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FUNDRAISER: Join us for the Christie Community Bike Ride this Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Each September, McGill Law students choose to fundraise for an access to justice organization through a bike ride. This year, they chose the Mile End Legal Clinic and we are thrilled to be taking part of the ride!

To register and for more information – Click here
To donate to the CCBR – Click here

When:          Sunday, September 25th 2016, 9:00AM Registration, Ride at 9:30AM
Where:         Starting at OCDH, Faculty of Law (3644 Peel St.)

A message from the Christie Community Bike Ride committee:

“This year, we’ll be raising funds for the la Clinique juridique du Mile End, un réseau d’avocats et d’étudiants en droit dédiés à rendre la justice plus accessible!

The bike ride was founded at McGill Law in 2009. This seventh bike ride, slowly becoming a tradition at McGill, will honour Dugald Christie, a Vancouver lawyer who offered legal services to low-income people and set up several pro-bono clinics across western Canada. Il ne facturait que très peu et se battait régulièrement avec les coûts de la justice et contre les règles des programmes d’aide juridique restreignant les possibilités pour les personnes à faible revenus de se voir représentées par un-e avocat-e. En 2006, Christie a commencé à parcourir le Canada à vélo pour sensibiliser le public et nos décideurs aux insuffisances des programmes d’aide juridique au Canada. Il fut tragiquement percuté et tué par une voiture quatre mois après le début de sa campagne.

We are doing this because most of us come into law school to fight for and support justice, not just as some abstract concept, but through tangible action. We believe that Dugald Christie died in this pursuit. Through his work, he learned that we live “in a harsh society” made harsher, sometimes, by the legal system itself. He thought it was crucial that financially disadvantaged people and people that were unaware of their rights had an equal opportunity for a just solution to their problems. We want first year students to know his story as soon as they walk through the Law Faculty’s door. We want the lens through which they read their cases and learn the law to be one that focuses on the importance of people having access to laws which are created for the betterment of all members of society.

We hope you can join us.”

 

Accès au droit et à la justice (ADAJ): “Justice as a community project”

adajMELC is a proud a partner of the Accès au droit et à la justice (ADAJ) project, participating in the area of research focusing on the theme of self-representation.

« ADAJ is an important research consortium set up to explore access to law and to justice. ADAJ groups together 42 researchers as well as collaborators from 9 universities and 44 justice partners. The latter include the Superior Court of Québec, the Court of Québec, the Ministry of Justice of Québec, local legal services organizations, the Québec Bar Association, the Chamber of Notaries, SOQUIJ and Éducaloi.

“The object of this initiative is to engage a series of pilot projects aimed at redirecting the focus of the judicial system on the individual citizen and thereby transforming justice into a community project,” states Pierre Noreau, scientific director of the project, researcher at the Public Law Research Centre (CRDP) and professor with the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal.

The twenty research thrusts being launched simultaneously extend to the majority of issues currently facing citizens and the judicial system, notably the ever increasing numbers of self-represented litigants, the obscure wording of contracts and laws, the development of mediation and conciliation practices, the development of alternative penal measures, the compensation of class members through class action litigation, paperless justice, and so on. The project website (adaj.ca) details each of these key thrusts. “Each thrust draws on a combination of researcher proficiency and justice player knowledge to ensure that the research conducted inures to the benefit of both the people and the justice system as an institution. The object is to seek out tangible solutions to the challenges encountered by individuals accountable under the law,” Mr Noreau goes on to say.

Backed by a $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and another $1.4 million from various project partners, work by the ADAJ consortium will be spread out over a period of six years. “The initiative is the most comprehensive research exercise of its kind throughout the country,” underscores Vincent Gautrais, director of the Public Law Research Centre. “We are of course delighted that it is being developed and spearheaded here in Québec. ADAJ represents a model for others to replicate. Indeed, the project provides proof that it is possible to build bridges between legal academics and practitioners. In this instance, the research will clearly focus on the public wellbeing.”

Originally developed within the framework of the Access to Justice Observatory, ADAJ helps foster the development of emerging professionals in the field of research about justice. “Over 150 students will assist project researchers,” points up Jean-François Gaudreault-Desbiens, dean of the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal. ” ADAJ will serve as a veritable laboratory for research, training, action and change.” »

Press Release (in French)

Temporary Closure of the Mile End Legal Clinic and Tyndale St-Georges Legal Clinic

Please note that the Mile End Legal Clinic will be offering its last consultation of the summer on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 and will reopen on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 for consultations from 4pm to 7pm at 99 Bernard Street West at the Mile-End Community Mission.

Mile End Legal Clinic Closure Dates:

  • Wednesday, August 17th, 24th and 31st and September 7th, 2016.

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Please note that the Tyndale St-Georges Legal Clinic will be offering its last consultation of the summer on Monday, August 8th and will reopen on Monday, September 12th, 2016 for consultations from 6pm to 7pm at 870 Richmond Square at the Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre.

Tyndale St-Georges Legal Clinic Closure Dates

  • Monday, August 15th, 22nd and 29th and September 5th, 2016


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