Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national, multiple-award-winning organization with chapters in 22 of Canada’s 23 law schools. The first pro bono organization in the country, PBSC has been working with law schools and the bar to deliver high-quality legal services for 20 years. We have extensive program expertise and experience designing award-winning access to justice placements that are recognized as having a significant impact on access to justice.
"One of the most visionary undertakings I have seen in my 40 years at the bar." - Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella
What is Pro Bono?
PBSC National Statistics:
- 1600 student volunteers
- 15,000+ low income Canadians served
- 132,500 pro bono hours contributed
- 85% of our students report they plan on offering pro bono upon graduation
- 450+ projects nationally
PBSC Windsor Team:
Ryan is a second-year law student at Windsor law. Before attending law school, he received his Honours Bachelors of Arts in Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law from McMaster University, and a Masters of Arts in Globalization Studies from the same institution. Ryan’s Masters studies focused on seasonal agricultural workers' interactions with the law in southern Ontario. His academics and extracurricular involvement focus on labour, human rights, and estate law. In his free time, he enjoys exploring nature, chatting about the past week's soccer scores, and eating good, local food. In his first year at Windsor Law, he volunteered with PBSC’s Arbor Memorial project. The project had him and his team develop a brochure in the fall concerning probate law which was then presented to the community during the winter semester. Ryan is thrilled to be the Program Coordinator for the upcoming year as he looks to do his part in increasing A2J within the Windsor community.
Ria first joined PBSC as a first-year volunteer and became a member of the Executive Committee as a Volunteer Coordinator in her second year, working in placements that developed and delivered legal education materials and workshops to low and middle-income individuals—primarily targeted towards Windsor’s elderly population. Before attending the Canadian and American JD Program at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy, Ria earned a BA in Philosophy and successfully advocated for herself before the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Appeal Division. She has since dedicated her learning to increasing access to justice and advancing equality and has fundraised for various organizations—most notably as a cast member of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, an annual production that has raised thousands of dollars for the local Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. Ria is grateful to work as the School Year Program Coordinator and looks forward to encouraging her fellow law students to promote a culture of pro bono within the profession.
Jonathan Carvalho is a third-year law student of the Dual JD program at the Universities of Windsor and Detroit Mercy. Prior to law school, Jonathan attended the University of Toronto where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. Jonathan is dedicated to advocacy focusing his legal experiences in Family Law. He has participated in a Family Court Judicial Internship, volunteered in PBSC’s Family Law Project, and most recently worked with Family Law Duty Counsel at the Ontario Court of Justice. Jonathan is excited to be the 2019-2020 Family Law Project Coordinator and is looking forward to promoting pro bono legal work in the City of Windsor.
Pro Bono Students Canada Program Coordinator
Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4
Telephone: 519-253-3000 ext. 3966
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