Legal Aid Ontario Working To Close The Gap For Clients With Mental Illnesses

LAO was at PARC to consult with members about their struggles with the legal system in Ontario. (Dec. 11, 2013) By Erin Hatfield When he looks around the room at a large group of people gathered for breakfast at the Parkdale Activitiy-Recreation Centre (PARC), Victor Willis said, among the members, there would be nearly 50 stories of a minor legal issue escalating to the point that lives are left in shambles. What we see and hear all the time is that a simple interaction will escalate, explained Willis, the executive director at PARC. It could begin with an argument with a landlord or fellow tenant and the police are called. <br>visit http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4275703-legal-aid-ontario-working-to-close-the-gap-for-clients-with-mental-illnesses/

U.Va., Legal Aid study looks at racial disparities in suspensions

EDOs, which provide free advice to communities wanting to mount legal challenges against developments in their area, will lose all federal funding by the middle of the next year. The shock announcement by the Attorney-General's Department came on Tuesday, and broadsided EDOs now face the prospect of closing down offices and scaling back case work. EDO NSW executive director Jeff Smith said he'd signed a contract with the former Labor government for $10 million in funding over four years, but that had been torn up out of the blue. Regular funding of about $100,000 a year to EDO offices nationwide has also finished. Mr Smith said Attorney-General George Brandis had been lobbied heavily by the NSW Minerals Council to strip EDOs of federal funding they'd received for about 20 years. <br>visit http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/fed-govt-slammed-for-green-legalaid-cuts-20131218-2zkvv.html

Lawmakers get legal help with NC marriage case

Cooper says he can separate personal views from professional obligations. An attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom is providing the free legal advice to legislative leaders. Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature already have outside counsel for the election lawsuits. <br>visit http://www.wnct.com/story/24277281/lawmakers-get-legal-help-with-nc-marriage-case

Fed govt slammed for green legal-aid cuts

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