Category: Legal news

The Special Needs of Survivors of Family Violence in the Family Court Process: Comments on Justice Bonkalo’s “Family Legal Services Review”

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A significant portion of all cases in family court involve family violence. Any changes to court process must examine the needs of these families. Luke’s Place and the Barbra Schlifer Clinic have a unique perspective on the complex realities of

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Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic expands serving more rural and remote communities

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Luke’s Place is delighted to announce that our Virtual Legal Clinic will expand into Northwestern Ontario and rural Eastern Ontario. Thanks to the Law Foundation of Ontario for funding this second phase! The Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic connects woman

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Paralegals in family courts not the solution

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Pamela Cross and Amanda Dale respond to the recent report by Justice Bonkalo, Family Legal Services Review. Although they applaud the effort, there is a “fatal flaw” in the report — a lack of understanding of the impact of violence

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Course for lawyers a great success!

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In September we announced the launch of our online training for lawyers, “Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships.” We’ve received a great deal of interest in the course and lots of positive feedback. Here’s what lawyers who have completed

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When Shared Parenting and the Safety of Women and Children Collide

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Shared parenting and joint custody are common outcomes in family law cases, even when there is a history of woman abuse. Such custody and access arrangements mean that an abusive partner can continue his manipulation of and violence against the

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Accredited training for lawyers with clients leaving abusive relationships

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Family law cases involving violence against women are complicated, time consuming, stressful, challenging and can be dangerous for both the client and her lawyer. Yet effective lawyering is essential to ensure a positive outcome that allows the client and her

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What should I do if a lawyer doesn’t want me to attend a meeting with a woman I am supporting?

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This resource draws heavily from “Privilege, Confidentiality, Third Parties Attending Interviews, Duty to Report, and Exceptions” prepared by Gerard J. Michaud, Lawyer Manager, Family Law Service Centre (Peel), August 16, 2012. Many thanks to Luke’s Place volunteer lawyer Emilie Garant,

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UPDATE! Virtual legal clinic ProBono hours LawPRO approved

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PBLO has notified Luke’s Place that it has registered our virtual legal clinic project and that it is LawPRO approved. Luke’s Place is launching a virtual legal clinic using web-based video conferencing to connect women in north eastern Ontario to

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Lawyers wanted: Virtual legal consultations, pro bono hours, CPD hours

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Lawyers committed to access to justice are encouraged to consider joining the Luke’s Place virtual legal clinic. Be part of an innovative project to provide summary legal advice to survivors of intimate partner violence. Our virtual legal clinic uses web-based

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Virtual legal clinic: Video conferencing for justice

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Luke’s Place is establishing a virtual legal clinic for women who have left abusive relationships and are involved with family court. Using web-based video conferencing, the clinic will connect women in rural and remote areas to family law lawyers elsewhere.

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