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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)
The Institute for Research on Public Policy is an independent, national, bilingual, not-for-profit organization. The IRPP seeks to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight and informing debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments.

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.

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