News and Events

Jun 30 2017

Recruiting Lawyers and Law Students – Gathering Place Legal Assistance Clinic

The Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN) and the Canadian Bar Association (NL Branch) are partnering to create the first-ever Gathering Place Legal Assistance Clinic. The Gathering Place is a service centre that provides supports and programs to people in the St. John’s area who are homeless or have difficult housing situations, are unemployed or underemployed, and who otherwise do not receive adequate social supports.


PLIAN and the CBA intend to offer legal information and assistance to guests of The Gathering Place, starting this summer. We hope to include volunteers who are members of the Law Society, as well as articling students and law students who are home for the summer. Our intention would be to have articling students and law students act as intake workers, carrying out an initial meeting involving the client and a caseworker from the Gathering Place and identifying legal issues and questions that the client has. Practicing lawyers would be on site for consultation and to provide legal guidance to the student as needed.


We are calling for volunteer lawyers, articling students, and law students who would be willing to commit to at least one clinic session. The clinics will be held on Thursday mornings at the Gathering Place site (172 Military Road, St. John’s). There is a particular need for lawyers with experience in housing issues, family law, and criminal law.


An orientation session for law students and articling students will be held prior to the commencement of the clinic at PLIAN’s office, at a date to be determined.


To register as a volunteer with the Gathering Place Legal Assistance Clinic or if you have any questions, please contact Kevin O’Shea, Executive Director of PLIAN at or 709-722-4745.

Jun 30 2017

Job Opportunity – Project Coordinator

The Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN) is seeking applications for a six month contract position with our organization in the role of Project Coordinator.


The Project Coordinator will be responsible for carrying out a project involving the delivery of plain language legal information on the topic of the child protection system. This will involve carrying out several workshops throughout the province, and an estimated 4-5 trips to various regions of the province will be required. As well, the Project Coordinator will oversee the development and publication of plain language materials on the topic of child protection.


The contract will commence in July, at a date to be determined, and last for a six month period. There is a potential for the contract to be extended, if funding allows.


Requirements for the position:

– Interest in the law

– Experience in public speaking and presentations

– Ability to work independently

– Ability to travel frequently within Newfoundland and Labrador



– Legal experience (either in education or work experience)

– Familiarity with the child protection system

– Experience working with Indigenous communities or groups and/or from an Indigenous background.


Terms of the contract, including compensation, will be discussed with the successful candidate.


Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


To apply for the position of Project Coordinator, please submit a CV and covering letter by Wednesday, July 12 to For further information, please call PLIAN at 722-2805.

May 16 2017

Summer Student Job Posting – Youth Justice Camp Coordinator

The Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN) is seeking a dynamic and independent student to work for us this summer, in the position of Youth Justice Camp Coordinator. The hired student will be responsible organizing and facilitating at least two Youth Justice Camps in St. John’s and another location in Newfoundland and/or Labrador. Some travel will likely be required for the position. The student will also be responsible for fundraising for the Youth Justice Camps, organizing guest speakers, recruiting volunteers to assist in the camp, and other duties related to running the Youth Justice Camps.

The student will also be expected to assist with other ongoing PLIAN projects, including researching, developing, and editing legal information publications; assisting in the development and delivery of legal information presentations; supporting proposal development for future projects; managing PLIAN’s social media accounts; assisting with office and administrative tasks where needed; potentially assisting in answering client inquiries on PLIAN’s Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service; and completing other tasks as requested by the Executive Director and Office Manager.

Preference will be given to a student currently pursuing a law degree, or some level of legal education. Interest in the law and education is a requirement. The duration of the position is 8 weeks, based on 35 hours a week, and is anticipated to commence on June 12.

All those interested in applying for this position are asked to submit a CV and covering letter to by May 26, 2017. Interviews will take place the week after. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. To inquire further about PLIAN or this position, please call 709-722-2805 or email the above-noted address.

Apr 04 2017

Enhancing Supports for Survivors of Sexual Violence in NL’s Justice System – New Joint Project by PLIAN and NLSACPC

Media Release – St. John’s, NL, April 4, 2017

PLIAN and NLSACPC collaborate on ‘The Journey Project’ – Support, Outreach, and Navigation for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Justice System.

This partnership between Newfoundland and Labrador’s only public legal education organization and sexual assault crisis centre is the first of its kind in Canada. Funded by the Department of Justice Canada, the partnership aims to enhance supports and responses for survivors of sexual violence in Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly within the justice system. This three-year, multi-component project will consist of a Legal Outreach Coordinator that will conduct outreach, training, and engagement that is provincial in scope and survivor centered. Key deliverables include developing and delivering trauma-informed training to justice system personnel, including lawyers, judges, court staff, and police officers, along with other front-line service providers.

An additional component will involve the implementation of a trauma-informed counseling pilot program through the NLSACPC to help meet the comprehensive needs of survivors. Nicole Kieley, Executive Director of NLSACPC explains, “How the Journey Project collaborates with community partners, engages survivors, and utilizes a trauma informed lens is quite innovative. The voices of survivors will inform every aspect of this multifaceted project. It will also allow us to finally offer process-based counseling, a support model that has been greatly needed and asked for by so many calling our line and reaching out.”

The final component of this project involves focusing on the needs of survivors of sexual violence that are also living with a disability. “It’s key that the Journey Project be inclusive to individuals that experience additional and unique barriers,” explains Kevin O’Shea, Executive Director of PLIAN. “This project acknowledges individuals living with disabilities often face an increased vulnerability to sexual violence yet face more barriers when accessing the justice system”. This component of the project will involve outreach to the disability community and disability serving organizations throughout the province and developing training and supports with a disability inclusion lens. “This lens will ensure that the voices, guidance, and leadership of the disability community has a meaningful impact on all aspects of the project” says O’Shea.

A major needs assessment carried out by the NLSACPC in 2016 with service providers revealed that 84% do not feel there are effective services or adequate supports available for people who have experienced sexual violence. “Survivors of sexual violence in Newfoundland and Labrador presently face multiple barriers and limited supports when interacting with the justice system,” explains Kieley. “This ultimately leads to harmful experiences of re-victimization, isolation, and frustration.” The project will work to enhance and expand the services and responses available to survivors that have entered or are considering the justice system.

The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General of Newfoundland and Labrador says, “The Department of Justice and Public Safety has identified enhanced support for victims of sexual assault within the justice system as a key priority. We are committed to working with the community to respond to the needs of people who have been sexually assaulted as well as collaborating on trauma-informed outreach and training. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador supports this worthwhile endeavor and believes the initiative will have an incredibly positive impact on survivors of sexual violence in the province.”

“There continues to be a significant need throughout our province for education, training, and outreach related to the experience of survivors of sexual violence within the justice system”, says O’Shea. “We are excited to be partnering with the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre on this major initiative, and also look forward to working with the Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and stakeholders from community organizations and the justice system all across the province.”


The Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to educating Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about the law. It provides public legal education and information services with the intent of increasing access to justice.

The NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC) provides non-judgmental support and essential services to adults impacted by sexual violence. Its members work toward the prevention and eradication of sexual violence in all forms through training, awareness campaigns and trauma-informed support.


Media Contacts:

Kevin O’Shea
Executive Director
Public Legal Information Association of NL

Nicole Kieley
Executive Director
NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre

Jul 18 2016

Youth Justice Camp

Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador invites youth ages 12 – 15 to participate in a 3-day Youth Justice Camp in St. John’s on August 10th, 11th and 12th. Participants will learn valuable lessons about the legal system in a fun and interactive way. There will be trips to the RNC police headquarters and provincial courts, guest speakers, a mock trial, prizes and much more!

The camp will be held at the Lantern on 35 Barnes Road. It’s free to participate, but space is limited. For more information, contact Ian at or by phone at 722 2805.

Click here to see the Youth Justice Camp registration form. See you there!

Youth Justice Camp

Apr 13 2016

New Publication – Legal Planning Guide

Wills and Estates issues continue to be a popular area of inquiry to PLIAN by many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. In order to assist with what is often an overwhelming and confusing legal planning process, we have created the Legal Planning Guide, which provides concise, accurate, easy-to-understand information about wills, enduring powers of attorney, and advance health care directives.

An electronic version of the Legal Planning Guide can be found here:

In order to order your print copy of this useful guide, please contact PLIAN’s office at 1-888-660-7788 or


Jan 25 2016

Brand New Family Law Website –

PLIAN is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new website about family law issues aimed at youth in Newfoundland and Labrador!! provides information for young people in Newfoundland and Labrador with questions about family law, including:

  • What is separation and divorce?
  • Where will I live after a separation or divorce and who decides that?
  • What is family court?
  • Who can I talk to about how I’m feeling?
  • Where can I get help if I feel unsafe?

And many other questions and issues related to the tough topics of divorce and separation. The website also contains videos, interactive materials, and links all designed to answer questions and provide support for young people in families going through separation or divorce.

PLIAN is grateful to Prime Creative for its work and support in creating this new resource for parents, educators, and young people all over Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you have any questions about this new online resource, please contact Kevin O’Shea, Executive Director of PLIAN, at or 709-722-4745.

Aug 18 2015

Job Posting: Legal Information Coordinator/Office Manager

The Public Legal Information Association of NL is seeking a dynamic and adaptable person to join us for a full-time maternity leave contract position of 7 months. The position is based on 35 hours a week. Salary will be negotiable and commensurate with experience.

The primary duties in this position include operating PLIAN’s legal information line and lawyer referral service every weekday from 9 AM – 12 PM and providing general legal information and referrals to clients. As well, the position involves performing general office management and accounting duties including payroll and project accounting. Other duties may arise in the course of the position, and may include but not be limited to assistance on legal education projects, coordination of volunteers, social media oversight and management, and assisting the Executive Director with research, writing, and editing on reports, presentations, and publications. Travel is unexpected but may be required in certain circumstances.

Legal and accounting experience are definite assets, but not requirements for this position. A successful candidate should have an interest in the law, experience directly working with clients or customers, and the ability to work independently on a variety of tasks in a challenging work environment.

To apply for this position, please submit a CV, covering letter, and the names of 2 references by email to by August 28, 2015.

For more information on this position, please contact Kevin O’Shea, Executive Director of PLIAN, by email at or phone at 709-722-4745.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Jul 27 2015

Annual Report 2014-2015

PLIAN is proud to announce the release of its Annual Report for 2014-2015, which can be found at the link below or in the “Reports and Newsletters” section of the website, under the “Links and Resources” tab.

This report highlights the many programs and activities undertaken by PLIAN throughout Newfoundland and Labrador during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. We look forward to continuing several of these projects into 2015-2016 and are already working on a number of new initiatives for this year. For more information about this report or any of the services offered by PLIAN, please contact us anytime at 1-888-660-7788 or 709-722-2643 or by email at

Thank you for your interest in our work and your continued support of PLIAN.

Annual Report 2014-2015



Jul 24 2015

New Publication on Restitution for Victims of Crime

PLIAN is proud to announce our most recent publication, entitled “What is Restitution? Information for Victims of Crime”. This booklet explains the concept of restitution in criminal cases, the process for requesting restitution, and the ways that a victim may collect restitution, in an easy-to-understand, accessible format.

This publication is currently only available in electronic format, but will soon be printed and available in hard copy form. For now, the booklet can be accessed on the PLIAN website, under the Publications section, or through this link: Restitution – Information for Victims of Crime

Thank you to the Department of Justice and Public Safety of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Victim Services Program for their support and collaboration on this publication.

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