Pro Bono in Action

The OBA recognizes and supports those members who lend their skills and expertise to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations in need.

Please take a moment to learn more about OBA members who give back to the community and help further the cause of justice in Ontario.

PROFILES

DEREK FRIEND

June 2018 Profile

As a connected member of my community, it has become harder to say "no" in many cases.  When it is hard to say "no", I listen to myself.  We lawyers understand what is right even before understanding why "it" is right.  I got into law to help people - so why not do that?

BRITTANY SUD

February 2018 Profile

Brittany Sud is a supervising lawyer for the Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) Wills Project, which is a project run in partnership between the PBSC chapters of the University of Toronto (U of T) and Osgoode Hall Law School (Osgoode Hall). 
Brittany is paired with one student from U of T or Osgoode Hall per semester and is assigned a pro bono client. 
Brittany works with the student and client to create a will and powers of attorney for property and personal care for the client.

Azadeh Nourbakhsh-Lavictoire

January 2017 Profile

Above all, the key stage in my decision making process was when I reminded myself that I had started my own practice to have the independence to be the kind of lawyer I wanted to be, one that placed helping clients above generating revenue and prestige.

ANDREW SUDANO

December 2016 Profile

In addition to doing regular pro bono work in the area of family law, he is currently working on a high profile case that will affect the rights of disabled children. He advocating on behalf of a disabled child for his right to fair child support, in a constitutional challenge. 

SAMANTHA PETERS

October 2016 Profile

The OBA recognizes and supports those members who lend their skills and expertise to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations in need.

DANIEL SHEPPARD

September 2016 Profile

I an associate at Goldblatt Partners LLP, where I maintain a broad public law practice with a particular focus on constitutional litigation, public international law, and appellate litigation.

VINCENT WONG

August 2016 Profile

In addition to my day job doing poverty law at a community legal clinic, I am a board member for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) and Chair of its Community Outreach Committee (COC).

KATIE BLACK

July 2016 Profile

I practice in all areas of civil and appellate litigation, including commercial litigation, constitutional litigation, medical malpractice, and defamation law. 

JOSEPH BLINICK

June 2016 Profile

I am an associate at Bennett Jones LLP with a general litigation practice focused on corporate commercial disputes, securities litigation, class actions and employment matters.  

RANJAN AGARWAL

April 2016 Profile

I am a litigator at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto, where I specialize in complex commercial and public law litigation.

LORIN MACDONALD

April 2016 Profile

I am a human rights lawyer specializing in the representation of children with disabilities who have experienced discrimination, as well as an AODA subject matter expert providing disability/accessibility awareness education and assistance with legislative compliance requirements.

JONATHAN RICHARDSON

April 2016 Profile

Working with the refugee community is among the most rewarding work I do. Here is where my legal skills are truly helping the neediest of people.