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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 709-722-4745.