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Queen’s University’s five law clinics co‑locate
Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
January 29, 2015 marked the official opening of Queen’s University’s five student law clinics under one roof, located centrally in downtown Kingston.
“The road to this opening has been a long and fruitful one,” says Bill Flanagan, dean of Queen’s law faculty, “representing the involvement of Queen’s law in the community for decades, starting with Queen’s legal aid clinic and growing through our prison law, business law, elder law and most recently, family law clinics.”
“We’ve enjoyed a 45-year-plus-and-counting relationship with Queen’s,” says Randall Ellsworth, vice president of northern, central and eastern regions at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). “Since then, the partnership has flourished and low-income Ontarians have benefitted greatly from the legal services provided at Queen’s.”
Queen’s principal Daniel Woolf acknowledges the major supporters who fund the $1.5 million cost of the clinics. Legal Aid Ontario will contribute $1.1 million a year, along with other contributions from the Law Foundation of Ontario, the class of Law ’81 and key donors like Edward Kafka.
“Most importantly,” says Randall, “our clients, the low-income Ontarians who come to this facility, will benefit even further from the enhanced knowledge of our students and the cross-pollination of ideas and methodologies that will come with combining locations.”
The 6,000 square foot office space provides four interview rooms, twelve offices, a dual functioning meeting room-classroom, and 24 student work stations.
Students in all five clinics will be exposed to an environment similar to that of a law office and gain exposure to a range of law fields. Students will also benefit from economies of scale that allow for technological updates. For example, the clinics’ information technology infrastructure will allow students to work from home and yet still have secure access to the information at the clinics.
Queen’s law clinics are all Student Legal Aid Services Societies (SLASSs), funded by LAO and operate out of Ontario’s six law schools. With the supervision of full-time lawyers, volunteer law students provide legal advice and represent clients in limited cases.
For more information on this program:
Queen’s Law Clinics
303 Bagot Street, Suite 500
Kingston, ON K7K 5W7
Tel: (416) 979-2352 ext. 5456