ACCLE Treasurer Michelle Christopher, Q.C. was recently honoured by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Beach with a Distinguished Service Award for her exemplary service to the community. Michelle is the Executive Director of Student Legal Assistance, the pro bono legal clinic located at the University of Calgary. Congratulations Michelle on this tremendous achievement!
Clinical Law: Practice, Theory, and Social Justice Advocacy (Sarah Buhler, Sarah Marsden, Gemma Smyth) is now available from Emond Publishing. Clinical Law focuses on the different contexts in which clinical law is practised, discusses approaches to building relationships with clients and communities, and explores the future of clinical legal practice. It also provides instructional guidance for lawyers on how to effectively strategize, negotiate, and verbally advocate for their clients.
ACCLE is thrilled to announce that it will co-host its 2016 Conference with the IJCLE (International Journal of Clinical Legal Education). The Risks and Rewards of Clinic will take place in Toronto, from July 10 – 13, 2016 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Registration is now open. Please mark the date on your calendars and plan to join us in Toronto next summer for this exciting event!
The full program for our upcoming 6th Annual Conference, The Place of Clinical Legal Education, is now available. Visit the Conference page on this website to view the program and for full details about the conference. If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay – registration closes October 21, 2015.
ACCLE is thrilled to confirm that Maria Campbell, writer, playwright and & teacher, will deliver the keynote address at our 2015 Conference, “The Place of Clinical Legal Education”.
The full program for our 2014 Conference, including details about the conference schedule, registration, small group sessions and presenter information, is now available:
On September 2, 2014, Legal Aid Ontario announced new funding to its 6 SLASS clinics to assist them in delivering desperately needed family law services. For the University of Toronto’s Downtown Legal Services, this new funding will allow them to expand their current family law practice to serve more clients. For the 5 other SLASS clinics, Osgoode Hall Law School’s Community and Legal Aid Services Program, University of Ottawa’s Community Legal Clinic, Queen’s Legal Aid, Western University’s Community Legal Services and University of Windsor’s Community Legal Aid , this funding will allow them establish new family law practices. For more information about this funding and the different programs, see LAO’s press release.
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released on July 23 a long-awaited and important report on reform of the family justice system. Downtown Legal Services (DLS) at the University of Toronto received several mentions as the only student legal clinic in Ontario that provides family law assistance.