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New Second Chair program to support hands-on training for lawyers

Friday, May 2, 2014


May 2 Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is investing $1.8 million over three years in a new program that will support paid hands-on second chair opportunities for private bar family, criminal and refugee lawyers throughout Ontario.

This initiative is LAOs largest ongoing mentoring investment in its history,

— Bob Ward, CEO and President of LAO

This initiative is LAOs largest ongoing mentoring investment in its history, says Bob Ward, CEO and President of LAO. We all know that hands-on experience can provide the best kind of learning opportunity and these funds add up to thousands of hours of LAO-paid litigation training.

This program will support the private bar with the following training opportunities:

  • A new or mid-career Ontario lawyer who is tackling an unusually challenging legal aid case can submit a mentee application form asking for a more senior lawyer to act as a second chair for the case
  • A senior lawyer working on an unusually challenging legal aid case can fill in a mentor application form asking for a more junior lawyer to work on the case as second chair
  • A new or mid-career Ontario lawyer can fill in a mentee application form asking to be assigned as second chair on a legal aid case managed by a more senior lawyer.

This is a creative new way to provide the skilled lawyers who do such important work on behalf of Ontarios poorest residents with the training and support they need to gain new or additional practical, hands-on experience and expand their legal knowledge, adds Mr. Ward.

It also helps meet LAOs commitment to build the bar, put clients first and continue to develop high-quality services throughout Ontario.


When it starts


Lawyers can apply to this program immediately.


How to apply


Please fill in and submit a mentor application form or mentee application form to secondchair@lao.on.ca.


How it will work


Lawyers accepted into the program will receive a certificate that authorizes a specific number of hours to act as a mentor or mentee for a specific case. They will bill for the hours set out in the certificate, according to their tier level.


Questions?


Qs & As

Interested lawyers can send an email to secondchair@lao.on.ca or contact their regional district area director, the Refugee Law Office or their big case management (BCM) case manager, as appropriate.

For general information, please contact:

Feroneh Neil
Manager, Communications
Legal Aid Ontario
Phone: 416-979-2352, ext. 5103
Email: neilfer@lao.on.ca