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Ann Schweighofer awarded 2023 Sidney B. Linden Access to Justice Award

Published April 10, 2024

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is pleased to announce that Ann Schweighofer is the 2023 recipient of the Sidney B. Linden Access to Justice Award, which is given each year to an exceptional individual who has demonstrated a commitment to access to justice for low-income Ontarians. Ann, a former office manager at the Rexdale Community Legal…

LAO releases Racialized Communities Strategy Action Plan progress report

Published March 21, 2024

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is releasing a new report highlighting the progress made on its Racialized Communities Strategy Action Plan. “In 2020, LAO published its 10-year action plan committing to 17 specific objectives to be achieved by 2030,” says David Field, President & CEO of…

LAO hires AVP for new Indigenous Services Department

Published March 4, 2024

Legal Aid Ontario is creating an Indigenous Services Department bringing together existing lines of work from across the organization to create a more holistic, strategic approach to the delivery of services for Indigenous clients. The Indigenous Services Department will lead LAO’s implementation of reconciliation initiatives and work within LAO’s mandate to better reach and serve…

Live chat hours are now 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Published January 15, 2024

After a successful launch and testing period, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is extending the hours of our live chat. The chat will now be available from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. The live chat was previously available from Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST. As a reminder, the chat is available…

Deadline extended: Nominate someone for the Sidney B. Linden Access to Justice Award

Published November 15, 2023

Do you know someone who should be recognized for their exceptional work in helping low-income Ontarians with complex legal problems? Tere’s still time to nominate them for the 2023 Sidney B. Linden Access to Justice Award—the deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. About the award The award is named after Justice Sidney…

Making a difference in peoples’ lives with duty counsel work

Published October 16, 2023

Ash Keyvani, a staff family lawyer at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) in Newmarket, remembers a mother of two who felt stressed when her former spouse falsely accused her of committing fraud. The ex-husband alleged that she failed to report child support payments from him while she was receiving social assistance at a time when the…

Supporting vulnerable clients motivates duty counsel in Brockville

Published October 16, 2023

Helping a mother of three to access mental health resources and get her life back on track was a rewarding experience for Brockville lawyer Alana Logie. Alana is a staff lawyer in Brockville who provides duty counsel services to people eligible for legal aid. Her client became involved in a domestic dispute with her former…

Painting a realistic picture for clients is key to duty counsel work

Published October 16, 2023

Helping clients navigate the justice system and court process is one of the most satisfying aspects of duty counsel work. That’s the view of Steven Akman, who has been serving as a staff lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario in Belleville for the past 10 years. That role includes working as duty counsel, assisting clients at court…

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