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U of T Law Students Providing Legal Services for IWs
Advocates for Injured Workers
Advocates for Injured Workers (AIW) is a unique student
clinic dedicated to providing high quality legal services to injured workers.
AIW is an exciting way for U of T students to 'cut their teeth' in litigation
and an excellent opportunity for them to enhance their legal education by
working with administrative law hands on.
The student clinic operates as a satellite of the Industrial
Accident Victims Group of Ontario, an expert clinic with a long tradition of
advocacy for injured workers which specializes in workers compensation
matters, including casework, community development, law reform and test case
litigation. Clients come from many neighborhoods in and around Toronto and from
a wide variety of occupational and ethnic backgrounds.
Students working at the clinic are supervised by a staff
lawyer from the Industrial Accidents Victims Group of Ontario, but have full
responsibility for files including the preparation and presentation of appeals
before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and
Insurance Tribunal. Students have the opportunity to handle a variety of
casework, to engage in medico-legal research, and to represent injured workers
at all levels of appeal. Cases include Workplace Safety and Insurance claims,
and related Canada Pension Plan, human rights and civil matters.
First year students can volunteer at the clinic, and upper
year students can enroll in the Clinic for Credit programme for academic
credit. The clinic holds training seminars specifically geared for newcomers as
well as social events to celebrate our work together. Some students opt to
continue their commitment year round, in the form of summer employment and
extra academic credit.
489 College Street, Suite 203
Toronto, ON, M6G
Phone: (416) 924-4385
Fax: (416) 924-2472