Even before Kimberly Roach started co-leading Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) Racialized Communities Strategy, she saw firsthand the need for a strategy to address the needs of racialized communities.
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.
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.