Pamela Cross

Today The Law Foundation of Ontario announced that Pamela Cross, the Luke’s Place Legal Director, is their 2019 Guthrie Award recipient! Congratulations, Pam!

The Guthrie Award celebrates “exceptional access to justice champions”. Pamela is recognized for her “tremendous contributions to Canadian women’s legal rights”.

From the Foundation’s news release:

“Pamela’s work is changing the way the legal system approaches violence against women,” said Linda Rothstein, the Foundation’s Board Chair. “From many angles – representing clients, developing pro bono services and public legal education for women, training lawyers and judges, informing policymakers, and spearheading cutting-edge research – Pamela is a critical connector who brings people and sectors together to better understand and respond to the unique and urgent legal needs of women who’ve been abused.”

At Luke’s Place, Pamela’s work includes training Family Court Support Workers and Legal Aid Ontario lawyers and staff, developing the Virtual Legal Clinic and a CPD accredited training for lawyers, creating the Family Court and Beyond Survival Workbook for women, conducting research and law reform.

In the Foundation’s article about the award, Executive Director, Carol Barkwell, says:

“Pamela is deeply committed to improving access to justice for women who have been subjected to abuse in their relationships…. Early in her practice, Pamela recognized the need for family law consultation, education, training and resources within the violence against women sector. She set a path to meet this need.”

Pamela is a bright light who leads us working on this issue. Her commitment, passion, collaborative spirit and achievements inspire and give hope. Thank you, Pam!

Earlier this year, Pamela was also recognized with the 2019 Laura Legge Award presented by the Law Society of Ontario.

Please note, because of the demands of this work, Pamela is unable to respond to individual requests for help. For family law support in your community, visit our map of family court support services or