Éducaloi Publishes the 2018 Clarity Conference Proceedings

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Éducaloi is pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 Clarity conference proceedings. The proceedings were made possible with the support of the Quebec Bar Foundation. They are available on the Clarity 2018 website and on Éducaloi’s website, ensuring lasting access.

“The collaboration between Clarity International and Éducaloi was a natural alliance, as our respective missions aim to promote clear communication. Now, thanks to the support of the Quebec Bar Foundation, the official proceedings are being published. This culmination of a winning collaboration will help a wider audience expand their legal communication skills.”

– Ms. Ariane Charbonneau, Éducaloi Executive Director

“The Quebec Bar Foundation is proud to partner in the publication of the Clarity conference proceedings. This partnership reflects our mission to promote legal research and underlines our support of Éducaloi’s mission. We believe that clear legal communication plays a key role in increasing access to justice. The advancement of legal knowledge is also a determining factor in improving the administration of justice.”

– Me Tamara Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Quebec Bar Foundation

Clarity was held last year in Montreal, from October 25 to 27, 2018, under the theme “Plain Language in Modern Times.” Éducaloi and Clarity International teamed up for the event, welcoming 550 participants from 20 countries. Participants included representatives from the areas of justice, business, government, education and the non-profit sector. The event’s program comprised more than 70 conferences and workshops, given by more than 100 speakers. Canada’s Chief Justice, The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, and Quebec Justice Minister Ms. Sonia LeBel––newly appointed at the time––were present for the event and guests of honour.

500 Days for Justice

The 2018 Clarity conference served as the official launch for Éducaloi’s fundraising campaign: 500 jours pour la justice. The goal of the campaign is to raise $250,000 in net profits to strengthen legal education for youth, seniors and new arrivals to Canada. The campaign will end on March 18, 2020, with a benefit evening celebrating Éducaloi’s 20th anniversary.   Éducaloi will announce details for this event shortly.

As part of its fundraising campaign, Éducaloi is also running a new advertising initiative this October. The initiative aims to raise awareness about Éducaloi’s mission with the general public.

About Clarity International

Clarity is a professional association that promotes the use of plain legal language internationally. With more than 500 members in 30 countries, Clarity is the largest organization of its kind. Its members consist of judges, lawyers, government representatives, researchers, professors, NGOs, and business people—all convinced of the benefits of plain legal language. Some are writers, editors, researchers, consultants, and trainers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in making language more accessible. Clarity has official representatives in 30 countries as well as a team of devoted volunteers who promote plain language over formal legal terminology. Every second year, Clarity holds an international conference together with a local partner. In 2020, the event will be held in Washington, highlighting the 10th anniversary of the Plain Writing Act. www.clarity-international.net.

About Éducaloi

Éducaloi is a registered charity founded in 2000. It is a leader in the movement to improve access to justice in Québec. Its mission is to explain the law to Quebecers in everyday language. Éducaloi has three areas of focus: legal information, legal education and helping organizations explain the law in accessible language. Its team of experts creates reliable, accessible legal information and education resources. It makes citizens aware of the legal aspects of everyday situations and how to exercise their rights. Éducaloi is a leader in plain language legal communication.

About the Quebec Bar Foundation

The Quebec Bar Foundation is a non-profit organization that participates in the progress of society by contributing to the advancement of legal knowledge. The Foundation supports and gives awards for activities that raise awareness about the role of the law and the legal profession in society. It publishes legal guides available free of charge to legal practitioners, their clients and the general public. Over the years, thousands of copies of a dozen publications have been distributed.

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For more information or to request an interview:

Virginie Galarneau
Communications Representative
vgalarneau@diverso.ca    
450 330-4300