Avant Law Participates in Free Mobile Legal Clinic at Lincoln Fields Mall
On Tuesday, April 5, Daniel Tucker-Simmons teamed up with UofO law school professor Dr. David Wiseman and students from his Social Justice Practicum course to set up a free mobile legal clinic in Lincoln Fields mall. The “Free Law” clinic, which was staffed by law students and other local lawyers, was an innovative experiment that aimed to provide free summary legal advice and referrals in a range of practice areas to anyone who stopped by.
The idea behind the experimental clinic was to expand access to justice by bringing legal advice to people where they are. And it was a big success. Students and volunteer lawyers and professors served over 50 people throughout the day, providing free substantive legal advice where appropriate, and referrals where necessary.
Free Law would not have been a success without the support and participation of the other local practitioners and professors who donated their time, including George Brown of George Brown Law, Anne Levesque, Elizabeth Lockhart, and Marina Pavlovic, so kudos to them too. Also highly supportive was the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Clinic – Employment Services division, which donated the use of its conference room for confidential client meetings, as well as Connecting Ottawa‘s Erin Fitzpatrick, who provided referral training and also helped staff the clinic. Finally, the clinic could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of Prof. Wiseman and his team of highly motivated and impressively competent students, Jeff, Jamila, Caroline, and Marlee.