Participating Host Organizations

Participating Host Organizations 2013/14

Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) (Toronto) is a not-for-profit organization that champions the cause of individuals who have been wrongly convicted on murder charges. It has two objectives: eradicating the conditions that can cause miscarriages of justice, and participating in the review and correction of wrongful convictions. The articling student will work with AIDWYC’s volunteer lawyers and staff investigating and supporting applications to the Minister of Justice under section 696.1 of the Criminal Code dealing with miscarriages of justice, as well as assisting in preliminary reviews of files of convicted persons.

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (Toronto) delivers critical services to the Greater Toronto Area’s most marginalized communities by providing free legal advice, counselling and language interpretation services to women who are victims of violence. The articling student will spend most of the time working in family law and immigration law matters, and the rest of the time in advocacy work (public legal education, professional development and law reform).

Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) (Ottawa) is a charitable organization that seeks to provide survivors of torture, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity access to truth, justice and other forms of redress, and to bring alleged perpetrators to justice. CCIJ serves as a catalyst for the legal community across Canada to engage in providing free legal services to survivors, while its staff conduct outreach, in-take, initial investigations and legal research. The articling student will assist with developing cases for criminal and civil trials; law reform through strategic litigation and legislative change; and legal education.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) (Toronto) is a national organization dedicated to the furtherance of civil liberties in Canada. The CCLA’s primary objectives are to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, to defend, extend and foster the recognition of those rights and liberties, and to maintain a free and democratic society in Canada. The articling student will conduct research, formulate advocacy strategies, draft legal memoranda and participate in litigation and public deputations. The areas of law involved will include criminal, constitutional, labour, administrative and human rights.

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) (Ottawa) is an Ontario-wide, non-profit organization that promotes human rights in housing and works to remove the barriers that keep disadvantaged individuals from accessing and retaining the housing they need. CERA’s primary objectives are to conduct research into and promote knowledge and enforcement of human rights in housing as they affect marginalized communities, as well as to provide legal representation to marginalized groups and individuals who believe their human rights have been infringed. The articling student’s primary responsibilities will be related to casework including filing applications with, and drafting submissions to, the Human Rights Tribunal, and assisting in all aspects of human rights hearings.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (Toronto) is a grassroots charity working to restore swimmability, drinkability and fishability to Lake Ontario. It fulfills its mission by educating the public about Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes Basin, conducting research in areas of science, law, policy and culture, and using legal and democratic processes designed to protect water quality. The articling student will practice administrative, environmental and constitutional law while working on legal interventions to protect Lake Ontario.

Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) (Ottawa) is a non–profit charitable corporation that provides representation, research and advocacy on behalf of consumers, and in particular, vulnerable consumers, on issues involving the delivery of important public services including telecommunications, energy, transportation and financial services. The articling student will be involved in a number of activities including conducting research and drafting documents to support regulatory interventions in tribunals as well as appearing with PIAC Counsel before tribunals, government officials and parliamentary committees.