Project Enhancing Legal Professionals in RR areas:
Working with law schools, paralegal programs, the Law Society and rural and remote legal practitioners to increase access to justice by increasing externship and articling placement, developing new training programs and supporting new recruitment strategies and incentives to practice.
Project Path to INsourcing:
This project will increase clinic capacity to provide more varied legal services in more areas of the law, respond more quickly and take a more holistic approach by re-examining the intake process with a view to bring the clinic tools closer to the clients.
Project Justice and Health Alliances:
Improve health outcomes for rural and remote residents through building unique service partnerships with health care providers which will ensure early intervention and prevention by increasing awareness of “legal health” and how the social determinants of health and unresolved legal issues can intersect.
Project Shared Expertise:
This project will erase geographic boundaries between 4 clinics to expand the client service menu, close the gap between resources and client need by sharing their expertise in an area of law not practiced in the other three clinics.
Rural and remote clients often have one trusted person in their community who is the go-to person for answers – they know they need to ask “Sheila”. This project will work to get an agreement with “Sheila’s” in rural remote areas to train them on issue identification and on connection to legal resources like clinics.
An innovative technological platform that addresses the rural conundrum of vast distances and scarce resources, the app will serve clients and trusted intermediaries in a way that was not possible up to now. The app will have features that will allow a range of users (from the least to the most sophisticated) to improve their access to justice. The app will also assist legal clinics as a means of outreach and community connectedness.
Rather than handing the client a laundry list of other places to go for help with their problems, the clinic creates the path/App and assists along the way to bring to bear the broadest range of available Legal-Aid funded services that can be applied to the client’s circumstances. The clinics remain charged with being the central holder of client need and objectives all along the way.
Project Getting Strategic about Rural and Remote Access to Justice:
Gathering evidence and generating new synergies with key access to justice partners to create a new vision, strategies and “systems response” to challenges faced in these communities,
Project Cultural Collaboration:
Working collaboratively with Legal Aid Ontario on identified and discrete initiatives to initiate a culture of collaboration between Legal Aid Ontario and participating clinics.
Project Trusted Intermediaries in Public Libraries
Working with librarians from public libraries, local courthouses, government, and willing law schools, we seek to increase access to on-line and printed credible legal information and ensure quality referrals for free legal help and other legal literacy initiatives for rural and remote residents living in poverty or on a low income.