Pro Bono Québec and the CN announce the official launch of their new pro bono legal services for refugees and aid organizations

As part of the arrival of Syrian refugees, Pro Bono Québec and CN are proud to announce that starting today, refugees in Quebec and aid organizations will be able to use volunteer lawyer services. Based on Pro Bono Québec’s public interest program, which started in 2009, the assistance program to refugees and organizations will meet the legal needs of individuals who would not have access to legal services from a lawyer without the help of Pro Bono Québec.

For more details, please consult our press release

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Project ''substandard dwellings'' initiated by Centraide - update

Further to our meeting with Project Genesis, it was agreed that the best way for PBQ to intervene to help litigants facing problems of unsanitary housing would be to produce an information leaflet.

The objective of this document will be to prepare tenants - who represent themselves before the Housing Board (Régie du logement), especially with regard to damages (nature, amounts, etc.) that they could request and the kind of evidence they should provide in support of their request.

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New project : a new initiative to help people facing substandard housing

Concerned about the situation many tenants face regarding housing safety and tenants’ rights, Centraide and Pro Bono Québec are joining their forces in order to support organizations working to assist people facing housing issues.

To better understand the needs and challenges, the team of Pro Bono Québec and volunteer law student, Emilie Belhumeur, met on October 6th 2014 with six organizations working in housing rights : Ahuntsic-Cartierville Housing Committee, Housing Committee Lachine-LaSalle, Park Extension Housing Committee, Housing Committee St. Lawrence POPIR - logement Committee and Project Genesis. The purpose of this meeting was to obtain an overview of the issues identified by these organizations in order to establish an action plan and an intervention strategy that best meet the needs of the tenants facing substandard housing issues.

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Pro Bono Canada, national pro bono group to aid with access to justice

Incorporated last fall, Pro Bono Canada is an initiative born out of the five provincial pro bono organizations in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec. It has been launched during the 5th National Pro Bono Conference, held in Regina on September 26th.

For more details

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And the 2014 Médaille de Saint-Yves goes to...

Last September 17th, during the Barreau’s Special Award Ceremony honouring Lawyers Emeritus, Pro Bono Québec proudly presented the 2014 Médaille de Saint-Yves to Me Guy Pratte, Ad. E.

Me Pratte, who is renowned for his enduring commitment to access to justice and his strong leadership related to the promotion of pro bono legal work, has brought together many people in the Quebec legal community to establish an organization to serve the interests of the most disadvantaged in our society. Founder of Pro Bono Québec, he was named Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar in 2012 due to his outstanding contribution to the legal profession. He is also the initiator of the volunteer program of Borden Ladner Gervais, where he practices administrative law, constitutional law and commercial litigation.

Pro Bono Québec welcomes the generous contribution of Me Pratte and offers its sincerest congratulations!

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A brand new newsletter for Pro Bono Québec!

The newsletter will be published every 3rd Monday of the month. To view our September and first edition, click here.

To subscribe, simply click here and follow the instructions (French only) !

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5th National Pro Bono Conference : September 25th & 26th, in Regina, Saskatoon

The 5th National Pro Bono Conference, Justice4All, will provide a national forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning pro bono legal service provision. It will combine plenary sessions that address major issues and themes related to pro bono culture and practice, and breakout sessions that take a "nuts and bolts" approach to various aspects of developing pro bono projects and delivering pro bono services. 

This year's Conference will bring together legal practitioners, the judiciary, the voluntary sector, and academia from Canada, the United States, and abroad to share ideas and best practices in pro bono legal services, to forge new pro bono partnerships, and to explore challenging issues that still lie ahead in the pro bono sphere.

For more details, click here!

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The 2013 Prix de la justice, awarded to Me Hélène (Sioui) Trudel

Congratulations to Me (Sioui) Trudel, member of Pro Bono Québec's board, winner of the 2013 Prix de la justice. It is the highest honor in the legal field in Quebec.

For more information, click here (French only).

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Annual Report 2013-2014

To learn more about Pro Bono Québec, see the annual report (French only).

Thanks to Massy Forget Langlois relations publiques who did our annual report's graphic design... pro bono!

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2014 Médaille de Saint-Yves

Each year, Pro Bono Québec awards the Médaille de Saint-Yves to recognize the outstanding contribution of a lawyer, law office or an organization that has offered pro bono legal services.

We invite you to consult the details for the process and modalities of nomination (french only).

Saint-Yves (St. Ivo of Kermartin in English) is the patron saint of all professions related to justice and the law, including lawyers. He lived from 1250 to 1303, and was born and spent most of his life in Brittany, France. He is usually depicted with a purse in one hand, symbolizing the money he gave to the poor during his life, and a scroll in the other hand, which represents his role as an ecclesiastical judge (a judge in courts established by the church). He is also often pictured standing between a rich person and a poor one.

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2014 Canadian Pro Bono Awards

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, Pro Bono Québec, Access Pro Bono BC, Pro Bono Law Alberta, and Pro Bono Law Ontario seek nominations for awards honouring individuals, groups, or organizations from anywhere in Canada for their outstanding pro bono contributions. Awards will be presented at the Banquet and Awards Ceremony on September 25th, 2014 as part of the 5th National Pro Bono Conference, in Regina, Saskatchewan.

If you know a deserving nominee, please take the opportunity to submit a nomination and help to recognize the contribution of lawyers and organizations to improving access to justice in Canada.

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Soirée bénéfice pro bono – de grands vins offerts par de grands noms pour la cause de l’accès à la justice!

Pro Bono Quebec ‘s board of Directors and staff would like to invite you to their first fundraiser at Robin des Bois restaurant. To read the invite, click here (French only) .

Great wines generously provided by great personalities of the fields of law, sports, politics and arts, will be auctioned. Please reserve your $250 ticket by completing the following form (French only). A tax receipt of $150 will be issued.

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2013 Médaille de Saint-Yves

On September 23, Pro Bono Québec proudly presented its Médaille de Saint-Yves to Me Richard Neil Goldman during the Barreau’s Special Award Ceremony honouring Lawyers Emeritus.

Me Goldman graduated from McGill University with degrees in law and in economics. Admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1987, Me Goldman has, throughout his career, selflessly devoted his time to the most vulnerable groups. He has been and still is actively involved with three human rights organisations, namely, the Just Solutions Clinic, Project Genesis, and the Comité d’aide aux réfugiés.

A leader in the legal community and the general population, Me Goldman is an inspiring and shining example of how a lawyer can promote access to justice through pro bono legal work. His social commitment is reflected in his everyday life as he provides vulnerable migrants with free legal consultations, and offer trainings and information regarding immigration law.

Pro Bono Québec welcomes the generous contribution of Me Goldman and offers its most sincere congratulations!

Photo by Celina Hasbun

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Reference period : YBAM Gala

« The leaders of tomorrow »

You know a member of the YBAM whose social involvement deserves to be rewarded and recognized by the legal community? Submit his candidacy under the  « pro bono / social involvement » category of the YBAM’s Gala « The leaders of tomorrow ». You have until September 25, 2013 to submit a candidacy, the Gala will be held on Thursday, November 21. For details and to fill out the form, click here.

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New Executive Director at Pro Bono Québec

Since July 25, Pro Bono Québec has a new Executive Director, Ms. Nancy Leggett-Bachand. Admitted to the Bar 1992, Nancy Leggett-Bachand has worked in insurance law prior to continuing her studies in communications and management. Over the last fifteen years, she has worked as Executive Director for various non-profit associations and she chaired on the Boards of several organizations, including the Literacy Foundation which she currently presides. The Board of Directors and the Team of Pro Bono Québec are pleased to welcome her!

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Assistance to the population of Lac-Megantic

Following the tragic events of Lac-Megantic, Pro Bono Québec collaborates with the « Association des avocats et avocates de province » (AAP) and the « Bar of Saint-François » to offer to the affected population a free telephone legal information service. Until August 30th, the population of Lac-Megantic can call the AAP at 1866 954-3528 or write to referenceaap@barreau.qc.ca to be referred to a volunteer lawyer who will offer them a free consultation.

The Barreau du Québec has also published a document of useful information (french only) for the affected population:

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Annual Report for 2012-2013

To learn more about Pro Bono Quebec, see the annual report (french only).

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Pro Bono Québec in social media

In an era where technology takes an ultimate and necessary turn, Pro Bono Québec is present in social media.

 

Indeed, if you have not already noticed, Pro Bono Québec is now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Whatever media you prefer, there we are. Follow us! FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

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L’Accueil Bonneau and Pro Bono Québec would like to thank all donators who were involved in their fundraising event «Une Heure Pro Bonneau». An amount of $ 33,665 was raised and will be distributed equally to both organizations.

The following firms contributed to the event: Belleau Lapointe, Borden Ladner Gervais, Donati Maisonneuve, Dufour Mottet, Dunton Rainville, Fasken Martineau, Joli-Coeur Lacasse, Lapointe Rosenstein, Lavery, McCarthy Tétrault, Miller Thomson Pouliot, Norton Rose, Osler, Robinson Sheppard Shapiro and Spiegel Sohmer. 

See you next year for the 2014 edition of «Une Heure Pro Bonneau»!

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L'Heure Pro Bonneau

At the moment when homeless people face the winter’s cold, the legal community is mobilizing in a broad solidarity movement to give the equivalent of one hour of work for homelessness and access to justice. On Wednesday, February 13, from 11:00 am to noon, lawyers dedicate their work to «l’Heure Pro Bonneau». For more details and to make your donation: http://www.yoyomolo.com/ProBono-Quebec/Heure-Pro-Bonneau.

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On November 1st , the 2012 Canadian Pro Bono Awards were given to Dominique-Anne Roy (Pro Bono lawyer), Fraser Milner Casgrain (National Pro Bono firm), Law Help Ontario (Pro Bono Program) and Hunter Litigation Chambers (Pro Bono Regional firm). Congratulations to all!

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The Board of Directors of Pro Bono Québec is proud to present its adopted 2012-2015 strategic plan in September 2012, to view click here (french only).

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Annual Report for 2011-2012

To learn more about Pro Bono Quebec, see the annual report (french only).

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Exceptionnal donation

Mr. Réjean Hinse donates 100 000 $ to Pro Bono Québec. See the press release for more details (in french only).

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Opening of the Centre de justice de proximité du Grand Montréal 

On May 30 was held the opening of the "Centre de justice de proximité du Grand Montréal" in presence of Me Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec Minister of Justice. The mission of the "Centres de justice de proximité" is to promote access to justice for the citizens by offering information, support and reference services in complementarity with the existing resources. They constitute a recognized place for legal information and reference, close to the citizens and aimed at making justice more accessible. The adress is 407, blvd. St-Laurent, suite 405. The opening hours are Monday from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. à 7 p.m., Friday from 9 to noon.