Marion Overholt, B.A.(Hons.), LL.B., Barrister-at-law, Executive Director
Marion has practiced law in Windsor and Essex County for 30 years. She was a staff lawyer at Legal Assistance of Windsor for many years and has represented clients in public law benefits practice while training law students in the practice of poverty law. She is considered an expert in public benefits law and is often called upon to speak and write about this area of law. Over of the years she has been a board member of numerous community agencies and social justice initiatives including the Downtown Mission, Unemployed Help Centre, Windsor Coalition against Poverty, the Wellcome Centre, the Windsor Social Justice Coalition and Project Ploughshares. She is a past chair of the Provincial Community Legal Clinics Steering Committee on Social Assistance. She has served on a number of United Church committees at both the national and local levels, including a ten year term on United Church Judicial Committee. For ten years Marion was the Social Justice Representative on the Windsor and District Labour Council Executive Board. This is the first time that a labour council anywhere in Canada has had a non-union representative sit on its’ executive. She recently chaired the Ford/CAW local 200 Worker’s Adjustment Committee.
Marion was the recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada Bicentennial Award of Merit, the 29th Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, the 2007 recipient of the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario award for Women Working in Social Activism, Canada 125 Commemorative Medal and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
James Yaworsky,B.A.,M.A., LL.B. , Barrister-at-law
Jim is a native Windsorsite. Upon being called to the Bar, he practiced in Midland for two years, then Windsor for 4 years, doing primarily criminal and civil litigation. He then took a position as the first full-time Review Counsel of Community Legal Aid, starting in July 1986. He was staff lawyer at Legal Assistance of Windsor from 1988-1990, and then returned to CLA. He taught a course in Landlord/Tenant law at Windsor Law from 1988 to 2002 and has made many presentations to various hertiage organizations, primarily on topics relating to the War of 1812 and railway history. Jim is currently the longest serving SLASS Clinic lawyer in Ontario.
Harpreet Burmy, B.Sc., L.L.B and J.D., Barrister-at-law
Harpreet Burmy is Review Counsel for the Family Law Practice Program at CLA. Harpreet is a Windsor Law grad who during law school volunteered at CLA as a caseworker, litigator and group leader. After earning her joint law degrees, Harpreet went on to work in private practice primarily on Family Law, Civil and Estate Litigation. Harpreet co-authored “Don’t Forget to Lend an Ear” in The CBA Small, Solo and General Practice Newsletter. Additionally, she co-presented an Initial Interview Demonstration at the LSUC Intensive Child Protection Training Program and most recently at the Joint Conference of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education.
Lilian Bahgat, B.Sc., J.D., Barrister-at-law
Lilian is Review Counsel and has been with CLA since 2015. Prior to joining CLA Lilian worked in private practice primarily on Civil, Employment, Estate and Elder Abuse Litigation. Lilian’s practice always revolved around advocating for the vulnerable members of the community. She conducted research on the topics of battered wife syndrome, patient rights and elder abuse. Lilian is also a regular course instructor at the Elder College.
Jonquil is the administrative assistant, bookkeeper and Commissioner of Oaths at CLA. Jonquil became a Certified Law Clerk in 2000 and currently holds an Associate Membership with the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario since 2005. She began her career in law at Clarks Barrister & Solicitors in 2000 as a Corporate Law Clerk specializing in not-for-profit corporations and eventually moving into personal injury, Accident Benefits and civil litigation law with lawyer, Stephen E. Yoker. Although only recently joining the team at CLA Jonquil looks forward to serving the community of Windsor-Essex County through her work at CLA.
Janet joined the CLA team in 2018 as the law clerk/receptionist. She graduated with a legal assistant certificate in 1998. Janet worked for eleven years at a Windsor law firm as a legal assistant in civil litigation, Small Claims Court and collection matters as well as performing full-time receptionist duties. She was then employed as the legal assistant in the same law firm for the family law lawyer specializing in family law, civil litigation and personal injury matters for nine years.