“By being part of Pro Bono Students Canada, you are part of one of the most visionary undertakings I’ve seen in 40 years at the bar.”
– Hon. Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
This is our 3rd year partnering with PBSC. Over the 3 years, the PBSC project teams have assembled an impressive array of documents for tech start-ups, dealing with topics ranging from start-up legal agreements, to start-up financing, and now mergers & acquisition and operating in a global environment. The documents present the issues that entrepreneurs should know about and be thinking about as they grow their ventures, in an organized and concise fashion.
One of the other reasons that we see so much success in the PBSC program is the structure that is provided by the program, starting with the volunteer coordinators. Every one of them have been bright, pleasant individuals who have helped materially in drafting the original project description. The team selection has always gone well, and the regular follow-ups that take place ensure the project never goes off the rails. We would recommend PBSC highly to anyone looking to research and distill an area of law into simplified legal information for the lay person. The work that the PBSC student teams have performed for VIATEC allow our local entrepreneurs to see and understand the issues so that they can set a meaningful priority in addressing them with their own advisors.
PBSC gave me the opportunity to put the skills I was learning to work, to engage with the community, and to remind myself why I came to law school. My supervisors were extremely helpful and encouraging, both with my project and in offering me guidance related to my future career goals.
– Katja Schiffer-Graham, 2013-2014 & 2014-2015 Volunteer
I think it’s important to make some time in our budgets and our life to help people who need our help. So this is one of the ways I can do that. Our firm is supportive of our doing pro bono work, so that encourages us to get involved as well … In addition to getting the satisfaction of knowing I’ve helped students and those they are assisting, I also benefit by getting exposed to legal matters that might not arise in the ordinary course of my practice.
– Michael Nienhuis, Lawyer Supervisor Anawim House Project 2015-2016