Pro Bono Students Canada

National Pro Bono Conference to Feature PBSC-organized Panel


The 3rd National Pro Bono Conference will feature a PBSC-organized panel of leading academics and professionals, discussing the role of law schools in fostering pro bono and public interest values.

Participants include Nikki Gershbain, National Director of PBSC; Jamie McLaren, executive director of Access Pro Bono B.C.; Dean Lorne Sossin of Osgoode Hall Law School; Tracy Wachmann, public interest coordinator at UBC Faculty of Law’s Career Services office; Katherine Weaver, vice president (Policy, Research and Stakeholder Relations) at Legal Aid Alberta; Douglas Yoshida, partner at the Calgary office of McCarthy Tétrault; and Robert Granfield, professor and chair in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and director of the Institute for the Study of Law and Urban Justice.

Within the topic of law schools and the advancement of pro bono lawyering, the panelists will explore a number of issues, such as: the role of clinical and co-curricular opportunities; the role of career advisors and the availability of public interest career resources; course availability and the role of the curriculum; and the role of the bar in creating pro bono opportunities for students and developing a culture of pro bono service in the profession.

The panel is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on September 17, 2010.

The biennial National Pro Bono Conference, held this year at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary from September 16-17, provides a national forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning the provision of pro bono legal services. For more information on the conference or to register, visit