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Articling Fellowships help Legal Aid Ontario expand services to clients

Posted on: Wednesday, May 27/09

Law Foundation of Ontario
Linguistic minorities and residents of isolated communities in Ontario will have greater access to legal information and services thanks to 11 Connecting Articling Fellowships awarded to Legal Aid Ontario area offices and community legal clinics by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

The fellowships -- some of which involve partnerships between service providers - allow LAO and clinics to hire law students who speak a specific language or can serve where needed in rural and remote areas across the province for the 2010 articling year.

The fellowships were created after the LFO report "Connecting Across Language and Distance: Linguistic and Rural Access to Legal Information and Services," which identified barriers facing Ontario residents.