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Lenczner Slaght* has a strong commitment to pro bono work and community service. It is one concrete way we give back to the community and help provide access to justice. Each lawyer and student at our firm gives§ their time and expertise by actively engaging in pro bono matters and initiatives. Our firm also gives back through volunteering and partnering with organizations who are committed to advocating for low-income, unrepresented litigants. We have worked with organizations including Pro Bono Ontario and its Law Help Centres, the Divisional Court Duty Counsel program, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Centre for Housing Rights, Legal Aid Ontario, the Refugee Law Office, and others..

Lenczner Slaght has a strong commitment to pro bono work and community service. It is one concrete way to give back to the community.

Our Commitments

Our lawyers are actively engaged in pro bono matters on both a case-by-case basis, as well as through the firm’s pro bono initiatives and partnerships. We encourage our lawyers, as well as articling and summer students, to become engaged in our pro bono matters. We regularly provide opportunities to get involved, along with support and training.

Lenczner Slaght participates in the Pro Bono Referral Project administered by the Canadian Centre for Housing Rights (CCHR), providing pro bono representation for CCHR’s clients experiencing housing precarity or dealing with human rights related issues related to accommodation.

Our lawyers also have a proud tradition of volunteering their time at Pro Bono Ontario’s Law Help Centres, which specifically help low income and unrepresented litigants with civil, non-family matters in Toronto and Ottawa, and as duty counsel through programs like the Divisional Court Duty Counsel Program. We have also pledged to donate a significant amount over five years to support Pro Bono Ontario’s important work in serving vulnerable Ontarians by increasing access to justice.

In 2022, we were proud to work with Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) Clinic Resource Office to develop and deliver hands-on, skills-based training programs for the lawyers and paralegals working in Legal Aid’s Community Legal Clinic system, on tailored advocacy topics relevant to their important work in communities across Ontario.

Examples of our past pro bono work includes:

  • Partnering with the Refugee Law Office over several years to provide pro bono assistance in bringing emergency applications to stay removal orders in the Federal Court.
  • Working with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and a coalition of public interest organizations to bring a constitutional challenge to the conditions in Toronto’s shelter and respite system in the context of COVID-19. We also made a significant donation to the CCLA in 2021 to help ensure that their important work can continue in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and in the streets, protecting the rights of all people in Canada.
  • Representing indigenous elder Douglas Cardinal in proceedings to restrict the use of the Cleveland baseball team’s name and “Chief Wahoo” logo on human rights grounds.
  • Representing a racialized factory worker whose employer attempted to dismiss him for cause. Judgment for wrongful dismissal upheld on appeal.
  • Representing the applicant, an ad hoc group of community and advocacy members, against the Canadian Hearing Society for oppression, relating to alleged lack of transparency and governance abuses.
  • Representing the plaintiffs in a successful jury trial against a school board in connection with an allegation that a failure by the school board to properly supervise led to a student being sexually assaulted.
  • Representing the interveners Authors Alliance and Professor Ariel Katz in York University v Access Copyright, an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada addressing the issue of fair dealing and the question of whether tariffs set by the Copyright Board are mandatory.
  • Representing an accused facing criminal charges of assault of a police officer and possession of a controlled substance. Evidence was excluded and an acquittal was entered on all counts on the basis of multiple Charter breaches and adverse findings of credibility concerning the police officer.
  • Representing athletes involved in disputes with their National Sports Organization, including, for example, disciplinary findings, team selection, and carding.
  • Representing two individuals on appeal from a summary judgment order holding them liable for the debts of a company pursuant to a personal guarantee. Summary judgment was overturned on appeal. The Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claim under the guarantee.
  • Representing a respondent plaintiff in an appeal from a judgment obtained in the Small Claims Court concerning a purchase of a defective vehicle.