A highlight of the 5th National Pro Bono Conference is the presentation of the 2014 Canadian Pro Bono Awards. This ceremony will take place at the Conference Banquet on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan.

The 2014 Canadian Pro Bono Awards honors individuals, groups, or organizations throughout Canada for their outstanding pro bono contributions in the following three categories:

  1. A law firm committed to pro bono
  2. An individual actively involved in pro bono
  3. A pro bono program serving the community

We encourage you to review the criteria below. If you know a deserving nominee, please use this opportunity to submit a nomination and help recognize the contribution of lawyers and organizations to improving access to justice in Canada.

Canadian National Pro Bono Law Firm Award

This award recognizes a Canadian law firm that has made an outstanding contribution to the provision of pro bono legal services. The awards committee will consider law firms that have made significant strides toward the establishment of policies and programs that encourage lawyers to volunteer to represent low-income individuals. The committee is particularly interested in firms that have demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to low income recipients through a pro bono program or have contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivering volunteer legal services.

Canadian National Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes an individual Canadian lawyer who has made an outstanding contribution to the provision of pro bono legal services. Nominees may be individual lawyers who do not obtain their primary income delivering legal services to low-income clients. The awards committee will evaluate nominations on the basis of an individual's demonstrated leadership and activities related to improving access to justice in their local area, as well as their commitment to pro bono work on behalf of individual clients, communities, or charitable organizations.

Canadian National Pro Bono Program Award

This award recognizes a specific Canadian pro bono program that increases access to legal services for impoverished communities. The awards committee will consider a pro bono program that has achieved excellence in one or more of the categories:

  • Addressing a gap in existing services or the unmet legal needs of a community
  • Using innovative strategies to increase access to justice
  • Enhancing private bar participation in pro bono activities
  • Promoting collaboration between legal and community service providers

Nominations Process

To submit an application please provide a copy of:

  1. Nomination Form (Click here)
  2. Narrative explaining why the individual or group is being nominated and why they deserve to win the award. This section should be limited to five pages and provide background information about the individual/group, the pro bono activities undertaken and the impact of these activities.
  3. Letters of support

Nominations must be submitted by e-mail at: karadawn@pblsask.ca.
Nominations submitted after August 15th, 2014 will not be reviewed.

Selection Process

All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee, which is constituted by representatives of Pro Bono Québec, Access Pro Bono BC, Pro Bono Law Alberta, Pro Bono Law Ontario, and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan.