Introduction to PBSC’s 2018-2019 Program Coordinators!

It is our pleasure to formally introduce PBSC-UVic’s 2018-2019 Program Coordinators: Linette Lubke and Sarah Pringle!


Linette Lubke, Program Coordinator (Full Year)

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Linette grew up in northern BC and completed a B.A. in History at the University of Northern British Columbia.  At UNBC she also received her Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification and participated in a semester abroad in Scotland. Upon her return, Linette had the rewarding opportunity to work as a First Nations Support Worker in her local school district, allowing her to learn about and promote indigenous issues. Her growing interest and passion for social justice led to her decision to apply for law school. Now entering her second year, Linette is excited about getting involved with Pro Bono Students Canada and the community in Victoria. When she is not planning her next trip abroad, Linette enjoys playing board games, hiking, and curling up with a good book.


Sarah Pringle, Program Coordinator (School Year)


Sarah Pringle has a B.A. in History and Gender Studies from McGill University, and is heading into her second year of law school at the University of Victoria. Sarah was exposed to issues surrounding access to justice while developing policy for iHuman Youth Society, researching for a prison justice collective, and volunteering with Solidarity Across Borders. Sarah has also facilitated workshops on gender, sexuality, and consent for university students, produced weekly intersectional feminist content for Dragonroot Media’s radio show, and co-spearheaded a cultural revitalization project with local community members in the Inuit hamlet of Pangnirtung, Nunavut. She spends her downtime walking her beloved dog Scout, reading about culture and politics, and watching science fiction television.

PBSC is Hiring!

PBSC is accepting applications for two Program Coordinator positions. There is a full time summer and part time school year and a part time school year position available.

A position with PBSC is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership, negotiation and management skills; network with lawyers, public interest leaders, Deans and faculty members and students across the country; receive exposure to many different areas of the law and use your legal skills to develop meaningful and impactful placements. PBSC Coordinators have the exciting opportunity to be part of a national access to justice organization while gaining real program management skills. Ideal applicants for these positions are personable, flexible and resourceful, have strong leadership, communication, administrative and time management skills, and are committed to the public interest. They should be comfortable working both independently and as part of a team.

This year’s deadline for applying for one or both positions with PBSC is February 9th at 5:00pm. Your application should consist of a cover letter indicating which position(s) you are applying for, resumé, and a list of three references with contact information (we will not contact them unless we have interviewed you and notified you in advance). All 1st or 2nd year law students at the Faculty are encouraged to apply. Please send completed applications to
Candidates selected for interviews will be notified no later than February 14th. Interviews will be held during the week of February 19th-23rd. For more information, please contact the PBSC UVic Program Coordinators, Laura Edwards and Rebecca Whitmore at

Save the Date: PBSC Launch Event with Raji Mangat

September 25th in room 158 from 12 p.m.-1:20 p.m. Make sure to mark this exciting event in your calendars!

Please join us for the PBSC Launch Event, featuring key-note speaker Raji Mangat, Director of Litigation at West Coast LEAF!

Raji will share her experiences offering pro bono services, as well as some comments on the role of pro bono in the access to justice crisis. At the core of her wide-ranging legal career is a commitment to using the law as a tool for positive transformation. Prior to joining West Coast LEAF, Raji practiced constitutional and administrative law. Her work was focused on sentencing reform, the impact of detention on women, civil forfeiture, and election law. Raji consults on a range of research and advocacy projects for large and small international non-profit organizations. She also teaches an upper-level course on constitutional law and civil liberties here at UVic.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Pro Bono Students Canada – Volunteer Applications Available!

Excited about volunteering with PBSC this upcoming academic year? Get started on your application early!

We will have a marked drop-box available for submissions as of September 5th. We ask that all applications (with the exception of the early-bird applications reserved for upper years), be submitted in HARD COPY format (printed). The deadline to submit your application is SEPTEMBER 15th at 4:00 p.m.

Application Form 2017:

Volunteer Application Form 2017

Project List 2017-2018:

PBSC UVic 2017-2018 Project List


A formal introduction to PBSC-UVic’s 2017-2018 Program Coordinators!!!

It is our pleasure to formally introduce PBSC-UVic’s 2017-2018 Program Coordinators: Rebecca Whitmore and Laura Edwards!

Rebecca Whitmore, Program Coordinator (Full Year)

Rebecca has a B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. in Geography from Simon Fraser University, where her research focused on informal caregiving, ethics of care, and global health equity. Prior to completing her M.A., Rebecca was a co-op student for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and an intern at the B.C. Legislative Assembly. Rebecca has volunteered with health and social justice organizations including the Elizabeth Fry Society, Atira Women’s Resource Society, and Pivot Legal Society. She is interested in pursuing work related to health policy and public interest law.

Laura Edwards, Program Coordinator (School Year)

Laura Edwards is heading into her second year of law school at the University of Victoria. Laura has a B.Sc. (Hons). in Biology-Ecology from the University of Alberta. She has worked across Alberta as a field biologist and project manager in the non-profit and private sector with a focus on environmental education, wetland ecology, and riparian health. Her career in biology sparked an interest in environmental justice and she plans to pursue a career in environmental or criminal law. In her free time Laura enjoys playing board games with friends, exploring the outdoors, training for triathlons, and chilling with her cat.

PBSC-UVic’s A2J Panel Event!

Pro Bono Students Canada UVic is excited for our Access to Justice Discussion Panel on Thursday, March 2nd in the student lounge. The panel will be followed by a wine and pizza reception!

Our Panelists:

Jerry McHale, QC with the Access to Justice Centre for Excellence
Renée Mulligan with the Karenni Social Development Center in Northern Thailand, known as “SDC”
Lisa Cowan with Together Against Poverty Society.

Jessica Asch with the Indigenous Law Research Unit as a lawyer and research director.

Michael Litchfield, the director of the business law clinic at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, as well as a board member of the Access to Justice Centre for Excellence.

PBSC Orientation Raffle Ticket Sale Details

The first day of classes is nearly upon us! This also means that you will be able to purchase lots of tickets for the PBSC Orientation Week Raffle!

Either Bronwen or Jess (PBSC Program Coordinators) will be set up in the Fraser building hallway in front of the lounge Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to sell YOU tickets. Tickets are only 3 bucks a pop or two for five dollars. Although, you may as well stock up because the prizes this year are awesome! There are 9 prize bags,  each valued at over $165!!!!!! The Raffle winners will be drawn on September 12th at lunch during the PBSC Info Session (room 158)! As each number is drawn, you’ll get to pick 1 of the 9 prize bags. If your number is drawn and you’re not at the info session, then you will be contacted and you can pick from the bags that have not already been selected.

 PBSC Orientation Raffle Prize Bags

Prize Bag #1

The Foodie Prize Bag:

Enjoy some delicious local coffee downtown at Habit Coffee, swing by Market on Yates for some yummy treats or grocery basics, check out John’s Place for their incredible food and fabulous decor, take a friend out to Pagliacci’s for the best pasta around, pop down the hill to Peppers and find local produce, fresh flowers, and more, and end your food-filled day with a yummy meal at Felicita’s on campus (maybe there will be live music!)

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The Victoria Swag Prize Bag:

Explore the Island in style with your brand new CBC Radio 1 coffee mug and UVic t-shirt! Get creative at BeadWorld, a local favorite in historic Market Square. Take in an afternoon at the Robert Bateman Centre, and then check out a flick at Cinecenta here on campus. Fortunately, Felicita’s is right next door with yummy appies to energize you enough to visit Yew Tree Yoga in beautiful Cadboro Bay. And finally, take a break from all your studying to enjoy some waffles at John’s Place. Make Victoria proud!

Prize Bag #3

The Oh the Places You’ll Go!!! Prize Bag:

Start your adventure in style by visiting Victoria’s one and only Goo-Goo Goggles. Browse their vintage frames section and pick your favorites to add a tinted lens to! (This is Bronwen’s favorite glasses shop hands-down!). Now that you’re looking the part, grab a friend and head over to Victoria’s legendary landmark, Craigdarroch Castle. After visiting the past get ready to visit Victoria’s famous Butterfly Gardens featuring way more than just butterflies! Finally, take your whole family over to Victoria’s Aviation museum! (I hear they have a cat!) Oh the things you’ll see!!

Prize Bag #4

The Body, Mind and Soul Prize Bag:

Nothing treats your body better than yoga from Yew Tree Yoga, just a short walk from campus in Cadboro Bay. After treating your body to some well-needed guided yoga, pay Victoria’s Float House a visit and rest your busy mind. Feeling good? Great, now it’s time to stimulate your mind at the Robert Bateman Center, Victoria Butterfly Garden’s, and Victoria Aviation Museum (I hear they have a cat!). Now you’re all ready for those readings!

Prize Bag #5

The Look Good, Feel Good Prize Bag:

The UVic Bookstore may offer a wide variety of interesting (and mandatory) texts, but it also carries a great selection of UVic clothing, beautiful jewlery, and household nick-nacks to make you feel your best. After your shopping spree on campus, take a trip downtown and get your hair done at the chic Studio Seven Salon. Now that you’re ready for a night out, grab a friend and visit Victoria’s legendary landmark, Craigdarroch Castle. Afterwards, treat yourself to a relaxing float at Victoria Float House and finish the day off with a visit to Victoria’s Aviation Museum (I hear they have a cat!).

Prize Bag #6

The Big to Small, You’ll See it All Prize Bag:

This bag contains a pair of vintage sunglasses with brand new UV tinted lenses valued at $125 from the lovely Goo Goo Goggles. While sporting your fly shades, investigate everything Miniature World has to offer! They have outer-space scenes, battle scenes, and more! Top your day off with an exciting trip with a friend to the IMAX Theaters featuring films that explore how big our world truly is!

Prize Bag #7

The Cool Criminal Prize Bag:

Nothing says “I’m the cool law student in town” like a pair of vintage Aviatars with new tinted UV lenses (valued at $95) from the fabulous Goo Goo Goggles. But if you’re still not feeling quite cool enough, check out Studio Seven Salon on Johnson street and get that hair style you’ve always wanted (but never had the shades to pull off). Now that you’re looking the part, grab your family and head to Victoria’s Aviation Museum! (I hear they have a cute cat!)

Prize Bag #8

The Artsy Prize Bag:

This bag features a number of treasures from the historic Emily Carr House (donated in memory of Denise Heap, a lawyer who devoted much of her career to legal aid work). Impress your friends with your knowledge of Emily Carr, and add some style to your space with an Emily Carr Poster. Feeling motivated to make some art? First stop at Victoria Float House to meditate and get your creative juices flowing. After enjoying a relaxing float, make your way a few blocks away to BeadWorld and let the friendly people at BeadWorld help you realize your creative bead-filled vision. Finally, take the time to appreciate a different type of art and visit the Victoria Aviation Museum with your whole family! (Again, I hear there’s a cat there!)

Prize Bag #9

The Free Falling Prize Bag:

This Prize Bag has only one item: A certificate to tandem skydive with Skydive Vancouver Island. This prize is valued at $325 and is absolutely the best way to see Vancouver Island. Whether you’re new to Victoria or not, this is an experience you don’t want to miss.

A huge thank you to this year’s Orientation Raffle generous sponsors…


The PBSC Application Form Available!!!!!

Excited about volunteering with PBSC this upcoming academic year? Get started on your application that you may submit on-campus in the marked drop-box anytime as of September 1st! We ask that all applications (with the exception of the early-bird applications reserved for upper years), be submitted in HARD COPY format (printed). The deadline to submit your application is SEPTEMBER 16th, so make sure to get yours in ASAP!

Along with the first three pages of the application (below), please include your resume and any other relevant documents!

Find the application form here:


And the detailed project list here:

PBSC UVic 2016-2017 Project List (2)

Project-Specific Training Details

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