What We Do
Pro Bono Students Canada provides legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need in Canada. We are the only national law student program in Canada, the only national pro bono program in the country, and the only national pro bono service organization anywhere in the world. PBSC has chapters at all 21 law schools in Canada. Together, our law student volunteers serve communities from coast to coast, working to increase and enhance access to justice by offering high quality, professional legal assistance. PBSC has three key objectives. First, to provide law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills. Second, we seek to have a positive impact on the legal profession by promoting the value of pro bono service to the next generation of lawyers. And third, we aim to increase access to justice across Canada.
Through our two core programs, PBSC seeks to deliver critically important legal services to a range of diverse populations, while engaging students with a variety of interests and from a number of different backgrounds. The Community Placement Program allows chapters to respond directly to needs in their local communities by matching students with legal clinics, public interest groups, government agencies and pro bono lawyers. The Court and Tribunal Program places trained law students in courthouses and tribunals across Canada, including as part of PBSC’s award-winning Family Law Project. Students work with duty counsel and other lawyers to provide free legal information and support to unrepresented litigants and complainants in a variety of legal areas.
Want to learn more? Check out our National Office Website!
Who We Are
Lisa Harris, Program Coordinator (2020-2021 Full Year)
Lisa will be taking on the role of Summer and School-Year Program Coordinator starting in May 2019. Lisa has her BSc and MSc from the University of Guelph in Aquatic Ecology where she studied the carbon uptake of aquatic plants. She has worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources and is passionate about volunteering on environmental projects including fieldwork on wood thrush and endangered freshwater mussels. Lisa currently volunteers with PBSC and the Canadian Environmental Law Association and is dedicated to access to justice and work in the public interest sector. She values trauma informed practice and works to create accessible spaces.
She recently worked in program design and management in the rock climbing industry and is a passionate educator. She has won a teaching assistance award for her work designing class experiments with bumble bees.
In her spare time she loves to get outside and hike, camp, and rock climb. She is an avid artist and can often be found reading a sweet book in the park. She is so excited to work with the amazing team at PBSC!
If you’re a community organization interested in a project for the 2020-2021 academic year, please contact Lisa in May via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Bullock, Program Coordinator (2020-2021 School Year)
Laura Bullock will be the PBSC School-Year Program Coordinator for the 2020-2021 academic year. Laura is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed her BA (Hon) in English at Acadia University. Before coming to UVic Law, Laura shared her passions for the natural world and environmental justice with children, youth, and families by working for a variety of earth education organizations across Nova Scotia. During her undergraduate degree, Laura promoted student wellness and success in her capacities as a Residence Assistant and Writing Centre Tutor and volunteered for four years with youth affected by cognitive disabilities. In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and petting strangers’ dogs. Laura volunteered for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre through PBSC in her 1L year and is so excited to become further involved with PBSC-UVic! Laura’s upcoming role with PBSC will involve recruiting and supporting student volunteers, communicating with community organizations and lawyer supervisors, and planning events.