Current Projects 2019-20

Public Legal Education

ANOVA Women’s Project

Description:

Students will assist Anova prepare legal information on sexual assault, consent, and domestic abuse for young women and children that have been subject to abuse or oppression.  The resources will analyze what behaviour amounts to sexual assault, legal definitions, a complainants’ legal rights, legal implications facing the accused, information surrounding reporting, and the criminal proceeding for sexual assault with a view to the complainant’s role. Students will also assist in preparing legal information on the Landlord Tenant Board and other civil proceedings for single mothers or women who have faced abuse.

Type of Project: Research/ Writing, Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Family law, Women and the law, Civil law

Where will you be Volunteering: Remotely

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills are an asset.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls (preference will be given to female applicants)

Link to Organization: http://www.anovafuture.org/

Canadian Hearing Society Employment Rights Project

Description:

Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is Canada’s preeminent provider of clinical services, products, education, and source of information for the Deaf and hard of hearing.  

Students will research and develop a plain language legal rights presentation on the law surrounding accommodation in the work place in Ontario. Students will look at when those who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing should be granted access to interpreters and hearing devices.  Students will also research and develop resources outlining an employer’s duties to accommodate, the Employee Equity Act, the Human Rights Act, and other legal areas that impact deaf, orally deaf, and deafened persons in the workplace.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Employment law, Human rights

Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely, but with presentations scheduled ahead of time at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (located at 171 Queens Ave, London ON)

How Many Students? Two to Three

Prerequisites / Assets: N/A

Who Can Apply: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://www.chs.ca/

Canadian National Institute for the Blind Employment Rights Project

Description:

CNIB delivers innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion.

Students will research and develop a plain language legal rights presentation on the law surrounding accommodation in the work place in Ontario. Students will look at when those who are blind, sight impaired, or partially blind should be granted access to interpreters and accommodation.  Students will also develop resources outlining an employer’s duties to accommodate, the Rehabilitation Act, and other legal areas that impact blind or sight impaired employees.

Students will present these topics to CNIB beneficiaries and will also provide literature, brochures, or a short memorandum to CNIB outlining the presentations in plain language format.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Employment law, Human rights

Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely, but with presentations scheduled ahead of time at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (located at 171 Queens Ave, London ON)

How Many Students? Two to Three

Prerequisites / Assets: N/A

Who Can Apply: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://www.cnib.ca/en?region=on

CLS Community Workshops Project

Description:

Community Legal Services’ Community Workshops are interactive seminars that aim to educate and empower participants. The Workshops are delivered through partnerships with various community organizations in London and reach diverse segments of London’s population. The Workshops focus on commonly encountered legal issues, and range in topic from consumer protection issues to housing issues to criminal law. Community organizations are able to choose workshops that they believe will be topical for the organization’s specific client-base.

Students on this project will be responsible for presenting these workshops. Scripts and handouts will be provided to students at least 2 days prior to the presentation date. The Workshops focus on interaction, and presenters should be sure to encourage dialogue and questions. The Workshops usually run between 1-2 hours in length. Each student will be expected to present 3-4 Workshops each semester.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Varies, with a focus on access to justice issues

Where Will You Be Volunteering? At various community partners in the London-area.

How Many Students? Six

Prerequisites / Assets: Interest in access to justice issues.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/community_legal_services/public_legal_education.html

Legal Line Online Legal Info Project – US Travel and Immigration

Description:

Students will assist Legal Line by helping to research, write and review legal information, which currently is available on Legalline.ca.  The lawyer supervisor will prepare a general set of instructions (work plan/flow) for each separate task. Students on this project will be conducting research and develop resources on investing in the US and owning property in the US.

Type of Project: Legal Public Legal Education, Research / Writing

Area of Law: US law, Business/Corporate law, Real-estate law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: None

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://www.legalline.ca/

Legal Line Online Legal Info Project – Education and Schooling Law

Description:

Students will assist Legal Line by helping to research, write and review legal information, which currently is available on Legalline.ca.  The lawyer supervisor will prepare a general set of instructions (work plan/flow) for each separate task. Students on this project will be conducting research on Cyber Bullying, School Appeals, OSAP, and other legal topics related to education and the law.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education, Research / Writing

Area of Law: School law, Provincial law and regulations

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: None

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://www.legalline.ca/

Pro Bono Radio

Description:

Western Radio is a non-profit organization that works on promoting local music, arts, news, and looks to give back to the London community.

Students will prepare podcasts that will last 30 minutes and will discuss important legal issues or interesting and unique/obscure legal topics that stimulate interest and provide information. Students will choose a topic, contact guest speakers, determine the interview agenda, develop interview questions, conduct the interviews on-air, or present their own legal information via a pre-recorded podcast. The podcast will inform the public by providing various perspectives on a topical legal issue in an accessible way but will not look to provide opinion or advice on any subjects.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Variety of legal topics

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely and at Radio Western (located on the second floor of the UCC Building)

How Many Students? Three

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills are considered an asset

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://www.radiowestern.ca/

Project Consent

Description:

Project Consent is a public legal education program that is focused on providing objective legal information to high school students (potentially junior high) about consent, sexual assault, and their legal options if they are a victim of these types of crimes. Students will create presentations and a short memo summarizing the law around sexual assault and the options victims have. Presentations will be given to high schools within the London area. Presentation and Q & A’s must be approved by supervising lawyer ahead of time. The school allowing students to present will also have to sign off on the presentation.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Criminal law, Human rights, Family law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely and at local high schools in the London for presentations

How Many Students? Four (two female and two male)

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are considered an asset

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/

Ontario Justice Education Network Project

Description:

This project would focus on introducing young students to basic issues in employment law though group activities and seminars with guest legal professionals. This program would engage high-school civics and law classes as a part of OJEN’s Steps to Justice Workshop series. Steps to Justice give reliable and practical information on common legal problems including:

  • step-by-step information to help you work through your legal problems
  • practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
  • referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
  • live chat and email support if you can’t find the answers to your questions

PBSC volunteers would be responsible for assisting in the administration of these workshops, familiarizing themselves with the OJEN materials for the topic at hand, and engaging students in the workshop in planned learning activities and open discussion. The guest legal professional would be responsible for answering student legal questions.

 The schedule will be provided to the students by the OJEN Coordinator.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Employment Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? At various high-schools in the London community.

How Many Students? Three

Prerequisites / Assets:

Experience public speaking would be considered an asset – but is not required.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://ojen.ca/en/

LIFE*SPIN PLE Project

Description:

LIFE*SPIN stands for Low Income Family Empowerment*Sole-Support Parent Information Network. LIFE*SPIN is one of the longest established and most respected Community Economic Development (CED) organizations serving low-income citizens in Ontario. The mission of LIFE*SPIN is to provide information and support for individuals surviving on low-incomes, and to support the empowerment and self-development of these individuals in their efforts to attain self-sufficiency.

The students will create and present public legal education workshops on Wills, Estates, Probate, Living Wills, and Power of Attorney on a monthly basis at LIFE*SPIN.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Wills & Estate Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? LIFE*SPIN office is located at 866 A Dundas St, P.O Box 2801, London ON, N6A 4H4.

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: Course work in Wills be considered an asset – but is not required.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://lifespin-org.doodlekit.com/

Legal Research / Writing

Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Rights Watch

Description:

Rights Watch is on on-line platform dedicated to promoting awareness and dialogue about rights and freedoms in Canada. PBSC volunteers on the CCLA/PBSC Rights Watch project have the opportunity to produce original and timely content and analysis, and engage with leading experts and other law students dedicated to promoting civil liberties.

There are three distinct aspects of the Rights Watch project:

  • Students’ primary responsibility will be to monitor an assigned area (e.g., courts in Ontario; legislature in Quebec; US Supreme Court, etc.) in order to identify and analyze legislative and/or court developments related to civil liberties. Based on their research and analysis, the students will produce blog posts for the Rights Watch webpage.
  • CCLA will organize four civil liberties “intensives” over the course of the academic year — webinar style sessions where the students can will learn about timely civil liberties issues and advocacy strategies. During these online sessions, students will have exclusive access to leading practitioners on different civil liberties topics. Each session is approximately one hour in length. Students are required to attend at least three of the four sessions over the course of the year. Efforts will be made to accommodate students’ schedules.
  • In order to promote widespread understanding of and engagement with civil liberties issues in Canada, students will post to social media (i.e., twitter, Instagram, Facebook) about the monitoring, research and analysis they are doing. The original blog posts produced by the students will be promoted through social media and the students may engage with commenters. Students are requested to post to social media once or twice per weekto contribute to dynamic and interactive engagement on right issues.

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing

Area of Law: Human Rights Law

Where will you be Volunteering: Remotely

How Many Students? One

Prerequisites / Assets: Bilingualism is an asset, but not required

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://ccla.org/

London Health and Homelessness Project

Description:

Students will assist Dr. Abe Oudshoorn of Western University investigate the rights of individuals who have been pushed out of normative housing and living situations due to socio-economic factors. Specifically this would include investigation into squatters’ rights, paying particular attention to the rights of individuals who are living in tents, vans, trailers, or campers in cities. Students could also consider relevant by-laws and the rights of neighborhoods to ask for the removal of these vehicles, the criminalization of homelessness, and how by-laws affect people who live on the street. In particular, there could be a discussion of the legal rights of homeless people and the way in which by-laws infringe those rights.

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing

Area of Law: Municipal/Regional Law, Human Rights

Where will you be Volunteering: Remotely

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills are an asset.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/nursing/people/faculty/oudshoorn_a.html

Canadian Environmental Law Association Project

Description:

The student will be assisting with research on environmental law litigation or law reform initiatives, in CELA’s priority areas:

  • Access to environmental justice
  • Water sustainability
  • Pollution and health
  • Green energy
  • Planning and sustainability
  • Acting globally

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing

Area of Law: Environmental law

Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely, but you also have an option to attend the office at: 55 University Avenue, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON M5J 2H7

How Many Students? One

Prerequisites / Assets: Administrative law is a prerequisite (either completed or in-progress). Environmental law or comparable courses are an asset, but not required

Who Can Apply: 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://www.cela.ca/

Atlohsa Healing Centre Project

Description:

Atlohsa is a family healing centre that provides services such as traditional talking circles to members of the London community that identify as Indigenous/Native.

Students will work with members of Atlohsa to research the legal status and recognition of talking circles in Ontario and other areas of Canada. Talking circles are a restorative approach for dealing with child welfare issues and other civil or family matter in the indigenous community. Students will create memoranda that outline the importance of talking circles, their impact on the community, how they may be legally recognized in the future, and the current process required for taking circles to become binding. Students will look to Canadian charter laws, Indigenous law, and case law (across Canada) to conduct their research and provide legal information on this method of alternative dispute resolution.

Students will also help with client intake by aiding in the completion of forms, legal documents, and legal applications for the Athlohsa justice program. These forms consist of court applications and intake forms for talking circle sessions with a community Elder.

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing, Client Assistance

Area of Law: Indigenous law, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Where will you be Volunteering: Remotely, as well as regular shifts at Atlohsa (located at 343 Richmond St, London ON)

How Many Students? Three

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills are an asset. Experience working in front-line and/or clinical settings and experience working with vulnerable populations is an asset.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://atlohsa.com/

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants Project

Description:

OCASI aids newcomers to Canada in their transitions during the immigration period. The settlement.org monitored chat works to answer questions with well-researched legal information. Students will aid in answering questions regarding employment issues, housing issues, and consumer protection issues, as well as in making competent referrals to lawyers and services offline in order to deal with legal problems. Students will conduct research into questions asked by those experiencing issues as a result of the immigration process – and will help draft legally informative answers in the form of memos. Students will be given directions from OCASI staff and draft memos based on questions asked in an online forum.

Type of Project: Legal Research / Writing

Area of Law: Immigration Law, Employment Law, Housing Law, Consumer Protection Issues

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets? N/A

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://ocasi.org/

United Nations Special Rapporteur Project

Description:

In May 2016, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council appointed Professor Michael Lynk as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967, UN Special Rapporteurs act independently of governments and the United Nations and are mandated to examine, monitor, advice and publicly report on human rights violations.

The student will be expected to conduct research on international human rights and humanitarian law and its application with respect to the Middle East conflict. The student’s work will assist Professor Michael Lynk in producing informative and high-quality reports for the United Nations Human Rights Council and the United Nations General Assembly.

Note: This project requires an interview which will be conducted by Professor Lynk.

Type of Project: Research / Writing

Area of Law: Human Rights / International Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites/ Assets: Preference will be given to students with considerable familiarity with international relations, and a strong interest in public international law and human rights. Completion of public international law and/or human rights law courses will be considered an asset – but are not required.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organizationhttps://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/sp/countriesmandates/ps/pages/srpalestine.aspx

N’Amerind Friendship Centre’s Gladue Writer Program

Description:

The N’Amerind Friendship Centre is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being of Native People. The N’Amerind Friendship Centre’s Gladue Writer Program seeks to advocate on behalf of Indigenous people within the criminal justice system

To create Gladue reports, the student Gladue writer will interview the individual before the court, as well as his or her family members, community members, elders, social service agency providers and any others who are or have been involved with the individual that is before the court. The students will be accompanied by the Gladue writer at all times for at-home visits or on-site interviews. The student will then write the report under the supervision of an experienced Gladue writer and a qualified lawyer supervisor, and will have the opportunity to observe Gladue court for these reports.

The students will have to take an in depth look at the offenders’ background in terms of generic factors related to the history of Aboriginal people in Canada (Ontario), and specific circumstances of these individuals. The students will explore how the offenders came to be in the situation they find themselves at the time. The students should strive to encourage the court to consider all other viable options other than incarceration to address the well-being and healing of the person before the court, which may also support the wellness of all Indigenous people.

Note: The student must be available to attend Gladue court on Thursdays from 10am –1pm, upon request.

Type of Project: Legal Research / Writing/ Advocacy

Area of Law: Aboriginal Law, Criminal Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Most work will be conducted remotely. However, students will also

be expected to attend Gladue Court periodically.

How Many Students? One

Prerequisites / Assets: Students must have some knowledge or be interested in learning about Aboriginal culture and the systemic issues of Aboriginals within the criminal justice system.

Who Can Apply? 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://www.namerind.on.ca/programs/gladue-writer-program/

Society of Graduate Students Project

Description:

SOGS is a graduate student union that represents over 6,000 members and runs a student government      to ensure that it is a democratic institution of the university. Additionally, SOGS works with sister unions and stakeholders on-campus and politicians off-campus to fight for student rights in Ontario and abroad.

Students will assist SOGS by reviewing employment contracts for their staff. Students might also conduct other not-for profit corporate law research or work related to the student union’s operations, including: research on board liability, review of by-laws, research on legislative compliance, or other legally related inquiry pertaining to SOGS or topics that impact the organization and its beneficiaries.  The general topics students will be assisting with are:

  • Personnel policies
  • SOGS Constitution, by-laws, and policy documentation
  • Staff contracts
  • SOGS Committee contracts
  • Academic policies and other forms of legislation

Type of Project: Legal Research/Writing

Area of Law: By-law, Non-profit corporate law, employment law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely and at the Society of Graduate Students, at Middlesex College

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are considered an asset

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://sogs.ca/

LondonCares Project

Description:

London Cares Homeless Response Services is a highly collaborative community-based Housing First service aimed at improving the health and housing outcomes of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Students will conduct research on tenant/landlord rights, paying particular attention to those who are marginally housed, in low income housing, or are new to tenancy (ie have been previously homeless, refugees, or immigrants without homes). Students will also investigate the rights of homeless individuals regarding sleeping outside, in tents, and other temporary forms of housing. This research will be in reference to the London/Middlesex by-laws. Students will create a plain language legal education piece and a research memorandum on the aforementioned topics for LondonCares.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education, Legal Research/Writing

Area of Law: Human rights, Municipal/Regional law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills are considered an asset

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://www.londoncares.ca/

Client Assistance

Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic Project

Description:

The Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic (EOLC) provides poverty law services to low-income residents of Elgin and Oxford Counties. EOLC provides summary legal advice and represents clients before courts or tribunals in the areas of: Landlord-Tenant Disputes, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Pension Plan, some employment law issues and criminal injuries compensation.

EOLC is looking for 2 students to work one half day per week for the duration of the school year (excludes exam periods). Students can expect to work with lawyer-mentors on traditional casework, summary advice, public legal education, law reform, and community development activities. EOLC is especially interested in allowing students to have meaningful client contact and helping them develop effective advocacy skills. The externship will be on-site at the EOLC’s main office in St. Thomas, Ontario. Selected students will be expected to arrange their own transportation to and from the clinic for the year.

Note: Interviews will be conducted by staff at EOLC.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education, Client Assistance

Area of Law: Tenancy Law, Employment Law, Criminal Law, Poverty Law,

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Students will attend EOLC for regular shifts at 98 Centre Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, N5R 2Z7

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: None. Experience working in front-line and/or clinical settings and experience working with vulnerable populations is an asset.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://www.eolc.ca/

Family Court Support Project

Description:

One student will be selected to assist a Family Court Support Worker at the London courthouse. The Family Court Support Program is a program within the Ministry of the Attorney General that offers direct support to female and male victims of domestic violence or abuse going through the family court system.

The student will complete the following tasks: provide information about family law procedures and processes; assist in recording the history of abuse for court documentation; assist in safety planning related to court attendances; assist in debriefing of lawyers appointments and court outcomes; attend Family Law Information Centre meetings with duty counsel; accompany parties to family court proceedings; and provide assistance through the legal process, and information in accessing Legal Aid and other community supports.  The student will not provide legal advice or assistance with pleadings – but will be exposed to the court system and non-legal courthouse advocacy.

Type of Project: Client Assistance

Area of Law: Family Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Students will volunteer at the Downtown London Courthouse at 80 Dundas Street.

How Many Students? One

Prerequisites / Assets: The ideal student will have a very flexible schedule. Students are free to pursue as many of the above tasks as they wish, but a flexible schedule will allow a student to fully pursue every opportunity. Preference is given to an upper-year student who also has a knowledge of the French language (although not required).

Who Can Apply? 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization:

https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/family_court_support_worker_program/ 

Huron Perth Legal Clinic Project

Description:

The Huron Perth legal Clinic (HPLC) provides a variety of legal services to low-income residents of Huron Perth County. HPLC provides summary legal advice and represents clients before courts or tribunals in the areas of: Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Employment Insurance, Landlord and Tenant matters, Criminal Injuries Compensation, Canada Pension Plan, and Powers of Attorney.

HPLC is looking for one student to work with lawyer-mentors on traditional casework, summary advice, public legal education, law reform, and community development activities.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education, Client Assistance

Area of Law: Poverty Law, Employment Law, Housing Law, Criminal Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? The project will be on-site at the HPLC’s main office at 59 Lorne Ave E, Stratford, ON N5A 6S4.

How Many Students? One

Prerequisites / Assets: Completion of either Civil Procedure and/or Administrative Law would be an asset – but are not required. Experience working in front-line and/or clinical settings and experience working with vulnerable populations is an asset.

Who Can Apply: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://www.huronperthlegalclinic.ca/

ID Project

Description:

Without official identification many people cannot access the majority of the vital community services and programs available. It is important to know not everyone who seeks help through the ID Project is homeless or marginally housed but many have been at some point in their lives. Pro Bono lawyers will be serving more than meals at the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program in London. Lawyers working in the London area, London Lawyers Feed the Hungry (LLFH), Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), and Community Legal Services (CLS) are partnering to help the homeless and precariously housed replace lost or stolen government issued personal identification and provide referrals to local legal services.

Every month, Pro Bono lawyers and law students will be holding duty hours for the ID Clinic & Legal Referral Services Duty Hours within the LLFH hospitality meal service at St. Paul’s Cathedral located at 472 Richmond Street. They will interview individuals, assess their legal issues, and help them complete applications to replace missing birth certificates, Ontario Photo Cards and Social Insurance Number certificates.

On “off-weeks”, students will maintain a running list of FAQs that are researched and reviewed by the supervising lawyer. The answers are then delivered to benefactors of this project during the end of the year.

Type of Project: Client Assistance

Area of Law: Administrative Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? St. Paul’s Cathedral located at 472 Richmond Street, London, Ontario.

How Many Students? Four

Prerequisites / Assets: Ability to speak French fluently would be an asset – but is not required.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: http://www.lawyersfeedthehungry.ca/london.html

Neighbourhood Legal Services London Middlesex Project

Description:

Neighbourhood Legal London Middlesex Services is a local Legal Aid Ontario clinic providing representation, public legal education, law reform and community development services to low income individuals and groups within the London area. NLS focuses on issues regarding Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support program benefits, Canada Pension Plan, Landlord and Tenant Law and Employment Insurance Benefits.

Students will draft research memos, conduct intakes at the clinic, and work with clinic lawyers on files.

Note: Students will be expected to attend Neighbourhood Legal Services for regular shifts.

Type of Project: Client Assistance, Legal Research / Writing/ Advocacy

Area of Law: Tenancy Law, Poverty Law, Employment Law, Elder Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? At the Neighbourhood Legal Services office located at: 151 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 5R7

How Many Students? Two

Prerequisites / Assets: Interest in access to justice issues.

Who Can Apply? 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://nlslm.com/

Pro Bono Ontario at the Children’s Hospital

Description:

Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) at Children’s Hospital is a medical-legal partnership created to help low-income families resolve legal problems that may prevent them from focusing their full attention on caring for a sick child. PBO at Children’s Hospital covers a wide variety of legal needs.

The student(s) will assist families that are sent to the Pediatric Family Resource Centre by the hospital social workers and staff to complete government forms for their children who suffer from chronic or critical illnesses. When the student(s) are not assisting families, they will be completing small projects such as memos on new legislation and legal changes to the medical industry, pamphlets with legal resources for families, project statistics, etc. These will be assigned by the on-site triage lawyer and should not take longer than 10 hours each to complete.

Note: This project requires an interview with Hospital staff.

Type of Project: Client Assistance, Legal Researcj/Writing

Area of Law: Varies, but can include; Employment Law, Social Assistance, Housing Law, Immigration Law, Health Care Access, Family Law, Education Rights and Human Rights.

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC): 800 Commissioners Rd E, London, ON N6A 5W

How Many Students? One

Prerequisites / Assets: The student(s) will also be required to complete a health screen, watch a short video on hand washing, and agree to LHSC’s policy on not visiting the hospital if one is feeling unwell.

He or she may be required to show evidence of receipt of the flu shot or, if not, to wear a mask in patient care areas.

Applicants to this project should have an interest in health law and access to justice.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://www.probonoontario.org/2016/05/17/children-and-youth/

Small Claims Court Project

Description:

The Small Claims Court Project (SCCP) allows students to work with clients navigating the often-confusing Small Claims Court System. The Project covers the entire Small Claims Court process: Claim, to Hearing, to Enforcing Judgement.

Students will interview clients, draft court documents and work with London lawyers to prepare clients for trials or the enforcement of judgements.

Type of Project: Client Assistance

Area of Law: Various Private Law Areas Including; Torts, Contracts, Employment

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Community Legal Services Office

How Many Students? Eight

Prerequisites / Assets: Experience with the Small Claims Court process will be considered an asset – but is not required. Preference will be given to upper-year students.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/small_claims_court_project.html

Criminal Insurance Compensation Board (CICB) Project

Description:

Students will assist in three areas of the CICB process:

Application Component

  • Clients will call the Pro Bono line and we will speak with potential clients to determine if they can be assisted through PBSC or if they should apply to be a CLS client
  • Complicated files will be referred to CLS
  • Simple files (ie. Single incident of assault, application that can be completed in one setting) will be booked to come in for assistance
  • Provide a “next steps” document with completed application to the client

Administrative Changes

  • Students will go over the new changes to the CICB process and what clients should expect during the application process (i.e. time to have application reviewed, what is required of applicants, evidence needed)

Research Component

  • Students will research what changes will be made to the CICB process as new amendments are released
  • Students will draft a short memo discussing what this means for pro bono legal services and the implications this may have for those applying to the CICB
  • Students will use this information to update a procedural manual of the CICB process

Type of Project: Client Assistance

Area of Law: Criminal law, Administrative law

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Community Legal Services Office

How Many Students? Three to Four

Prerequisites / Assets: Experience with the Small Claims Court process and CICB matters will be considered an asset – but is not required.

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/

Single Women in Motherhood Project

Description:

Single Women in Motherhood Training Program (S.W.I.M) is a non-profit, social service organization offering a variety of positive programs geared to enriching the lives and futures of single mothers.

Twice a month the students will host a legal clinic at SWIM for women seeking assistance with filling out court documents and applying for Legal Aid and seeking legal information and resources that may pertain to their circumstances. Jennifer will ensure that all inquiries into legal information that is provided has been reviewed. Students are not providing any legal opinion but are rather providing legal information. Main areas of law will include (but not limited to) the Family Law Act., legal/custodial rights, parental access, Child and Family Services Act., the Residential Tenancies Act., and the Criminal Code of Canada.

On alternating weeks, students will assist with a SWIM legal clinic on site. The students will conduct family law intakes and provide referrals to CLS and other local legal service providers for assistance. Students will conduct intakes, and ask questions to develop a comprehensive view of the case at hand.

Once a month, students will present relevant legal information to our clients at SWIM to promote self-advocacy and self-confidence while they navigate the legal process. Jennifer will ensure that the information that is being presented has been reviewed prior to the student’s presentation dates. Jennifer will be present for presentations when she is able to. If she is unable to, Jennifer will review the presentation material and the students work. Main areas of law will include (but not limited to) human rights, custodial rights, access rights, and other matters relating to the Family Law Act and Child and Family Services Act. Students will be open to presenting on topics requested by our clients (ex. criminal law).

Type of Project: Client Assistance, Public Legal Education, Legal Research/Writing,

Area of Law: Family law, Criminal law, Municipal law, Human rights

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely and at Single Women in Motherhood (located at 4-296 Horton St E)

How Many Students? Two to Three

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://singlewomeninmotherhood.com/

Wills and Estates Project

Description:

Students will assist the supervising lawyer draft wills, powers of attorney for property and personal care, and reporting letters for low-income individuals. Clients are referred to the project by community organizations. The student volunteers will perform client intakes then use will and POA templates provided by Community Legal Services to draft documents for clients. The students work will be reviewed by a lawyer to ensure the language, layout, and law are correct

Type of Project: Client Assistance

Area of Law: Wills and Estates, Power of Attorney

Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely and at Western Community Legal Services

How Many Students? Three

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are considered an asset

Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

Link to Organization: https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/