Pro Bono Students Canada

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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

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PBSC Windsor Team: 

Samantha D'Souza-Sen

Samantha D'Souza-Sen

Samantha is a second-year student in the Single JD program at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. In her first year of law school, Samantha was involved with PBSC as a student volunteer on the Children's Aid Society and Parental Rights project. In this role, Samantha helped to create plain-language resources for young Windsor parents navigating the family court system. Prior to law school, Samantha attended Queen's University where she received her Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Political Studies with a minor in History. At Queen's University, Samantha achieved her certificate in law which ignited an interest in the legal profession and a passion for addressing institutional barriers to justice. She is immensely grateful to begin her vocational journey and is committed to giving back to communities throughout her legal career. Samantha also enjoys cooking, baking and salsa dancing. Samantha is excited to begin her position as Program Coordinator for PBSC and looks forward to encouraging her fellow law students to explore the importance of pro bono legal work.



Ryan Markesic

Ryan Markesic

Ryan is in his third year of law school 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.




Contact Us:

Pro Bono Students Canada Program Coordinator
Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4


Telephone: 519-253-3000 ext. 3966

Fax: 519-561-1431

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