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A2J Week 2021: A2J in practice: Tips for successfully building access to justice into your law practice

October 27, 2021
Wednesday October 27, 2021
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
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This program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of professionalism content and 1 hour and 30 minutes of LAWPRO Risk Management content.

Join LAWPRO and the Toronto Lawyers Association to explore how legal professionals can structure their practices to better facilitate access to justice. Participants will hear from a panel of legal professionals from across the province and various areas of practice, who will share their experiences and tips for building access to justice into everyday practice.
Panelists will also explore associated risk prevention considerations such as conflicts of interest, communication, documentation, cultural competency, relationship management and insurance considerations.
After the end of this session, participants will be empowered to build access to justice into everyday practice through:
  • Legal Aid
  • Unbundling
  • Practice tips
  • Pro bono/low bono/sliding rates
  • Volunteering with organizations that promote A2J.


Neha Chugh is a criminal lawyer practicing in the east region. Neha started Chugh Law in 2014 her love of criminal law, working with individuals and families, serving the vulnerable population, and working with community members in Cornwall, Ontario is evidenced in all of the work that she does.  Neha graduated from the University of Waterloo with honours degrees in sociology and social work, a Master of Science from the University of Guelph in planning, and a juris doctorate Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and is currently working on a PhD in sociology from Concordia University. Neha also serves at as the prosecutor in the Akwesasne Court, assists with provincial offences prosecutions with the City of Cornwall, and is an instructor at Iohahi:io Akwesasne Education & Training Institute. Neha was appointed as the Law Foundation of Ontario’s representative on the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. Neha serves the community of Cornwall by sitting on various charitable boards around town and giving her time through volunteer work. In her spare time, Neha hangs out with her three kids and spouse.

Will Horne is an associate in McCarthy Tétrault’s business law group in Toronto. He maintains an industry-focused practice with particular emphasis on transactional, environmental, and regulatory services in the energy and power industry. Will advises on a range of corporate and commercial transactions including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and securities law, as well as government matters. As a contributor to McCarthy Tétrault's Inclusion Now initiative, Will is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion at the firm and beyond. In particular, Will is focused on building partnerships with the LGBTQ2S community, including through pro bono legal clinics and mentoring initiatives.

Erin O’Rourke is a lawyer at Erin O’Rourke Law. Erin is a lifelong advocate of improving access to justice and prides herself on providing fair and competent legal advice. She has built her practice around authentic and affordable legal services and focuses on employment, immigration, litigation and tenancy matters. Her belief in self-improvement and her love for the great outdoors bring a compassionate and human touch to way she helps clients with their legal needs.

Leslie Anne St. Amour (she/her) is a member of the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation and has mixed Algonquin and settler heritage. She was born and raised in eastern Ontario, primarily the Ottawa Valley and Kingston areas. Leslie Anne is an associate with Durant Barristers. Prior to joining Durant Barristers, Leslie Anne articled with the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks. In addition, Leslie Anne joined the board of directors of Aboriginal Legal Services after her first year of law school and joined the board of directors of the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, while articling. Leslie Anne is also co-host of the podcast Rebalancing Act which she created with a law school colleague. The podcast interviews experts and discusses climate solutions in an accessible way for young people.


Juda Strawczynski
Director, practicePRO

This session is hosted in partnership with LAWPRO and the Toronto Lawyers Association.
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