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Law firm's gift supports Queen's Legal Aid

Bogoroch & Associates donate $200,000 to help clinic maintain access to justice.

Bogoroch & Associates LLP has donated $200,000 to Queen’s Legal Aid (QLA), providing much-needed support to assist the clinic in maintaining its current level of service. Each year, QLA provides free legal assistance to approximately 900 clients and makes appropriate referrals for over 1,400 individuals in the greater Kingston area. It also serves as a prime experiential learning opportunity for Queen's law students from which they acquire valuable skills as they serve the community's most vulnerable citizens.

Richard Bogoroch is the founder and Managing Partner of Bogoroch & Associates LLP, a Toronto law firm that has donated $200,000 to Queen’s Legal Aid. Photo Eric Forget

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to make this gift, especially at a time when recent cutbacks to legal aid have left the clinic with a funding shortfall,” says Richard Bogoroch, founder and Managing Partner of Bogoroch & Associates LLP. “This gift exemplifies our abiding interest in legal education and access to justice. Lack of access to justice is not an abstraction, it is reality for so many people who cannot afford a lawyer. By this gift, those in need of assistance will obtain it and Queen’s law students will learn valuable skills; skills that should serve them well as they embark on their legal careers.”

Karla McGrath (LLM’13), Executive Director of the Queen’s Law Clinics, certainly knows how clinical education shapes a student’s career. “Students working in Queen’s Legal Aid – and in our other clinics in business, elder, family and prison law – are placed in a dynamic work environment, under the close supervision of clinic review counsel,” she says. “The environment and stakes are real: clinic directors and review counsel pride themselves on not only giving the students an education in law, but a genuine sense of what it means to be a legal professional and to litigate.”

“We’ve heard a great deal of positive feedback from law firms about the benefits of recruiting students with clinical experience,” says Blair Crew, Director of Queen’s Legal Aid, which is the largest of five Queen’s Law Clinics operating in downtown Kingston. “Each year, QLA offers experiential learning opportunities – on a volunteer, for-credit and paid summer employment basis – to more than 80 students who meet demanding standards and compete for the coveted positions.”

QLA students provide a wide range of pro bono legal services to low-income residents of Kingston, Napanee and surrounding areas, and to Queen’s University students. These are critical services that Bogoroch & Associates LLP wanted to support.

“Legal education is of paramount importance because a strong and vigorous bar is an essential component of a healthy and vibrant democracy,” says Bogoroch. “Where there’s no access to justice, there’s increasing inequality and despair. This is not healthy for the functioning of our society. For that reason, our firm felt it important to make this gift so that Queen’s Legal Aid could continue training future lawyers, lawyers we’re confident will make a significant contribution to society.”

Bogoroch & Associates LLP, a Toronto-based law firm, represents injured individuals and their families in all aspects of personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. In 2019, Canadian Lawyer magazine selected Bogoroch & Associates LLP as one of the Top 10 personal injury boutique law firms in Canada. Richard Bogoroch, a certified specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Ontario, is recognized as a leading personal injury lawyer by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada.

“Queen’s Legal Aid, along with our other Queen’s Law Clinics, is central to our sense of what legal education is all about and to serving the community,” says Dean Mark Walters (Law’89). “This generous donation from Bogoroch & Associates LLP will support the great success of our clinical legal education program to the benefit of our students as well as vulnerable members of the Kingston community.”

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