Public Interest Law Clinic at the University of Calgary

The forces shaping the access to justice crisis are deeply connected to the forces shaping the future of legal practice and legal education. Marginalized people are chronically deprived of access to legal services. The expanding role of the administrative state has created opportunities for public engagement that have increased the need for individuals and organizations […]


Christine Laing

Christine Laing is a sessional instructor and Public Interest Legal Clinic staff lawyer at the University of Calgary.


Drew Yewchuk

Drew Yewchuk is a research assistant and articling student at the Public Interest Legal Clinic at the University of Calgary.


Defending the Court Challenges Program

After much anticipation, the federal government has announced the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program. Set to cost $12 million over five years, the CCP will assist Canadians with legal challenges to advance and protect their Charter rights. The decision is a welcome one. The program’s history spans some 40 years. It was introduced in […]


Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)

Supreme Court of Canada Endorses A New Approach to Self-Represented Litigants

The steady rise in the number of self-represented litigants, individuals who are not represented by lawyers, presents challenges in the Canadian justice system.  Generally, the justice system relies on lawyers to function efficiently.  Individuals without lawyers often find it difficult to understand the customs and rules of court. However, the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent […]


Sean Sutherland

Sean Sutherland is a litigation associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Calgary, AB.


Cassie Richards

Cassie Richards is an articling student at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Calgary, AB.


A Renewed Senate That Works for Canadians

Had you been standing in the foyer of Canada’s Senate on June 22nd  2017, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that a constitutional crisis was about to engulf our nation’s Parliament. While the national media waited outside the chamber with cameras, microphones and hot television lights in tow, senators on the inside were voting on […]


Senator Peter Harder

Senator Peter Harder is the Government Representative in the Senate of Canada.


An Insider’s Look at Senate Committees

When I first stepped into the Senate atrium and peered into the chamber, I recall experiencing a sensory overload of colour. Carpeted in a sea of red with gold leaf adorning the ceiling, the Senate is decorated in a style befitting a monarch, the colours hinting at the Upper House’s regal connection. This connection is […]


Marjun Parcasio

Marjun Parcasio is a trainee solicitor with the firm of Hogan Lovells International LLP in London, England.


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