Lisa Cirillo, Executive Director

Lisa Cirillo, B.A. (University of Toronto), LL.B (Queen’s University), LL.M (Osgoode Hall Law School), is the Executive Director of Downtown Legal Services.   She has practiced human rights, education, housing and family law in a wide variety of social justice organizations including DLS, ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  In addition to her legal work, Lisa has extensive experience in public legal education and community outreach. Lisa was first introduced to clinical legal education as a law student at Queen’s University, first as a member of Queen’s Legal Aid and later, the Correctional Law Project.  These transformative experiences shaped her career path and reinforced her commitment to social justice lawyering.  Lisa was a staff lawyer at DLS from 2001 – 2006 and was delighted to return in 2010 in her current role.  Lisa is the President of ACCLE (Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education) and also serves as a member of the Steering Committee for NAWL (National Association of Women and the Law).