PBSC & ACCESS TO JUSTICE

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INSPIRING INNOVATION TO INCREASE ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Shay Khan & Noorain Shethwala

"The panelists explained their vision for a more effective and accessible justice system through systemic reform, cultivating a personal ethic, and community empowerment."

Tags/Keywords: Events, Annual Appreciation, Access to justice, Innovation, Self-Representation

PBSC DIRECTOR NIKKI GERSHBAIN AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS LFO FELLOWSHIP!

Pro Bono Students Canada

"These Fellowships connect "exceptional leaders" from public interest organizations with Ontario educational institutions, to improve access to justice and promote professional excellence."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, LFO Fellowship, Professional Excellence, Public Interest Organization

UBC VOLUNTEERS ASSIST KLEIN LAWYERS LLP IN WOODLANDS CLASS ACTION SUIT

Pro Bono Students Canada

"Since 2014, PBSC law students from UBC have been volunteering at Klein Lawyers LLP to work on the Woodlands class action."

Tags/Keywords: PBSC Case Involvement

PBSC CALGARY VOLUNTEERS TEACH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS "YES MEANS YES"!

Pro Bono Students Canada

"This project is focused on providing high-school aged students with a comprehensive understanding of consent and other legal issues of consent that come up in relationships."

Tags/Keywords: Consent, Education, High School Programs

ON WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, LET'S TALK A2J

Nikki Gershbain, National Director of Pro Bono Students Canada

"Most Canadians don’t think of access to legal services as a social justice issue. Fewer still think of it as something relevant to their own lives. Yet a lack of access to the legal system is not just an abstract concept, it’s a serious problem that impacts us all."

Tags/Keywords: United Nations, World Day of Social Justice, A2J, Access to Justice

NOMINATE AN ACCESS TO JUSTICE CHAMPION BY NOVEMBER 27!

Pro Bono Students Canada

"At PBSC, we know that law students are a vital part of the collaborative approach our complex access to justice problem requires."

Tags/Keywords: Awards, Access to Justice, Student Involvement

PBSC & DENTONS CANADA PROMOTE THE TAX ADVOCACY PROJECT

Pro Bono Students Canada

"Tax Advocacy Project (TAP), our award-winning project that provides law students with an opportunity to represent low-income appellants before the Federal Tax Court of Canada."

Tags/Keywords: Conference, Tax Advocacy Project

DENNIS EDNEY APPEALS TO PBSC UVIC STUDENTS TO "FIGHT APATHY"

Pro Bono Students Canada

"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.”"

Tags/Keywords: Motivational Speaker

PBSC COACHING PROJECTS TAKE OFF

Pro Bono Students Canada

"By coaching litigants who cannot afford legal counsel and are not eligible for legal aid, PBSC law students are able to use their legal skills to help empower clients and help them put their best foot forward in the litigation process."

Tags/Keywords: Self-Representation, Access to Justice, Student Projects

PBSC ALBERTA STUDENTS WIN HUMAN RIGHTS CASE!

Pro Bono Students Canada

"In 2014-2015, University of Alberta students, Ally Ismail and Will Peachman, volunteered with PBSC Alberta’s Human Rights Project and successfully advocated on behalf of a client before the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Human Right’s Commission, Student Advocates

KING'S PROFESSOR WORKS WITH PRO BONO STUDENTS CANADA ON AN INVENTIVE STUDY ON FAMILY LAW LITIGANTS

Pro Bono Students Canada

"The study will look to survey both represented and self-represented family law litigants to better understand their experiences in the courts."

Tags/Keywords: Self-Representation, Access to Justice, Study, Queen’s

UVIC PROGRAM COORDINATOR DISCUSSES NEW PROJECT ON RADIO PROGRAM

Pro Bono Students Canada

"V-CARE is seeking to challenge the legality of rodeo events in B.C. PBSC volunteers will research animal welfare laws and how they may be applied to rodeos."

Tags/Keywords: Animal Rights, PBSC Project, Interview

PBSC ONCE AGAIN PARTNERING WITH LEADING ACADEMICS ON INNOVATIVE FAMILY JUSTICE STUDY

Pro Bono Students Canada

"PBSC is delighted to once again be partnering with Professor Nick Bala of Queen’s University and Dr. Rachel Birnbaum of King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, on an innovative study surveying both represented and self-represented family law litigants to better understand their experiences in the courts."

Tags/Keywords: Improved Access To Justice, PBSC Project, Study

FORMER PBSC STUDENTS CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR JUSTICE FOR WOODLANDS SCHOOL RESIDENTS

Pro Bono Students Canada

"Several UBC law students and former PBSC volunteers are spending their summer investigating claims of abuse from former residents of the Woodslands School in New Westminster, British Columbia."

Tags/Keywords: Investigation, PBSC Volunteers

IN PRAISE OF THE NON-LINEAR BRAIN

Pro Bono Students Canada

"In less than an hour the conversation had, with considerable ease, not only mapped out changes in the public’s perception of the judiciary over the past forty years but also explored Canada’s contradiction in terms of the opportunities and challenges facing many of Canada’s populations with particular emphasis on immigrant families."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Family Law, Reception, Immigrants

PBSC CALGARY AND ALBERTA CHAPTERS RECOGNIZED AS PRO BONO LEADERS OF TOMORROW!

Pro Bono Students Canada

"The “Pro Bono Leader Community Award”, presented annually by Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA), recognizes the outstanding contributions of the legal community in enhancing greater access to justice for Albertans."

Tags/Keywords: PBSC Calgary, Excellence, Achievement

JUSTICE HARVEY BROWNSTONE INSPIRES PBSC STUDENTS AT OSGOODE AND U OF T EVENT

Pro Bono Students Canada

"Dean Sossin effortlessly and humorously guided the conversation through a range of topics, including Justice Brownstone’s involvement in the evolution of LGBTQ rights in Canada, the vulnerable groups he typically sees in his courtroom, and new initiatives he hopes to see implemented that would modernise the family law and criminal courts and improve access to justice for marginalized Ontarians."

Tags/Keywords: PBSC Event, LGBTQ Rights, Progress, Equality, Criminal Law

PBSC VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE AWARD FOR RESEARCH ON ESSAY MILLS LEGISLATION AT 2015 ICAI CONFERENCE IN VANCOUVER

Pro Bono Students Canada

"After exploring potential claims of negligence and fraud against essay mills, through current legal means, Maya and Megan, along with their supervisors, realized that the best approach would have to be different."

Tags/Keywords: Award, Achievement, Conference

2015 FLIP YOUR WIG KICK-OFF EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS

Pro Bono Students Canada

"Our National Director, Osgoode Dean Lorne Sossin, and the Law Society’s Treasurer Janet Minor spoke about the importance of raising awareness about the lack of access to the justice system for low and middle-income people and the need to raise funds to support the critical work our organizations engage in to increase access to justice."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Speech

SUPREME COURT OF CANADA JUSTICE ROSALIE SILBERMAN ABELLA VISITS UVIC AND UBC CHAPTERS

Pro Bono Students Canada

"What pro bono does is introduce you to the humanity of the people who deserve justice but don’t always get it."

Tags/Keywords: PBSC Events , Access to Justice, Abella

DIVORCEMATE CANADA GIVES INCREDIBLE SUPPORT TO PBSC'S FLP!

Pro Bono Students Canada

"Access to the family law system has reached a crisis point in recent years, with up to 80 percent of Ontario family court litigants unable to afford a lawyer."

Tags/Keywords: Family Law, Access to Justice, Donation to PBSC, DivorceMate

PBSC 2014 CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS! KICK-OFF PANEL ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE INSPIRES LAW STUDENTS

Pro Bono Students Canada

"We are approaching a tipping point in access to justice.” He went on to draw the connection between access to justice and our basic democratic principles, pointing out that “a society that doesn’t have the ability to enforce the rule of law can’t enforce democracy.”"

Tags/Keywords: Conference, Access to Justice

PBSC TORONTO AND OSGOODE CHAPTERS HOST CHIEF JUSTICE OF CANADA BEVERLY MCLACHLIN

Pro Bono Students Canada

"When asked what Constitutional issues she believes will take centre stage over the coming decade, Justice McLachlin mentioned Canada’s “reconciliation” with First Nations, describing the story of Canada more broadly as “a project on reconciliation”."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Aboriginal Issues

PBSC CAMPAIGN FOR FAMILY JUSTICE THANKS OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Pro Bono Students Canada

"In the May 16th, 2014 digital edition of the Ontario Reports, PBSC provided an update on the progress of the Campaign for Family Justice and thanked contributors to the campaign."

Tags/Keywords: Family Law, Ontario Reports, Campaign

PBSC TO PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING CLINICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN HALIFAX

Pro Bono Students Canada

"Gershbain will be speaking on a panel titled “Student Legal Clinics and Pro Bono Students Canada: Friends Not Foes”, which will explore the many ways PBSC collaborates and partners with clinics across the country."

Tags/Keywords: Speech, Access to Justice, Expansion

PBSC TAX ADVOCACY PROJECT WITH DENTONS CANADA LLP

Pro Bono Students Canada

"The only pro bono project of its kind in Canada, TAP enables law students, with the assistance of a team of highly regarded tax litigators from Dentons Canada LLP, to gain practical experience representing low-income taxpayers before the Court."

Tags/Keywords: PBSC Project, Access to Justice, Low Income, Tax Law

CALGARY PBSC STUDENTS PROVIDE LEGAL INFORMATION TO FLOOD VICTIMS

Eleanor Carlson

"In the days following the July flooding of Calgary and other areas of Southern Alberta, the various U of C law student Facebook pages lit up with offers of help for fellow law students."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Emergency

LEGAL AID DOING ITS BIT

David Field, President and CEO, Legal Aid Ontario

"We applaud the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies for implementing programs to collect information throughout Ontario about the race of families under investigation and the treatment of Aboriginal and racialized children."

Tags/Keywords: Children’s Aid Society, Child Protection, Family Law

LEGAL ASSISTANCE OF WINDSOR AND COMMUNITY LEGAL AID CELEBRATE THEIR NEW CO-LOCATION

Legal Aid Ontario

"It means that an individual will now be able to access a variety of legal and social work services at one accessible downtown location. Our students and staff have experienced incredible opportunities to collaborate as a result of the co-location."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Legal Aid, Collaberation

EVERYONE DESERVES ACCESS TO JUSTICE

David Field, President and CEO, Legal Aid Ontario

"The cost for an individual forced to deal with the legal system is excessive, even rapacious."

Tags/Keywords: Excessive Costs, Access to Justice

LEGAL AID ONTARIO DEVELOPING STRATEGY FOR RACIALIZED COMMUNITIES

Legal Aid Ontario

"Clients from racialized communities are often over-represented and face unequal treatment in the justice system."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Racial Issues, Unequal Treatment

LAO'S PARALEGALS PROVIDE FULL RANGE OF PRACTICE IN CRIMINAL COURTS

LAO

"As a result, paralegals can provide our clients with more comprehensive services, our managers with more options for staffing, and our duty counsel with more time to work with clients on complex matters."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Expanding Available Resources, LAO Study

LEGAL AID ELIGIBILITY THRESHOLD INCREASES ANOTHER 6 PERCENT

LAO

"As of April 1, 2016, 385,310 more people will be eligible for legal aid services. As a result of these increases, 1.4 million people are now eligible for legal aid, up from 1 million prior to the increase."

Tags/Keywords: Funding, Access to Justice, Increase

LEGAL AID ONTARIO INVESTS $3.3 MILLION IN 54 PROVINCIAL LEGAL AID CLINICS

LAO

"This investment will permanently improve the long-term delivery of legal services to the marginalized communities served by clinics."

Tags/Keywords: Funding, Access to Justice

LAO OUTLINES ITS STRATEGY TO HELP MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS

LAO

"Thanks to the efforts of Legal Aid Ontario, more Ontarians who suffer from mental illness will now have a voice in our legal system."

Tags/Keywords: Barriers for Mental Health Clients, Access to Justice

INTRODUCING THE LEGAL AID ONTARIO APP

LAO

"Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is launching a mobile phone application to help people determine whether they are financially eligible for a legal aid certificate."

Tags/Keywords: Mobile Platform, App, Progressive, Access to Justice

LEGAL AID ONTARIO POSTS FIRST REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES ANNUAL REPORT

LAO

"Provided clients with over 7,000 distinct refugee and immigration services (refugee claims, humanitarian & compassionate applications, stays, judicial reviews, etc)."

Tags/Keywords: Refugees, Immigrants

LEGAL AID ONTARIO RECOGNIZED FOR HELPING IMMIGRANT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

LAO

"Legal Aid has an understanding of violence against women and children and has made an extraordinary effort to help."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Domestic Violence

COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AND LEGAL CENTRE CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF SERVICE

LAO

"Today, CALC offers seven locations in communities across Hastings and Prince Edward County and the southern half of Lennox & Addington County. Clinic staff members travel to the satellite offices to serve low-income clients in their communities."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Rural

CBA SPEAKS OUT IN FAVOUR OF JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE

Canadian Bar Association

"On April 29, they explained to the Commission that the CBA has a long tradition of speaking out in favour of judicial independence, and of working actively against potential political interference in the appointment and compensation of judges in Canada."

Tags/Keywords: Judicial Independence, Impartiality in Law

LEGAL AID ONTARIO WELCOMES THE PROVINCE'S DECISION TO PROHIBIT CARDING AND STREET CHECKS

LAO

"The regulation, if passed, would seek to require police officers to let people know they have the right to walk away from a voluntary interaction."

Tags/Keywords: Human Rights, Police Services, Regulations

PLAIN AND SIMPLE WILL BOOST ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Elliot Loven

"If we want more plain language in our system, it’s up to individual lawyers, legislative drafters, judges, and administrative decision-makers to take the initiative. Better access to justice will be the result."

Tags/Keywords: Plain Language, Access to Justice

DURHAM COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINIC CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SERVING LOW-INCOME CLIENTS

LAO

"Legal Aid Ontario congratulates the Durham Community Legal Clinic for their 30-year legacy of service to their community."

Tags/Keywords: Legal Clinic, Access to Justice

LEGAL AID ONTARIO OFFERS NEW CLIENT SERVICES FOR CRIMINAL MATTERS AT MILTON COURTHOUSE

LAO

"Legal Aid Ontario is offering an appointment-based service at the Milton courthouse where low-income people can meet with a lawyer for help with their criminal matters."

Tags/Keywords: Criminal law, Access to Justice

FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY UPDATE: THOUSANDS MORE LOW-INCOME PEOPLE GETTING LEGAL AID CERTIFICATES

LAO

"Over the past three months, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) issued legal aid certificates to nearly 5,650 more low-income Ontarians, compared to the same three months last year."

Tags/Keywords: Eligibility, Access to Justice

LAO BOOSTS STUDENT LEGAL AID CLINICS' FUNDING

LAO

"Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will increase the funding of each Student Legal Aid Services Society by $100,000 annually. As a result, these clinics will provide additional services to low-income Ontarians while helping to train the lawyers of tomorrow."

Tags/Keywords: Student Legal Aid Services, Funding, Access to Justice

LAO TO CONSULT ON DEVELOPMENT OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STRATEGY

LAO

"This consultation will provide a forum for the community to contribute to LAO’s ongoing commitment to increasing access to justice for people who are experiencing domestic violence."

Tags/Keywords: Domestic Violence, Access to Justice

WE ARE HERE TO HELP: THE CHANGING CULTURE OF LEGAL AID IN NOVA SCOTIA

AB Currie

"The traditional legal aid model has focused on providing legal solutions to a series of problems that have been narrowly defined as “legal.” The reality, however, is that strictly legal problems are often embedded within a cluster of non-legal problems."

Tags/Keywords: Community Organizations, Clinic Culture

HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD

Nicole Aylwin

"This approach has led to several recommended improvements in the civil justice system, including the complete redesign of the family law statement of claim as part of the Yukon Simplified Form Innovation Project."

Tags/Keywords: Social Justice Reform, Access to Justice

EVERYDAY LEGAL PROBLEMS AND THE COST OF JUSTICE IN CANADA

Canadian Forum on Social Justice

"The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) is thrilled to announce the publication of three papers from our SSHRC-funded "Cost of Justice" research project. These papers are based on findings from the CFCJ's Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada survey, the first national survey in almost ten years to measure the frequency and ways in which members of the Canadian public experience everyday legal problems."

Tags/Keywords: Academic Papers, Improving Access

THE RESOLUTION OF LEGAL PROBLEMS IN CANADA

Matthew Dylag

"Results from the CFCJ’s 2014 study on the civil legal needs of Canadians indicate that most Ontarians do not obtain formal legal advice when faced with a legal problem."

Tags/Keywords: Improving Access to Justice

RURAL AND REMOTE ACCESS TO JUSTICE INFOGRAPHIC

Lisa Moore

"This infographic provides an overview of the unique access to justice challenges experienced by Canadians in rural and remote settings and presents several recommendations for improving access to legal services and information in rural and remote areas."

Tags/Keywords: Rural, Access to Justice, Infographic

PATHS TO JUSTICE AND THE RESOLUTION OF CONSUMER PROBLEMS

Les Jacobs, David Kryszajtys, Matthew McManus

"In particular, their research looks at patterns in the decision to access the formal legal system to resolve one or more consumer problem, based on ethnicity, level of education and income."

Tags/Keywords: Consumer Problems, Research

THE LEGAL HEALTH CHECK-UP PROJECT IS GROWING

AB Currie

"The expansion of the LHC is part of the LAO Transformation Process which is designed to strengthen the capacity of community legal clinics."

Tags/Keywords: Legal Health Check-Up, Projects

INTEGRATING INNOVATION FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS: THOUGHTS FROM THE INNOVATION AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE CONFERENCE

Quin Gilbert-Walters

"Courts are often inaccessible both physically and due to a number of barriers, ranging from language to cost. MyLawBC and the LISNS have seen some success at adopting and adapting innovative foreign practices into the Canadian justice system landscape, which have provided important benefits for Canadians."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Current Issues, Other Jurisdictions

THE GLOBAL STUDY ON LEGAL AID

AB Currie

"The United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Program on Drugs and Crime recently launched a worldwide study on legal aid. The study recognizes the significant role legal aid can play in securing people’s rights and entitlements, obtaining redress for grievances and ensuring proper criminal defense."

Tags/Keywords: Improving Legal Aid, Legal Aid, Access to Justice

ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROJECTS AT THE LAW COMMISSION OF ONTARIO

Patricia Hughes

"In our completed projects, we heard the voices of organizations and individuals representing older adults, persons with disabilities African-Canadians and the LGBTQ communities."

Tags/Keywords: Access to Justice, Diversity

ACCESS TO JUSTICE, ACCESS TO CLIENTS: METHODDOLOGICAL CHALLENGES IN CIVIL JUSTICE RESEARCH

Janet Currie

"High quality research is essential for the planning and implementation of effective civil justice services and programs. There is an ever-growing demand from funders for research data on questions about access to justice in civil cases, costs, timeliness, whether cases are ultimately settled and the most effective approaches for special groups like high conflict parents and self-represented litigants."

Tags/Keywords: Research, Improve Programs