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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.


Notice of Annual General Meeting 2016

Date: June 22, 2016
Start time: 6:00 PM meal, 6:30 PM call to order
Location: May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue
(See map)

We value your participation in our organization, so we hope you will attend our AGM along with our Board of Directors and staff. This year we celebrate our 45th anniversary, and we are excited to share with our members our history and what we hope for the future of the community.

We will also present the annual Dorothy Leatch Memorial Award to a community member for exceptional contribution to the community and social justice and recognize the important convening work of our community partner, Parkdale Organize.  The theme of this AGM is Getting Organized, and will feature a panel presentation of neighbourhood people talking about their roles in community organizing.


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

Transformation: Statement from the Board of Directors of PCLS

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The following message is from the Board of PCLS.

PCLS continues to be active with the GTA Transformation Project Steering Committee. We are working with our colleague clinics to identify transformation activities that more closely fit with our priorities for improving access to justice for clinic clients.

The key principles which will guide the participation of PCLS in transformation discussions are: a) that the clinics within the GTA should work as a system; b) that decisions within clinics need to have genuine community input, c) that community governance of clinics must be respected; d) that there should be at least a basic consistency of available services from all clinics in the GTA, though clinics can also vary their scope of services to meet the particular needs of their community; e) that PCLS is committed to its long term partnership with Osgoode Hall Law School to provide a high quality clinical legal education program in poverty law.

PCLS is willing to meet with other colleague clinics within its immediate region with or in adjacent neighbourhoods of the GTA to discuss the availability of services within the region. PCLS Is particularly concerned with the availability of employment law services.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:00
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