Check out this academic year's projects below.
AMICI CURAIE (AC) FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY – LEGAL FORMS WORKSHOP
Student volunteers will help British Columbians complete their legal forms over the phone/video conferencing. They will also assist in the client’s technological court preparation through the new Tech Check 2.0 initiative.
Commitment: Volunteers will need to be available Thursdays from 5:15pm to 8pm PST. Tech Check 2.0 shifts are flexible, and the students will provide their availability.
*Joint Project with UBC and UVic
ACCESS TO JUSTICE BC – COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP
The student volunteers at TRU, UBC and UVic will collaborate to plan a virtual event for Access to Justice Week 2022. The students will have the creative freedom to decide the best approach. This is an opportunity for law students to learn and contribute to work that will improve access to justice by supporting a shift to a person-centered approach to the justice system.
* Joint Project with UBC and UVic
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETIES – FEDERAL INCARCERATION RESEARCH SUPPORT
Students will assist in completing access to information requests and updating the database of advocacy letters started by last year’s student volunteers. Students will also aid in creating fact sheets and briefs from literature reviews on the trends and key issues spotted in the documentation review of the Regional Advocacy work done in the Fraser Valley Institution for Women.
ASK WELLNESS SOCIETY – ID ROAD MAP
Student volunteers will create a step-by-step printable roadmap for clients who need to obtain identification, including relevant resources within the Kamloops community. Many ASK Wellness Society clients are having trouble obtaining necessary social services as they do not have appropriate identification.
ASK WELLNESS SOCIETY – DID YOU KNOW CAMPAIGN
Student volunteers will provide legal information highlighting relevant issues faced by the organization’s clientele for it to be posted on their “Did You Know” social media campaign promoting public legal education in the areas of residential tenancy laws, Charter Rights, and criminal law
CANADIAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION - RIGHTS WATCH
CCLA Rights Watch is a project to allow students the chance to monitor key civil liberties issues and cases before courts and legislatures, and to provide assistance to CCLA advocacy directors in keeping track, in a timely way, of the issues arising across the country. Students will be assigned a particular court or legislative assembly to monitor.
** Note: this position will be for one upper year student.
CANADIAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION - TALK RIGHTS
Talk Rights is a CCLA initiative to create well-researched, accessible, and engaging public education materials on current civil liberties and human rights topics for the CCLA website. Students will work with CCLA staff to determine the kinds of rights materials that would be useful to the public on the topic and will work on researching and drafting those materials, under CCLA supervision
CFBX "THE X" RADIO STATION – PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION BROADCAST
Working in teams of two, student volunteers will research and prepare one 30-minute pre-recorded radio show on a legal topic of their choosing. This can often include interviews of prominent politicians, experts, and legal scholars on the topic.
**Note: one radio show will be devoted to an immigration issue to assist TRU's international students.
CANADIAN ON PAPER SOCIETY FOR IMMIGRANT PHYSICIANS EQUALITY
The student volunteers will support COPSIPE by researching into the relevant case law surrounding human rights and the standard of evidence required to prove the discriminatory grounds plead in the ongoing litigation – place of origin/place of education, race, colour, and age. The students will work with COPSIPE to produce a memo outlining their research.
** Note: this project is for two upper year students.
FEDERATION OF ASIAN LAWYERS BC – EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
Student volunteers will research and review materials and data on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession. Students will create a written report that includes a draft of guidelines that FACLBC can provide to legal employers to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion in hiring, retention, and workplace environments.
JOHN HOWARD SOCIETY OF THE THOMPSON REGION –RECORD SUSPENSION ROADMAP
Student volunteers will develop a plain-language resource "roadmap" into obtaining a criminal record suspension, including relevant links and forms.
KAMLOOPS & DISTRICT ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY – RESIDENTIAL TENANCY ACT AND THE RCMP
Student volunteers will research and draft plain language resources on clients’ rights and obligations if police attend their residence when their landlord is attempting to evict them. This is to be designed as a detailed plain language resource for clients to understand their rights under the Residential Tenancy Act.
LAW AND MENTAL DISORDER ASSOCIATION – WEBSITE AND RESEARCH PROJECT
Student volunteers will assist in creating an accessible website for LAMDA to publicize mental health law cases and resources organized in each jurisdiction for legal professionals. Students will also aid in researching mental health law by creating a library of materials which will ultimately be used to assist with advocacy and legal information from various perspectives on behalf of people with mental health issues.
LEGAL AID BC – LIVE HELP SUPPORT
Student volunteers will provide remote online support and legal information to users of LiveHelp, an instant messaging service available through the Family Law in BC website. In addition, students will also provide research support to ensure the information used by LiveHelp is current and up to date.
MS SOCIETY – VOLUNTEER LEGAL ADVOCACY PROGRAM
Student volunteers will conduct telephone or video interviews with people living with multiple sclerosis for their Canada Pension Plan – Disability application. They will assist the person in articulating their symptoms and functional limitations, documenting the information in the person’s voice. The students will draft a typed addendum/attachment for the person’s disability application.
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE ASSOCIATION OF BC – RESEARCH SUPPORT
This project will focus on legal research and resource development for Restorative Justice organizations in British Columbia. Student volunteers will address research topics that restorative justice organizations from across BC submit, with the goal of hosting the deliverables created on the RJABC website. TRU student volunteers will conduct a literature review that addresses the capacity of community-based restorative justice organizations to address power-based crime in British Columbia. They will first identify the relevant literature that relates to this topic, then identify common themes and potential gaps in the research. The final product will support restorative justice organizations in their decision to take on cases involving power-based violence and in developing best practices to approach these contexts.
*Joint project with UBC and UVic
SOUTH ASIAN LEGAL CLINIC OF BC – LEGAL INFORMATION WEBINAR
Students will conduct legal research in the specified legal areas by SALCBC, create a legal information workshop and then co-deliver the workshop. Students will also create a 1-2 page handout to be provided at the workshop (if provincial health guidelines allow for in person or else it will be held virtually).
KAMLOOPS PRIDE – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, A TOOLKIT FOR 2SLGBTQIA+ FOLKS
Student volunteers will build on last year’s electronic FAQ document with the aim of helping the 2SLGBTQIA+ community understand their parenting rights, housing and access rights, education in school rights, employment standard rights and protections, and immigration and refugee rights. Students will research legislation, case law, and public policy to gather the relevant information for the plain language electronic FAQ brochure started last year.