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Fasken - Toronto, Ontario

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Pro Bono Information

Does your organization have a pro bono policy? Yes
Does your organization track pro bono time? Yes

Billable Hour Credit

Is billable hour credit given for pro bono work? Yes
Is there a maximum that will be credited? Yes
If Yes, number: 50
Comments Our lawyers and law students routinely provide pro bono legal services to a wide variety of organizations, both locally, nationally and internationally. Our pro bono efforts range from direct assistance to those who have difficulty in accessing the justice system to advising governments in emerging markets on enabling frameworks for the introduction of humanitarian programs. Our pro bono efforts have been recognized by Lexpert magazine and Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), among others.

Fasken is listed as a Gold Tier firm in PBO’s 100% A2J Leadership Circle, in recognition of our commitment to PBO’s work, both through financial support and through support provided to lawyers who wish to take on pro bono work. Our lawyers have regularly volunteered as duty counsel at PBO’s Law Help Centres. They also support PBO’s Free Legal Advice Hotline, and advocate on behalf of students as part of the Education Law Program. We are also actively involved in assisting numerous Canadian NGOs, Not for Profits and Charities directly. Projects have included pro bono legal services to Hackergal Canada, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking.

Previous significant litigation pro bono projects included representing the Vancouver-based Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in a landmark case before the Supreme Court of Canada concerning the InSite facility in Vancouver’s downtown east side. We also represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada in another important case concerning the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences for unlawful possession of a firearm.