Former Chief Justice joins Board of Community Law & Mediation

Community Law & Mediation (CLM) today announced that Mr Frank Clarke, the former Chief Justice, has been appointed to its board of directors.

CLM (formerly Coolock Community Law Centre) is an independent community law centre and charity based in Dublin and Limerick. Established in 1975, it was the first of its kind in Ireland, and was modelled on the American neighbourhood law centre. Today, it assists more than 4,000 people each year through its community based free legal advice, advocacy, mediation and education services.

A barrister since 1973, Mr Clarke was appointed to the High Court in 2004, the Supreme Court in 2012, and served as Chief Justice from July 2017 to October 2021. Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for reform of the justice system to remove barriers and improve access to justice.

Rose Wall CEO of Community Law & Mediation said:

We are delighted with the appointment of Frank Clarke to the Board of Community Law & Mediation. He has always shown great support and encouragement for organisations such as CLM, who are working to improve access to justice for marginalised groups and for the many people across Ireland who cannot afford legal representation, or who are simply unaware of how the law can help improve their situation. We are so grateful for Mr Clarke’s time, and for the wealth of knowledge and experience he will bring to our organisation.


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Note to Editors

Community Law & Mediation (CLM) is a community law centre and charity, established in Coolock in 1975. It assists more than 4,000 people each year in communities experiencing disadvantage, through free legal advice, advocacy, mediation and community education services.

It operates two community law centres, CLM Northside (Dublin) and CLM Limerick, and partners with other organisations – including EPIC, the Irish Cancer Society and Family Carers Ireland – to provide outreach advice clinics around Ireland.

In February 2021, it opened the Centre for Environmental Justice, which provides free legal advice and training services in the area of environmental justice.

Environmental Justice in Ireland: New research and resources by DCU and Community Law & Mediation

Environmental Justice in Ireland: Key dimensions of environmental and climate injustice experienced by vulnerable and marginalised communities 

This report, completed by the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University in conjunction with Community Law & Mediation, sets out key recommendations to improve the monitoring of environmental pollution and its correlation with measures of deprivation and vulnerability, as well as to strengthen the pursuit of environmental justice in Ireland.

Watch the launch event back here

Read the report here.

Alongside the report, new environmental justice resources for schools and community organisations have been developed by Community Law & Mediation (CLM) and its Centre for Environmental Justice using illustrations by artist Eoin Whelehan.

For further information on the #voicesofenvironmentaljustice project, contact us on 01 847 7804 or