Below you will find the projects for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note which projects are open to which years and the requirements for each project. The projects with Fredericton in their title require students to be in Fredericton for the duration of the placement.
All Year Projects
Canadian National Institute for the Blind – Research and Presentation
The project will provide education about New Brunswick’s human rights laws and legal systems to blind, partially sighted, and Deafblind Fredericton residents. It will also provide training and education to the legal community and key service providers about common barriers faced by this group.
Public Legal Education and Information Service of NB – Presentation Assistance
This project is a continuation of our family law workshops initiative from the past three fiscal years. It involves assisting in the delivery of family law workshops for people handling common family issues such as uncontested divorces and child support variation. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, these workshops need to be updated so as to be delivered virtually.
Imprint – ID Clinic Fredericton
The Trans ID Clinic provides free legal information, Fredericton form-filling services, and referrals. The supervised clinic will provide legal information to clients in various stages of transition to assist in both legal name change and gender marker change. The student will conduct meetings with clients. They will assist their clients in an understanding, professional, and knowledgeable way. Students will be assisted by the Project Lead Volunteer, who will schedule the clinic dates and facilitate the matching of students with clients.
Public Legal Education and Information Service of NB – Research
We would like to have pro bono students help us with various research projects over the school year. The students will be asked to help write and review publications dealing with legal issues. They will identify significant/interesting provincial and/or federal legislation or decisions of the SCC and write brief updates for posting on the “What’s New” section of our websites.
Innocence Canada – Wrongly Convicted Profiles
Following the exoneration of each of Innocence Canada’s clients, a profile of the exoneree and their wrongful conviction is added to the Innocence Canada website.
Innocence Canada would like to create a cohesive, factual profile for each exoneree that explores the legal aspects in an accessible way, while also giving humanity to the exoneree. Students will be tasked with re-writing a number of the exoneree profiles.
Requirements – Be available for specific training either October 6, 4-5PM or October 8, 2-3PM
PEI Fishermen’s Association – Research
PEIFA would like Law Pro Bono to determine if there is a legal definition of the term “Moderate Livelihood”. This term was part of the Donald Marshall Supreme Court decision. This research will ask students to look at various jurisdictions within Canada, and beyond if such an equivalent term exists within other common law jurisdictions. The student will be required to prepare their research in a memo form.
NB African Association – Research
The organization is looking to expand their mandate and offer support to a wider variety of Fredericton residents. With Covid-19 has come a rise in international students looking for guidance as they navigate the uncertainty of their circumstances. The NBAA is hoping to offer support to these individuals, and therefore seeks to better understand the law surrounding international students, the impact Covid-19 has had on these laws and what type of assistance would be most helpful to these individuals.
Canadian Civil Liberties Association – Talk Rights
Talk Rights is a CCLA initiative to create well-researched, accessible, and engaging public education materials on current civil liberties and human rights topics for the CCLA website. Students will research and develop subject expertise in one or more timely civil liberties issue(s) in Canada and develop accessible information for the public.
Requirements – Be available for specific training either September 30, 4PM or October 2, 2PM
Dyslexia Canada – Research
Students will research provincial and federal laws and tribunal decisions related to learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia, to create plain language, readable and understandable synopsis of this research of the substantive and procedural aspects of provincial educational laws; provincial and federal human rights codes; disability laws and any intersection of these areas of law. The students will develop an online toolkit as well as a printable pamphlet for caretakers of children with dyslexia.
In addition, the students will research the provincial Human Rights Codes and Commission and Tribunal legislation, regulations and rules to create a chart or memorandum describing the investigatory and subpoena and ability to compel cooperation and enforcement powers of each Commission.
Requirements: Availability on either September 29 or 30. Human Rights will be considered an asset, as is experience working in a human rights role.
NB African Association – Presentation Fredericton
The organization is looking to help integrate newcomers to New Brunswick with all aspects of life and culture within New Brunswick. Part of this integration involves establishing an online presence, and therefore understanding the mechanics of social media and privacy is essential. An online presence also extends to such things as online shopping and banking. The students will conduct legal research, prepare pamphlets, and assist with preparation of a presentation on privacy law in Canada and what newcomers need to know before establishing an online presence.
Canadian Civil Liberties Association – Rights Watch
CCLA has written an interim report on the extent of civil liberty and human rights concerns that have emerged as a consequence of government responses to COVID-19 and the emergency measures passed in response to the health crisis. Over the course of the year, students will assist us to create a more complete assessment with enhanced input from jurisdictions across Canada.
Requirements – Be available for specific training either September 30, 4PM or October 2, 2PM
Upper Year Projects
Captial Region Mental Health and Addiction Association -Internship Fredericton
The organization is currently seeking a student intern to help create a Mental Health Court in Fredericton. There is currently only one Mental Health court in the province, located in Saint John. Mental Health Courts can result in improved outcomes for those experiencing mental health issues when compared to traditional streams of justice, by diverting these individuals to treatment instead of incarceration. The Mental Health Court in Saint John has been extremely successful, with 85% of cases heard not resulting in a re-offense.
Requirements – Criminal law is required, with Administrative law and Health law being considered assets.
NB SPCA – Research
Previously, a student volunteer created a chart which outlined new animal welfare legislation (such as the shark fin or animal fighting ban) and tabled bills across Canada (especially what is not being done in NB and what is being done in NB but not the rest of Canada in a comparative style). This year will build on this work by expanding into an US and international case review. The SPCA would also like an overview of the current academic and practice offering regarding animal welfare across the country.
Requirements – Helpful to have completed or be enrolled in Administrative, Business Organizations, Employment and Legislation.
Solidarity Fredericton – Internship Fredericton
The organization has broadly formed to foster a culture of solidarity; to open up participatory activist spaces for education and dialogue on the structures that shape our lives. They seek to address how we can achieve social, economic, and environmental justice.
Students will provide memos on legislation criminalizing poverty in Fredericton, and assist in drafting access to information requests directed at various levels of government, among other activities.
Requirements – Criminal law and Constitutional Law are both necessary but can be take concurrently. Administrative law would be an asset. Students should have a demonstrated passion for social, economic, and environmental justice. Experience working with organizations addressing issues created by colonial and capitalistic legacies is considered an asset.
Sexual Violence NB – Court Watch Progrm Fredericton
Students will help support the court watch program run at St. Thomas University (STU) by attending court and noting the treatment of sexual assault cases. They will help to coordinate the program and explain some of what is witnessed in court. Other tasks that students will be involved with include researching the training provided to police when approaching a sexual assault case, as well as looking at the historical interpretation of evidence from sexual assault kits.
Requirements – Criminal law with Gender & the Law seminar being an asset. Previously work on this project will be also be seen as an asset.
NB Nature Trust – Research Personal Injury
The Nature Trust has 9000 acres of land and while some are publicly accessible for recreation some are maintained by volunteers for scientific purposes. In order for this scientific work to continue in a way which benefits the community whilst also respecting the safety of Nature Trust’s volunteers, Nature Trust is looking to fully understand their obligations towards those who access the land. Specifically, Nature Trust is looking for a deeper understating of the required duty of care towards the community and their volunteers in the operation of this land.
Requirements – Business Organizations will be a required course for this project as non-profit corporate ownership will be involved, but it may be done concurrently. Tort law is also required with Environmental being an asset. Experience working with the organization is also an asset.
Legal Aid – Internship Fredericton
Criminal Law: 1 position to assist legal aid lawyers with file preparations, review of Crown disclosure, general research, legal briefs of charter issues, case law on range of sentence. As well, participate in witness preparation and attend court proceedings.
Family Law and Public Trustee Services: 1 position to assist legal aid lawyers with file preparation, review of client questionnaires, preparation of trial records and affidavits, general research, legal briefs on law. As well, participate in witness preparation and attend court proceedings.
Requirements – Criminal law: preference to students who have taken criminal law and criminal procedure related classes, or are enrolled in them. Family law: preference given to students who have taken Family Law, Wills & Estates, and Trust law, or who are currently enrolled in any or all of those classes.
Stewart McKelvey Wills Project – Clinic Fredericton
Students in their 2nd and 3rd year will undergo training and be given documents that outline how to prepare a will and examples of it. They are then paired with clients from the community. Students will come to the office to conduct interviews with the clients, following which they will draft a will and Power of Attorney for the client. The students will present their will to the client, ensuring their client understand the document.
Requirements – Wills & Estates is needed but can be done concurrently. Tax and Family will be considered assets.
NB Nature Trust – Research
The students will build on last year’s work, which focused on meaningful engagement with Indigenous Nations regarding conservation and stewardship. Part of the process is continuing a co-management model for Nature Trust nature preserves with all 3 Indigenous Nations in New Brunswick: Wolastoqey, Peskotomuhkati and Mi’gmaq. The co-management plans must respect the Nature Trust’s mandate for biodiversity conservation and land donor’s wishes while allowing some traditional cultural practices to take place. Specifically, this year the focus of the research project will be on ensuring this co-management is developed in a way that ensures NB Nature Trust meets their charitable obligation, to accommodate to work through reconciliation, while not violating own charitable status.
Requirements – Business Organizations will be a required course for this project, but may be done concurrently. Tax, either personal or corporate is an asset, as is Aboriginal and Environmental. Experience working with the organization is also an asset.
Gignoo House – Research
Previously, PBSC has worked with Gignoo to reassess their bylaws. Gignoo’s policy addresses only staff and not executives, as such, Gignoo would like a student to research ways in which the executive can be brought into this policy whilst still allowing Gignoo to have flexible and effective leadership. As Gignoo is a transition house for women who are homeless/ have experienced IPV, the students will also research the Truth and Reconciliation Committee report as well as the new Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Report to determine how the recommendations in them can be best integrated into the HR policy for Gignoo. Students will also research how Indigenous women shelters are governed in other countries and Canadian jurisdictions to determine best/common practices. Students will NOT write the policy but instead provide a written memo.
Requirements – Business Organizations will be a required course for this project. Employment law and Aboriginal law will be seen as assets.