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PBSC: Current Projects

This project runs from late September until the end of March. Students pair with a local lawyer to draft a will and/or powers of attorney for low-income clients. To qualify you must make less than $25K annually and have personal assets worth less than $65K. Students complete client intake, draft the will, edit the will, and present the final version to the client, all while under the close supervision of the lawyer. The lawyer takes carriage of the file and it is stored at the lawyer’s office.

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Students will plan and broadcast an hour-long program highlighting the PBSC projects happening at Windsor Law, the corresponding legal issues with the projects, any current legal issues happening in the Windsor community and surrounding area, and other topics as they arise. The show will include guests from local organizations that PBSC works with and students who work on the highlighted project of the week.

Once a month four students from PBSC, along with a supervising lawyer and organizational staff will operate a youth ID Clinic to help marginally housed youth fill out the required documentation to receive an Ontario Photo Card or an Ontario birth certificate.

This project will explore the basic rental rights that a person has under the Residential Tenancies Act. The youth who frequent the Windsor Youth Centre often do not know their basic rental rights and are confused as to their rights and responsibilities. The students assigned to this project will research these rights and then prepare a presentation for the youth at the Windsor Youth Centre.

PBSC’s Trans ID Clinic is run in partnership with W.E. Trans. The Trans ID Clinic provides free legal information, form-filling services and referrals in a learning space that strives to be trans-positive, non-judgemental, anti-oppressive and inclusive. PBSC law student volunteers and lawyer supervisors work collaboratively to assist trans and gender diverse individuals with obtaining new pieces of identification.

This project will explore the concept of family planning for adult children with developmental and or physical challenges when their guardian(s) pass away. The volunteers will research, prepare a booklet, and present on family planning for adult children with developmental and or physical challenges.

This project aims to create a how-to guide for organizations looking to create a supportive living centre. Volunteers will be tasked with working alongside the organization and lawyer supervisor to research and examine the legal hurdles for such a project. The volunteers will then formulate this research in the form of a booklet that will be presented to the organization.

The students will research and provide a booklet to the organization on the importance of estate planning for families with disabilities. The booklet will not only address the importance of estate planning but also some of the main important considerations that must be addressed during the estate planning. Then the volunteers will present their material to some members of Community Support Centre Essex County.

The students will research the legislation governing the implementation of respite services and adult day programs for people who are 85 and over living with cognitive impairments. The project aims to create a simple guide that can give Community Support Essex County the guidelines for how they may go about creating and implementing these services. Then the volunteers will present their material to the board of executives of Community Support Centre Essex County.

Students will research and prepare a plain language guidebook on how the members of the Overdose Prevention Society can safely interact with the police. More specifically, the students will look into an individual’s rights during a police search as well as their rights under the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.

Students will research and prepare a plain language report on the legal liabilities of safe injection sites. The students will research how safe injection sites operate in Ontario and the insurance policies of these sites. The students will format this research in the form of a guidebook so that the Windsor Overdose Prevention Society may utilize this book in future liability planning.

Students will research and prepare a plain language report on how to create a comprehensive Indigenous land claim (or a modern treaty). The students will research “Crown Land”, and locate Crown Land around Windsor. The students will also look into the concepts of adverse possession and the process of lodging an adverse land claim. 

This project will consist of three separate legal information videos created by our students for the exclusive use of House of Sophrosyne and the community members of this organization. The six students will be split into three teams. The first team will focus on custody, the second on court proceedings and the third on the process of obtaining duty counsel.

The goal of this project is to figure out ways that the Windsor Law CSO can better serve its diverse student body. The students will contact all of the student groups on campus and conduct focus groups to determine how well the Windsor CSO is serving its student body. The students will then compile their findings into a memo.

This project is intended to expand the CSO’s resources to help students interested in Indigenous law and identify ways to better serve Indigenous law students). The research memo will address indigenous legal career opportunities, Indigenous firms in Windsor and other Indigenous legal opportunities.

The students will work in close consultation with the organization to assist them in creating a virtual pamphlet for Windsor Law’s Justice at Work Event. The students will update Windsor Law CSO’s current social justice and public interest guide. The students will also research alumni in Social Justice legal careers to include additional bios and update bios that are included in the previous guide.

For this project, the students will break off into teams of three. One team of three students will be researching: social justice career opportunities in response to the pandemic, and the other will focus on career opportunities for students interested in racial justice.

The goal of this project is to create a resource for Windsor Law Students on Anti-Black Racism. The students will then conduct research on anti-black racism and overt and covert instances of anti-black racism. The students will also look into ways in which anti-black racism can present itself in workplaces and student campuses.

The students will take the fall semester to research the various tax ramifications of common business structures such as a sole partnership, corporations, and limited liability partnerships, etc. In the winter, the students will meet virtually once a month with the LTEC lab and their respective clients. The students will listen to the LTEC lab students present the startup with information on IP and general corporate/commercial concerns. The PBSC students will then present their information on the tax ramifications of various business structures.