A National Organization: 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 22 law schools across Canada. Each year, about 1,600 PBSC volunteers provide approximately 140,000 hours of free legal services to over 400 organizations, courts and tribunals across the country. PBSC partners with hundreds of public interest organizations, legal clinics and lawyers working on pro bono files. PBSC regularly creates projects in the following areas of the law: administrative, civil, constitutional, corporate non-profit, criminal, environmental, family, human rights, immigration and refugee, and all areas of poverty law. 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:
- Provide law students with volunteer opportunities to develop their legal skills
- Have a positive impact on the legal profession by promoting the value of pro bono service to the next generation of lawyers
- Increase access to justice across Canada
Want to learn more? Check out the video below and our National Office Website!
The Pro Bono Students Canada UVic Chapter was founded in 2004 and provides free legal support to people and communities across British Columbia, with a focus on communities in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. Volunteering with PBSC-UVic has become an integral part of many UVic law students’ educational experience. In recent years, between 50-80 law students have volunteered with PBSC-UVic annually. We partner with public interest organizations in our communities every year and have developed long-standing relationships with a number of well-established community organizations. We run a number of different volunteer projects to support our communities, including: legal research and writing (drafting memos), public legal education (creating resources and presentations) and clinics (supporting folks accessing different services). Check out our Projects page for more information on this years partner organizations and placements!
Hilary Mutch, Program Coordinator (2021-2022 Full Year)
Hilary (she/her) is looking forward to her role as the Summer and School-Year PBSC UVic Program Coordinator. Hilary was born and raised in Treaty 7 (Calgary, Alberta) and holds a BA in English from McGill University. Prior to joining UVic Law, Hilary spent six years in the non-profit sector, where she became passionate about community engagement and transformative learning. She was inspired to enter the legal profession after her involvement with a pro bono initiative while working at a community organization. Hilary currently volunteers with the PBSC Trans ID Clinic.
In her spare time, Hilary enjoys dog walks, running, and exploring the outdoors. She is eager to work with the many students, lawyers, and community organizations that are involved with the UVic PBSC Chapter.
Kaymi Yoon-Maxwell, Program Coordinator (2021-2022 School Year)
Kaymi (they/them or she/her) is a Korean/Scottish settler in the joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (JD/JID). They earned a BA from the University of British Columbia, with a double major in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice (GRSJ) and Human Geography. After completing their undergrad, they worked at West Coast LEAF and Pivot Legal Society, where they were inspired to pursue law school. Kaymi currently volunteers at Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) through their PBSC volunteer placement; they are excited to continue their involvement with PBSC as the 2021/22 School-Year Program Coordinator. Kaymi loves being by the ocean, cooking spicy food, and tending to their wide-array of house plants, like a proper millennial plant-parent.
The operations of PBSC UVic are supported by our onsite faculty supervisor, Steve Perks.