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PROJECTS

 

ABOUT OUR PROJECTS

PBSC: Queen's Chapter is proud to partner with 20 organizations on 36 unique projects, providing highly-rewarding volunteer opportunities for Queen's Law students in the 2019-2020 academic year. Student volunteers are placed on projects based on skills, experience, interest, and dedication to promoting access to justice.

Our projects for the 2019-2020 academic year are listed below. 

 

2019-2020 PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION PROJECTS

PRO BONO RADIO

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Pro Bono Radio is a biweekly pre-recorded radio program, prepared and presented by law students. Pro Bono Radio discusses interesting and off-centre legal topics that stimulate 

interest and provide information while always being entertaining. 

 

Students are divided into teams to create shows on an alternating basis. The shows will be made into podcasts and posted online. Once a set of shows is assembled they will be broadcasted on the campus radio station (CFRC 101.9fm).

Number of students: 8-12

Apply for this project if you have...

  • Strong communication skills

  • Great teamwork skills

  • A positive and engaging attitude

  • Editing/technical skills an asset

  • Broadcasting experience an asset

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

QUEEN’S FACULTY OF LAW

 

Established in 1957, Queen’s Faculty of Law has long been a school of choice for law students in Canada.

With a strong tradition of community engagement and collegiality underpinning the pursuit of academic excellence, Queen's Faculty of Law attracts a bright, diverse student population from across Canada every year. 

QELC LEGAL EDUCATION PROJECT: HOW TO CREATE A WILL

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will edit, update, and present a plain language legal rights presentation on how to create a will. The presentation will include information on obtaining a will, explaining the content of a will and on why getting a will is so important.

 

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in elder law

  • Strong research, writing, and presentation skills

  • If you have previously taken wills & estates that would be an asset

  • NOTE: Preference will be given to upper year applicants

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

QUEEN’S ELDER LAW CLINIC

 

The Queen’s Elder Law Clinic (QELC) helps people with low income who cannot afford lawyers. Student caseworkers and volunteers work under the supervision of the QELC Director to provide services to low-income clientele.

The clinic provides workshops on legal issues for seniors groups and other community organizations as well as free legal aid to eligible senior clients. Eligible clients must be low-income, over 60 years of age, reside in Kingston, and have a legal issue that the clinic can assist with. 

The QELC is funded by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) in partnership with the Law Foundation of Ontario.

CHS LEGAL EDUCATION PROJECT: EXPLORING THE ACCESSIBLE CANADA ACT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research and develop a plain language legal rights presentation on the recently passed Accessible Canada Act. Students will present to the CHS and members of the Deaf or hard of hearing community. 

 

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in human rights law or administrative law

  • Strong research, writing, and presentation skills

  • NOTE: Preference will be given to upper year applicants

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY

 

Founded in 1940, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is a non-profit organization and the leading provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

NAPANEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research and prepare two seminars for the business community in Napanee. They will present them at the Napanee Chamber of Commerce. One seminar will be presented each term. The presentations will focus on the impact of business owners including anti-spam legislation, and accessibility in the workplace. 

Number of students: 4-6

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in business and corporate law

  • An interest in labour and employment law

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong research, writing, and presentation skills

  • NOTE: At least one student should have a vehicle. If you are applying for this project, please indicate if you have a vehicle.

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

Established in 1995, the Napanee & District Chamber of Commerce has worked to serve its member businesses by providing access to cost saving programs, business networking activities and coordinating tourism/business development initiatives. 

The Napanee & District Chamber of Commerce aims to strengthen the business community and to be the "Voice of Business" and a strategic partner in economic development.

KEYS BUSINESS BASICS PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research, prepare and present two 90 minute presentations to clients accessing KEYS employment resources with an interest in small businesses and start-ups. Students will specifically focus on co-operative business models, business-to-business contracts, sales agreements, and business relationships. 

 

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong research, writing, and presentation skills

  • An interest in business law 

  • NOTE: Preference will be given to upper year applicants and/or students who speak Arabic.

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

KEYS JOB CENTRE

 

KEYS is a job centre providing much more than postings to Kingston and the surrounding Frontenac area. The organization prides itself on offering a host of programs ranging from youth mentoring to ESL classes for new immigrants. KEYS also works to assist older workers returning to the modern workforce, disabled people thrive within it and young workers to enter for the first time. The organization recognizes that growing and mentoring local business and business owners is of equal importance to a strong job market and to that end KEYS provides assistance with government grant applications for small business owners.

 

Ensuring a fairly paid, properly qualified local workforce is allowed to thrive, KEYS is a non-profit service organization aimed at solving local employment and unemployment issues from the ground up.

QBLC: PROFESSIONALISM & ETHICS PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research legal ethics and professionalism in the practice of business law to create a presentation given to law students working at the Queen's Business Law Clinic. Students will focus on central areas of business law such as conflict of interest, privacy, and client and corporation relations. They will also prepare a handout of key terms that the clinic caseworkers can utilize to explain terms to potential clients.

 

Number of students: 3-4

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in corporate law

  • Strong research, writing, and presentation skills

  • NOTE: Preference will be given to upper year applicants

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

QUEEN'S BUSINESS LAW CLINIC

Established in 2009, the QBLC operates year-round to provide free legal services to a wide variety of individuals, businesses and non-for-profit organizations in southeastern Ontario who would otherwise have difficulty affording legal counsel. The QBLC seeks to provide Queen’s Law students with a unique professional development opportunity while instilling in them the values of community service and the pro bono tradition.

WRONGFUL CONVICTION OUTREACH PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project will have students research local groups and organizations that have access to
prisons (ex: prison chaplains, criminal defense lawyers, elders, CSC program leaders, etc.).
Students will reach out to these groups with the goal of providing them information on
Innocence Canada, the legal process involved in submitting a s.696.1 application to the Minister
of Justice, and the contributing factors to wrongful convictions.

Number of students: 2

Apply for this project if you have...

  • Taken criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure

  • Course work in wrongful convictions and/or participation in innocence work an asset

  • Understanding of and sensitivity to issues faced by vulnerable and marginalized populations

  • NOTE: Preference will be given to upper year applicants

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

Innocence Canada
Innocence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted or AIDWYC) is a Canadian, non-profit organization that was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 2000. Innocence Canada’s mandate is to identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals who have been convicted of a crime they did not commit and to prevent wrongful convictions through legal education and reform. In the years since its inception, Innocence Canada’s team of volunteers have reviewed hundreds of cases, leading to the successful exoneration of over 23 innocent individuals who together spent more than 200 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Innocence Canada’s team of pro-bono lawyers are currently reviewing approximately 80 claims of innocence.

KINGSTON YOUTH SHELTER: HOUSING & PARENTAL RIGHTS PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

PBSC students will research the legal landscape of the child-parent relationship as it pertains to situations where a child is being told to leave the parental home. Students will prepare a plain language presentation on the law around the right to re-enter a parent’s home after being kicked out, recovering possessions, the Voluntary Youth Service Agreement (VYSA) and the process of withdrawing from parental control.  Students will focus on the ways in which being kicked out may uniquely affect LGBTQ2S youth’s access to resources. 

Number of students: 3-4

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in family law, housing and/or human rights

  • Strong research, writing, and presentation skills

  • NOTE: Preference will be given to upper year applicants

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

KINGSTON YOUTH SHELTER

The Kingston Youth Shelter offers a variety of services to homeless/precariously housed youth between the ages of 16-24. Their services help youth stabilize, grow, develop, and work towards their goals for independent living. They provide youth with the acceptance, empathy, and support that they need in order to transition successfully into young adulthood. At the Kingston Youth Shelter, homeless does not mean hopeless.

 

2019-2020 CLIENT INTAKE AND DOCUMENT ASSISTANCE PROJECTS

ID CLINIC
LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE HOMELESS AND MARGINALLY HOUSED

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will be paired with volunteer lawyers to interview clients, provide information, and assist the lawyers in filling out the appropriate paper work to obtain government issued identification (health cards, birth certificates, and Ontario photo cards). 

 

Students and lawyers will conduct issue spotting and provide referrals to free legal and social support services in the community.

 

Students will create and continuously update a Kingston Legal Referral Guide and other documents as new needs are encountered onsite.

The ID Clinic will be hosted at either Martha's Table or the Salvation Army once every two weeks for the months of October, November, January, February, and March.

Number of students: 8

Apply for this project if you have...

  • Strong communication skills

  • An interest in and/or experience with supporting the homeless and marginally housed

  • Availability on Fridays from 3:30pm-5:30pm (students are expected to attend at least one ID Clinic per month, for the months of October, November, January, February, and March)

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

MARTHA'S TABLE

Martha's Table is a non-profit charitable organization that provides low cost nutritious meals to those in need, in safe and accepting environment. Meals are prepared and served Monday through Friday by volunteers in a restaurant-style setting for the nominal cost of one dollar. 

 

The Martha's Table drop-in centre or "Friendship Room" is a relaxing and comfortable space that is open to all with access to a telephone, computer with internet and instruction, restrooms, coffee/refreshments, snacks, art and other activities. 

The Salvation Army began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 130 countries around the world.

FAMILY LAW PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Celebrating over 20 years, PBSC's award winning Family Law Project is an innovative national project designed to address the rising problem of self-representing litigants in Canadian family courts.  For low-income, disadvantaged, or otherwise marginalized people, the Family Court system is often inaccessible. The Family Law Project ensures that self-representing litigants’ claims are presented well to the Court.

 

At Court, students will attend regular shifts with Duty Counsel, where they will observe the lawyer’s interactions with clients, assist clients with document preparation, and perform intakes for the Queen’s Family Law Clinic. Students will also volunteer at the Queen’s Family Law Clinic, where they will perform intakes, shadow credit students, and carry their own files. 

​In this role, students will have the opportunity to attend court proceedings, observe local judges, meet local lawyers and prepare court documents.Students will improve their time management, client communication, and research skills. They will learn real-world family law by assisting clients with matters such as divorce, custody, access and child support. Under the lawyer’s supervision, students will learn how to creatively solve clients’ legal problems. Students will work closely with Duty Counsel, community lawyers, and the Clinic Director to provide excellent and very necessary access to justice. 

 

Number of students: 6-8

Apply for this project if you have...​

  • A strong interest in family law

  • A dedication to public interest work and community involvement

  • An interest in gaining hand-on experience with clients and court documents

  • A desire to incorporate practical skills into your legal education

  • An interest in working at the Queen’s Family Law Clinic as a summer student or a credit student sometime in the future

  • Keen organizational, initiative, and time-management skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Creative problem-solving skills

  • Empathy for people disadvantaged by poverty, mental health, or addiction

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

QUEEN'S FAMILY LAW CLINIC

The Queen’s Family Law Clinic (QFLC) helps people with low income who cannot afford lawyers.

 

The QFLC is funded by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) in partnership with the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, with additional support from Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) and the class of Law’81.

 

Student caseworkers and volunteers work under the supervision of the Director to provide services to low-income clientele including some who, for a number of reasons, may not be otherwise eligible for LAO assistance with Family Court matters.

 

The QFLC assists self-representing Family Court litigants by completing their documents, helping them negotiate the Family Court process and referring them to other family justice resources. 

KINGSTON FAMILY COURT

The Kingston Family Court is located at 469 Montreal Street. All family law matters in Frontenac County are dealt with at this location. The Court offers Duty Counsel services and mediation. 

2019-2020 LEGAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

 
AKWESASNE SELF GOVERNANCE PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will support the work of Akwesasne’s Justice Department. The project aims to ensure that the Akwesasne Justice System, created at Akwesasne, will have mechanisms in place to address the challenges that the self-government agreement will bring to Akwesasne. Students will build on the curriculum created during the 2018-2019 year to assist newly-appointed Justices of the Peace to the Akwesasne Mohawk Court in their training. 

Students will be researching and modifying two specific areas of the curriculum by adding legislative definitions and creating a detailed explanation of how to conduct court sessions. Lastly, students will research and explain potential appeal processes and the appropriate standard of review.

 

Number of students: 3-4

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in aboriginal law

  • Strong research, and writing skills

  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples or organizations an asset

  • NOTE: Preference will be given to upper year applicants. This is a multi-year project, students will be invited to continue to work on the project for the following year. 

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

AKWESASNE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

 

The Akwesasne Justice Department employs the principle of natural justice to empower the community to safeguard collective rights, primarily, and individuals rights, secondarily, for Akwesasronon, while remaining respectful of the community’s heritage and culture.

TIPI MOZA: NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGY PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

* DESCRIPTION WILL BE POSTED ON SEPT 2ND, 2019

 

Number of students: 1-2

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in aboriginal law

  • An interest in charity law

  • An interest in non-profit administration

  • Strong research, and writing skills

  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples or organizations an asset

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

TIPI MOZA

Tipi Moza is a non-profit organization that serves the Kingston and Frontenac areas. Their mission is to provide affordable, culturally appropriate, not-for-profit housing and related services to Aboriginal peoples. They currently have 17 houses and 9 apartments with rent geared to income.

THE AKWESASNE COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROGRAM PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Akwesasne Community Justice Progarm operates within the Justice Department to assist clients involved in the criminal justice system. The Program offers a number of services including a Victim Support Worker, Indigenous Court Worker, Youth Court Worker, Gladue writers, and the  Community Neh-Kanikonri:io Council (Neh-Kanikonri:io means “Good Mind”). Students will work in collaboration with the Justice Program to create a booklet consolidating information on the offered resources and provide information on the services offered, the roles of the worker, purpose of the service and frequently asked questions. 

 

Number of students: 3-4

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in aboriginal law and/or criminal law

  • Strong research, and writing skills

  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples or organizations an asset

  • NOTE: Students on this project commit to visiting Akwesasne once during the Fall semester. Students must have a valid Passport and are required to bring their Passport to make the trip to Akwesasne (approximately 2 hours east of Kingston). If you have access to a vehicle and are comfortable driving please note this on your application. 

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

AKWESASNE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

 

The Akwesasne Justice Department employs the principle of natural justice to empower the community to safeguard collective rights, primarily, and individuals rights, secondarily, for Akwesasronon, while remaining respectful of the community’s heritage and culture.

EMERGENCY SHELTER & POLICE INVOLVEMENT PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research the legal landscape surrounding shelter communication and collaborations with police. Students will refer to the published policy and procedures of shelters in Ontario to analyze how they are dealing with these legal issues. 

 

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in criminal law, policing and/or youth criminal justice

  • Strong research, and writing skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

KINGSTON YOUTH SHELTER

 

The Kingston Youth Shelter offers a variety of services to homeless/precariously housed youth between the ages of 16-24. Their services help youth stabilize, grow, develop, and work towards their goals for independent living. They provide youth with the acceptance, empathy, and support that they need in order to transition successfully into young adulthood. At the Kingston Youth Shelter, homeless does not mean hopeless.

YOUTH DIVERSION: CANADA REVENUE AGENCY PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will draft a memo on the legal landscape of taxation issues affecting charities. Students will utilize the Canada Revenue Agency's website to summarize the law surrounding report issuing, sponsors, donations (monetary and physical gifts) and charity events like auctions. 

Number of students: 3-4

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in tax law, corporate law and/or charity law

  • Strong research, and writing skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

YOUTH DIVERSION PROGRAM

The Youth Diversion Program is a charitable organization which has offered service to youth in the Kingston area since 1974. The goals of the organization are to help youth overcome challenges by:

  • Providing individualized services to divert youth from risk;

  • Providing both intervention and prevention services; and,

  • Working collaboratively and in partnership with youth, their families, other agencies and our community.

YOUTH DIVERSION: HOUSING PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will write a research memo and develop a plain language brochure on landlord tenant law and housing rights for youth. Students will research leasing issues as they relate to young people, and how youth may fund housing through social support such as ODSP or Ontario Works.

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in landlord/tenant law, family law, and/or poverty law.

  • Strong research, and writing skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

YOUTH DIVERSION PROGRAM

The Youth Diversion Program is a charitable organization which has offered service to youth in the Kingston area since 1974. The goals of the organization are to help youth overcome challenges by:

  • Providing individualized services to divert youth from risk;

  • Providing both intervention and prevention services; and,

  • Working collaboratively and in partnership with youth, their families, other agencies and our community.

HARS: CONSENT PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

HARS is researching how to better educate staff, clients and service providers on sexual health and updating their sexual health training materials. HARS is specifically interested in how sex positivity interacts with movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, and the underlying dichotomy of promoting sex positivity while underscoring the importance of consent. Students will draft a memo on consent laws in Canada, summarizing key case law and providing historical background for the evolution of consent in Canada. 

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in criminal law and/or gender studies

  • An understanding of sex positivity and harm reduction practices

  • Strong research, and writing skills

YOUTH DIVERSION: HOUSING PROJECT

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

HIV/AIDS REGIONAL SERVICES (HARS) 

Since 1988, HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS) has been providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS education and support programs and limited Hepatitis C Services. Based in Kingston, our catchment area is Belleville to the west, Brockville to the east, and Sharbot Lake to the North. HARS is a safe, confidential, non-judgmental and inclusive space where people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS can get support and build a community

PBSC ID BANK

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research how Queen's Law Clinics can develop and implement and ID Bank. The ID Bank will be housed in a secure location at the Clinics where low-income residents of the Kingston community, people accessing the ID Clinic, and clients at the Queen's Law Clinics can store their identification documents and receive certified copies. Students will gather information from similar programs across Canada and use this information to outline potential processes for creating an ID Bank. Students will research relevant areas of privacy law and potential areas of liability.

Number of students: 2

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in access to justice and poverty law

  • Strong research, and writing skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

QUEEN’S LEGAL AID CLINIC

 

QLA Clinic's mandate is to provide indispensable service to the most vulnerable of the population. The legal aid clinic run by Queen's Faculty of Law works to ensure that those with little to no income are still able to seek refuge under the law by leveraging a network of student case workers and lawyer oversight.

 

Queen's Legal Aid Clinic is also a place of mentorship and learning - both about the law and oneself. Many law students find that their future goals and priorities as lawyers are altered or at least influenced by their time in service at the Clinic.

IMMIGRATION & CORRECTIONAL LAW PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will work on legal research for some of Morley Law Office’s immigration and correctional law legal aid files. 

 

The clients who are the subject of these files are in jail or in the community, and have immigration and correctional problems associated with deportation, detention, parole, and refugee claims. This project will help the lawyer provide needy clients with enhanced service.

Students will conduct three types of research:

  1. Researching the human rights and political situation in the client’s country of origin or destination of removal. 

  2. Investigating the resources available in the community to provide expert evidence, provide counselling and produce evidence in support for the client’s case.  

  3. Research engaging points of law specific to the particular client.

 

Another critical aspect of the work will be to reviewing client’s files obtained under privacy legislation and preparing detailed summaries of the facts of the client’s background and circumstances.​

 

Number of students: 2

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in immigration law, human rights, politics, and/or correctional law an asset

  • Strong legal research skills

  • A desire to incorporate practical skills into your academic legal education

  • NOTE: MUST BE UPPER YEAR STUDENTS

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

MORLEY LAW OFFICE

Morley Law Office is a law firm located in Kingston, Ontario. Since 1988, we have helped people from more than 100 countries immigrate to or remain in Canada. We have reunited families, guided students and workers through the process of obtaining papers, and represented everyday people who face admissibility challenges and barriers to citizenship.

PASAN: SEGREGATION PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research the use of segregation (solitary confinement) in Canada's prison system. Students will create a publication in plain-language that will be used by PASAN and distributed to their client base of prisoners and ex-prisoners. Students will summarize prisoners' rights around segregation, and what recourse exists to file complaints or appeal segregation decision.

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in criminal law, prison law, and/or human rights is an asset

  • Strong legal research skills

  • NOTE: Students must be able to attend PASAN’s office in Toronto for a day of training and learning about the lived experiences of individuals and the effects of the prison system on the most vulnerable.

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

PASAN

PASAN is a community-based AIDS Service organization that strives to provide community development, education and support to prisoners and ex-prisoners in Ontario ON HIV / AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV) and other harm reduction issues.  
PASAN formed in 1991 as a grassroots response to HIV / AIDS in the Canadian prison system.  
 

Today, PASAN is the only community-based organization in Canada exclusively providing HIV / AIDS and HCV prevention, education and support services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.

ELIZABETH FRY: GLADUE PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will prepare a research memo for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston that will explore the legal landscape of Gladue reports in Canada. This research will be used by Elizabeth Fry to improve their organizations impact on access to justice. Students will also prepare a plain-language handout outlining the right to Gladue, when Gladue is applicable, and factors to consider when deciding whether to request a Gladue report or waive the right to one.  

Number of students: 3-4 

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in criminal law and indigenous issues is an asset

  • Strong legal research skills

  • Preference will be given to students who have completed criminal, constitutional, aboriginal and/or sentencing.

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY OF KINGSTON

 

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston is a non-profit, volunteer based, direct service organization offering services to women in conflict with the law and to women facing financial and social barriers that may put them at risk of coming into conflict with the law. The Society actively advocates for progressive legislative and administrative reform of the criminal justice system and other institutions; presses for social change as a means of crime prevention; develops viable community alternatives to incarceration and other punitive criminal sanctions; empowers and supports women in pursuing and upholding their rights; conducts education to inform the public about issues that disadvantage women in the justice system; and encourages public participation in all aspects of justice or women.

ELIZABETH FRY: SUPPORTING TRANSGENDER PRISONERS

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will create a research memo on the key legal issues surrounding the rights of incarcerated transgender women. Students will also create a plain language brochure detailing the rights of incarcerated transwomen, available resources, and possible complaint processes

Number of students: 3-5

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in prison law, human rights, and/or access to justice

  • Strong legal research skills

  • Preference will be given to students who have worked with trans folks, or who can demonstrate ongoing and meaningful allyship with the trans community

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY OF KINGSTON

 

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston is a non-profit, volunteer based, direct service organization offering services to women in conflict with the law and to women facing financial and social barriers that may put them at risk of coming into conflict with the law. The Society actively advocates for progressive legislative and administrative reform of the criminal justice system and other institutions; presses for social change as a means of crime prevention; develops viable community alternatives to incarceration and other punitive criminal sanctions; empowers and supports women in pursuing and upholding their rights; conducts education to inform the public about issues that disadvantage women in the justice system; and encourages public participation in all aspects of justice or women.

ELIZABETH FRY: SENTENCING & BAIL CONDITIONS PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will prepare a research memo for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston that will detail bail processes and sentencing to explore how advocates can change conditions of bail or sentencing decisions. Students will research the difference between bail conditions and sentencing conditions;  how conditions are defined in case law; and the impact that certain sentencing conditions have on an accused person.

Number of students: 3-4

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in criminal law, prison law, sentencing and/or human rights is an asset

  • Strong legal research skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY OF KINGSTON

 

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston is a non-profit, volunteer based, direct service organization offering services to women in conflict with the law and to women facing financial and social barriers that may put them at risk of coming into conflict with the law. The Society actively advocates for progressive legislative and administrative reform of the criminal justice system and other institutions; presses for social change as a means of crime prevention; develops viable community alternatives to incarceration and other punitive criminal sanctions; empowers and supports women in pursuing and upholding their rights; conducts education to inform the public about issues that disadvantage women in the justice system; and encourages public participation in all aspects of justice or women.

CCLA RIGHTSWATCH PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will monitor and research civil liberty issues in Canada, tracking one area of law or an issue. Students will create weekly content for the CCLA’s RightsWatch blog. Students will have the opportunity to participate in four online “intensives” throughout the year, giving them exclusive access to leading practioners on civil liberties topics.

Number of students: 1-2

Apply for this project if you have...

  • Interest in civil liberties/constitutional law

  • NOTE: Preference will be given to upper year students

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

CANADIAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION

For over 50 years, CCLA has been Canada’s national civil liberties organisation. Working with dedicated pro-bono lawyers from across the country, CCLA has intervened in courts at all levels, been vocal in the press and broadcast media, and advocated strategically and effectively to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Canada.  CCLA has been at the forefront of all of the cutting edge civil liberties debates since our founding in 1964. CCLA has been a leader in protecting rights, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stand on such issues as national security, censorship, capital punishment, and police and state accountability.

LDAK: CORPORTATE PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research the legal landscape for mergers, alliances and acquisitions in the not-for-profit sector. Students will investigate why an organization may seek out a merger or acquisition, and the considerations and mechanics behind the process. 

Number of students: 3-4

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in non-profit corporate law, 

  • Strong legal research skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF KINGSTON

The Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston (LDAK) is a charitable volunteer support group for people with learning disabilities, their families, and those who work with or employ persons with learning disabilities. We provide information, support and resources for interested community members. LDAK is affiliated with the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, and the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.

KEYS: HATE CRIME PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research the legal landscape of hate crime in Canada and specifically the Kingston area. Students will research the law surrounding hate crime, hate propaganda, and relevant case law. ​Students will explore what resources are available to victims of hate crimes in Ontario, and what resources exist in the Kingston area. 

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in criminal law, Charter law, and/or human rights

  • Strong legal research skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

KEYS Job Centre

KEYS is a job centre providing much more than postings to Kingston and the surrounding Frontenac area. The organization prides itself on offering a host of programs ranging from youth mentoring to ESL classes for new immigrants. KEYS also works to assist older workers returning to the modern workforce, disabled people thrive within it and young workers to enter for the first time. The organization recognizes that growing and mentoring local business and business owners is of equal importance to a strong job market and to that end KEYS provides assistance with government grant applications for small business owners.

 

Ensuring a fairly paid, properly qualified local workforce is allowed to thrive, KEYS is a non-profit service organization aimed at solving local employment and unemployment issues from the ground up.

KEYS: FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROJECT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will research the One Year Window program and the new 2-year pilot program being launched on September 9th, 2019 for resettled refugees to sponsor undeclared family members. Students will research the application process under both programs, including eligibility and alternatives. Students will also create a plain language brochure to explain the programs.

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in immigration and refugee law and/or family reunification

  • Strong legal research skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

KEYS Job Centre

KEYS is a job centre providing much more than postings to Kingston and the surrounding Frontenac area. The organization prides itself on offering a host of programs ranging from youth mentoring to ESL classes for new immigrants. KEYS also works to assist older workers returning to the modern workforce, disabled people thrive within it and young workers to enter for the first time. The organization recognizes that growing and mentoring local business and business owners is of equal importance to a strong job market and to that end KEYS provides assistance with government grant applications for small business owners.

 

Ensuring a fairly paid, properly qualified local workforce is allowed to thrive, KEYS is a non-profit service organization aimed at solving local employment and unemployment issues from the ground up.

FABN: More Homes, More Choices Act

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Students will be doing research for the Frontenanc Arch Biosphere Network, a not-for-profit and recognized UNESCO biosphere. Students will create a research memo based on the Government of Ontario's recent Bill 108 (The More Homes, More Choices Act) which amends several environmental statutes. 

Number of students: 2-3

Apply for this project if you have...

  • An interest in environmental law, conservation and/or municipal planning

  • Strong legal research skills

ORGANIZATION PROFILE

Frontenac Arch Biosphere (FABN)

Initially nominated by the community in 2000, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve was designated as Canada's 12th biosphere reserve by the UNESCO "Man and the Biosphere" programme in November 2002. It was re-designated in 2007, with a larger land area including Frontenac Provincial Park. The biosphere reserves overlaps with the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) and Haudenosaunee(Iroquois) lands and covers a region from Brockville and Gananoque, extending north of Kingston including Harrowsmith, Verona and Westport. It encompasses and area of approximately 2700 sq. km. 

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