2021-22 Projects

Below you will find the projects for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please note that certain projects are reserved for upper years only.


Projects

Open to 1Ls and Upper Years

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick: “What’s New” Legal Research

The student volunteer will research and prepare plain language summaries of recent legal occurrences to be posted on PLEIS’ website.

Specifically, the student volunteer will research and identify significant or interesting provincial/federal legislation or SCC decisions. Based on this research, they will write brief legal summaries of that particular legal development. This summary will be posted on the “What’s New” section of PLEIS’ website.

Requirements: None.

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick: Family Law Workshop

The student volunteer will assist in the delivery of family law workshops for people handling common family issues (e.g., uncontested divorces and child support variation).

Specifically, the student volunteer will aid PLEIS staff in the drafting and revision of documents and handouts related to the family law workshops. The student volunteer may be asked to draft new Family Law FAQ sheets or other related materials.

This project offers an opportunity for student volunteers to gain valuable knowledge relating to court procedures in family law matters

Requirements: None.

Sexual Violence New Brunswick: Trauma-Informed Lawyering

In the context of sexual assault, this project explores the intersection of trauma and civil litigation. Trauma-informed lawyering benefits clients, judges, and the justice system as a whole. Yet civil litigators lack available resources regarding best practices for trauma-informed lawyering.

Recognizing this gap, the student volunteer will help research and develop trauma-informed training for the benefit of civil litigators. The final training package (to be delivered by SVNB) will take two different forms: a 1–2-hour live training session or an online module accessible at any time.

Requirements: A sensitivity to sexual assault trauma.

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada: Safe Access Zone Laws in Atlantic Provinces

Safe Access Zone laws are designed to protect patients and staff from protesters at abortion facilities. Across Canada, the presence of such laws varies from province-to-province. With a focus on Atlantic provinces, this project will examine the varying presence of Safe Access Zone laws. The project will then focus on a comparative analysis regarding Atlantic Canada’s Safe Access Zone laws versus the rest of Canada. The final deliverable will be a legal memorandum for ARCC’s internal use.

Requirements: None.

New Brunswick African Association: Anti-Racism Resources

NBAA’s main goal is to promote and strengthen cooperation amongst resident Africans, immigrants of African descent, and other Canadians.

The NBAA has created an anti-racism task force in response to the complaints they have received about racism. In support of this task force, the student volunteer will research racism—from a legal perspective—within New Brunswick’s community.

The student’s research will take the form of a legal research memorandum and a PowerPoint video (with voiceover). The video will be presented by NBAA at community workshops.

Requirements: None.

Prince Edward Island Fisherman’s Association: Clearwater Transaction

The Mi’kmaq coalition’s investment to purchase 50% of Clearwater is funded with a $250 million loan from the First Nations Finance Authority, a non-profit organization that is guaranteed by the federal government.

As the federal government seeks to increase Indigenous participation in the Atlantic fishing industry in the name of reconciliation, PEIFA would like the student volunteer to research the following topics regarding this transaction: (a) the role of the federal government and related conflict-of-interest laws, (b) the regulation of Indigenous versus non-Indigenous fisherman, as well as the regulation of their partnership.

Requirements: Some background or interest in commercial fishing is an asset.

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada: Conscientious Objection Legislation

The student volunteer will research legislation, caselaw, organizational policies, and lawsuits centred on conscientious objection in healthcare. Conscientious objection seeks to protect the conscience of healthcare professionals, typically via claims to Charter conscience rights.

The purpose of this research is to understand the various efforts to limit access to abortion and medical assistance in dying across Canada. The final deliverable will be a legal memorandum for ARCC’s internal use.

Requirements: None.

Dyslexia Canada: Protecting Students with Dyslexia in Canada

The student volunteer will research provincial and federal regulations, codes, and laws, as well as tribunal decisions, related to learning disabilities (particularly dyslexia). From this research, the student will create plain-language summaries of the procedural aspects related to this area of law. These summaries will form the basis of online toolkits and pamphlets for caretakers of children with dyslexia.

Requirements: If Upper Year applicant, completion of or enrolment in Human Rights Law or Disability Law is an asset.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind: Know Your Rights: Prince Edward Island

The student volunteer will assist in the development and publication of accessible legal resources intended to help partially sighted or blind and Deafblind PEI residents.

The legal resources will address various topics (e.g., transportation) and will take the following forms: a legal information handbook, a public education video, a legal information training workshop, and continuing professional development for lawyers.

Requirements: None.

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada: Regulating Crisis Pregnancy Centres

Crisis Pregnancy Centres(“CPCs”) regularly do not disclose to patients that they do not refer for abortion or birth control. CPCs also regularly present as medical facilities, despite not having a medical licence. Considering this, governments have regulated CPCs.

The student volunteer will lead a comparative research analysis of how Canadian governments regulate CPCs versus other governing jurisdictions, primarily the U.S. For example, the student will compare U.S. disclosure laws to the Canadian legal landscape. The final deliverable will be a legal memorandum for ARCC’s internal distribution.

Requirements: None.

Prince Edward Island Fisherman’s Association: Marshall Decision

Research Topic 1: Legal Rider and the Marshall Decision

A legal rider was added to the Marshall decision. PEIFA would like the student volunteer to research and summarize this legal rider.

Research Topic 2: Separate, Self-regulated Indigenous Fishery and the Marshall Decision

PEIFA understands that the creation of a separate fishery or a self-regulated fishery is a federal government policy decision versus a judicial decision. PEFIA would like the student volunteer to research whether the Marshall I and II judgements support the creation of a separate Indigenous fishery or a self-regulated Indigenous fishery.

Requirements: Some background or interest in commercial fishing is an asset.

Projects

Open to Upper Years only

Solidarité Fredericton Solidarity: Social Accountability and Rights-based Advocacy

The SolFredSol project will examine and address social structures in the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice.

Under the guidance of SolFredSol, the student volunteer will first research legislation and active legal matters about one of the following areas of concern: tenant’s rights and housing, criminalization and poverty, policing (especially with regard to racialized communities), and reproductive justice and access to healthcare. The purpose of this research is to identify an opportunity for rights-based legal advocacy.

Based on this research, the student volunteer will then write a legal research memo for internal distribution. If time permits, the student may also create media work (e.g., news articles, social media, or video) or “know your rights” work based on this research.

Requirements: An understanding of Criminal law and Constitutional Law is necessary. Enrolment in Administrative Law is an asset.

Youth Imprint Association: Trans ID Clinic

The Trans ID Clinic provides free legal information, form-filling services, and referrals in a space that strives to be trans-positive, non-judgemental, anti-oppressive, and inclusive.

Student volunteers will assist clients in the various stages of their transition (i.e., legal name and gender marker change). Student volunteers will explain the forms, all necessary steps and procedures as per NB laws and regulations, and relevant complicating factors such as being outside of the province of birth, fees, and publication of name changes.

Student volunteers will provide legal information to the best of their knowledge.

Requirements: An understanding of Administrative Law and Family Law is an asset. The successful applicant should also have strong cultural competency skills and experience with the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Nature Trust of New Brunswick: Contingency Plan for Nature Preserves

NTNB seeks to fully understand the options available to a land trust if NTNB ceases to exist or can no longer own/manage their nature preserves in trust. The student volunteer will assist NTNB in their efforts to understand their available options.

The main deliverable will be a research report on other Canadian Land Trust contingency plans, as well as a legal memorandum regarding the would-be state of NTNB’s nature preserves in the event of NTNB’s dissolution or downsizing.

Requirements: An understanding of Environmental Law is necessary. An appreciation and passion for the environment is an asset.

Nature Trust of New Brunswick: Indigenous Engagement: Shared Stewardship

In partnership with the Peskotomuhkati Recognition Group Inc (PRG), NTNB is developing a co-stewardship model. Focusing on New Brunswick’s nature preserves, this model seeks to build meaningful engagement with Indigenous Nations. This model will be centred on the principles of co-governance and ‘shared stewardship’ (i.e., the inclusion of traditional Indigenous practices on nature preserves).

The student volunteer will write a legal memorandum, which will inform the co-stewardship model. The student volunteer will also be involved in the development of the Shared Stewardship Agreement between NTNB and PRG.

Requirements: An understanding of Environment Law and Indigenous Law is necessary. An appreciation and passion for the environment and a sensitivity to Indigenous peoples and law is important.

Nature Trust of New Brunswick: Risk and Liability

Per the New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act, an employer with 20 or more employees must establish a safety policy and a health and safety program. The student volunteer will assist NTNB in fully understanding their obligations towards their staff, both in-office and the field.

The student volunteer will produce two deliverables: (a) Workplace Risk Assessment report and (b) a legal memorandum.

Requirements: An understanding of Environmental Law is necessary. An appreciation and passion for the environment is an asset.

Nature Trust of New Brunswick: Protection of Wetlands and Species at Risk

This project is centred on NTNB’s mission to advocate for both wetlands and species at risk.

The student volunteer will draft a legal memorandum based on their research of the environmental law that regulates species at risk and wetland conservation. Using a gap analysis approach, the student volunteer will research and compare regulatory schemes on a province-to-province basis and a federal-to-province basis. The student volunteer will provide recommendations as to where the law could better protect wetlands and species at risk.

Requirements: An understanding of Environmental Law is necessary. An appreciation and passion for the environment is an asset.

Legal Aid New Brunswick: Criminal and Family Law

Criminal Law Position: The student volunteer will assist Legal Aid lawyers with file preparations, review of Crown disclosure, general research, legal briefs of Charter issues, and, lastly, participate in witness preparation and attend court proceedings.

Family Law Position: The student volunteer will assist Legal Aid lawyers with file preparation, review of client questionnaires, preparation of trial records and affidavits, general research, legal briefs on law, and, lastly, participate in witness preparation and attend court proceedings.

Requirements: Preference for those students who have completed or are enrolled in Criminal Law, Family Law, and Wills and Estates.

Stewart McKelvey: Wills Project

Through the Wills Project, Stewart McKelvey seeks to assist individuals living on low income who wish to have a will and/or Power of Attorney written for them.

The student volunteer will conduct an initial client interview at the Stewart McKelvey office. This interview will follow a pre-established guideline and checklist. Additionally, the lawyer supervisor will be on-hand to support the student volunteer. Pursuant to this meeting, the student volunteer will then complete the client’s will and/or Power of Attorney.

Requirements: Enrolment in or completion of Wills and Estates.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Rights Watch

This project provides students with the opportunity to monitor key civil liberty issues and court cases.

The student volunteer will monitor their assigned court or legislative assembly to identify new decisions that raise potential civil liberty or human rights issues. If a case is identified, the student volunteer will provide a summary of the decision that focuses on key issues that may engage the CCLA.

Requirements: Completion of Constitutional Law is necessary. An interest in current events and their impact on civil liberties, government accountability, and social justice is an asset.

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