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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, advocates and organizations to speak to students about the noble history and tremendous value of pro bono work. Our speakers highlight the importance of a commitment to social justice both during law school and as a member of the legal profession, and inspire students with countless stories about the challenges and rewards of working for the public good. The line-up of speakers for Fall 2015 was as spectacular as ever, and including:

  • University of Victoria – Keynote Speaker: Dennis Edney, Dennis Edney Professional Corporation
  • University of British Columbia – Keynote Speaker: Alison Latimer, Farris, Vaughn, Wills and Murphy LLP
  • University of Calgary – Keynote Speaker: Kevin Stenner, McCarthy Tétrault
  • University of Alberta – Keynote Speakers: Dustin Tkachuk, Legal Aid Alberta, Tim Smythe and Carter Greschner, Bryan & Co.
  • University of Saskatchewan – Keynote Speakers: Dean Doug Surtees, Sarah Buhler, Faculty Supervisor
  • University of Manitoba – Keynote Speakers: Dean Lorna Turnbull, Allison Fenske, Public Interest Law Centre
  • University of Windsor – Keynote Speakers: Justice Mary Jo Nolan, Former Justice at Superior Court of Justice in Windsor, Dr. Christopher Waters, Acting Dean
  • University of Western Ontario – Keynote Speaker: Russell Silverstein, Association In Defense Of The Wrongfully Convicted
  • University of Toronto – Keynote Speakers: Albert Lin, McCathy Tétrault, Nikki Gershbain, PBSC
  • Osgoode Hall (York University) – Keynote Speaker: Cara Zwibel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • University of Ottawa – Keynote Speakers: Alexandra Derisier, Connecting Ottawa, Véronique Boyer, Centre de justice de proximité de l’Outaouais
  • Université du Québec à Montréal – Keynote Speaker: Nicole Filion, Ligue des droits et libertés
  • McGill University – Keynote Speakers: Colleen Sheppard, Faculty Supervisor, Me Deschamps, Former Supreme Court of Canada judge, Me Carron, Norton Rose Fulbright, Me Missakyla, Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations
  • Université de Montréal – Keynote Speakers: Julien David-Pelletier, Juripop, Me Marjolaine Olwell, Winner of Pro Bono Lawyer of the year award, Dionne Schulze, Me Louis Masson, ancien bâtonnier du Québec, Jolicoeur Lacasse
  • Université de Sherbrooke – Keynote Speakers: l’Honorable Lise Gagnon, juge en chambre jeunesse de la Cour du Québec, Nathalie Araneda, Centre pour femmes immigrantes de Sherbrooke, Sébastien Lebel-Grenier, Doyen
  • Université Laval – Keynote Speakers: Me Gallant, Centre de justice, Nicole Bélanger, Épilepsie section de Québec
  • University of New Brunswick – Keynote Speaker: Justice Raymond French, Court of Appeal of New Brunswick
  • Dalhousie University – Keynote Speaker: Megan Leslie, MP

 

oEach 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, advocates and organizations to speak to students about the noble history and tremendous value of pro bono work. Our speakers highlight the importance of a commitment to social justice both during law school and as a member of the legal profession, and inspire students with countless stories about the challenges and rewards of working for the public good.

oThis year’s line-up of speakers is as spectacular as ever, and includes former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache, Nobel Peace Prize nominee David Matas, and poverty law advocate and G20 lawyer Peter Rosenthal: