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Shalini Konanur

Executive Director/Lawyer
(416) 487-6371 ext. 40

Shalini Konanur is the Executive Director and a lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO).  As a student at Osgoode Hall Law School Shalini worked at both Parkdale Community Legal Services and C.L.A.S.P. in the worker’s rights division.  Shalini was called to the bar in 2000and joined the legal aid clinic system in 2001, serving clients in rural Ontario.  Shalini was later hired by Mississauga Community Legal Services to create their immigration law practice before moving on to SALCO.  Shalini has been actively involved in several areas of poverty law reform, including lobbying at the municipal, provincial, and federal level for social assistance, housing, immigration, employment, and family violence reform.  Shalini has also spearheaded SALCO`s test case work, challenging  issues of racial, gender, and religious discrimination at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the and the Federal Court.  Shalini’s work focuses on the promotion of access to justice for racialized communities in Canada and on addressing poverty for SALCO’s low-income constituency.  Shalini was named the South Asian Bar Association’s Female Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and received the Legal Aid Ontario Leader Award in 2014.