Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

 

The Indigenous Community Legal Clinic exists for two purposes: first, to provide free legal services to the Indigenous community in the Downtown Eastside, and second, to provide legal education to Allard School of Law students. By joining the Clinic, students interested in advocacy, social justice and Aboriginal peoples can gain practical experience and make a meaningful contribution to a historically underserved and marginalized community.  The Clinic provides students with the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience managing client files and making court appearances.

 

Patricia M. Barkaskas - Instructor (tenure track) / Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

B.A. (University of Victoria), M.A. and J.D. (University of British Columbia)
Member: Law Society of British Columbia

Tel: 604.684.7334
Toll Free: 1.888.684.7874
Fax: 604.684.7874
E-mail: barkaskas@allard.ubc.ca
Office: Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, 148 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC
Allard Hall Office Location: 451

Profile:

Patricia Barkaskas earned a M.A. in History, with a focus on Indigenous histories in North America, and a J.D., with a specialization in social justice, from the University of British Columbia. She is a sole practitioner and practices in the areas of child protection (as parent’s counsel), criminal, and family law, and has practiced prison and civil law. She has worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice system and has worked for Residential school survivors as an historical legal researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. In addition she has written Gladue reports for the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Her teaching and research interests include restorative justice and experiential learning in clinical legal education. Patricia was born in Alberta and is Métis from the Lac Ste. Anne Cree/Métis and Red River Métis communities.

Mark Gervin - Lecturer/Legal Services Director

B.A. (Simon Fraser University), L.L.B.  (University of British Columbia)

Member: Law Society of British Columbia

Tel: 604.684.7334
Fax: 604.684.7874
E-mail: gervin@allard.ubc.ca
Office: Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, 148 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC
Allard Hall Office Location: 451

Profile:

Mark is an alumnus of the Allard School of Law; he articled with Glenn Orris, QC and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2000. A criminal defence lawyer, Mark has worked on and continues to work on murder trials across the province of British Columbia, in addition to many other criminal law offences. Currently, he appears regularly in the British Columbia Provincial and Supreme Courts both as defence counsel and as ad hoc Crown Counsel.  Mark also serves as Chair of the Criminal Law sub-section of the Canadian Bar Association’s BC Branch and is a founding member and Vice President of the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society (C-DAS). 

 Articling Student 

Tel: 604.684.7334
Fax: 604.684.7874
E-mail: TBD
Office: Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, 148 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC

The ICLC is currently seeking to hire an Articling Student.  

 It has been notable that as a result of having a full-time articled student the ICLC has been to be able to take on files that we preciously could not accept, for example criminal files where jail time might be on the table, but where the client also barely makes more than the financial cut-off threshold to be eligible for legal aid.