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Queen’s Faculty of Law unveils downtown clinic space

Co-location of five clinics in LaSalle Mews building will enhance client service.

Tanya Lee, Law Foundation of Ontario; Christian Hurley, QBLC and QELC Director; Karla McGrath, QFLC Director; Dean Bill Flanagan; Principal Daniel Woolf; Randall Ellsworth, VP, Legal Aid Ontario; Elizabeth Thomas, QPLC Director; and Jana Mills, QLA Acting Senior Review Counsel.

Photo by Bernard Clark

Pictured (l-r) at the grand opening of the Queen’s Law Clinics: Tanya Lee, Director, Policy and Programs, Law Foundation of Ontario; Christian Hurley, QBLC and QELC Director; Karla McGrath, QFLC Director; Dean Bill Flanagan; Principal Daniel Woolf; Randall Ellsworth, VP, Legal Aid Ontario, Northern, Central & Eastern Regions; Elizabeth Thomas, QPLC Director; and Jana Mills, QLA Acting Senior Review Counsel.

Queen’s University officially opened the Queen’s Law Clinics in the LaSalle Mews Building in downtown Kingston on Jan. 29.

The Queen’s Law Clinics co-locates five individual clinics – Queen’s Legal Aid (QLA), the Prison Law Clinic, Queen’s Business Law Clinic, the Elder Law Clinic, and Queen’s Family Law Clinic – in a highly visible and central location.

“The new clinic space in downtown Kingston supports the law school’s proud tradition of serving the local community,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “Housing the clinics in one location will allow students to share knowledge and best practices, ultimately strengthening the services they provide to individuals, businesses and organizations in the Kingston area.”

Photo by Bernard Clark

Donor Ed Kafka, Law’81 (right), shares a laugh with Dean Bill Flanagan in the interview room named for the Belleville lawyer while wife Sharon looks on.

The Queen’s Law Clinics occupies the 6,000-square-foot top floor of the LaSalle Mews Building at 303 Bagot St. The space features 12 offices for lawyers and staff, four interview rooms, a meeting room that doubles as a classroom, and a bright area with 24 student workstations.

“Working under the close supervision of review counsel in a law office setting will prepare students for the challenges, and responsibility, of representing real clients with real legal problems while developing good judgment,” says Dean Bill Flanagan.

The clinics, which give students a broad range of experiential learning opportunities, receive financial support from Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario, and private donors. In particular, the class gift from Law’81 provides annual funding to enhance programs and support special projects for the clinical programs.

Queen’s Faculty of Law is a top-tier Canadian law school that develops outstanding and innovative legal professionals. Unique experiential learning opportunities allow students to immerse themselves in an environment that fosters not only learning but also the spirit of giving back.

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