The Centre for the Legal Profession

is pleased to host

A Celebration of Ontario’s Community Legal Clinics

November 12, 2009

University of Toronto Conference Facility
89 Chestnut Street

"A Celebration of Ontario's Community Legal Clinics" is a one-day Symposium, to be held on 12 November 2009 at the University of Toronto's Conference Facility at 89 Chestnut. The Symposium will provide an opportunity for the legal community to celebrate and reflect on four decades of accomplishments by Ontario’s community legal clinics in promoting access to justice for the most disadvantaged Ontarians.  The Symposium will bring together clinic representatives and members of the broader legal and social justice communities to review clinics’ past achievements and current challenges, and to discuss recent policy reports with respect to the role of community legal clinics in ensuring access to justice for all Ontarians.


The entire symposium can be viewed via webcast. Click on each link below to view the webcast of that part of the event.

9:15 - 9:25 - Welcome from Conference Committee

9:30 - 10:30 - The Legacy - Foundations for Success: A conversation with the Hon. R. Roy McMurtry and Justice Lee Ferrier.

10:45 – 12:00 - Building to the Future - Current and Future Issues: Professor Michael Trebilcock, Professor Mary Jane Mossman and Karen Cohl

12:00 – 1:30 - Lunch Talk: Roger Smith

1:45 – 2:00 - Hon. Chris Bentley, Attorney-General

2:00 – 3:10 - What do Ontario’s Community Legal Clinics Do Today?: Clinic panel, chaired by Raj Anand.

3:20 – 4:30 - Open Mike Session: chaired by Professor Lorne Sossin and Karen Cohl.

Background Materials

Karen Cohl, and George Thomson, "Connecting Across Language and Distance: Linguistic and Rural Access to Legal Information and Services", Report of the Linguistic and Rural Access to Justice Project, December 2008. (also referred to as the "Connecting Report")

Michael Trebilcock, "Report of the Legal Aid Review 2008", submitted to the Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General of Ontario.

Michael Trebilcock is a Professor of Law and Economics at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Executive Summary:

Full Report (PDF)

Section by Section:

Mary Jane Mossman, Karen Schucher and Claudia Schmeing, "Comparing and Understanding Legal Aid Priorities", a paper prepared for Legal Aid Ontario, April 2009

Roger Smith, "Legal Aid: Models of Organisation", a paper written for a conference of the European Forum on Access to Justice, Budapest, December 2002.

Roger Smith, "Legal Aid Management and Delivery: Lessons", prepared for a conference on Legal aid Reform in Lithuania, April 2004.


Osgoode Hall Law School Law Foundation of Ontario University of Toronto Faculty of Law