Attorney General visits CLEO
CLEO Quarterly Update
Attorney General visits CLEO
Attorney General visits CLEO  

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey visited with CLEO's staff in November to express his appreciation for our work on the Guided Pathways and more. These direct-to-public, digital tools help people complete legal documents and court forms. The announced doubling of funding for Guided Pathways from the Ministry means that CLEO will expand its pathways to help more Ontarians seek legal protection from abuse and family violence, and to navigate Small Claims Court and family court.

Trainers' Guides launched for community legal clinics
Trainers' Guides launched for community legal clinics  

More than 60 of our clinic colleagues joined CLEO to launch Trainers' Guides for community legal clinics shortly before the holidays. CLEO collaborated with clinic experts to create a series of guides that include instructions for online and in-person training, and easy-to-customize activity handouts, flyers, agendas, and evaluation forms. The customized materials can be used to train workers at local community organizations to help them to help their clients with legal problems. The first guides are about evictions, youth rights, workers' rights, and powers of attorney. More guides are being developed in 2022.

A2J Week sessions generate dialogue on community practice
A2J Week sessions generate dialogue on community practice  

Community workers, legal professionals, researchers, and more attended sessions during Access to Justice Week events in October. More than 100 of them attended CLEO's panel discussion, Justice on the Ground, with four frontline community worker panelists from across Ontario. One participant called it, "Real life ideas on how to promote access to justice."

At Advancing Community Access to Justice, another A2J Week event, participants from across Canada heard from a leading academic in the field, Rebecca Sandefur, from Arizona State University. Moderated by CLEO executive director, Julie Mathews, this was an Action Committee on Access to Justice event that generated practical discussion of leading community practices.
Best practices for better legal information available at CLEO Connect
Community workers can now access an updated version of CLEO's
8 best practices for better legal information on the CLEO Connect website. Highlights include tips on making information inclusive and accessible, and using clean design. Visitors to the website can also access other tools and tips, including the Inventory Tool, an overview of key, up-to-date legal resources and services in housing, income benefits, and employment for community workers.
January 2022
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