Community & Pro Bono Work
Making a Difference Together
Our Commitment to the Community
At McCarthy Tétrault, we take great pride in giving back to the communities in which we practise. Our firm enjoys a long history of delivering pro bono legal services and participating in community programs with a goal to create opportunities that help all Canadians to succeed.
On both the national and local levels, we support a number of civic, health and social causes that contribute to community building and improvement. Our philanthropic organizations of choice include the United Way, hospitals, organizations focused on medical research, national and local charities, and arts organizations.
On a firm-wide basis, the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation provides funding for law school awards and bursaries and programs such as Pro Bono Students Canada and specific capital campaigns.
Read more about McCarthy Tétrault's Charitable Giving.
Pro Bono: A McCarthy Tétrault Tradition
McCarthy Tétrault provides pro bono services to the community in areas as diverse as civil liberties, human rights, and financial, business, labour and employment law.
“Partner without Borders” of Lawyers without Borders Canada
First international pro bono mission in partnership with Lawyers Without Borders Canada
David E. Roberge and Cindy Vaillancourt, of our Montréal office, were in Haiti to participate in an environmental law training mission in partnership with Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC), World University Service of Canada and the State University of Haiti, from February 3 to 17, 2009.
Read about their experience on the FP Legal Post blog: Haitian Adventure.
McCarthy Tétrault and LWBC entered into a three-year partnership in 2008, making McCarthy Tétrault a "Partner without Borders" of LWBC, the Canadian branch of the Lawyers without Borders world movement.
By becoming the first major Canadian law firm to be granted the status of "Partner without Borders," McCarthy Tétrault continues its long tradition of providing pro bono legal services and community outreach.
Pro Bono Students Canada’s National Law Firm Partner
McCarthy Tétrault is helping to make a real difference for law schools, students and communities in need through financial support and as the sole national law firm partner of Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). This national organization of more than 6,500 law students works with more than 500 public interest and community groups in need of legal services. This is a quadruple-win situation — for law students, law schools, the community and McCarthy Tétrault lawyers.
McCarthy Tétrault supports law students in gaining practical law experience — both at universities and at the firm's offices. The firm offers a challenging work environment for students and articling students, one that provides valuable experience in all aspects of the law. McCarthy Tétrault aims to attract the strongest students and to offer them a dynamic and exciting opportunity to explore their potential. Pro Bono Students Canada is a national organization that engages students from almost all of the law schools across Canada in pro bono legal work. The program is headquartered at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. For more information, please click here.
Unaccompanied Minors Project
We recently launched the Unaccompanied Minors Project, in partnership with Pro Bono Law Ontario and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. This program matches McCarthy Tétrault lawyers with children who arrive alone at Toronto’s international airport from foreign countries. As designated representatives, our lawyers assist these children with navigating the complicated refugee claim process. We aim to bring this well-received project to our other offices.
A group of McCarthy Tétrault lawyers is involved helping ArtScape, a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing creativity in communities. Our lawyers help in negotiations for the lease of land, land-use planning and zoning, easement agreements and sub-leases for artists and others.
Regent Park Community Redevelopment Initiative
McCarthy Tétrault is also involved in a 12-year project to transform this area of Toronto with new streets, parks and community services. This project, which is also a partnership with Pro Bono Law Ontario, has involved our lawyers on right of return agreements for residents, labour and employment matters, contracts and a small business incubator.
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