About Us

PBSC Western Chapter offers practical hands-on experience to student volunteers and quality professional legal help to organizations. Our students will have the opportunity to develop important legal skills in a supervised setting, promote the value of pro bono service and increase access to justice within the London community and across Canada.

As of May 2019, more than 300 organizations have been involved in PBSC’s Western Chapter with law students working together to complete pro bono projects for organizations in London and the surrounding community.

We are excited to welcome back our returning upper year students and incoming first years! Applications for 2020-2021 PBSC Western Chapter projects will be open in September. We look forward to your applications! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions and keep in touch with us via Facebook and Instagram.

Sarah HagartySarah Hagarty

Sarah is an incoming third-year law student at Western Law. Prior to law school, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from York University. Sarah has worked with PBSC during her first year at Western Law as a volunteer and during her second year as the school year coordinator for the 2019/2020 academic term. During her first year at Western Law, Sarah volunteered for both the Elgin-Oxford legal clinic and the CLS Community Workshop Project. During her second year, she volunteered as an executive member of the community outreach program and enjoyed participating in a number of oral advocacy competitions, including the Walsh Family Law Moot. As a returning member of the PBSC community, she is passionate about promoting access to justice in her community.

James HutchinsonJames Hutchinson

James is currently in his second year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Bachelor of Science from York University and a Master of Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. James has worked as an Occasional Teacher for the Thames Valley District School Board in London. During his first year at Western Law, James served as staff-editor for the Western Journal of Legal Studies, a volunteer for PBSC, VP Admin for the DSC and participated in numerous advocacy competitions including as a runner up in the Cherniak Cup. James’ legal interests are towards administrative, constitutional and international law. Prior to starting as PBSC Coordinator, James will spend his summer studying international law through Duke Law School.

James is excited to serve the London-Middlesex community and further develop his
legal skills.