LEAF is a national, charitable, non-profit organization, founded in 1985. LEAF works to advance the substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada through litigation, law reform, and public education using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The student volunteer on this project will work with a team of law students from across Canada to identify and summarize cases and/or law reform initiatives concerning substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada, by regularly monitoring court websites, legal databases, legislative sites, and media reports for their assigned topics (i.e. sexual violence). These student volunteers will then summarize relevant cases and/or law reform projects.
Number of Students and Prerequisites
– 1 student from each of the following Canadian law schools: UofC, McGill, Lakehead, Moncton
– First year law students are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to upper year law students
– Completion of Constitutional law, Criminal law, and any legal research and writing are assets
Area of Law
– Constitutional law
– Criminal law
– Delivery of legal information through policy research memos
– Legal research and writing on law reform
Legal Research and Writing Project
Timeline and Time Commitment
Student volunteers on this project are expected to volunteer from October 2020 to March 2021 (excluding December 2020). PBSC students are expected to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Additional hours are at the students’ discretion. Overall, all PBSC projects are easily manageable alongside academic demands.
All training for this project is schedule and provided by PBSC Calgary and the organization. This training will take place in September-October 2020, and will not conflict with students’ course schedules.
In addition to LEAF’s specific training, the following PBSC training sessions are mandatory to volunteer on this project:
– PBSC Process Overview
– PBSC Ethics and Professional Responsibility Training
– PBSC Anti-Oppression Training
– Westlaw Research Strategies Training
Specific dates and times will be provided once volunteers are placed on their respective projects.
COVID-19 Contingency Plan
Student volunteers on this project will conduct all of their project-related work, training sessions, and meetings remotely for the duration of the project. The possibility of in-person work, training sessions, and meetings is subject to directives from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and Alberta’s public health authority.
How to Apply?
Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now closed. The application deadline for the 2021/2022 cycle will become available August 2021.