If you’re a woman who’s experiencing domestic violence and in the process of going through the family court system, you can get free help from a family court support worker.
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.
Pictured above: members of the LAO LAW team. I ask Amy Shoemaker, the director of Legal Aid Ontario’s research department, LAO LAW, to explain what it is her department does. “We provide research support to lawyers who are acting on behalf of legal aid clients, whether they’re duty counsel or private bar lawyers.” “Is that […]
November 23-27 marks the first Family Dispute Resolution Week in Ontario. If you’re interested in learning more about free or subsidized support for families going through separation and divorce, please visit fdrweek.ca for more information. Anyone who’s had a legal problem they had to deal with in family court knows that it can be long, […]
In Ontario, right now, a woman who is married to a woman who gives birth is not automatically a parent if they use a known sperm donor. Kirsti Mathers McHenry has held management and policy positions at Legal Aid Ontario where, most recently, she was Director, Strategic Initiatives and Planning, Corporate Services.
Although many assume that most separating couples need a judge to settle things for them in family court, research published in the April 2015 edition of The Lawyers Weekly confirmed what many who practice in the field have long suspected: less than 10 per cent of family law cases actually result in trials. Sharon B. Silbert, J.D. Acc.FM (OAFM) is a lawyer and accredited family mediator practicing in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Over at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), we first committed to prioritizing services for those who have experienced domestic violence in 2002. Since then, we developed guidelines for all front line and intake staff to appropriately screen LAO applicants, and we also have begun domestic violence awareness training. But more needs to be done.
Available in paper or electronic form, the Legal Health Check-Up gives trusted intermediaries like Michael a list of questions to ask the client in the areas of income, housing, employment, education and health to identity the common legal problems of people living in poverty. Colleen Sym is the Executive Director/Lawyer at Halton Community Legal Services, a community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario..
In my last blog, I said that Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) had met with hundreds of stakeholders to help us make informed decisions about expanding legal aid eligibility. We recently announced the road LAO plans to take, and I am pleased to say that it is a comprehensive, multi-year plan to significantly enhance access to justice for low-income Ontarians.Nye Thomas is LAO’s Director General, Policy and Strategic Research. Nye has been leading LAO’s financial eligibility project.
We’ve come a long way since my last blog on financial eligibility, posted in March 2014, in which I noted how far Ontario was lagging behind other jurisdictions in recognizing that financial eligibility for legal aid services must be increased. Nye Thomas is LAO’s Director General, Policy and Strategic Research. Nye has been leading LAO’s financial eligibility project.
How does legal aid work in other jurisdictions? LAO asked the Montana Legal Services Association for its perspective. Alison Paul is the executive director of MLSA.