Get Involved

Your involvement is essential to our service. Over thirty lawyers have chosen to volunteer their time with us. Please do the same and call 514-507-3054 to find out how you can play a role in improving access to justice.

While the Clinic welcomes all lawyers to volunteer with us, please note that we currently have a particular need for lawyers  with an experience in tenancy law.

Why did they get involved?photo Joanie et Alexandre

“We believe that we are privileged because of the education that we have had, in that it has given us access to a wealth of resources (knowledge, a network of contacts, financial resources, etc.) and we believe that it is our duty to give back to the people who do not have the same access to these resources. Our involvement at the Mile End Legal Clinic represents for us the chance to give back these resources; it also presents an opportunity to meet wonderful people whose backgrounds and life experiences differ from ours. Our involvement at the Clinic is a great source of fulfillment when we see the real positive impact that our contribution can have on the lives of others. We hope that the Clinic can continue in its mission, which is crucial in the current societal context, and we will do our best to ensure that this happens.”

– Joanie Lapalme (Lawyer specializing in intellectual property at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin) and Alexandre McCormack (Lawyer at Newmark Knight Frank Devencore)

 Benjamin Prud'homme“As a resident of Mile End, getting involved with this organization was a natural choice for me. However, it was also more than that. The Mile End Legal Clinic has worked for several years to offer legal advice to citizens of Montreal that is accessible and adapted to their needs. Access to justice is a fundamental value and initiatives like the Clinic must be strongly encouraged and supported. As a lawyer practicing in the area of family law, I meet with clients who are facing situations of divorce, difficulties related to custody of their children, or problems regarding support payments. Knowing one’s rights in situations of distress should not be left to chance; it is a right. I chose to get involved at the Clinic to participate in this movement for access to justice.”

Benjamin Prudhomme, lawyer specializing in family law, Robinson Sheppard Shapiro 

photo Christine Beltempo

“It is a pleasure for me to give my time at the Mile End Legal Clinic. Not only does it allow me to share my knowledge with those who need it the most, but it also allows me to collaborate with the Clinic team- a team that is devoted, welcoming and always smiling, even on the other end of the telephone. The work of everyone involved in the Clinic is inspiring and that is what motivates me to continue participating in this wonderful project.”

Christine Beltempo, lawyer formerly at Shurman Longo Grenier, now with ‎Amadeus IT Group

“I have been involved at the Mile End Legal Clinic as a volunteer for two years. Each week, I have the pleasure of putting my knowledge and experience as an immigration lawyer to use to help a diverse clientele. I find that it is a great opportunity to encourage the law student volunteers to develop a more human approach to the practice of law, while keeping the distance necessary to effectively advise and help people who have a problem.”

– Brigitte Objois, lawyer specializing in immigration       

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