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Mission & Mandate

The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) is the representative body for Ontario's community legal aid clinics. Its objectives are to:

  • Improve the legal welfare of the communities served by member legal clinics;
  • Promote unity and understanding among legal clinics in Ontario;
  • Represent and advocate on behalf of legal clinics in Ontario;
  • Promote and expand the legal clinic system in Ontario.

The ACLCO serves its members as the voice of the clinic system to various stakeholders, including: Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Society of Upper Canada, all levels of government, law schools, the media, and the general public.

Mission et Mandat

L'Association des Cliniques Juridiques Communautaires de L'Ontario (ACJCO) est un organisme représentant des cliniques juridiques communautaires. Les objectives de l'Association sont:

  • Améliorer le bien-être juridique des communautés servi par les cliniques juridiques membres;
  • Promouvoir l'unité et la compréhension parmi les cliniques juridiques en Ontario;
  • Représenter et défendre les cliniques juridiques en Ontario;
  • Promouvoir et étendre le système des cliniques juridiques en Ontario.

L'ACJCO sert ses membres en étant la voix du réseau de cliniques envers plusieurs intervenants, y compris: l'Aide juridique Ontario, le Barreau du Haut-Canada, tous les ordres de gouvernement, les écoles de droit, les médias et le public en général.


The ACLCO is a non-profit corporation, operating in accordance with its by-laws. The ACLCO receives its funding from its member clinics.

The ACLCO is governed by a 13 person Executive. This Executive is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting of its Members, with representatives from each of the 4 regions in the province (North, East, Southwest, Toronto/Specialty). The Executive is made up of both clinic board and staff members.

it relies on its Consultation Policy to develop clinic system positions, and its Communications Policy to keep in contact with its membership. To ensure financial accountability to its members and funder the ACLCO relies upon a Financial Management Policy and is audited annually.

Staff and Volunteers

The Executive Director of the ACLCO is Lenny Abramowicz. The Administrative Assistant is Trudi Reaume. The work of the organization is also facilitated by a hard working executive, supplemented from time to time by members from the clinic system at large, as needed.


Staff Contacts:

Lenny Abramowicz, Executive Director

Trudi Reaume, Administrative Assistant

Ivana Petricone, Policy Counsel

Marnie Hayes, Clinic Learning & Training Manager

Paul Pinkerton, KnowledgeNow Project Lead

For the mailing address and telephone numbers for staff see the Contact Us page.