Julie Mathews, executive director of Community Legal Education of Ontario, wins major Ontario justice award

Friday, November 27, 2015

Legal Aid Ontario extends congratulations to Julie Mathews, this year’s winner of the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Guthrie Award.

Ms. Mathews has been executive director of the Community Legal Education of Ontario (CLEO) since 2000. She has played a central role in helping this legal aid clinic meet its mandate to provide clear, accurate and practical legal rights education and information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system.

One of her initiatives, for instance, is Connecting Communities, a project that arose from the Law Foundation report Connecting Across Language and Distance. Ms. Mathews and her colleagues at CLEO successfully used a collaborative approach to help over 20 community-based projects across Ontario more effectively provide legal information to linguistic minorities or those who live in rural or remote communities.

The Guthrie Award will be formally presented to Ms. Mathews at a reception ceremony in February 2016.

The Law Foundation of Ontario is the sole foundation in Ontario with the mandate to ensure access to justice. It created the Guthrie Award in 1996 in honour of former foundation trustee and Chair H. Donald Guthrie. The award acknowledges outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to access to justice and excellence in the legal profession.