Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) is a non-profit corporation established in 2008 that strives to improve access to justice in Saskatchewan by creating, facilitating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide high-quality pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means.
PBLS operates under several guiding principles:
- pro bono legal services are meant to complement, not replace an adequately funded legal aid system;
- pro bono services should be primarily directed at providing advice and representation to those who cannot afford to pay for these services; and
- pro bono service should be endorsed and encouraged within the profession as a professional responsibility shared by all in the profession.
Pro bono legal services are defined as providing professional legal services without expectation of fee where legal aid is not available for:
- persons of limited means who demonstrate a need for legal assistance but are unable to afford legal counsel without suffering financial hardship;
- charitable, non-profit, religious, civic, community, governmental and education organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means or which work for the public good of marginalized or disadvantaged individuals or groups;
- matters of public interest and broad community concern which might not otherwise be pursued; and
- the improvement of the law or legal system in a manner which benefits marginalized or disadvantaged individuals or groups.
Stephen McLellan (President)
Mike Hoeft (Vice-President)
Susan Amrud, QC (Secretary-Treasurer)
David Thera, QC
Riva Farrell Racette
Carly Romanow Executive Director and Staff Lawyer
Carly graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2014 and was called to the bar in 2015. Carly articled and practiced in private practice until July of 2016 when she joined PBLS. Carly has been an active participant in pro bono service programs as the Programs Coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada and volunteering with CLASSIC at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Carly was a volunteer with the PBLS Panel Program in private practice and is currently a volunteer with the Regina Free Legal Clinic.
Pierre Hawkins Programs Director and Staff Lawyer
Pierre completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2015, where he served as President of the Law Student's Association. Pierre is fluent in French and completed a portion of his undergraduate studies at Sciences Po in Paris. Following the completion of his studies, Pierre articled and practiced as a litigator with an established Regina law firm. In January of 2018, Pierre left private practice to join PBLS, where he also volunteers with the Regina Free Legal Clinic.
Kaitlynn McArthur Programs Coordinator
Kaitlynn graduated with her Bachelor of Human Justice from the University of Regina in 2016. During her studies, Kaitlynn was a practicum student with PBLS and permanently joined the PBLS team in May of 2016. Kaitlynn is from the White Bear First Nation and is actively involved in her First Nations culture.
Kelsey Morrison Intake Worker and Administrative Assistant
Kelsey is close to completing her Bachelor of Human Justice degree from the University of Regina and is set to convocate in 2018. Kelsey has a background in social justice and has been involved in a number of community groups and organizations.
Bob Hale Intake Worker and Staff Lawyer
Bob Hale grew up in Saskatoon and obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993. He worked in private practice in Swift Current for 25 years before joining Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan as an intake worker and staff lawyer.
Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan acknowledges generous annual funding from the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan.