What do Stockwoods’ lawyers do when they’re not litigating? They often do volunteer work in their communities, which includes providing pro bono legal services.

Community involvement

We don’t just work in Toronto. We care about the community. For example, we’re sponsors of the Person’s Day Breakfast, LEAF, AidsBeat, Barbra Schlifer Memorial Clinic, and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, which is a non-profit advocacy and service group and where one of our partners serves as a Director.

Many of our lawyers also serve the legal community as active members of various professional associations. Our lawyers volunteer their time as Board members or members of steering committees with such organizations as the Advocates’ Society, Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO), the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and numerous others.

Pro Bono Work

Lawyers at Stockwoods pride themselves on providing pro bono legal services. Our lawyers regularly volunteer their time for such projects as Pro Bono Law Ontario, the Human Rights Legal Support Centre; Advocates’ Society/Court of Appeal Joint Pro Bono Appeals Program, Child Advocacy Project, and Amnesty International.

In particular, our associates devote a significant amount of time serving as duty counsel or amicus counsel before Small Claims Court, the Ontario Superior Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. We act pro bono for public interest clients in matters spanning all levels of court and tribunal, including numerous interventions before the Supreme Court of Canada.

We see pro bono work not only as an opportunity to give back to the community, but also as a means of honing our advocacy skills in difficult cases.

Teaching

Members of the firm act as guest instructors and adjunct professors at various universities throughout Ontario. Three of our lawyers teach administrative law at Osgoode Hall Law School, while several others participate as adjunct faculty in trial and appellate advocacy courses at Osgoode, Queen’s University, and the University of Toronto law schools. We also contribute to law school extracurricular advocacy programs, coaching the Osgoode Hall team for the Jessup International Law Moot and the Laskin Moot, and acting as both sponsor for and as judges at the Wilson Moot on equality issues under the Charter of Rights.

In addition, we are committed to our participation in a wide variety of continuing legal education programs, which includes lecturing at conferences, providing mentoring services at workshops, and preparing papers on substantive and practice-management issues. Our lawyers regularly speak at professional education programs hosted by organizations such as the Advocates’ Society, Osgoode Professional Development, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations.

 
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We volunteer
 

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We teach
 

Members of the firm teach or have taught at the following institutions: