About us

About us

Justice Pro Bono’s mission is to improve access to justice by mobilizing the legal community to share their expertise and time with individuals, communities and non-profit organizations in Québec who lack the resources to access legal services.

Our vision

To remain the key organization in the field of volunteer legal work by implementing concrete projects that meet the needs of people in vulnerable situations.

Our history

Created in 2008 at the initiative of the Québec Bar, Justice Pro Bono has become a key player in improving access to justice in Québec. Over the past 15 years, Justice Pro Bono has set up innovative and multidisciplinary projects across Québec to meet the legal needs of the public.

Today, a network of more than 5,000 volunteer legal professionals enables the organization to achieve its mission by offering legal services through the following flagship programs:

  • Medical-legal partnerships;
  • Volunteer legal clinics in Nunavik;
  • Family law;
  • Porte 33, psychosocial legal clinics in family law;
  • Free weekly legal clinics in partnership with Médecins du Monde;
  • Creation and development of the Legal Compass, an online directory of free or low-cost legal resources available in Québec;
  • Training provided to social organizations;
  • Support programs for migrants lacking secure status;
  • Ad hoc legal clinics for members of vulnerable communities;
  • Matching of citizens’ files with volunteer lawyers.

Justice Pro Bono is supported in its mission by the Chambre des notaires du Québec, the Québec Bar, the Bar of Montréal, SOQUIJ, Justice Canada, Justice Québec and many other dedicated partners.

    Our team

    Me Anne-Marie Santorineos

    Executive Director

    Me Aude Exertier

    Project Manager, Medical-Legal Partnerships / Médecins du Monde

    Me Lauriane Palardy

    Project Manager, General Assistance Program and Refugee Claims

    Karina Gomez

    Legal Technician, Temporary Foreign Workers

    Me Chloé Beaudet-Centomo

    Assistant Executive Director

    Me Pascale Rémillard

    Project Manager, Family Law – Porte 33

    Me Caroline Dufour

    Project Manager, Temporary Foreign Workers

    Chloé Galipeau

    Project Manager – Communications

    Our Board of Directors

    Me Bernard Larocque

    Chair
    Lawyer Partner, Lavery

    Me Benoît Lacoste-Bienvenue

    Vice-Chair
    Québec Managing Partner, KPMG

    Me Catherine Bélanger-Pâquet

    Secretary
    Associate, McCarthy Tétrault

    Me Fernando Belton

    Officer
    Lawyer and General Manager, Clinique juridique de Saint-Michel

    Mme Mylène Forget

    member of the public, Officer
    President, Agence Massy Forget Langlois

    Me Marie-Julie Caron-Gratton

    Officer
    Notary

    Me Dina Raphaël

    Officer
    Lawyer, Associate General Counsel, BMO Financial Group

    Me Eleonore Derome

    Officer
    Directrice, Legal Affairs – Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities and Corporate, Saputo

    The Hon. Stéphane Davignon

    Observer Member
    Justice, Court of Québec

    The Hon. Marie-Josée Hogue

    Observer Member
    Justice, Québec Court of Appeal

    Me Gilles B. Legault

    Vice-Chair
    Senior Counsel, Global Legal Affairs, CN

    Me Richard Letendre

    Treasurer
    Lawyer Partner, Dufour Mottet Avocats

    Me Alexander L. De Zordo, Ad. E

    Officer
    Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

    Me Julie Mousseau

    Officer
    Regional Manager and Counsel, Justice Canada, and former Bâtonnière of the Bar of Montréal (2022–2023)

    Me Caroline Bélair

    Officer
    Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright

    Me Vincent Cérat Lagana

    Officer
    Lawyer, Fasken

    Me Nadine Koussa

    Officer
    Lawyer, Vice-Chair of the Commission des services juridiques

    Me Gabrielle Robert

    Officer
    Lawyer, Attorney General of Québec

    The Hon. Marie-Claude Armstrong

    Observer Member
    Justice, Superior Court of Québec

    Justice Pro Bono is supported in its mission by the Chambre des notaires du Québec, the Québec Bar, the Bar of Montréal, SOQUIJ, Justice Canada, Justice Québec and many other dedicated partners.

    Our financial supporters

    Nos réseaux d’appartenance

    Annual report 2022-2023 (in French)

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