Jack de Klerk
Jack de Klerk is the Director of Legal Services at Neighbourhood Legal Services. He first started working in a legal clinic in 1976 just after he and others in the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations formed and got funding for Metro Tenants Legal Services from the Ontario Legal Aid Program. Since then he has gone to law school at the University of Toronto, made an unsuccessful run at municipal politics, worked in various clinics, developed housing co-operatives by helping tenants buy their apartment buildings, practiced law as a sole practitioner, and come back to working in the clinic system. He has been at NLS since 1998. Jack is a leading expert in housing law and has argued cases before administrative tribunals and all levels of the Courts in Ontario.
Jack has served on the executive of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario and is currently chairperson of the Toronto Legal Clinics Management Group (TLCMG). In 2013 he played a key role in bringing forward to the TLCMG the proposal to undertake the GTA Clinic Transformation Project. He is now the project co-lead.