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Lakehead law school legal clinic expands to district

Lawyer visiting Geraldton and Long Lake #58 First nation
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FILE -- former Port Arthur Collegiate Institute and new Lakehead University Law school. (tbnewswatch.com)

THUNDER BAY -- Lakehead University Community Legal Services is expanding its services from the city of Thunder Bay into the surrounding district.

It's the formal name for the student legal clinic operating from within Lakehead's Faculty of Law.

The clinic is funded by Legal Aid Ontario, and offers free legal services to low-income community members.

Practice areas where services are provided include:

  • minor criminal offences
  • serious provincial offences
  • tenants' rights
  • small claims court and civil disputes involving less than $25,000
  • simple wills and powers of attorney

This week, Lakehead University Community Legal services will have a representative in the Greenstone area where the outreach program is currently focused.

Review Counsel Joanna Goldenberg will attend the criminal court in Geraldton on Thursday morning, and will be available to meet with potential new clients in the afternoon at the Kinna-Aweya Legal Clinic office.

On Friday, Goldenberg will travel to Long Lake #58 First Nation to distribute birth certificates that were issued following an ID clinic held there in October. She will also follow up on outstanding birth certificate applications where the province's Registrar General requires additional information before processing.

Birth certificates are necessary for accessing a variety of social services including banking services, access to housing and food banks.

Staff and caseworkers from the Lakehead legal clinic also visited Geraldton to provide assistance to residents last August.