UPDATE! Virtual legal clinic ProBono hours LawPRO approved

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 family law lawyers elsewhere for free summary legal advice. Our initial outreach in November was met with an enthusiastic response from the legal community.

If you are a lawyer interested in joining the virtual clinic team, please contact us at projectco@lukesplace.ca.

Participating lawyers receive:

  • 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

Participating lawyers are:

  • Interested in the issue of violence against women
  • Willing to participate in the 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)

This project is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario. The training for lawyers is funded by the Law Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Learn more about the virtual legal clinic.

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