As of July 2020, the CLASP no longer offers family law services. If you need family law services, you can contact: After receiving information from you about your problem, our staff can advise you over the phone on your legal rights and how to resolve them, or we can make an appointment if necessary. We can represent you before courts of appeal or tribunals, or provide you with the tools and advice to represent yourself. We provide legal services in key areas where low-income individuals need specialized assistance. Alison Blackman has been an Office Manager with North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services since 2014. She started as a student at the clinic in 2013 while completing the social service work program at Sheridan College – and in her own words, “More or less, I never left.” After her student internship, she was hired as a part-time support assistant at our legal clinic. In 2014, she became a part-time office manager and was also a part-time support officer with the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO). Since May 2015, she has been our full-time office manager. Norma English has been a lawyer since 1989 and a graduate of the University of Ottawa`s Faculty of Law. Norma has worked in our clinic since 1991 and was previously a lawyer in the private legal profession. Over the years, Norma has completed all the different areas of law at our legal clinic. Currently, Norma works on Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Housing Law. Christa started our legal clinic in 2015 as a social work student.
After graduation, she returned to the clinic as an ODSP case manager. In her personal and professional life, Norma has held various positions in various organizations, including board members (as president, member and committee member). In addition, Norma has also participated in various advocacy projects, given presentations on legal reform and provided training on public law education in the municipality. Akina assists our clients in housing law matters. She provides legal advice and representation to tenants and co-op members. Prior to joining the housing team at our legal clinic, she worked at Halton Community Legal Services. She also worked at ARCH Disability Law Centre as a summer law student and articled at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, where she gained experience in many areas of law. Parush Mann assists our clients in immigration matters. Parush joined our legal clinic in 2014 as an articling student and joined us as an attorney in 2015. Parush is a member of the Ontario Bar.
He has appeared in various cases before the Court of Queen`s Bench (Alberta), the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Immigration Appeal Division and the Landlord and Tenant Board. Jennifer Goodfellow assists our clients with immigration matters. Jennifer has been a lawyer since 2012 and has been working at our legal clinic since 2014. Since her first year of law school, Jennifer has worked in the legal clinic system, first as an articling student at Parkdale Community Legal Services in the Housing Department, and then as an art student at HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, where she gained experience in various practice areas. Fintan handles housing law matters for our clients. A graduate of the University of Ottawa`s Faculty of Law, he has been a lawyer since 1995. He joined the legal clinic system from private practice in 2002 and worked in legal clinics in Ottawa, Moosonee and Toronto before joining our legal clinic in 2009. Ritu Gupta assists our clients in immigration and labour law matters. She has many years of experience in the community legal clinic system. She has been part of our team since 2021. Subrogation allows the Ministry to recover amounts paid to a client as part of ODSP employment supports for goods or services if the client sues a third party for wrongdoing, negligence or breach of contract.
Mandeep Gill is the first point of contact for clients with housing law issues. She advises, supports and conducts the initial assessment of all housing law issues. She joined our legal clinic as a student in the Law Practice Program. She became a lawyer in 2017 and joined our team the same year. Parush holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Victoria University of Wellington, a Bachelor of Administrative Studies (specialization in Finance) and completed Master of Laws (LL.M) courses at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to joining our legal clinic, he worked as a lawyer in Calgary, Alberta and as an analyst for TD Asset Management in Toronto. CLASP provides free legal advice and representation to community members and York students. We are funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, Legal Aid Ontario, York Students and Osgoode Law Hall School. Students work in our clinic under the supervision of experienced lawyers.
Since 2016, Alison has been actively involved in training and supporting new case management software for legal clinics, both for our legal clinic and for others in the province. Jack Fleming leads our Community Legal Clinic under the direction of our Board of Directors. Jack also handles housing law cases. He joined our legal clinic in 2001 as Executive Director. Jack has been a lawyer since 1984 after graduating from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is the author of Ontario Landlord and Tenant Law Practice and Residential Tenancies in Ontario, 3rd ed. He has taught at Queen`s University Faculty of Law and previously worked in legal clinics in Toronto, Halton, Peterborough and Ottawa, as well as Legal Aid Ontario. Teri Muszak helps our clients with social assistance issues, including issues with Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. She has been a lawyer since 2013 and has many years of experience in the community legal clinic system.
She has been part of our team since 2021. It is the Department`s policy that past and future costs are the responsibility of the party legally responsible for the client`s disability, subject to the liability or insurance limits of the policy. You can get help with your Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW) appeal at most community legal clinics. Jennifer has appeared before the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Social Benefits Tribunal. Jennifer holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University. Prior to joining us, she worked as a lawyer in various legal clinics in Toronto. Before moving to Canada in 2012, Alison taught science, math and technology education (M.Sc). She describes the change in her career path as a unique opportunity to bring previous skills.
Her experience in program delivery and student assessment helped manage the Social Service Work placement program at our legal clinic. Free legal advice for low-income people living in the Lake Ontario area south to York Mills/401 in the north and from Yonge Street/Don River in the west to Victoria Park Avenue in the east. Jesse Gerva handles ODSP cases, appeals ODSP denials and helps clients apply for ODSP. He joined our legal clinic in 2012 as an ODSP case manager and joined us as a paralegal when he became licensed in 2015. He holds a graduate degree in business law. Prior to joining our team, Jesse practiced law in Brazil, advising non-profit organizations on management and leadership. Prior to joining our clinic, Daniel attended two legal clinics in Detroit, where he worked in mortgage foreclosure defense and mediation. We also have a family lawyer who comes to our office twice a week.
For family law legal help, call 416-696-2992. A legal clinic will not charge you for legal advice, but it may ask you to pay certain fees, such as court filing and medical record fees. Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Disability Support Program 470 Dundas Street East, Unit #30 Belleville, Ontario K8N 1G1. Have you been denied Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program? Do you need help with income support such as pensions? Being deported? Akina holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Windsor and an Honours Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from the University of Toronto, specializing in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology. She was called to the bar and became a lawyer in 2017. Akina is also fluent in Hindi, Nepali and Urdu. The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) and Toronto East Employment and Immigration Law Services (TEEILS) worked to launch the public legal education campaign “Tareekh Pe Tareekh – Know Your Employment Law Rights”. The campaign will launch on social media on September 6, 2022. If a lawyer`s request for information about a client in the context of a subrogation or possible appeal is not explicitly made under FIFPA, the request will be forwarded to the legal department of the ministry responsible for processing such requests.