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PCLS statement of support for CUPE 3903

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Parkdale Community Legal Services stands in solidarity with precarious workers in the university sector who come together to challenge their marginalization in a context where universities are increasingly relying on their labour to deliver post-secondary education. In particular, we stand in solidarity with CUPE 3903 in their strike at York University.

Read the full statement (PDF).

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2018 19:14

PCLS welcomes new Clinic Director

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PCLS welcomes our new Clinic Director

The Board of Directors of Parkdale Community Legal Services are thrilled to announce the appointment of Johanna Macdonald as our new Clinic Director effective November 6, 2017. Johanna has dedicated roots in the community legal clinic system and a depth of experience in clinical legal education.

Read full announcement here.


Clinic partnership reports on A2J Guided Interviews

September 29, 2016

PCLS is pleased to introduce Community legal clinics and A2J Guided Interviews, a final report for the fiscal year 2015/16 by the Clinic Interview Partnership (“Clinic IP”). This is a project exploring how online interactive technology, A2J Guided Interviews, can increase the capacity of legal clinics to serve their communities.

The partnership was formed 2012. Today it includes 17 community legal clinics and is governed by a Steering Committee of clinic managers, Legal Aid Ontario, and the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario. The project team is housed at PCLS

The report gives an overview of the project, from its inception to the present, including envisioned next steps. It describes the project’s challenges and successes and summarizes some promising outcomes. The report also details observations about the technology and its potential as a capacity building tool for legal clinics.


Osgoode Roundtable on Intersections at PCLS

The following message is from the PCLS Board of Directors.

At the 28 October 2015 Board Meeting, the Board received a report from Professor Sean Rehaag, PCLS Academic Director, about a Roundtable held at Osgoode Hall Law School on 7 October 2015.

The Roundtable was facilitated by Professor Janet Mosher. Roundtable participants included students, Osgoode faculty, and PCLS staff. The subject of the Roundtable was intersections at PCLS as a workplace, a university-based educational program, and an organization committed to social justice. Participants discussed how the social justice values that the clinic aspires to in its casework and community work should play out in the clinic’s internal practices.

Professor Rehaag’s report on the Roundtable can be obtained on request by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Happiness is a Student Field Trip to the Supreme Court of Canada

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By Justin Dharamdial ‘12

On December 8, 2010 while most Osgoode students were in the thick of exam season, five students doing their clinical placement at Parkdale Community Legal Services went on a field trip to Ottawa. Raha Bahreini ‘11, Laura Siperman ‘11, Iliana Petrovic ‘11, Sandra Dzever ‘12 and I from the immigration division at PCLS went to see our supervising lawyer, Geraldine Sadoway, argue for an intervener in the Mavi case at the Supreme Court of Canada. And Raha actually got special permission from the Chief Justice to sit with counsel Sadoway on the other side of the “bar” since she had worked on the intervener factum: the rest of us were green with envy.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:15
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