The clinic is now open and accepting clients, subject to eligibility criteria, in the areas of minor criminal offences, serious provincial (traffic) offences, tenant's rights, small claims disputes, drafting simple wills and powers of attorney. Note, that not all offences will qualify.
Contact the clinic at 346-7815 for more information and to see if you qualify.
Also note that we are not accepting clients in any other areas of law at this point in time.
Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law has developed a Student Legal Aid Clinic called Lakehead University Community Legal Services (LUCLS).
The clinic allows second and third year Lakehead Law students to assist members of the Thunder Bay community with real legal issues in selected areas of law. To be eligible for service, prospective clients must meet financial eligibility guidelines (low income) set out by Legal Aid Ontario The clinic provides services in the City of Thunder Bay, Fort William First Nation and the municipality of Greenstone.
The LUCLS is co-located in the PACI Faculty of Law building at 401 Red River Road, in Suite PA 1001. Please use the Red River Road side entrance to access the clinic office.
Students work in the clinic as part of their course work curriculum. Students who opt for this elective have several files assigned to them and are required to deal with all aspects of the file from beginning to end. Under the direct supervision of Review Counsel, they will meet with prospective clients, attend court or tribunal appearances, conduct legal research, write opinion letters and negotiate outcomes.
The Community Legal Clinic is an exciting way for our students to have a dynamic, hands-on learning experience, while at the same time providing a much needed service to the Thunder Bay community.
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of our funders, Legal Aid Ontario and the Law Foundation of Ontario, without which, we would not be able to offer this wonderful access to justice initiative.
View a great video about our clinic produced by Shaw Cable. Thanks for the support Shaw!
Kimberley Gagan is the founding Director of Lakehead University Community Legal Services
Rodi-Lynn Rusnick-Kinisky is the Senior Review Counsel for LU Community Legal Services
Joanna Goldenberg is Review Counsel for LU Community Legal Services
Paula Marson is the Office Administrator for LU Community Legal Services