Muslim Legal Support Service (MLSS) - Pilot Project
Call for Steering Committee Members
The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) is looking for interested and engaged individuals to join its Steering Committee for a pilot project for a mobile legal clinic. As a member of the project’s Steering Committee you will support this pilot project in all its phases (development, implementation, and evaluation).
The MLSS is a pilot project that will provide pro bono legal education workshops and clinic law services to low-income Muslim communities in Toronto. The goal of this project is to provide a diverse cross-section of Muslim communities in Toronto with culturally competent and accessible legal services.
We aim to provide legal services in the following areas:
Landlord and Tenant
Employment Law (need in this area is particularly high)
The project is supported through funding provided by the Law Foundation of Ontario.
As a member of the MLSS Steering Committee it is expected that you will be actively engaged in all phases of the project.
The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) represents Muslim individuals of all backgrounds who are in the legal profession in Canada. Founded in 1998, the CMLA is a Toronto-based not-for-profit association of Muslim lawyers from all Canadian provinces and territories. We exist to interact with and assist Muslim lawyers, law students, the Muslim community, the legal profession and the public at large in various capacities.
The CMLA focuses on four specific areas of interest:
Professional advocacy for Muslim lawyers, and law students to professional associations and government.
Providing legal education to Muslim communities regarding the Canadian legal system and the common law.
Providing networking opportunities for Muslim lawyers, with other Muslim professionals, and networking with other organizations to make them aware of our expanding group.
Providing peer support through mentorship for students, assistance with job placement, referrals and general support to our Muslim peers in the legal community.
The Ideal Candidate
To be considered for the MLSS Steering Committee you should have the following skills/experiences:
Demonstrated integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of low-income Muslim community members.
Knowledge of the legal issues facing Ontario’s Muslim communities and or demonstrated experience in providing legal services in landlord and tenant law; criminal law; family; immigration law and/or human rights law.
Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating responsive and engaged community-based projects.
A commitment to and understanding of the Clinic Law Initiatives project’s mandate.
Strong communication skills.
Demonstrated experience working in a not-for-profit organization as a board/advisory member or staff is an asset.
If you are interested in joining the CMLA’s MLSS pilot initiative Steering Committee please send a maximum 1-2 page statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: December 10, 2018
We appreciate all those who apply, however we will only be in contact with those candidates that meet our requirements.