East Toronto Community Legal Services
was unofficially started by the late Jim Renwick in the early
1970's. He operated a drop-in legal service at Woodgreen Community
Centre which later led to the establishment of Riverdale Socio-Legal
Services. The Clinic's name was changed to East Toronto Community
Legal Services in 1984 to reflect our expanded catchment area.
We are one of the over 80 community legal clinics that are
funded by Legal Aid Ontario. You can find information about
community legal clinics and services on the LAO website in the
Related Links of this site.
Our office is permanently staffed by 4 lawyers, 1 community
legal worker and 2 support staff. We are also assisted by temporary
articling students, contract workers and volunteers.
We need people from our community to become Board members and
volunteer 5 to 6 hours each month to attend meetings and work
on projects. Eleven board members are elected each year from
our membership to oversee the administration and policies of
the clinic. The board guides the staff on issues of importance
to our community.
You can become a general member by completing the application
form on the membership page and sending it to us. Let us know
if you would like to be a board member.
We need board members with different skills as well as those
who are from the client constituency so register your interest
on the membership page and call us for more information.