The Law Foundation of Ontario

The Law Foundation of Ontario

December 02, 2009 10:36 ET

The Law Foundation of Ontario Continues Connecting Articling Fellowships for a Second Year

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2009) - The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that it is continuing its Connecting Articling Fellowships program for a second year. It is awarding eleven Fellowships for the 2011 articling year to community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal information and services to linguistic minorities and residents of rural and remote communities.

These Articling Fellowships will be available from the following community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario offices:



Community Legal Clinics Positions

1. Community Legal Clinic of York Region - The position is available to a
Tamil speaking student.
2. Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic - The position is
available to a Mandarin and/or Cantonese speaking student.
3. Toronto Workers' Health & Safety Legal Clinic/Industrial Accident
Victims Group/Spanish Speaking People's Legal Clinic - The position is
available to a Spanish speaking student.
4. Waterloo Community Legal Services - The position is available to a
Dari/Farsi, Spanish, Pashto, Somali, or Amharic speaking student.
5. Keewaytinok Native Legal Services - This position will serve rural and
remote communities, including aboriginal communities.
6. Community Advocacy and Legal Centre (Belleville, Bancroft)
- This position will serve rural residents.
7. Community Legal Clinic (Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes)
- This position will serve rural residents.

Legal Aid Ontario Positions

8. Windsor/Essex Area Office/Windsor/Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic
- The position is available to an Arabic speaking student.
9. Cochrane Area office - This position will serve rural and remote
communities, including aboriginal communities.
10. Kenora Area Office - This position will serve rural and remote
communities, including aboriginal communities.
11. Thunder Bay Area Office - This position will serve rural and remote
communities, including aboriginal communities.


The Law Foundation previously funded positions at these clinics and area offices for the 2010 articling year and students have been hired for those positions.

The Law Foundation established the Connecting Articling Fellowships in response to a recommendation contained in a report it sponsored called "Connecting Across Language and Distance: Linguistic and Rural Access to Legal information and Services" which described significant barriers to access to legal information and services for people who do not speak English or French and people living in rural and remote areas. The report concluded that the establishment of these Fellowships would assist in addressing those barriers.

Community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario will choose students for the 2011 Connecting Articling Fellowships through a public recruitment process. Students should apply for these positions after the community legal clinics or Legal Aid Ontario have posted the job positions. All recruitment for the 2011 articling positions will be done in accordance with Law Society of Upper Canada requirements.

For general questions about the Connecting Articling Fellowships program, please contact Tanya Lee, Project Director, Linguistic and Rural Access to Justice Project, Law Foundation of Ontario at tlee@lawfoundation.on.ca or (416) 598-1550 ext. 318.

Students should contact community legal clinics or Legal Aid Ontario with specific questions about and/or applications for the positions after the job positions have been posted. The contact at Legal Aid Ontario for area office positions is Lynn Iding, Manager, Lawyer Workforce Strategy, Legal Aid Ontario at idingl@lao.on.ca. The contacts at the individual clinics will be indicated in their job postings.

Contact Information

  • Law Foundation of Ontario
    Tanya Lee, Project Director,
    Linguistic and Rural Access to Justice Project
    (416) 598-1550 ext. 318
    tlee@lawfoundation.on.ca