Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic: Information for lawyers

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Lawyers committed to access to justice are encouraged to join 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 clinic uses web-based video conferencing to connect women to family law lawyers. For the pilot stage of this project, we are working with clients of women’s shelters and other services in North Eastern Ontario.

We welcome applications to our virtual clinic from lawyers who are:

  • Interested in the issue of violence against women
  • Ready to try web-based video conferencing
  • Willing to participate in a self-directed 3 hour online training
  • Able to commit to a regular monthly time of 2 to 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:computer with 1 person on the screen

  • Free access to “Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships“, a professional training on the issue of violence against women and its relationship with family law, accredited for 1 hour 20 minutes Professionalism Hours and eligible for up to 1 hour 10 minutes Substantive 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 Luke’s Place Legal Director
  • The opportunity to be part of an innovative access to justice initiative that will improve the lives of vulnerable women and their children

PBLO has registered the Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic project; it is LawPRO approved.

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 Administrative Coordinator at projectco@LukesPlace.ca.

Luke’s Place would like to thank the Law Foundation of Ontario for their support of the Virtual Legal Clinic and the training for lawyers. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, has also assisted with the training for lawyers. While financially supported by these foundations, Luke’s Place is solely responsible for all material.