careers in law face specific challenges at home and in the workplace. Legal Aid Ontario has made a variety of efforts to create an environment that lessens barriers for women in law. Here is one woman’s story.
April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work – a day to raise awareness that workplace stress has become a global issue. This year, the theme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is “Workplace Stress: A collective challenge.” To address this theme, the ILO will feature a current global trends report on work-related stress and how we can build a preventative approach to a very large problem.
The Halton Legal Health Check-Up demonstrates what communities can do to address the gap between legal aid resources and the extent and depth of legal need.
On February 25, 2016, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) CEO David Field spoke to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. His contribution was part of a national discussion, hosted by the Senate, on delays in Canada’s criminal justice system. Here is a summary of David’s recommendations (Part 2 of 2)
On February 25, 2016, Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) CEO David Field spoke to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. His contribution was part of a national discussion, hosted by the Senate, on delays in Canada’s criminal justice system. Here is a summary of David’s views about the problem (Part 1 of 2)
As a government agency, it’s one thing to say that you have an obligation under the French Language Services Act to provide French language services. It’s yet another to build a culture in an organization that truly embraces this. Encouraging the spirit of Francophonie is vital for any organization serving Francophone clients.
Lawyers and social workers bring very different approaches to frontline client service but does that mean that the two professions should never meet?
An insightful story, How Aboriginal lawyers are fixing the mess Canada made, recently ran in Precedent magazine. It featured the moving perspective of LAO’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy Policy Counsel Fallon Melander, along with the views of two other Aboriginal lawyers. Fallon’s motivation in going to law school, she says in this story, was to work for her people. She and the other […]