Harrison Pensa personal injury lawyer Andy Rady, Chair of the 8th Annual United Way Lawyers’ Leadership Challenge, kicked off this year’s competition with participating London law firms and Western Law.

Harrison Pensa personal injury lawyer Andy Rady, Chair of the 8th Annual United Way Lawyers’ Leadership Challenge, kicked off this year’s competition with participating London law firms and Western Law.

 

The pandemic had a disproportionately negative impact on the most vulnerable individuals, especially in the early days when it led to the closure of courthouses, restricted the scheduling of hearings to urgent matters, and suspended services — including supervised parent-child access and duty counsel.

“While the disruptive impact of the pandemic was felt by all litigants, it was particularly acute for families experiencing high levels of conflict, victims of intimate partner violence, families in the child protection system, and unrepresented litigants,” said Western Law Professor Claire Houston.

Her team researched the impact of the pandemic on the family justice system in Ontario. Western Law and London law firms are competing in the 8th Annual Lawyers’ Leadership Challenge, a fundraising competition to support critical community programs and services to those who need it most in Elgin Middlesex.

“People who were living in poverty or with low income before the pandemic are having even more difficulty now. While some of us settle into a new normal, far too many are living closer to the edge,” said Andy Rady, Harrison Pensa personal injury lawyer and this year’s Chair of the Leadership Challenge.

Local lawyers have raised $894,148 since the first year of the Challenge, and the goal this year is to surpass $1 million.

Good luck to all participants!