Pro Bono Students Canada

The Campaign for Family Justice – Phase Two

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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 volunteers provided family law related services through 17 local PBSC chapters across the country to people navigating divorce proceedings, child and spousal support, child custody and restraining orders. These critical services could not be provided without the generosity of our law students volunteers, supervising lawyers and community partners, and also (very importantly!) our donors, funders and supporters.

In late 2013, we knew that we could not sustain the Family Law Project, nor expand it to help meet the seemingly interminable demand for family law services in every part of the country, without more resources.  We therefore reached out for support with the Campaign for Family Justice.  And you responded!

Individuals, firms and corporations stepped up to support the Campaign for Family Justice with donations of all sizes. As a result, we were able to continue running the Family Law Project and add a program manager two days per week to run the training sessions, monitor the projects, develop new partnerships, hire the student project coordinators, and take care of all of the behind the scenes logistics that allow us to continually provide high-quality services (e.g., translation, technology, stats collection, etc.).

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary and evolve our programming to serve even more clients in new and innovative ways, we need to replenish our resources.  From September 2017 through January 2018 we will be running the Campaign for Family Justice – Phase Two.  Watch your in-boxes, your mailboxes, and your social media feeds in the comings months for opportunities to participate!