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.
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.
The Community Legal Clinic—Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, has been using the Legal Health Check-Up (LHC) to help clients with unrecognized legal problems since participating in the tool’s pilot project.
The Legal Aid Ontario professionals who work out of the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC) in Toronto’s west end help address the access to justice gap in this community. This is why and how they do it. Amy Slotek, a lawyer with experience in anti-discrimination, international and refugee law, coordinates the Legal Aid Ontario services program at the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Care Centre and was co-founder of the first refugee legal aid program in Turkey.
In an effort to overcome the realties of unmet legal needs in South Western Ontario, the Halton Community Legal Services (HCLS) has created the Legal Health Check-Up project… Ab Currie holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. He has been conducting policy research on legal aid and other access to justice issues for more than 25 years and has authored about 50 reports, articles and book chapters on access to justice topics.
Ann McRae, Director of Legal Services at Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, writes about Rexdale’s FOCUS crime prevention model. “Today’s crime fighters wear jeans and sweaters, carry a cell phone and work for a vast network of modestly funded agencies…”
When people have difficulty communicating, they have difficulty accessing justice. This is the theme for the recently-established Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa network. Spearheaded by South Ottawa Community Legal Services (SOCLS), Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa is comprised of over 42 community agencies across the city. Its goal is to better link agency clients with a communication-related impairment with […]
By Mélissa Loïzou As bilingual counsel at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic/Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton, I have been witness to many changes in the Francophone community in Ontario. Thanks to increased immigration from French-speaking countries, I’ve seen the Francophone population in the Hamilton area steadily grow over time. Within this population, many of our clients […]
By Megan Pottage In October 2013, I joined Legal Aid Ontario after 12 years of working in the clinic system, most recently as a community legal worker and licensed paralegal in a community legal clinic. My hands-on job familiarized me—intimately—with the pressures faced by the clinic system. Poverty rarely comes alone Ontario’s legal aid clinics […]
By Ryan Peck “The full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all is an essential element in the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.” UN General Assembly, Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, 2 June 2006 Being diagnosed HIV-positive is overwhelming. Combined with the poverty, stigma and discrimination that it can bring, it can […]
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Louise Toone, staff lawyer at Ottawa’s bilingual Student Legal Aid Service Society (SLASS), about the hands-on legal experience her law students are getting by working at the university’s legal clinic.