Ottawa Citizen: University of Ottawa law students organize comedy show for good cause

OTTAWA — For a change, lawyers will be telling the jokes.

Law students from the University of Ottawa are organizing a fundraising comedy show in support of Ottawa ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), an organization of low to moderate income families uniting communities for justice.

The show will take place Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. at The Draft Pub, 801 King Edward Ave., 2nd floor. The cover charge is $10 and all proceeds are going to ACORN.

“A few of my fellow law students and I are taking the plunge by performing standup comedy to support Ottawa ACORN,” explained Michael Currie, a second-year law student who volunteers for ACORN, and organizer of the event. “Everyone is welcome to come see law folks telling jokes.”

Jill O’Reilly, head organizer of Ottawa ACORN, began a new campaign in 2012 of matching law students from the University of Ottawa with modest-income families who need assistance in landlord and tenant matters.

“Ottawa ACORN has been fighting to ensure that modest-income families and traditionally marginalized persons understand their rights,” said O’Reilly. “Many of our members endure horrible conditions, such as cockroach infestations, mouse infestations, flooding, mould, and so on, even though they pay their rent every month. The law students, including Michael, volunteer their time to fight for our members and help provide them with tools to deal with their disputes.”

The initiative has proved to be an excellent way for modest-income families to better understand the Residential Tenancy Act and providing law students with valuable, practice experience.

“It’s a great feeling to know that we can use the law to help others,” concluded Currie. “We look forward to raising some much needed funds to keep Ottawa ACORN’s initiative going.”

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