ABLE2 GROW – Your Key to Justice: Understanding Legal Aid in Ontario

28 Feb, 2024

Please join ABLE2 and Legal Aid Ontario to learn about the following:

  •  The services provided by Legal Aid Ontario
  •  Eligibility criteria
  •  How Legal Aid Ontario delivers services and service continuum
  •  The new Legal Aid services Act and the Eligibility requirements to qualify for a certificate
  •  Application process
  • Clients rights and responsibilities

Location: Zoom

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 11 AM-12:30 PM Via Zoom


Lisa Bernstein – External Relations,& Legal Aid Ontario

Lisa Bernstein is the Director of External Relations for Legal Aid Ontario. Lisa has devoted her entire legal career to promoting access to justice and serving low-income clients. She began her career as a family lawyer, representing legally aided clients in both the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court. In 2003, Lisa joined LAO’s Family Law Office (now the Family Law Service Centre), representing low-income clients in complex cases in all areas of family law, subsequently becoming manager of that office, supervising and mentoring a team of lawyers and other LAO staff, and leading the department’s strategic, litigation, operational and external relations work. As Business Manager for LAO’s Strategy and Public Affairs Division, Lisa worked with key justice sector stakeholders, building relationships and contributing her expertise to a number of key internal and external projects, including Justice Annemarie Bonkalo’s Family Legal Services Review. As Counsel to LAO’s General Counsel Office, Lisa’s team led the complex policy, legal and consultation work to create LAO’s inaugural Rules and Policies under the Legal Aid Services Act 2020. In 2022, Lisa was named Lead, Justice Partner Relations, and later Director of External Relations where she drew upon her 30 years of experience with clients and stakeholders, collaborating with justice partners at all levels to better serve LAO’s clients in the post-pandemic environment. Lisa holds management certifications from York University’s Schulich School of Business and the Canadian Management Centre. Lisa currently serves as a Mentor with Toronto Metropolitan University’s Law Practice Program, providing guidance to students in all areas of law practice. Lisa is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario bar in 1993.

Piyali Kundu – Lawyer Manager, Eligibility Review Office, Legal Aid Ontario

Piyali Kundu was called to the Bar in 2001 and practiced exclusively in the area of family and child protection law prior to joining LAO in 2009.  She is currently the Lawyer Manager of LAO’s Eligibility Review Office, and makes final determinations on applications for legal aid certificate coverage in accordance with LAO financial and legal eligibility policies.

Kaitlyn McCabe – Director General West District, Legal Aid Ontario

Kaitlyn McCabe was called to the Bar in 1996 after which she practiced family and estate litigation and was OCL panel member. She joined Legal Aid Ontario in 2003 and is currently Director General for LAO’s West District. She is also the Co-President of AFCC-Ontario. She is a past sessional instructor for the University of Windsor Law School, past member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council and past Director of the Spirit of Windsor Youth Community Marching Band.


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