The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) has organized the second annual Access to Justice Week from October 23 to 27. Last year’s inaugural program worked with a range of partners to diversify participants in the access to justice conversation. This year, we are keeping the momentum going with learning and engagement opportunities that spark dialogue about meaningful justice system improvements.
Last year, The Action Group on Access to Justice, also known as TAG, organized Ontario’s first Access to Justice Week. It presented a unique opportunity to bring together diverse problem solvers from across the province to examine different elements of access to justice crisis.
As we celebrate National Aboriginal Day, LAO remains committed to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are proud to repost this piece about the TRC and the work that was still ahead when it was written in 2015, and that still remains ahead even today.
The following post originally appeared on Neighbours, Friends & Families’ blog. Special thanks to them for allowing us to share this post.
Kimberly Roach, one of our leads for the Racialized Communities Strategy (RCS), attended the One Vision One Voice symposium on changing the child welfare system for African Canadians.
The legal health check-up (LHC) is a uniquely valuable tool for documenting unmet legal need at a very fine-grained local level. The LHC questionnaire is administered by community groups and service agencies to people seeking their services. Individuals who request service from the legal clinic are referred to the clinic. The LHC form becomes the basis for a dialogue between the clinic staff and the individual, laying the groundwork for a more holistic and integrated service that would otherwise not have occurred with an intake process focussing on only one presenting problem.
The new Anti-Racism Directorate aims to tackle systemic racism at a broad level through policy, research, public awareness and community collaboration. However, the Directorate’s work, and in effect its very existence, will always be resisted and threatened by some unless common underlying myths about racism are first addressed in the public sphere.
Legal Aid Ontario is committed to creating an environment that lessens barriers for women in law. Jayne Mallin thinks we have it as good as it gets.
I was 17 when I started with LAO as a co-op student— my high school counsellor told me I could get four credits for a semester.
I’d always known I wanted to do something in the legal field, but I didn’t give it much more thought than that. Then, that May, just before I graduated from high school, I was offered a position at LAO as support staff. I decided to wait a year before college and see what LAO had to offer.
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.
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.