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

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 video conferencing to connect women in north eastern Ontario to family law lawyers elsewhere.

We are currently looking for lawyers who are:

  • Interested in the issue of violence against women
  • Willing to participate in a self-directed 5-hour on-line training
  • Able to commit to a regular monthly time of 2 – 4 hours to provide pro bono online summary legal advice
  • Willing to be part of the evaluation of this pilot (this will involve minimal time commitment from you)

In return, this project can offer you:

  • Professional training on the issue of violence against women and its relationship with family law, accredited for substantive CPD hours, available online and on your own time
  • A manual and other resources about working with clients who have experienced abuse for you to use in your practice as well as in this project
  • Policies, procedures and protocols to support your work with the virtual clinic
  • Technical training and support
  • Ongoing support from the Legal Directors of Luke’s Place and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
  • The opportunity to be part of an innovative access to justice initiative that will improve the lives of vulnerable women and their children

We are presently working with PBLO to have your pro bono time with the virtual clinic accredited and registered with LawPRO.

Before initiating this pilot project, Luke’s Place undertook research into online legal service delivery. Our Virtual Legal Clinic report looks at similar projects in other jurisdictions and examines the opportunities and risks of using web-based technology.

It is our hope that this pilot project will prove to be an effective model that can be expanded to other parts of the province.

Interested lawyers should contact the Project Administrator at projectco@LukesPlace.ca.

Luke’s Place would like to thank the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Trillium Foundation for their support of this initiative. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. While financially supported by these foundations, Luke’s Place is solely responsible for material related to this project.

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