The World's First Book on Community Paralegals

Originally published at: The World’s First Book on Community Paralegals
I am thrilled to share a new book with you: Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice. Community paralegals demystify law and empower people to advocate for themselves. They are at the heart of our movement for justice. But they have been largely ignored by scholars and writers. This book starts to fill that void. It’s been a long time coming — it’s the product of 8 years of research and writing by 14 authors across 6 countries: Indonesia, The Philippines, South Africa, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Each chapter is rich with vivid accounts of paralegals helping communities to…


Dear Viveck, Thank you very much for sharing this and the good work Namati is doing in Access to Justice space.

Kind regards,



Thanks for sharing. This is great work and very inspirational cases that involves paralegals, I cant wait to read it and share with paralegal organizations in Zanzibar, Tanzania


Thank you very much for sharing. Is there some specific requirement to work as a community paralegal in Canada? Is it something different from the paralegal occupation which is regulated in Ontario? Thank you very much. Alexandar.

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@vivekmaru congratulations on the publishing of this book! I’m trying to purchase a hard copy online, but with no luck. The Cambridge Press site only gives me the option to add it to my “wishlist” but not to purchase. Do you know of a reputable online site where I can purchase a hard copy?

Thanks, -L

Thank you for flagging @lorenzowakefield. And great to see you last week. @mckinleycharles or @vivektrivedi do you know what the deal is re. hard copies?

@APAVLOV community paralegals tend to be different from the traditional paralegals. (see p. 2-3 in the book). Ontario does have a remarkable experience with both though- check out work by @michelemleering.



Hi @lorenzowakefield,

I tried to order it on Cambridge Press site and it let me, and gave me an option to ship to South Africa. I am not sure why it wasn’t working for you. Perhaps the page didn’t load correctly.

I clicked on the link above, clicked ‘buy the print book’ and it led me to this page. From there, I clicked “add to cart”. When I continue on to the checkout page, it lets me select which country to deliver to from a dropdown menu. See screenshot below.

If you try this and still have problems, let me know and I will reach out to Cambridge.

cc: @vivekmaru

Dear Vivek, Thank you very much for the information. Are the community paralegals licenced? From what I know Ontario is the only province where the paralegal profession is regulated. Alexandar

Thank you @mckinleycharles. It allows me to purchase it now.



Hello Vivek, How can i get in touch with Michelle Leering? The email shown is not active Thanks. Alexandar

Hi Alexandar! You should be able to select @michelemleering and then MESSAGE on the user card that pops up to send her a message via this forum. If you don’t see the MESSAGE button let me know.

You can see a list of Michele’s work that has been uploaded to the resource library following this link: Michele Leering

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Thank you. I clicked the message button but it did not work. How do the community paralegals work in Ontario? They are different from the official paralegals. I will research the topic because it is so inspiring. Thanks.

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Hmm… sorry about that! I will connect with you directly to try to sort this out. Generally, though, talking here in the forum is always better. If you have specific questions for Michele or other members you can mention them to pull them into specific conversations. They will be notified by email, which they can reply to directly.

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Sure. I will ask her probably with a hashtag I assume. Alexandar

Hello @michelemleering, I am interested to know more about the community paralegals in Ontario. I was referred to you by Mr. Tobias Eigen. Thank you very much! Truly yours, Alexandar


Thanks Alexander.

Michael Otto will have access to a whole chapter that I helped write with others at Namati on Ontario’s paralegals. I wonder when it is being published. This would help you a lot. I will email Michael about it.

All best wishes,



Thank you @michelemleering, and hello Alexandar @APAVLOV. We have been developing a series of national research briefs on recognition and financing of paralegals and are just now publishing the first 8-10 of these in our resource library. The series of briefs will be part of a broader resource guide on formal recognition and financing of community paralegals that will include supplemental resources and materials for each country and will be up on our site next month - so stay tuned for that.

For now, the paralegal research brief for Ontario, Canada can be found here:


Тhank you very much. Alexandar

This is very interesting material. So community paralegals are legal workers. This makes sense.




Can the community paralegals give legal advice? The legal community is very protective. But maybe some significant change is underway? The legal services are so expensive. And there are so many needs.