Current Projects 2020-21

Public Legal Education

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 creating and 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: Employment law, family law and environmental law
Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely
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

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 to 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 legal opinions or advice on any subjects. All content will be reviewed and approved by the supervising lawyer prior to public dissemination.

Students will be required to prepare five podcasts in total. Western Radio will post podcasts to their channel as long as students meet this minimum requirement. Each episode should be less than 10 minutes long but the preparation will take approximately 5-6 hours. Each episode has to be structured with proper scripts, use simple language, and should be designed to catch the audience’s attention.

Three volunteers from last year will return as Project Leads to facilitate the transition, and assist with providing structure, oversight, and continuity. They will also help ensure the student volunteers’ work builds on themes and podcasts from previous years.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education

Area of Law: Variety of legal topics
Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely

How Many Students: Two

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing and presentation 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. Students will prepare and deliver presentations to schools as identified by the Project Leads.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education
Area of Law: Criminal law, Human rights, Health law
Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely
How Many Students? Four
Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research, writing, and presentation skills are considered an asset. Students accepted to this project will go through an interview process with the Project Leads, and final selections will be approved by the Lawyer Supervisor.
Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization: https://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/pro_bono_students_canada/

Legal Line

Description:

Legal Line, established in 1993, is a Federal not-for-profit organization providing access to Canadian Laws written in plain language. Organized under 45 areas of law, answers provided by Legal Line allow users to zero-in on the specific information they are looking for. Questions that require further assistance are then referred to lawyers, paralegals, or government officials who are experts in the particular field in which the individual is seeking information.

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.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education, Research / Writing
Area of Law: Various
Where Will You Be Volunteering? Remotely
How Many Students? Two
Prerequisites / Assets: None
Who Can Apply? 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization: https://www.legalline.ca 

Legal Research / Writing

LIFE*SPIN PLE Project

Description:

Student Volunteers will create an information kit for LIFE*SPIN outlining the basics of a Will and Powers of Attorney (“financial” and “medical”). The kit will include general information on what Wills and POA’s mean, how it could affect clients if they don’t have these documents, and proper procedure to make Wills and POA’s. Additionally, the information kit will address specific provisions that need to be in place for creating a Will for a client with children with disabilities, including reference to a “Henson Trust”. Moreover, the information kit will discuss Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and how it could affect Life*Spin clients.

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.

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing

Area of Law: Wills & Estate Law
Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely

How Many Students: Two

Prerequisites / Assets: Course work in Wills is considered an asset – but is not required. Upper year students preferred
Who Can Apply: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization: https://lifespin-org.doodlekit.com/

London Health and Homelessness Project

Description:

Students will assist Dr. Abe Oudshoorn of Western University to investigate the rights of individuals who have been pushed out of normative housing and living situations due to socio-economic factors. Specifically, this may 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 may also have the opportunity to research 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. Students will be drafting legal memoranda and a policy paper advocating changes to local by-laws and other legislation regarding the treatment of homeless persons in London. The information gathered in this project will be disseminated to other local housing organizations and non-profits who assist homeless persons in the city.

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing
Area of Law: Housing, Municipal/Regional Law, Health, 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 and acting globally.
Student volunteers will be responsible for conducting a review of legislation and cases and drafting legal memorandum.
In previous years, PBSC students have completed tasks included the following: researching and drafting summary advice letters to clients, drafting jurisdictional reviews of asbestos regulations to support CELA’s law reform initiatives, drafting plain-language guides to environmental legislation to
be used by agencies, and other legal research on water, toxics, and energy.
The lawyer supervisor will provide a list of topics for the current year at the outset of the project.

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing
Area of Law: Environmental law, Indigenous and Aboriginal Law
Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely
How Many Students: Two
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: 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization: http://www.cela.ca/

Atlohsa Healing Centre Project

Description:

Atlohsa is an Indigenous-led family-healing centre that provides holistic services for those experiencing family violence. The services offered through the Zhawenjigewag justice program are legal support, counselling, and circles.
Student volunteers will assist Atlohsa Family Healing Services by researching and delivering presentations on various legal issues. The student volunteers will research Child protection law (what rights Indigenous individuals have under the Child and Family Services Act or other relevant legislation when interacting with child protection services), Mental Health Act (difference between form 1 and form 2 and how to complete these), and Updated rights when interacting with Police.

Student volunteers will be responsible for researching and drafting memos. Student volunteers will be responsible for preparing a public legal education (PLE) document. The presentation should be in plain language and easily accessible. The material will be prepared in a written document that could be used in a brochure. Additionally, video recording/presentation of these materials will be prepared depending on the student’s workload.

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing
Area of Law: Indigenous law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Human Rights
Where will you be Volunteering: Remotely

How Many Students: Three
Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills are an asset. Students who have previously taken a course in Aboriginal law and/or Indigenous legal traditions. For 1L, must have strong passion to serve Indigenous communities.
Who Can Apply? 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization:   https://atlohsa.com/

London Poverty Research Center Project

Description:

PBSC student volunteers will conduct legal research (legislation/caselaw) regarding housing law and any common issues that tenants are facing. Additionally, PBSC student volunteers will deliver a presentation regarding Residential Tenancies Act and Landlord Tenant Board procedures to the London Tenants Association members. The main deliverable created by PBSC student volunteers will be the creation of a training manual for the organization’s volunteers. Additionally, student volunteers will conduct legal research on housing law and rights of tenants to write a policy paper to advocate tenant’s rights. The PBSC volunteer’s contribution to this manual will be limited to legal research (such as LTB process) not administrative tasks. Student’s work will be reviewed and approved by supervising lawyers before being used by the organization.

London Poverty Research Centre (LPRC) is working closely with London Tenants Association (LTA) to advocate for tenant’s right. This project would help LPRC in conducting research and drafting policy papers to advocate for LTA

Type of Project: Legal Research/ Writing
Area of Law: Indigenous law, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Where will you be Volunteering: Remotely
How Many Students: Two to Four
Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills are an asset.
Who Can Apply: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization: https://www.povertyresearch.ca

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, Criminal Law

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 Organization: https://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.

Students will assist the N’Amerind Friendship Centre draft and write Gladue reports for Indigenous clients facing legal issues. Gladue reports will be drafted with the assistance of the Gladue Writer, and will be reviewed and approved by the supervising lawyer prior to use by the partner organization and/or in any court proceedings. The partner organization will provide Student Volunteers with information and resources that will aid in the drafting of 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.

If the Gladue court operates remotely in September, students may attend Gladue court remotely provided the N’Amerind Centre gives permission, and provided public health policy and university/faculty directives permit such activities.

Type of Project: Legal Research / Writing/ Advocacy

Area of Law: Aboriginal Law, Criminal Law
Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely
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: 1Ls, Ls, 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. Student volunteers will support SOGS members by researching and delivering presentations on various legal issues. The student volunteers will do one workshop related to housing law or immigration law. These issues are more pressing now due to the current COVID 19 situations. Additionally, student volunteers will conduct legal research and summarize the relevant legislation in the form of the legal memoranda. Research topics will include Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Employment Standard Act, Not-for-profit Corporation Act, and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Student volunteers will then prepare public legal education (PLE) sessions summarizing their research. PLEs will be pre-recorded and delivered through a video recording in order to accommodate different time zones for SOGS members.

Type of Project: Legal Research/Writing
Area of Law: By-law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Non-profit corporate law, employment law

Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely

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/

Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic (Indigenous Law) 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. The Clinic has an Indigenous Justice Program to work with Indigenous residents of the area.

This project will assist EOLC in conducting legal research on Indigenous law. EOLC serves First Nations communities such as Oneida of the Thames, Chippewa of the Thames and Munsee- Delaware First Nations. The organization/supervising lawyer will provide guidance on some of the questions that need to be answered. For example, differences between rights of First Nations who signed Treaties (Chippewa) and First Nations who purchased lands (Oneida) will be explored. In particular, whether there are differences in the application of provincial legislation on-reserve as opposed to off-reserve. Student volunteers will be responsible for conducting a review of legislation and cases, and drafting legal memorandum and a policy paper.

Note: Interviews will be conducted by staff at EOLC.

Type of Project: Legal Research and Writing
Area of Law: Indigenous & Aboriginal Law, Housing Law, Human Rights Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely
How Many Students: One
Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills will be an asset.

Who Can Apply: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization: http://www.eolc.ca/

Urban Haven Project

Description:

Student volunteers will assist Urban Haven by creating brochures in various legal topics. The following topics will be explored:

  1. Residential Tenancy Rights: Student volunteers will conduct research on rights as a tenant and rights as a landlord pursuant to Residential Tenancies Act. Their research will further explore what rights and limitations exist around eviction.
  2. Child Custody: students will conduct research on the rights of parents regarding child custody

Type of Project: Legal Research and Writing

Area of Law: Housing, Family, Civil Litigation

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://urbanhavenproject.org

North West London Resource Center

Description:

Student volunteers will assist North West London Resource Centre by researching various legal issues. The project will form two parts. Part 1 will include researching rights of new immigrants in regard to the criminal justice system. For example, what are the implications of going to prison for new permanent residents of Canada, and how does that criminal record affects their citizenship application. Part 2 of the research will include researching housing law and what are the rights as a tenant in terms of paying rent during covid-19. The final deliverable should be in plain language and easily accessible. The material will be prepared in a written document that could be used in a brochure by the partner organization.

Type of Project: Legal Research and Writing
Area of Law: Immigration & Refugee, Criminal and Housing
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://nwlrc.ca

PHSS Community

Description:

Student volunteers will be responsible for creating the brochure and training manual and deliver virtual presentation for PHSS who serves clients with significant physical and/or developmental disabilities. Majority of PHSS are non-verbal and on wheel chairs. This project would provide general information on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Employment Standard Act (ESA) to PHSS clients. This information must be communicated in a plain language and delivered through different means such as plain language brochure and zoom workshops. The student volunteers will work closely with PHSS’s advocacy group, Power to the People. Power to the People advocates for people with disabilities. For example, they advocated for a longer time for pedestrian signals in London. The project’s final deliverable will educate PHSS clients and assist Power to the People in advocating rights for people with disabilities, informing of their rights in AODA and ESA.

Type of Project: Legal Research and Writing
Area of Law: Human Rights, Employment & Labour, Social Assistance
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.phsscommunity.com

Community Living London

Description:

Student volunteers will create a brochure and a training manual and deliver a virtual presentation for Community Living London. This project will provide general information on Employment Standard Act (ESA) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) with a focus on understanding rights of people with developmental disabilities in their workplace. The student volunteers will create a plain-language brochure based on the research. Additionally, student volunteers will present their final work to the organization’s management team and their clients through zoom. The student volunteers will also help the organization in creating a training manual related to ESA and AODA so that the organization can train their clients even when our student volunteers are not available in the future.

Type of Project: Legal Research and Writing
Area of Law: Human Rights, Employment & Labour, Social Assistance
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.cll.on.ca

CCLA Rights Watch Monitoring Project

Description:

CCLA fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada. CCLA has written an interim report on the extent of civil liberty and human rights concerns that have emerged as a consequence of government responses to COVID-19 and the emergency measures passed in response to the health crisis. Over the course of the year, students will assist us to create a more complete assessment with enhanced input from jurisdictions across Canada. Students will be asked to research civil liberties incursions in their assigned jurisdictions using a range of research tools, and contribute clear, concise and nuanced descriptions in the shared document, supported by appropriate citations. Depending on how many external contributors sign up, it may also be possible for students to play an editorial role with respect to certain chapters of the report.

Note: This project has an early application deadline of Tuesday, September 22nd at 4PM

Type of Project: Legal Research and Writing

Area of Law: Human Rights
Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely
How Many Students: One
Prerequisites / Assets: Interest in civil liberties, government accountability, the rule of law and CCLA’s various program areas. Completion of a Constitutional law course.
Who Can Apply: 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to
Organization: https://ccla.org

Client Assistance

Neighbourhood Legal Services London Middlesex Project

Description:

Neighbourhood Legal Services London Middlesex is a local Legal Aid Ontario clinic that provides representation, public legal education, law reform, and community development services to low income individuals and groups within the area. NLSLM focuses on issues regarding Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Programs, Canada Pension Plan, Landlord Tenant law, and employment law.
Students will assist local lawyers at NLSLM draft memos, conduct client intake, and assist with legal files and research. The students will be assisting with Criminal Insurance Compensation Board matters as well as acting as conduit for legal advice on tenant rights, workers' rights, and social assistance. The advice provided is relayed by the students from the supervising lawyer.  

Note: students are not permitted to offer legal advice. Any questions outside of the advice relayed by the supervising lawyer must be directed to the supervising lawyer for follow-up. Students will also assist in pre-trial preparation under the direct supervision of the supervising lawyer. All work completed by the students and all legal information provided by the students will be reviewed and approved by the supervising lawyer.

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: Remotely

How Many Students: Two
Prerequisites / Assets: Experience working in front-line and/or clinical setting and experience working with vulnerable populations is an asset. Completion of Administrative law or a law class on dealing with vulnerable groups is an asset.
Who Can Apply: 2Ls, 3Ls (preferred)
Link to Organization: https://nlslm.com/

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. Students will assist the Huron Perth Legal Clinic in conducting legal research on their active cases. Some of the topics will include human rights, housing law, and consumer protection law. Students will be required to conduct legal research on cases and legislation and draft a legal memorandum. The project will require statutory interpretation of various legislation including the Ontario Human Rights Code; therefore, upper year volunteers will be given a priority for this position. The lawyer supervisor will provide guidance throughout the student’s research. The information will be reviewed and approved by the lawyer supervisor before being used by the clinic.

Type of Project: Client Assistance
Area of Law: Housing Law, Human Rights, Civil Litigation
Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely
How Many Students: One
Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research and writing skills; Statutory Interpretation would be an asset

Who Can Apply: 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization: http://www.huronperthlegalclinic.ca/

Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic (Housing Law) 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.

This project will assist EOLC in conducting legal research on housing law. The student volunteer will work closely with a supervising lawyer who handles files in housing law. The supervising lawyer will periodically ask the student volunteer to conduct legal research on the Residential Tenancies Act and connected cases to assist EOLC’s clients. Student volunteers will be responsible for conducting a review of legislation and cases, and drafting legal memorandum and a policy paper.

Type of Project: Public Legal Education, Client Assistance

Area of Law: Housing Law, Human Rights Law, Poverty Law

Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely
How Many Students: One
Prerequisites / Assets: Experience working in clinical settings is an asset. Interest in both working with the clinic and housing law
Who Can Apply: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls

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

No-fee Cannabis Pardon Clinics

Description:

Nokee Kwe, founded on Aboriginal principles, is dedicated to creating, promoting and sustaining culturally sensitive environments, which encourage and support personal development and self- determination. This project will form two phases.
Phase 1 will include organization training and research tasks. As part of the research, students will review legislation and application related to cannabis pardon process. Also, students will create a list of documentation required by clients in order to apply for the cannabis pardon. This list will be reviewed by the supervising lawyer before moving on the Phase 2.

Phase 2 will include virtual client interaction. Students will meet clients through virtual/remote video conference to discuss the documentation required and provide resources/contacts/information on how to acquire documentation i.e. criminal records/police check. Additionally, students will meet with clients who have completed gathering all the required documentation and assist them with the on-line application. The application will be reviewed by a supervising lawyer before the final submission.

Type of Project: Client Assistance
Area of Law: Criminal Law, Aboriginal Law
Where Will You Be Volunteering: Remotely
How Many Students: Three

Prerequisites / Assets: Strong research, writing, and communication skills

Who Can Apply: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
Link to Organization: http://nokeekwe.ca/