The Brock University Students’ Union is proud to announce a new pilot program; the Student Legal Clinic, which will launch on Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00am at the BUSU office. BUSU has partnered with Toronto-based barrister Alex Valova, who will be bringing her legal expertise to Brock’s campus. Valova has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as various Administrative Boards and Tribunals. She is not only an experienced barrister, but also a proud Brock Alumnus and former BUSU staff member, where she held the position of Research and Policy Coordinator.
The Student Legal Clinic will offer students the chance to discuss legal issues they may encounter at no cost. Examples of the types of issues that students may need assistance with are as follows: consumer matters (defective products and services, warranties, identity theft), traffic tickets, debt issues, landlord and tenant conflicts, criminal matters, record suspension (pardons), intellectual property issues, immigration issues and problems with government agencies. In order to take advantage of the service, students simply need to fill out a Client Intake Form prior to April 1st, and on April 1st they can visit the BUSU office to discuss their issue in person. In addition to free legal advice, both students and non-students will be able to take advantage of reduced rates on Notary services, right here on campus.
BUSU is excited to launch the pilot program, with General Manager Juliette Prouse noting “it’s a need on campus that is currently not being met for our students, and a service that has proven to have been a valuable resource at other campuses.” While only one pilot day is currently scheduled, Prouse is optimistic that more will be scheduled in the future, stating “we expect our April 1st Clinic to be in high demand. We will be evaluating how the day goes, and base future dates on what we learn in the process.”