Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

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Patricia M. Barkaskas - Lecturer / 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
Fax: 604.684.7874
E-mail: barkaskas@allard.ubc.ca
Office: UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, Suite 101 – 148 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC
Allard Hall Office Location: 458

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 - Interim Lecturer/Legal 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: UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, Suite 101 – 148 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC
Allard Hall Office Location: 458

Profile:

Mark Gervin, an alumnus of the Peter A. Allard School of Law, is a criminal defence lawyer. He articled with Glenn Orris, QC and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2000. In the early years of his practice, Mark worked on many murder cases across B.C. He regularly appears in the British Columbia Provincial and Supreme Courts both as defence counsel and ad hoc Crown Counsel. Mark serves as vice chair on the Criminal Law Section executive of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch. Mark is one of the Directors of the newly created Criminal Defence Advocacy Society. He is also the interim Director of the Allard Law’s Innocence Project.

 

Description

The ICLC 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 law students in the Allard School of Law. By joining the ICLC, 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. Working at the ICLC will give students practical hands-on experience managing client files and making court appearances.