Public legal education (PLE) began to take shape as a field of practice in Canada during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Since then hundreds of individuals and organizations have been empowering Canadians to engage in law-related activities of interest to them. These efforts have been accompanied by research and reflection as the PLE community has worked to ground its practice in theory and to test that theory in practice.
The purpose of this web site is to provide the PLE community with a vehicle for
- documenting both tacit and explicit insights,
- sharing stories and resources,
- lending a helping hand, and
- otherwise contributing to the successful development of our practice.
I will curate this site as much as time allows – posting thoughts, documents, and other resources that I encounter as I work through the topics included on this web site. I welcome contributions from others in the PLE world as you make your own discoveries in the course of your work. By interacting with each other in this way, we will begin to evolve a body of knowledge and practices that will increase the impact of our efforts both individually and collectively.
Wishing you all the very best in your work,
Professor Lois Gander, Q.C. Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta