HPARB Headnotes and Clerking Project is a great opportunity to get involved at PBSC if you are interested in health law, regulation of health professionals, and the judicial review process. The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) is an independent adjudicative agency that is an integral component of the self-regulating health profession system in Ontario. It is responsible for conducting complaint and registration reviews and hearings concerning the Complaints, Registration and Accreditation Committee decisions of 23 self-regulated health professions in Ontario.

The Headnotes project is a unique opportunity to exercise legal analysis and writing skills while getting behind-the-scenes experience with an administrative appeals tribunal. This project involves working directly with Vice-Chairs of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. Besides writing summaries of HPARB decisions, a student will not only attend Tribunal hearings to 'clerk' for the Vice-Chairs, but will also sit in with the Vice-Chairs as they deliberate after the hearing.

How does the HPARB Headnotes and Clerking Project work?

Headnotes: Volunteers gain legal writing experience as well as learning about administrative tribunal decisions when they write headnotes for the Board's leading decisions to be published by CanLii. Under the supervision of the Board's Vice-Chair, students draft 8-10 head notes per semester. They are provided with headnotes guides to assist them with the writing process.

Clerking: Volunteers have the unique opportunity to work closely with the Board members and to see the hearing and review process first hand. They review pleadings and participate in pre-review or pre-hearing discussions with board members. They attend the Board's hearing or review proceedings and are required to summarize their observations. Post-hearing and review, volunteers also get a chance to discuss what they have seen and heard with the board members, and may be asked to research related issues or draft parallel decisions.

How Do I Get Involved in the HPARB Headnotes and Clerking Project?

If you would like to get involved with the HPARB Headnotes and Clerking Project, please submit a General PBSC Student Application Form, available here, to the Program Coordinators by Friday September 15, 2017 at 5pm.

Contact Information

Greg Drozdzal
U of T Summer and School-Year Program Coordinator
Pro Bono Students Canada

Ellie Minchopoulos
U of T School-Year Program Coordinator
Pro Bono Students Canada

Email - probonostudents.utoronto@gmail.com