Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

May 27, 2010 12:41 ET

Media Advisory: Hon. Roy McMurtry to Release Results From Comprehensive Study of Public's Legal Needs

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 27, 2010) - The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, former Chief Justice of Ontario, will release the research results from the first comprehensive study of the civil legal needs of Ontarians at an event on May 31. McMurtry is chair of the Steering Committee of the Ontario Civil Legal Needs Project, an initiative undertaken jointly by the Law Society of Upper Canada, Legal Aid Ontario, and Pro Bono Law Ontario.  The project received additional support from the Law Foundation of Ontario.

The project is a comprehensive study of why low- and middle-income Ontarians seek help with their civil legal needs, and how successful they are in finding that help.  For the first time, the everyday civil legal needs of these Ontarians has been identified, quantified and analyzed.

The steering committee members are The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, Marion Boyd, former Attorney General of Ontario and bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, John McCamus, chair of Legal Aid Ontario and Lorne Sossin, vice-chair of Pro Bono Law Ontario. Attorney General Chris Bentley will also be attending the event.

Members of the media interested in attending are required to confirm their attendance in advance. Please contact Denise McCourtie at 416-947-3362 or

Event Details     
Date:   Monday, May 31, 2010
Time:   4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location:   Convocation Hall, Law Society of Upper Canada,
    130 Queen Street West (enter through the east doors) 

Greetings and remarks will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

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