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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. Also, it is simply the right thing to do. Each lawyer at our firm gives§ their time and expertise by actively engaging in pro bono matters and initiatives. We also encourage our articling and summer students to become involved. Our firm also gives back through volunteering and partnering with organizations who are committed to advocating for low-income, unrepresented litigants. This includes the Refugee Law Office, Pro Bono Ontario and its Law Help Centres, the Divisional Court Duty Counsel program, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association 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 and it is simply the right thing to do.

As we navigate our way through the global pandemic, we continue to encourage all of our lawyers to renew their service while being generous with their time.

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 involved in our pro bono matters.

For several years, Lenczner Slaght and the Refugee Law Office (RLO) partnered to provide pro bono assistance to the RLO by supporting their work in bringing emergency applications to stay removal orders in the Federal Court.

Pro Bono Ontario helps Ontarians who have essential legal needs but can’t afford a lawyer. Our lawyers have a proud tradition of volunteering their time at Law Help Centres, which specifically help low income and unrepresented litigants with civil, non-family matters in Toronto and Ottawa.

Our lawyers also take on pro bono cases through the duty counsel programs administered by Pro Bono Ontario, such as the Divisional Court Duty Counsel Program.

Recently, Lenczner Slaght and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association have partnered, together with 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 can’t share all of the matters that we take on pro bono but here are a select few:

  • 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 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.