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Interested in becoming a part of PBSC? Check out our 2023-2024 projects. New 2024-2025 projects coming soon!

Applications for 2024-2025 will open in September. Stay tuned for our Launch Event date, our application deadline, and new project descriptions. Looking forward to a great year! 

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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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Get in touch!

pbsc@uwindsor.ca
519-253-3000 ext. 3966

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
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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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OUR VALUES

DIGNITY

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

EQUITY

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

 

HUMILITY

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

 

OUR APPROACH

Collaborative

Visionary

Responsive

We engage approximately 1,500 law students annually to provide free legal information and services in
partnership with nearly 400 community organizations and nearly 550 supervising lawyers and, in Quebec, notaries.

We cultivate future leaders and advocates through training and experiential learning opportunities.

Our student-led Chapters at 22 law schools across Canada support local communities facing barriers to
justice across all areas of law.
PBSC National addresses complex and systemic inequities through projects that support families in crisis or transition, Indigenous peoples, racialized groups, LGBTQ2S+ communities, and newcomers to Canada.

OUR VISION

We envision a society with accessible legal systems, where the dignity and rights of every person are upheld.

OUR MISSION

We provide free legal support to people and communities facing barriers to justice.
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OUR PROJECTS

LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION

CLIENT INTAKE AND DOCUMENT ASSISTANCE

PROVIDE LEGAL INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS

PBSC BY THE NUMBERS

1500

12,000+

student volunteers

low-income Canadians served

120,000

pro bono hours contributed

89%

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

500+

projects nationally

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MEET OUR TEAM

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Natalie Cusinato,
Program Coordinator

Natalie is a second-year student in the single JD program at the University of Windsor. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor in English Language and Literature. Prior to becoming involved in PBSC, Natalie progressed to the semi-finals in the Transnational Law Moot and participated in Windsor Law’s Mental Health and Wellness Initiative. Born and raised in Windsor, Natalie’s passion for increasing access to justice started with her volunteer positions at HerCampus Magazine and the Women’s Justice and Empowerment Association. Natalie is excited to further PBSC’s mission and expand her local connections with the law community.

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Matthew MacDowell,
Program Coordinator

Matt is an incoming 3L student at Windsor Law. He is super active in the Windsor Law School Community. Outside of school Matt is a big sports fan. He enjoys watching his favourite premier league team (Fulham FC) play on weekend mornings during the season.

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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. 

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EVENT UPDATES

EVENT DATES 

Launch Event
12:00 to 1:30 pm on September 16th
Moot Court, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law


General and Westlaw Edge Canada Training

12:00 to 1:30 pm on September 25th
Room 2140, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law


Chief Justice Richard Wagner Award Ceremony
TBD

Final Appreciation Event

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.

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