Susan Irwin, Lawyer/Executive Director | Jan 21, 2015

Last year Rural Legal Services amalgamated with the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Legal Clinic to form The Legal Clinic (TLC). As a community legal clinic, TLC receives funding from Legal Aid Ontario to provide a range of free legal services to the residents of northern Frontenac and northern Lennox & Addington counties, the county of Lanark and the united counties of Leeds & Grenville. Services include:

  • legal information and summary advice
  • casework and representation before courts and tribunals in certain areas of the law for financially eligible residents, and
  • public legal education, law reform and community development.

TLC is governed by a locally elected Board of Directors. On March 26 TLC will hold an Annual General Meeting to elect a new nine-member Board of Directors. Board member representation from throughout the service area of TLC will be very important to the planning, delivery and accessibility of the free legal services delivered by TLC. Have you ever thought about being a Director?

Board members sought - Are you concerned about the struggles of the unemployed/under-employed and the disabled to obtain and maintain housing and to feed themselves and their children?

Do you feel low-income people should be able to obtain basic legal assistance, legal information, and appropriate referrals quickly and without cost?

Do you believe people without financial means should be able to plan for their care in the event of future incapacity?

Do you believe low-income victims of crime should be helped to get compensation for injuries suffered or that disabled people should be able to fight for government benefits they believe were wrongly denied to them in their time of need?

If you believe in these fundamental rights, then you believe in legal clinics!

Do you have the time (2−4 hours per month) and the desire to help? The Legal Clinic seeks volunteer board members who reside in its service area, especially those with interests and skills in understanding financial reports, human resources, and fund raising through grant or funding applications. Those with legal clinic board experience are encouraged to apply.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information or to request an application form or call toll-free 1-800-597-4529 (Perth Office) or 1-888-777-8916 (Sharbot Lake office). Completed applications should be mailed to The Legal Clinic, 10 Sunset Blvd., Perth, ON K7H 2Y2 before February 24, 2015 marked “Confidential – TLC Director”.

Legalese is a column of general information and opinion on legal topics by the lawyers of The Legal Clinic, Box 359, Sharbot Lake, ON, K0H 2P0, 613-279-3252 or 10 Sunset Blvd., Perth, ON K7H 2Y2, 1-888-777-8916. This column is not intended to provide legal advice. You should contact a lawyer to determine your legal rights and obligations.

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