Job Posting-Staff Lawyer

Legal Assistance of Windsor has a permanent staff lawyer position available January 1, 2016. The staff lawyer will be part of our legal team and will engage in our program activities including case work, public and continuing legal education, law reform, community development, and student supervision.

Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW) is an interdisciplinary clinic combining legal and social work professions to meet the multi-faceted needs of the low-income community in Windsor and Essex County. LAW is a joint service of the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor and Legal Aid Ontario.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Experience in landlord tenant and criminal injurires compensation work is required. He or she will have a collaborative approach to legal work and strong interpersonal skills. Experience and ability in mentoring students is essential. A strong interest in social justice and community development and previous clinical practice is preferred.

Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Interested candidates must apply by November 27, 2015 in writing to:
Laura Pratt, Service Coordinator
Legal Assistance of Windsor
85 Pitt Street East, Windsor, Ontario N9A 2V3
E-mail: prattl@lao.on.ca

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Read Shelley Gilbert’s comments on the importance of tenant advocacy:

Residents have vowed to learn their rights as tenants.

Creating an association is an effective way to do that, said Shelley Gilbert, the co-ordinator of social work services at Legal Assistance of Windsor. The clinical learning project, set up by the University of Windsor, provides services for people who can’t afford legal fees. Over the years, students have helped many tenants form associations.

“Tenants often feel they’re in a precarious state and are at the mercy of the landlord, so when they are able to come together and have a really effective and appropriate advocacy strategy around the repairs or around any other issues in their neighbourhood, they don’t feel they’re as much at risk,” Gilbert said. “Creating an association is one good way, systemically, to deal with issues.”

She also explained how working with the students helps tenants understand their rights and teaches them how to navigate the often complicated tribunal system of the province’s Landlord and Tenant Board. Without that knowledge, tenants can often be dismissed even when they have a legitimate complaint.

“That’s one of the reason why creating a tenant association is a good idea because people often don’t know what evidence they need,” Gilbert said.

See the full Windsor Star article by clicking here: http://tinyurl.com/nqdfpz2

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LAW’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!

2014 06 LAW 40th Anniv Poster R5

Registration is now open for our 40th Anniversary Celebration. Register by clicking here: https://webapps.uwindsor.ca/conferences/law/40th/index.php

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Legal Aid to change how it deals with clients with mental health issues

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Legal Assistance of Windsor would be honoured if you would join us at our Annual General Meeting and celebration.

March 6, 2014, at Canterbury College
2500 University Ave. W. at 5:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
Key Note Speaker: Ryan Fritsch – 7:30 p.m.

Special Guest Ryan Fritsch, Policy Counsel with Legal Aid Ontario, will be discussing LAO’s Mental Health Strategy and Discussion Paper.

Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Please RSVP to blaks@lao.on.ca by March 3, 2014, to confirm your attendance.

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