Edward Iacobucci is Dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Throughout his career, Professor Iacobucci has been Visiting Professor at multiple law schools around the world, including at the University of Virginia, Columbia, the University of Chicago, New York University, Tsinghua University, and National University of Singapore. A former clerk for Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada, Professor Iacobucci's teaching and research interests include corporate law and governance, securities law, corporate finance, competition policy, and law and economics more generally. He has taught courses, as well as authored and co-authored numerous scholarly articles and books both in Canada and internationally on these topics.
As Assistant Dean, J.D. Program at UofT Law, Alexis oversees most of the law school’s student services, including admissions, financial aid, career services, and student mental health. She also supervises the Indigenous Initiatives Office and the law school’s public interest programs and clinics. Before going to law school as a mature student in 2000, Alexis worked for several years at Planned Parenthood of Toronto. She completed her articles and practiced law at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care prior to joining the Faculty of Law as the first Director of the Law in Action Within Schools Program (LAWS) in 2005, and becoming the Assistant Dean in 2008. Alexis served for three years as an elected Governor (Administrative Staff) on the university’s Governing Council (2012-15).
Robert Leckey teaches and researches in family law, constitutional law, and comparative law at the McGill Faculty of Law, where since 2016 he has been Dean and Samuel Gale Professor. A former clerk for Justice Michel Bastarache at the Supreme Court of Canada, he is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Barreau du Québec. During his doctoral studies, Robert was a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar. He has authored several books on marital rights. As former president of Egale Canada and former chair of its Legal Issues Committee, Robert participates regularly in continuing education for lawyers and judges.
Sherry is Vice President, Public Legal Information & Applications at Legal Aid BC. After joining LABC as a staff lawyer in 2000, Sherry went on to implement BC’s family duty counsel program. She managed intake, Aboriginal services and community & publishing services. In 2018, Sherry assumed accountability for the digital delivery of legal aid. She spearheaded MyLawBC, a site internationally recognized for how it empowers people to access justice. This site actively tailor solutions for everyday legal problems, offers a negotiation platform for separation agreements and online mediation – the first free ODR for family matters in Canada. Sherry is engaged in access to justice issues and in addition to being an advisory board member for Pro Bono Students Canada, is on the advisory board of the National Self Represented Litigant Project. She frequently presents on technology and access to justice.
Mary Condon is Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches Securities Regulation and Advanced Securities. In 2008, Mary was appointed by the provincial government to be Commissioner and Board Member of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), where she sat until 2016. In 2018, she was appointed a member of the board of the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization (CMAIO), an interim body set up to assist with the establishment of a Capital Markets Regulatory Authority for co-operating jurisdictions in Canada. Mary has co-authored several texts on topics related to securities regulation and pensions policy, and is regularly invited to speak on these topics both nationally and internationally. She was named one of the top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (Public Sector Category) by Women’s Executive Network in 2018.
Kirby Chown was the Ontario Regional Managing Partner of McCarthy Tétrault from 2002 to 2009. Ms. Chown has always had an interest in the retention and advancement of women lawyers. While at McCarthys, she pioneered many innovative programs for women, and spoke frequently on issues affecting women lawyers. During her career she received many honours, including a 2013 Zenith Award as a Leading Woman Lawyer. As Managing Partner, she agreed that McCarthys would be PBSC’s national law firm partner and remained closely involved with PBSC during her time at the firm. She is now retired.
Ian Holloway QC has been Dean of Law at the University of Calgary since 2011. Prior to this, Ian served as dean at the University of Western Ontario and as associate dean at the Australian National University. Over the years, he has also held appointments at Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. Ian is a member of the Bars of Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, and a former law clerk to the chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal. He is an elected fellow of both the American Law Institute and the College of Law Practice Management. In addition to his service on the Board of PBSC, he is a Trustee of the NALP Foundation, and in 2013-14, Ian served as a team leader for the Canadian Bar Association's Futures project. In 2015, he was appointed to the Security Intelligence Review Committee, and made a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
As former Executive Director of the Mile End Legal Clinic in Montreal, Leslie worked closely with clients dealing with everyday life legal matters and gained a firsthand understanding of access to justice issues. She also worked as National Francophone Coordinator for PBSC’s national office in 2011-2012 and participated in McGill University’s PBSC chapter during law school. Leslie currently works as an Advisor to the City of Montreal’s Ombudsman Office.
Catherine Dauvergne is the eighth dean of the Peter A. Allard School of Law. She has been working in the area of refugee, immigration, and citizenship law over the past quarter of a century. In 2012, Dauvergne was named a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation in recognition of her contributions to public discourse in Canada. She has written three books that take a broad perspective on the theoretical underpinnings of these areas of law, including considering how human rights principles and discourses fit into a migration and citizenship framework. Much of Dauvergne’s work engages feminist critique of the law, and the place of women in immigration, refugee, and citizenship laws. Dauvergne is currently a research collaborator with colleagues Ben Goold and Efrat Arbel on the SSHRC funded project Finding a Place for Rights: An Independent Evaluation of the Impact of the Beyond the Border Initiative on Human Rights at the Canada-US Border.
PBSC was established in 1996 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. At the time, it was the first and only pro bono organization in Canada. The founding objective of PBSC was to combine education and public interest volunteer work, with the goal of ensuring that each new generation of lawyers would enter the profession committed to pro bono philosophy and practice. The visionary support of the Faculty and the Law Foundation of Ontario was instrumental in launching PBSC into a leading, nation-wide movement.