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, Suite 101 – 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, Suite 101 – 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). 

Christopher Hiebert - Articling Student 

BA (University of British Columbia), J.D  (University of British Columbia)

Tel: 604.684.7334
Fax: 604.684.7874
E-mail: chiebert@allard.ubc.ca
Office: Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, Suite 101 – 148 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC

Profile:

Christopher Hiebert is currently the Articling Student at the Peter A Allard School of Law, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic. He has divided recent years between Vancouver and South Korea, where he worked with students and North Korean refugees before attending law school. While studying English Literature at UBC, Chris lived in the Downtown Eastside and worked with residents through UBC public programming.

Chris completed his Juris Docturate at Allard this past December. He is passionate about Aboriginal issues in law, particularly access to justice. He was a Student Clinician at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic after which He continued to work with the Clinic as a researcher and volunteer through his final term of law school. As an Aboriginal man, one time resident of the Downtown Eastside, and a new practitioner of law, Chris is delighted and honoured to advocate for Indigenous people through his role at the ICLC.