A guestpost from Michelle Cader, the Community Outreach Manager at Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario.
People in our communities need new access points to legal information about common legal problems and referrals for legal help. Public libraries can help create new pathways to help people deal with their legal problems.
Recent studies by community legal clinics in Ontario – informed by the experience of front-line legal workers – call for new partnerships to help reach marginalized, rural, and remote communities. The studies specifically suggested library staff as important allies.
So, we’d like to invite librarians serving in rural and remote areas to come to Toronto for an exciting justice innovation event on October 29, 2015. We’ll be exploring ways that libraries and community legal clinics can work together to bring access to justice to rural and remote communities in Ontario, and we’d love your input.
We even have a small fund for travel subsidies to help you come and join us. If you’d like to come, we encourage you to register by September 30 as there is limited space available. We hope to see you in Toronto on October 29!
This event is organized by the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre, Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), The Rural & Remote Access to Justice Project and The Action Group on Access to Justice at the Law Society of Upper Canada.