Author - NSRLP

SRLs with Disabilities: Dealing with a Double Whammy

One of the most eye-opening aspects of working on self-representation and Access to Justice is the way that the different needs of different groups are increasingly revealed to us. The crisis in affordable legal services affects the majority of our community. So it is unsurprising that particular interests and challenges that are associated with distinct demographics keep appearing. Members of these groups challenge us to consider their specific obstacles to and requirements for Access to Justice, if they are to feel [...]

Read more...

Weinstein And Ghomeshi: Outing Sexual Predators

Kevin Donovan, journalist This week Julie talks to Toronto Star journalist Kevin Donovan, who broke the Jian Ghomeshi sex abuse scandal in 2014. Kevin and Julie discuss the role of the press in exposing powerful sexual predators, in light of the recent revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In other news, Jumping Off the Ivory Tower will take a break next week, but will be back on November 6th with a look at Islamophobia in our culture, including the recent [...]

Read more...

Just a Conservative Alberta Lawyer

Lawyer Rob Harvie This week Julie talks to Alberta family lawyer, and Chair of the NSRLP Board, Rob Harvie, about access to justice, the self-represented litigant crisis, and client-focused legal services – specifically how Rob’s views on all these have changed with experience, and why he feels that change is now urgent. Plus, great library initiatives for SRLs, and a Halifax law firm hires a social justice lawyer – an innovative move. “In Other News” Links: Bend, Oregon’s “Lawyer in the Library” [...]

Read more...

When Will Law Schools Confront the SRL Reality?

NSRLP is proud of our initiative to expose law students to the human face of the SRL crisis, and to bring them some much-needed data on the extent of and the reason for the SRL phenomenon. Especially so given that law school classes continue to bury/ suppress/ hide/ neglect/ ignore this information. Here is the Good News SRL Awareness Day (formerly Bring an SRL to Law School Day) went off well at Windsor, Osgoode and Western last week. Ottawa U and Queens [...]

Read more...

How Far Can a Law School Dean Go?

Dean Lorne Sossin This week Julie talks to Lorne Sossin, Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, about, among other things, his thoughts on former Justice Robin Camp (the “knees together” judge), his philosophy of what it means to be a law school dean, and how student lawyers can be oriented to the lived realities of their future clients. Plus: the success of SRL Awareness Day, a case to watch on disability accommodation in the North West Territories, [...]

Read more...

Catch 22: No Capacity, No Lawyer

Judy Gayton, self-represented litigant Julie talks to self-represented litigant Judy Gayton about her years of struggling through the justice system with a cognitive disability. Judy’s story is representative of the many people contacting the NSRLP who face the double whammy of navigating the legal system by themselves, on top of a disability. In other news: another great piece from Gillian Hadfield, and career changes from two of Ontario’s top justice leaders. An Appeal: If you are a lawyer, especially if you have [...]

Read more...

Reading and Understanding Case Reports: Equipping Yourself with Tools for Effective Legal Research

One of NSRLP’s mandates is to develop practical and accessible resources to empower SRLs and better equip them on multiple fronts. We believe that if someone finds themselves without expert assistance, it is critical that they should be able to access the best self-help tools. It is no secret that preparing to present your own case in court without legal representation is daunting, as well as stressful. While legal research lays a crucial foundation for preparing one’s case, reading judicial [...]

Read more...

Georgette Makhoul: Our Latest A2J All-Star!

Georgette Makhoul, an associate at Hogarth Hermiston Severs LLP, is our latest Access to Justice All-Star, in recognition of her unwavering commitment to Access to Justice education and advocacy. This fall, Georgette is the instructor for Windsor Law’s for-credit Conflict Coaching for SRLs class. The new course provides experiential learning as students work with local SRLs in family or civil court to assist them as coaches at various stages of their case. One of her students in the class has [...]

Read more...

SRL Awareness Day, October 4th 2017: Working Together for Change

Self-Represented Litigants Awareness Day, an NSRLP initiative first launched 3 years ago, is approaching fast. On October 4th, Windsor Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, the U of Ottawa Law School, Queens Law School, and Western Law will open their doors to local SRLs. SRL guests will sit in on law school classes, tour the law library, and participate in speaker panels dedicated to raising awareness about self-representation, sharing their experiences with both future lawyers and current practitioners. What is special [...]

Read more...

Changing Faces in the Justice System

Ranjan Agarwal, lawyer and incoming OBA Secretary This week Julie talks with Ranjan Agarwal, partner at prestigious Toronto law firm Bennett Jones, about his (many!) appearances before the Supreme Court, about his thoughts on Access to Justice for Canada’s diverse population, and about his goals as incoming Secretary of the Ontario Bar Association. Plus, some recent thoughtful pieces on the future of legal education, and a plug for SRL Awareness Day, coming up on October 4th. “In Other News” links: Prof Gillian Hadfield [...]

Read more...
Font Resize
Background Color