To register, follow these instructions:
Click on the National Registration Portal.
For “Closest CCMF Branch,” select “Toronto,” and then for “What program(s) are you interested in?” select “Legal Clinic”.
The legal clinic provides you an opportunity to interact with our legal team and get advice and support.
Fee: No charge. We aim to ensure income level is not a barrier to participation in any of our programs.
The Canadian Centre for Men and Families Legal Assistance Clinic will be geared at legal problems typically faced by men or areas where men may be subject to discrimination, including:
– family law
– criminal law
– human rights law
– employment law
Our legal clinic will provide you with resources, tools and information to assist you in navigating the legal system. Legal resources will be provided in group setting as well as one on one with a lawyer where circumstances allow.
You’ll be able to share your situation with others who have gone through the system and discuss your matter in a welcoming group setting. This group is especially useful to those who are self-representing, in low-income situations or for people looking for general legal advice.
The legal clinic will not provide you with legal representation, nor is it a substitute for hiring a lawyer. Also, the legal clinic is not counselling or therapy. Our agency does provide therapy, counselling, peer support and other mental health programs and we encourage you to register for those separate services. Contact us for more information.
Schedule (Updated and New Lawyers Added October 2019):
THIS LAWYER SCHEDULE DOES NOT APPLY TO THE CURRENTLY OPERATING ONLINE-ONLY LEGAL CLINIC.
First Monday of each month: David Russell (criminal and family)
Second Monday of each month: Gloria Antwi (family)
Third Monday of each month: Taro Inoue (criminal)
Fourth Monday of each month: Elizabeth Mourao (family)
Fifth Monday of each month (when applicable): David Russell (criminal and family)
Our lawyers may choose not to advise on areas of law outside of their specific expertise.
Breaking News: The Canadian Centre for Men and Families has now been authorized by Legal Aid Ontario to provide certificates for two hours of one-on-one legal aid specifically for male domestic violence victims from anywhere in Ontario. The certificate provides access to an advice lawyer to discuss family or immigration law. As far as we’re aware, we are the first agency working on behalf of male domestic abuse victims to be granted this authority. Please contact us if you are in need of this service or ask the clerk at our Legal Assistance Clinic for more information.
Please take note of the following in order to ensure a productive experience at the legal clinic:
- Arrive with summarized facts of your case and have specific questions to ask.
- The amount of time we will spend with each client will depend on the number of clients who arrive on a given week. In addition, we will generally serve clients on a first come, first served basis. However, we may prioritize clients with new or urgent cases, and we may spend more time on certain cases if they may be of general interest to the group.
- New clients will be required to fill out a waiver and questionnaire before being provided legal advice. This is mandatory and there are no exceptions.
- It is strongly encouraged that you arrive by the starting time of 6:30PM.
- If you are already represented by a lawyer, our lawyers may be able to provide only general legal advice.
- We reserve the right to refuse service at the sole discretion of our lawyers.
Legal Clinic Advice Disclaimer
1. General Legal Guidance and Advice
1.1 Our service provides general legal guidance and information and not specific legal advice and should be treated as such; it is not a substitute for retaining a lawyer as and when needed.
2. No lawyer-client relationship
2.1 No solicitor-client relationship shall be created through the reliance of any advice provided.
2.2 The transmission of an email message to one of our lawyers or legal representatives does not result in the creation of a solicitor-client relationship and thus your email will not be protected by solicitor-client privilege.
2.3 Any information provided through email will remain confidential.
2.4 Any advice provided by a legal representative of our service is likely to be incomplete due to the restrictive nature of advice provided through email.
2.5 If you have any specific questions about any legal matter that falls outside the areas of expertise of our legal representatives, you should immediately consult with another legal service provider.
2.6 Any advice received will be specific to the area of law practiced by the legal representative and the procedures of the province of Ontario and the country of Canada. The law varies from province to province and may not reflect the laws of your jurisdiction.
Meet the Legal Team:
Rehan Khalil is a Mississauga lawyer providing legal services in the areas of personal injury, criminal, family, employment, notary, real estate and general civil litigation. He also maintains an interest in law, as well as the rights of fathers. He teaches at Seneca College. He can provide services in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.
Walter Fox has long been recognized as a leader in criminal law and an influential authority on the subject. In 1971 he helped found the Criminal Lawyers Association in Ontario. For the past 35 years he has been a media commentator on criminal law, appearing on national and international broadcasts with Peter Gzowski, Don Herron, Helen Hutchinson, Steve Paikin, Paula Todd and Bob Mclean. He has published articles in the Globe and Mail, the National Post and has been quoted across all media. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows answering questions from the public during live programming. Walter Fox has a well earned reputation as an articulate and responsible lawyer with a clear grasp and understanding of how to deal with the media, reporters and TV cameras.
Elizabeth Mourao has built an amazing track record of accomplishment in Family Law and the Toronto legal community since being called to the bar in 2004. A recipient of The Ontario People’s Choice Award which named her Lawyer of the Year. But probably of greater interest to her clients is Elizabeth’s ability to balance the importance of handling family law matters in a sensitive, understanding manner while remaining attuned to representing clients in court when doing so becomes appropriate and necessary. Elizabeth is a member of the Family Law Executive for the Ontario Bar Association and an editor of the Family Law Section newsletter “Matrimonial Affairs”. She is also an editor of the OBA’s quarterly magazine “Just”. Elizabeth has authored a number of landmark articles in the field of Family Law.
David Russell is an experienced litigator who is currently practicing family law with a small firm in Oakville. Before that he practiced criminal defence law as a sole practitioner in Toronto. He has made successful appearances for his clients at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Mr. Russell has represented a number of marginalized individuals in high-conflict divorces and separations. He has a good perspective on the interaction of criminal and family court proceedings having represented parties in both systems. Mr. Russell obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria in Political Science and his law degree at the University of Western Ontario. He is a father with a young son and lives in the Toronto area.
Joel Miller has been a Senior Family Law lawyer for over 46 years. Over his career, Joel has seen the huge rise of self-reps in family court and has been concerned about the legal profession’s inability to provide adequate services for people acting for themselves, whether because of lack of money or choice. Having been part of the system he wants to be part of the solution. To meet this need he created The Family Law Coach (www.thefamilylawcoach.com), Canada’s first service dedicated to self-reps in family court, offering fixed fee, à la carte, services by internet or phone. No up front retainer. Services defined and prices fixed, and posted online, so you know what you’re getting and the cost before you begin. And access to services from anywhere at anytime. He was a founding Director of Collaborative Practice Toronto, an Instructor at the Bar admission Course, a Partner and Chair of the Family Law Group at the downtown Toronto firm of Rickets, Harris, and is currently a serving Dispute Resolution Officer for the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. He has practised at all levels of court in Canada.
Brian Ludmer runs LudmerLaw, which specializes in business law and family law. An engaging and passionate speaker, Brian is frequently called upon to speak at business law continuing education and industry conferences as well as for family law and parenting organizations across North America. Brian is an advisory board member to the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization and the International Support Network for Alienated Families, as well as a co-founder of Lawyers for Shared Parenting. Brian was one of the drafters of Canada’s proposed equal shared parenting legislation, Bill C-560. LudmerLaw is often called upon by the media for commentary on business law and family law issues.
Taro Inoue has been practicing mostly criminal law as a sole practitioner since 2001. Although he defends all kinds of charges on a regular basis, he has a high proportion of “domestic” cases. He is very concerned about the frequency of self represented people before the courts and the guilty pleas that are often induced.