The Law Foundation of Ontario

The Law Foundation of Ontario

May 13, 2009 11:49 ET

The Law Foundation of Ontario Awards Eleven "Connecting Articling Fellowships"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 13, 2009) - The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) is pleased to announce that it has awarded eleven "Connecting Articling Fellowships" for the 2010 articling year to successful organizations. These articling positions for community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario will provide legal information and services to linguistic minorities and residents of rural and remote communities.

The LFO's recently released report "Connecting Across Language and Distance: Linguistic and Rural Access to Legal Information and Services", 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 and provided recommendations for improving their access to justice. It recommended that the LFO fund Articling Fellowships and the LFO acted upon that recommendation.

The LFO received 28 applications, some of which involved partnerships between several organizations, for these Articling Fellowships. A Selection Committee, composed of distinguished members of the legal profession and persons with expertise in the needs of linguistic minorities and residents of rural and remote areas, reviewed the applications and made recommendations to the LFO. The LFO was extremely impressed with the quality of all the applications received and appreciated the interest in this initiative. The following is a description of the successful applications.

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

1. Community Legal Clinic of York Region - The clinic wishes to hire a student who speaks Tamil.

2. Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic - The clinic wishes to hire a student who speaks Mandarin and/or Cantonese.

3. Toronto Workers' Health & Safety Legal Clinic/Industrial Accident Victims Group/ Spanish Speaking People's Legal Clinic - The three clinics wish to hire a student who speaks Spanish.

4. Waterloo Community Legal Services - The clinic wishes to hire a student who speaks Dari/Farsi, Spanish, Pashto, Somali or Amharic.

5. Windsor/Essex Area Office/Windsor/Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic - The clinic and area office wish to hire a student who speaks Arabic.

6. Cochrane Area Office- The area office wishes to hire a student to serve this rural and remote part of the province, including its aboriginal residents.

7. Keewaytinok Native Legal Services - The clinic wishes to hire a student to serve this rural and remote part of the province, including its aboriginal residents.

8. Kenora Area Office-The area office wishes to hire a student to serve this rural and remote part of the province, including its aboriginal residents.

9. Thunder Bay Area Office-The area office wishes to hire a student to serve this rural and remote part of the province, including its aboriginal residents.

10. Community Advocacy and Legal Centre (Belleville, Bancroft) - The clinic wishes to hire a student to serve the rural residents in its part of the province.

11. Community Legal Clinic (Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes) - The clinic wishes to hire a student to serve the rural residents in its part of the province.

Community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario will choose students through a public recruitment process. For further information, please contact Lynn Iding, Manager, Lawyer Workforce Strategy, Legal Aid Ontario at idingl@lao.on.ca.

The Law Foundation of Ontario makes grants to support community participation in the justice system, promote excellence in the legal profession, and enhance access to justice. For more information about the LFO, please visit www.lawfoundation.on.ca.

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