In this series, legal sector professionals, experts, advocates and people with hands-on experience of the justice system share their views and knowledge about the many facets of access to justice.
To begin the conversation, we’ve asked bloggers:
- What is your definition of access to justice?
- What does access to justice mean for the people you see or serve every day?
- What is your vision for access to justice? What would you like to see happen?
First up will be Ed Montigny of ARCH Disability Law Centre:
Ed Montigny has been a staff lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre since 2009. He completed a Ph.D in Canadian History in 1994 studying social policy affecting family care for elderly persons with disabilities in 19th century Ontario. He has taught courses on poverty, equality and human rights at various Ontario Universities. In 1993 he joined the Board of Directors at Neighbourhood Legal Services. Inspired by the work of the clinic, he decided to attend law school. Between 2005 and 2009 Ed operated his own, largely legal aid focused, practice serving clients with disabilities and special needs and taught part-time in Humber College’s Tribunal Agent and Paralegal Program. He is currently Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Legal Aid Liaison Committee, past-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Equality Committee and past-chair of the OBA Administrative Law Section.
Look for his post here on our blog next week.