2000th client file for TRU Community Legal Clinic – TRU Newsroom

February 25, 2022 at 5:43 pm  Education, Kamloops, News

The Thompson Rivers University Community Legal Clinic (TRU CLC) is the first student-staffed free legal clinic in the BC Interior. The students work under the guidance of a team of supervising lawyers to provide legal assistance and advice in a range of areas to those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance.

Thompson Rivers University Community Legal Clinic

On February 3, 2022, the TRU Community Legal Clinic ‘TRU CLC’ opened its 2000th client file six days away from the 6th anniversary. CLC opened its first client file on February 9, 2016. In those six years and 19 semesters, 182 students from the TRU Faculty of Law have participated in TRU CLC through the Clinical Practice Course for a range of 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits. They celebrated with fancy cupcakes.

Ted Murray, one of the supervising lawyers, “since 2016, we have successfully represented clients in cases before the Residential Tenancy Branch, the provincial and federal human rights tribunals, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, and the Employment Standards Branch. We have protected tenants from eviction, obtained compensation for victims of sexual harassment and racial discrimination in the workplace, helped workers recover what they are owed by their employers, and protected consumers from being ripped off by unscrupulous businesses.”

Outside the litigation context, CLC also drafts simple wills, powers of attorney, and representation agreements for clients who cannot afford to pay a lawyer to assist with this kind of advance planning. Over the last few years CLC also helped approximately 20 clients (many of whom had been separated for decades) obtain uncontested divorces. Over the next few years, CLC is working towards representing clients in minor criminal matters and income assistance appeals and providing some of their services on a province-wide basis.

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