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ADVISORY BOARD 

Jutta Brunnée

Chair

Jutta Brunnée is Dean and James M. Tory Dean’s Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of Public International Law, International Environmental Law and International Legal Theory, and she is published extensively in each. Her work has been awarded the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit twice (in 2011 and 2018), both “in a specialized area of international law” and “for preeminent contribution to creative scholarship”, respectively. From 1998-99, Dean Brunnée was the “Scholar-in-Residence” in the Legal Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, advising, inter alia, on matters under the Biodiversity and Climate Change Conventions. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013, and Associate of the Institut de Droit International in 2017. Dean Brunnée's current research agenda explores the role of international legality and legal practices in mediating between stability and change in international law.

Alexis Archbold

Member

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

Robert Leckey

Member

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 MacLennan

Member

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

Member

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

Member

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

Member

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.

Leslie Ning

Member

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.

Susan Breau

Member

Dean of Law at the University of Victoria, Dr. Breau has a distinguished record of achievement as a researcher, teacher and administrator. Her scholarship engages with multiple forms of law and legal orders, particularly in the law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international disaster law. Former Head of the School of Law at the University of Reading, UK, Dr. Breau completed her LLM and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and was the Dorset Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Prior to moving to England, she completed her BA, LLB, and MA at Queen’s University and practiced law in Kingston, Ontario, for almost 20 years.

OUR STORY 

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.