I think it is essential for LAO — and for the legal profession in general — to understand the importance of providing more supports to Ontario’s Aboriginal peoples. It’s important for LAO because we have a statutory mandate to promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals.
Long before his tenure as Dean of Law at the University of Ottawa, Bruce Feldthusen played an active role in poverty law services. A strong advocate for the provision of french-language legal services and a tireless supporter for Student Legal Aid Services Societies, he has worn many hats. And now, after 13 years, Dean Feldthusen stepped down on June 30.
Lonny Queripel, Managing Lawyer, Duty Counsel at Nova Scotia Legal Aid recently came to the Toronto-area for a three-day visit and tour with Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), with the goal of gathering information on record-keeping for benchmarking purposes. Here, Lonny talks to LAO about what lessons he took from this experience and about legal aid in the Maritimes.
Michele Leering, Executive Director and Lawyer at the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre, recently attended the International Legal Aid Group conference in Den Haag, Netherlands. Here, she discusses her presentation on “trusted intermediaries”, and what she learned from legal aid partners across the world.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Anthony Reilly, CEO of Legal Aid Queensland, Australia. I was keen to learn more about how legal aid operates within a country analogous to Canada in many ways: Commonwealth history, common law legal system, diverse population and vast geographic size. Now if only our climate was more similar…
Through a special project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), LAO and clinic staff have been working to help develop and improve legal aid for ethnic minorities, migrant workers, women and disabled people in rural China.