Each September, PBSC hosts high-profile speakers to launch our programs across the country. We enlist some of the leading pro bono and public interest lawyers and advocates to speak to students about the noble history and tremendous value of pro bono work. The line-up of speakers for Fall 2015 was as spectacular as ever, and included Dennis Edney, lead counsel for Omar Khadr, child soldier and Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who presented to students at the University of Victoria.
Mr. Edney spoke passionately about the grave injustices inflicted upon Mr. Khadr, and the urgent role pro bonolawyering can play in responding to these injustices and supporting of the rule of law. Recounting his controversial, challenging and ultimately triumphant journey to free Mr. Khadr, Mr. Edney left the students with many important messages, including that it only takes one person to change the life of another. He challenged the students to take similar action where needed in their own law careers, noting that “the greatest thing we have to fight is apathy.” Thank you to PBSC UVic Coordinators Margaret and Jessica for organizing this outstanding event, and to our event sponsors, The Law Foundation of British Columbia, Law Careers Office at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria Law Students’ Society, and Inn at Laurel Point for your support.