The LFO Announces 2008/2009 Community Leadership in Justice Fellows

    TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to
announce that two exceptional individuals have been selected as Community
Leadership in Justice Fellows for the 2008/2009 academic term. They are
Michele Leering, Executive Director and lawyer with the Community Advocacy &
Legal Centre; and Joyce Zuk, the Executive Director of Citizen Advocacy, and
Executive Director of Well-Come Centre for Human Potential.
    The Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships bring leaders from public
interest organizations which interact with the justice system together with
Ontario universities, colleges and law schools. The Fellows spend a term in a
law school or other post-secondary institution fulfilling a range of
responsibilities including: research, teaching or co-teaching and they may
also focus on less traditional academic contributions and more on mentorship,
activism and leadership (through discussion groups, public lectures,
collaborative projects, etc.).
    Michele Leering will partner with Osgoode Hall Law School of York
University, and will explore two broad strategies to increase access to civil
justice, particularly for people living in poverty or on a low income. One
strategy will focus upon the education of law students, and the other will
explore the potential promise and power of new partnerships.
    "I am passionate about finding ways to increase legal literacy and
leverage new resources to improve access to justice. I believe both are
critical to ensuring and promoting social inclusion for poor and marginalized
communities," she said.
    Joyce Zuk, will partner with St. Clair College of Applied Arts &
Technology. She will develop a model for community agency satellite "Form
Clinics" which will be serviced by students of the College's Paralegal
program. This project will help address two problems: how to obtain assistance
for certain members of the community who require help in understanding
regulatory processes and working through the documentation which accompany
these processes, and how to provide opportunities for students of an
accredited paralegal program of study to apply knowledge, and practice skills
in a diverse "live-client" environment.
    "By working with the College to develop practicum experiences we will not
only assist in the development of strong paralegal practitioners, but provide
a valuable and much needed community service," said Zuk.
    The goal of the Fellowships is to broaden and enrich the faculty and
students' academic experience through innovative and facilitative approaches
to teaching and learning. It is also hoped that as a result of the experience,
the Fellows themselves will be stimulated and inspired, and bring new insight
to their respective organizations.
    "We are confident the Fellowships will strengthen the collaboration
between academic institutions and public interest organizations", explained
LFO Chair, Larry Banack. "The issues addressed by both Fellows are timely and
important and we believe the benefits produced by their work will prove to be
of enduring value to the broader community," he added.

    The LFO was established in 1974 and is committed to the advancement of
legal knowledge, excellence within the legal profession and community
participation in the legal system. The LFO funds programs and initiatives that
promote and enhance access to justice for all Ontarians. For more information
on the LFO and the Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Adriana Suppa, Communications
Advisor, The Law Foundation of Ontario, Tel. (416) 598-1550 ext. 309,; Virginia Corner, Communications Manager, Osgoode
Hall Law School of York University, (416) 736-5820,;
Ann Hetherington, Director of Marketing, St. Clair College of Applied Arts &
Technology, (519) 972-2775,

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