Access to Justice All-Stars

To nominate an Access to Justice All-Star, please email go to our contact page and email us your nomination. Make sure to include your their name, their place of work and position and why you are nominating them.

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 [...]

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Introducing the NSRLP’s Newest Access to Justice All Star: Denice Barrie

Our newest Access to Justice All-Star is Denice Barrie, the President and Founder of Waymark Law, located in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Access to Justice is the focus of Denice’s legal practice, and she is a strong advocate for self-represented litigants. Waymark Law offers legal coaching, unbundled legal services, and research services for litigants who cannot afford full representation. Denice was nominated by Sarah Khan, Coordinator, Intake and Referral Services, for the Legal Services Society in British Columbia. Sarah nominated Denice [...]

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New A2J All-Star: Anne Fletcher!

Our newest Access to Justice All-Star is Anne Fletcher of the Bella Coola Legal Advocacy Program in British Columbia. Anne is an Advocate, funded by the Law Foundation of BC, and a Community Partner of the Legal Services Society (LSS). She helps hundreds of people a year access justice in the BC communities of Bella Coola, Bella Bella, and Klemtu, which have a high proportion of Indigenous clients. These are remote and isolated parts of the province where resources to help [...]

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Newest A2J All-Stars!

Sarah Dover Pictured above left to right:  Brant County Crown Attorney Robert Kindon, Justice Kevin Sherwood, Six Nations community elder Jan Longboat and Justice Gethin Edward, holding a wampum belt, symbolizing the desire to care for all who enter the Brantford Indigenous Persons Court.  NSRLP’s December A2J All-Stars are Sarah Dover, Justice Gethin Edward, and Justice Kevin Sherwood. The trio is nominated by Rosemary Rich, a legal writer and researcher, for their innovative and important work in creating the Indigenous Persons Court [...]

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Introducing A2J All-Star, Jennifer Lin

Our newest Access to Justice All-Star is Jennifer Lin, an Associate with Boughton Law and a volunteer with the Amici Curiae Pro Bono Paralegal Program in Vancouver, B.C. The Amici Curiae program, an organization of paralegals who offer pro bono assistance to self-represented litigants, expanded its services last year to serve temporary foreign workers who need help in preparing their uncontested divorce applications. Nominating Jennifer as an A2J All-Star, Dom Bautista, Executive Director of the Law Courts Centre and of the [...]

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Shannon Salter Joins A2J All-Stars!

Our newest Access to Justice All-Star is Shannon Salter, Chair of the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal. The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is a brand-new dispute resolution process that will allow users to resolve their legal problems online, and without legal representation. The CRT is launching with strata (condo) disputes, but will soon extend into small claims court. Nominating Shannon as an A2J All-Star, Professor Noel Semple, NSRLP Advisory Board member and a leading A2J scholar himself, writes: “The CRT is a [...]

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Access to Justice All-Stars: The Team at Calgary LInC

Our newest Access to Justice All-Stars award goes to a very special trio at the Law Information Centre at the Calgary Courts Centre. Cynthia Sawyer, Lisa Paul, and Melissa Molyneux were nominated by a member of the public who has had many encounters with the Law Information Centre, and has been greatly helped by the LInC team. Cynthia, Lisa, and Melissa are Law Information Centre Coordinators. They provide legal information to court clients looking for help. They work constantly with self-represented [...]

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Access to Justice All-Stars – Halton Legal Health Check-Up Program Community Partners

Our newest Access to Justice All-Stars are the 7 community partners in the Halton Legal Health Check-Up program (the Anglican Church of the Incarnation, Halton Multicultural Council, Employment Halton, Links2 Care, Voices for Change Halton, Halton Hills Family Health Team and St. Vincent de Paul at the Mary Mother of God Parish in Oakville). The Halton Legal Health Check-Up is a remarkable example of the effectiveness of community organizations working together on an access to justice problem. In the words [...]

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Our Newest Access to Justice All-Star is Glen Gardner, Assistant Deputy Minister (Innovations) Ministry of Justice, Saskatchewan

“Over the course of his career, Glen has brought a spirit of innovation to his public policy work.  Through his various roles in the Justice Ministry’s Dispute Resolution Office, and now as ADM of the Innovation Branch, Glen has been tirelessly optimistic about the capacity to improve peoples’ experiences with the justice system.  He has encouraged lawyers, judges, other justice professionals and government administrators to tackle this vital question:  how do we facilitate earlier, accessible, client-focused solutions to “legal [...]

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Access to Justice All-Star: Victoria Foster

The by-line on Victoria Foster’s website (http://www.fosterlegalservices.ca/) reads “Helping self-represented litigants help themselves”. Victoria is a lawyer in Red Deer, Alberta, who just six months after her call to the Bar three years ago set up her own practice with the goal of addressing what she saw as the “huge need” among family litigants for legal assistance. “I wanted to build a practice that could help people who cannot afford a $2,500 retainer.” Victoria offers unbundled legal services – including document review [...]

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