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News & Announcements from Pro Bono Students Canada

  • We are delighted to introduce our new national governance board!

    Pro Bono Students Canada is delighted to announce that we now have a full Board in place.  The members are: Dean Ed Iacobucci, University of Toronto Dean Ian Holloway, University of Calgary Dean Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Law School Dean William Flanagan, Queen’s University Dean Fernand de Varennes, University of Moncton Assistant Dean Alexis Archbold, […]

  • The Campaign for Family Justice – Phase Two

    By: Alison Symington, PBSC Acting National Director In 2016/17, over 1,600 clients were served by PBSC’s Family Law Project. That means that over 1,600 people were provided with information regarding their rights and responsibilities, received guidance on how the court processes work, and had assistance in completing their court forms — this year alone!  PBSC […]

  • The Bonkalo Report: Expanding the role of students in providing family law services

    By Daniel Simonian, PBSC Program Manager In the recently published Family Law Services Review, the Honourable Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo explores whether the delivery of family legal services in Ontario should be expanded to include legal service providers other than lawyers — such as paralegals, law clerks and law students. Pro Bono Students Canada provided […]

  • PBSC’s Family Law Project: 20 years of law student pro bono

    By Sylvia Basso, 2017/18 Ontario FLP Coordinator What is the Family Law Project (FLP)? The FLP is one of PBSC’s signature initiatives, an innovative and multiple award-winning program that for the past 20 years has been providing meaningful access to the family court system for unrepresented litigants. In 2016-17, the FLP operated in 12 cities and engaged […]

  • U of T and Osgoode Students Celebrate International Women’s Day with Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé

    Written by Leisha Senko (Osgoode Hall, Class of 2017) On March 8, 2017, International Women’s Day, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé sat down with students, professors, and practitioners at McCarthy Tétrault for Pro Bono Students Canada’s annual Toronto volunteer appreciation event. Throughout the evening, she shared insights from her time on the […]

  • PBSC volunteers reflect on their experiences

    Christina Welch (PBSC Ottawa Common Chapter) I am working with the Sexual Assault Network (SAN) in Ottawa to draw attention to problematic language in sexual assault cases.  The project is research and advocacy based, and was completed with the goal of identifying ways in which the judiciary uses language in Ontario court judgments. Additionally, to […]

  • PBSC National Office accepts the “Reconciliation Resolution” challenge

    To launch the New Year, it is common practice for people to make resolutions for the year ahead — setting goals for improvement. For 2017, Pro Bono Students Canada’s National Office has committed to fulfilling a meaningful New Year’s resolution: a “Reconciliation Resolution.” Our commitment was made in response to the challenge issued by Amanda […]

  • Volunteer Appreciation Event with the Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

    PBSC is thrilled to welcome former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé on March 8 for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. As Justice L’Heureux-Dubé’s visit coincides with International Women’s Day, it is anticipated that she will deliver remarks on the Charter, equality rights, and women in the legal profession. McCarthy Tétrault’s National Practice Leader, […]

  • PBSC students at Ontario health tribunals  

    PBSC and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) have collaborated to provide unique student opportunities since 2006. HPARB is an independent adjudicative body in Ontario, conducting appeals, reviews and hearings regarding health services and health professionals in the 28 regulated health professions. This year PBSC has three distinct HPARB projects. First, law students […]

  • Access to justice on the airwaves

    An exciting new PBSC project to come out of UBC this year is the Common Law Radio project. The show was cofounded by lawyer supervisor Joshua Prowse when he was an articling student eager to speak with top advocates. According to Prowse, “Having a radio show opened doors: there was a real untapped market for […]

  • Pro Bono Students Canada is growing

    We are delighted to announce the addition of two new chapters to our cross-Canada team: PBSC Lakehead and PBSC Thompson Rivers (TRU)! Colleagues at PBSC Lakehead and PBSC TRU will work over the summer to build their chapters in order to have PBSC student volunteers placed on projects and providing legal services in their communities […]

  • PBSC UBC Chapter Nominated for MS Society Award!

    We are happy to report that our UBC chapter has been nominated for the MS Society of Canada Division Award of Merit! The award recognizes an outstanding contribution by individual(s), group(s) or business(es) in furthering the work of the MS Society on a provincial/regional basis in the areas of client services, public education, government relations, […]

  • The ID Project

    We need identification for many things, including accessing social services, renting an apartment, cashing a cheque, applying for a job.  Without a permanent address however, it can be a real challenge to keep ID safe, and to replace lost or stolen ID.  ID clinics therefore provide a critical service to homeless and marginally housed individuals […]

  • PBSC’s 20th Anniversary!

    This year marks PBSC’s 20th anniversary! For two decades, PBSC law students have been helping Canadians in need. PBSC started with a handful of volunteers at one law school. Today, we are the largest pro bono organization in Canada, with 1600 volunteers at 21 law schools in 8 provinces from coast to coast. To celebrate […]

  • Un étudiant de Moncton reconnu pour son travail auprès des réfugiés

    Jules César Katagurutse, un étudiant de troisième année à la Faculté de droit, est souligné pour sa contribution à la création de la Clinique d’aide juridique pour les réfugiés au Nouveau-Brunswick, située à Moncton. Pour lire l’article complet, cliquez ici.  

  • PBSC Welcomes our New Acting Director!

    Starting in January 2017, current National Director, Nikki Gershbain, will be taking a leave from PBSC to work with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project. Nikki will be deeply missed but we’re thrilled to welcome Alison Symington who will be taking over as acting National Director from January 2017 to December 2017.  Alison holds an LL.B. […]

  • PBSC University of Ottawa Common Law Chapter Launches “The ID Project” in Ottawa

    Pro bono lawyers are now serving more than meals at the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program at The Ottawa Mission. The Ottawa Mission, Lawyers Feed the Hungry, BLG, and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) are partnering to help the homeless and precariously housed replace lost or stolen personal identification. Learn more about this project here media-advisory-the-id-project-november-2016.

  • Justice Abella at Osgoode!

    “One, It’s not just what you stand for, it’s what you stand up for. Two, indifference is injustice’s incubator. Three, you can’t forget what the world looks like for those who are vulnerable.” Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella spoke to Osgoode Hall law students and faculty on September 14, 2016 in an […]

  • Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé Inspires Law Students at PBSC Launch

    On September 13th, the McGill Chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) welcomed the Honourable Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, who served on the Supreme Court of Canada from 1987 to 2002. Madam Justice L’Heureux-Dubé who participated in a fireside chat with Dean Leckey, has been a friend to PBSC for a very long time. Having her attend […]

  • Canada’s law students lend a hand to Yukon Human Rights Commission

    Kieran Oudshoom, CBC News, 2nd Sept 2016 Law students from across Canada will soon be donating their time doing Yukon-specific research, thanks to a partnership with the Yukon Human Rights Commission (YHRC). The commission is teaming up with ProBono Students Canada (PBSC), an organization that gives law students experience in the field. “We are actually going to be […]

  • PBSC Director Nikki Gershbain Awarded Prestigious LFO Fellowship!

    PBSC is delighted to announce that our National Director, Nikki Gershbain, has been awarded a Community Leaders in Justice Fellowship from the Law Foundation of Ontario. These Fellowships connect “exceptional leaders” from public interest organizations with Ontario educational institutions, to improve access to justice and promote professional excellence. As part of her Fellowship, Nikki has […]

  • PBSC is 20! Highlights from our Anniversary Dinner at the Law Society of Upper Canada

    In September, it will be 20 years since PBSC law students began delivering legal services to Canadians in need. What started initially as a handful of law students at one school working with just a few community partners, over the years turned into the largest pro bono organization in Canada, operating in 21 law schools […]

  • Revue du symposium Pro Bono 2016

    Rédigé par: Anca Ciurel, Étudiante bénévole au Conseil exécutif, PBSC – Université de Sherbrooke «La vie est un combat», tel était le message que monsieur Paul Gérin-Lajoie prônait le 26 janvier 2016 devant une salle comblée d’étudiants en droit. C’est sur cette note que le symposium Pro Bono débutait au cabinet McCarthy Tétrault. Pour l’occasion, ce grand […]

  • Inspiring Innovation to Increase Access to Justice

    Inspiring Innovation to Increase Access to Justice by Shay Khan and Noorain Shethwala, Program Coordinators at Osgoode Hall Law School “Listen”, “Reconciliation”, “Get Involved”, and “Be Zen” were the parting words of wisdom received by the Osgoode Hall and University of Toronto Chapters of Pro Bono Students Canada. Volunteers, sponsors, and community partners came together […]

  • UBC Volunteers Assist Klein Lawyers LLP in Woodlands Class Action Suit

    Since 2014, PBSC law students from UBC have been volunteering at Klein Lawyers LLP to work on the Woodlands class action. Woodlands was a residential facility for adults and children with mental disabilities in New Westminster, British Columbia. The institution operated until 1996. Following investigations by the province and the Office of the Public Guardian and […]

  • PBSC Calgary Volunteers Teach High School Students “Yes Means Yes”!

    PBSC Calgary students are proud to be supporting the Yes Means Yes Project. Yes Means Yes is based on materials created by the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and is organized through the Calgary Chapter of LEAF. This project is focused on providing high-school aged students with a comprehensive understanding of consent and other legal […]

  • On World Day of Social Justice, Let’s Talk A2J

    On World Day of Social Justice, Let’s Talk A2J By Nikki Gershbain, National Director, Pro Bono Students Canada Yesterday was United Nations World Day of Social Justice. Among other things, this day is meant to support access to justice for all. Most Canadians don’t think of access to legal services as a social justice issue. Fewer […]

  • Nominate an Access to Justice Champion by November 27!

    PBSC is a proud partner of Flip Your Wig for Justice, a campaign designed to raise awareness & funds for 5 access to justice organizations: PBSC, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Community Legal Education Ontario, METRAC Action on Violence and the Ontario Justice Education Network. Flip Your Wig is based on the concept of the […]

  • PBSC & Dentons Canada Promote the Tax Advocacy Project

    PBSC Program Manager Jalana Lewis had the pleasure of attending the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education’s (ACCLE) annual conference in October in Saskatoon where she presented on the PBSC-Dentons Tax Advocacy Project (TAP), our award-winning project that provides law students with an opportunity to represent low-income appellants before the Federal Tax Court of Canada. […]

  • Dennis Edney Appeals to PBSC UVic Students to “Fight Apathy”

    Each September, PBSC hosts high-profile speakers to launch our programs across the country. We enlist some of the leading pro bono and public interest lawyers and advocates to speak to students about the noble history and tremendous value of pro bono work. The line-up of speakers for Fall 2015 was as spectacular as ever, and […]