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Access to Justice Advocate – Fiona MacCool

Nabila Khan

Friday, May 15, 2015

Recent reports have underscored the importance of innovation and imagination to the pursuit of access to justice. At the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, we understand that such efforts come down to people – to advocates.  In an effort to spotlight the diverse range of individuals working across the access to justice landscape, we are pleased to present the Access to Justice Advocates blog series. Each month we will profile someone who brings a unique perspective and makes a valuable contribution to the issue of access to justice. Do you know an access to justice advocate? Let us know at communications@cfcj-fcjc.org.   

Fiona MacCool is the Project Manager of Your Legal Rights, an online resource produced by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) to provide free legal information for people in Ontario. Fiona was previously the Project Manager of CLEONet, a precursor to Your Legal Rights. For over 10 years, she has worked as an IT project manager, software trainer, and web content developer. Fiona is passionate about helping non-profit organizations take advantage of the cost-efficient and time-saving power of the Internet to support community partnerships, share resources, and make a difference.

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice visited the CLEO offices to speak to Fiona MacCool about her work on Your Legal Rights.

The website, which is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, provides practical, easy-to-find legal information produced by approximately 300 organizations across the province. Fiona discussed the importance of the Internet as a tool for getting information into the hands of people who need it the most in a tradition of transparency and justice. Your Legal Rights has become the hub for legal information in Ontario, not just service providers – demonstrating the power of the Internet in providing greater access to justice.

The full length version of the interview can be found here.