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ABOUT PBSC

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.

WINDSOR LAW CHAPTER

Every September, Windsor Law students are invited to apply to volunteer on a PBSC project. In previous years, we have had over 118 students participating in our chapter and we have partnered with 21+ local community organizations and have run 40+ community projects (with anywhere from 1-20 student(s) working on one project).

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Welcome to
PBSC Windsor!

"One of the most visionary undertakings I have seen in my 40 years at the bar"
Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella

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OUR VALUES

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DIGNITY

We believe that every person is entitled to respect, to have their voice heard, and to fully enjoy their rights
 

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EQUITY

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HUMILITY

We stand for substantive equality, inclusion, and diversity in all its forms. We focus on impact (not just good intentions).

 

We prioritize listening, learning, and self-reflection. We value the wisdom of the communities we serve, and their lived experiences inform our work.

 

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OUR PROJECTS

LEGAL RESEARCH

PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION

CLIENT INTAKE AND DOCUMENT ASSISTANCE

PROVIDE LEGAL INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS

PBSC BY THE NUMBERS

1600

15,000+

132,500

85%

450+

student volunteers

low-income Canadians served

pro bono hours contributed

of our students report that they plan on offering pro bono upon graduation

projects nationally

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MEET OUR TEAM

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Tori Maxwell-Turanski, Program Coordinator

Tori is a third-year student in the Single JD program at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. She was a volunteer with PBSC’s ID Clinic Project during her first year of law school and became the project lead of PBSC’s Youth ID Clinic project during her second year. She has loved the opportunity to work directly with people experiencing homelessness. The experiences she has gained through her work on PBSC projects are some of her favourite from her law school years. While completing her undergraduate degree at Ryerson University in English, Tori worked closely with various community organizations involved with the homeless sector and beyond. She is passionate about ending homelessness, addressing mental health and addiction, and community advocacy. She is also near to completing a certificate from Ryerson University in Fundraising Management. She enjoys playing volleyball, spending time with loved ones, and reading autobiographies. 

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Sarafine Guthrie, Program Coordinator

Sarafina is a second-year student in the Single JD program at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. In her first year, she participated in the Pro Bono Radio Project under PBSC making monthly radio shows showcasing the diverse projects under PBSC Windsor in the Windsor/Detroit area.   Prior to law school, she spent 3 years working in the Entrepreneurial Non-Profit sector aiding businesses to develop themselves to survive the first year of operations with business planning, loans and grants. Sarafina is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Leadership and Law & Society and has a Certificate of Project Management through Sheridan College. Sarafina is working to gain a deeper understanding of Access to Justice and the Intersectionality of Race and Law which are deep passions for her. She is excited to continue with PBSC as its School-Year Coordinator and working with her fellow law students in breaking down barriers! She enjoys daydreaming of the ocean, weekend patio brunches and relaxation of winter walks.

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EVENT UPDATES

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Anna Maria Decia-Gualtieri, On-Site Supervisor 

The Windsor Law PBSC Faculty Supervisor is Anna DeCia-Gualtieri, who is also the Career Services Coordinator.  Anna is an alumna of Windsor Law, Class of 2001 and also earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts (French Language & Literature) from the University of Windsor. Anna was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and practiced commercial and estate litigation at McTague Law Firm LLP until 2008, when she joined Career Services. Over the past 13 years, Anna has built many relationships with alumni and employers to better serve students. In her role as co-chair and a contributing member of the NALP - Canadian Section Diversity Working Group over the last nine years, Anna has grown to better understand and appreciate diversity and inclusion. For the past four years, Anna has chaired and co-chaired the NALP - Canadian OCI Schedule Working Group, whereby school and employer representatives work as a team to ensure that all vested interests are accounted for from coast to coast. In addition, Anna has proudly served as the only Canadian member of the NALP “Emerging Employer Engagement” Task Force and has recently been elected as a member of the “Conference Planning Team”. As a long-standing member of the Windsor Essex community, Anna is Vice President of the Board of Directors of Harmony in Action and an active member of the Notre Dame Catholic School Advisory Council. 

Cristina MacKenzie, Communications Coordinator

Cristina is a third-year student in the Single JD program at the University of Windsor and PBSC's Communications Coordinator this upcoming 2021/2022 school year. During her first and second years as a volunteer, she worked on two extraordinary projects with the Can-Am Friendship Centre and Harmony in Action. While completing her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Communication Studies, Cristina was the coordinator of a recreational program called 'Feel the Beat,' which taught dance to individuals living with various developmental disabilities. Her participation in this program further influenced her decision to attend law school and later become involved with PBSC. She is thrilled to be working with the executive team, as well as PBSC national and all of our partner organizations in this role. She is passionate about pro bono and plans to continue offering free legal services throughout her legal career. In the meantime, she is eager to continue building a strong sense of community at the PBSC Windsor chapter and helping create meaningful change in the Windsor community.

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Get in touch!

pbsc@uwindsor.ca

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EVENT UPDATES

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

12 PM

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keynote speaker event

Alyssa Brierley is a lawyer and the executive director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation. She has an incredible story to share with our amazing Windsor Law students.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

12 PM

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applications due

Get those applications in!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 & MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
 

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project offerings

We will notify you if you are selected as a volunteer for one of our 2021/2022 projects.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

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mandatory training for volunteers

If you are selected as a volunteer, you must attend a mandatory training session. Time of training is TBD.

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which includes the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. We respect the longstanding relationships with First Nations people in this place in the 100-mile Windsor-Essex peninsula and the straits – les détroits – of Detroit.