Pro Bono Students Canada

Pro Bono Students Canada Heading to Montreal for 4th National Pro Bono Conference, Nov 1-2!


PBSC is delighted to be an in-kind sponsor of the 4th National Pro Bono Conference.  The conference will provide a national forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning pro bono legal service provision. The Conference will combine plenary sessions that address major issues and themes related to pro bono culture and practice, and breakout sessions that take a “nuts and bolts” approach to various aspects of developing pro bono projects and delivering pro bono services.

Pro Bono Students Canada National Director Nikki Gershbain will be moderating a panel on the role of law schools in promoting pro bono and public interest values.  Titled: “A” For Effort?  Encouraging Law Schools to Take Up the Pro Bono Challenge, the panel will examine the role played by Canada’s 22 law schools in advancing the cause of pro bono and public interest lawyering.  Panelists include Professor Daniel Jutras, Dean of McGill University Faculty of Law, Michael Bergman, Executive Director of Chicago’s Public Interest Law Initiative, Professor Richard Haigh, Director of the Osgoode Hall Law School Public Interest Requirement Program, and Amanda Gibeault, a McGill Law Student and former PBSC Program Coordinator.

Panelists will explore the issue along a number of lines, including the emphasis on professionalism and ethics training, the availability of courses in social justice and public interest law, the regulation of student legal activity by provincial law societies, and the role of clinical and other experiential learning opportunities.  Given the growing access to justice gap, the panel will also consider whether the time has come for mandatory pro bono or public interest service by law students, or mandatory pro bono reporting by law schools, and will look to some American models and practices for ideas and inspiration.

All members of the legal profession, judiciary, voluntary sector and academia from Canada, the United States and abroad are invited to register for the Conference.  More information is available at: (Cliquez ici pour la version française.)

Nous espérons vous voir à Montréal!