Pro Bono Students Canada Medico-Legal Services Toronto (MLST) Advocacy Project

* Please note that this project is on hiatus for the 2017-2018 academic year *

The MLST Advocacy Project provides unrepresented complainants with assistance before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. This appellate-level tribunal deals with appeals of complaints dismissed by the Complaints Committees of various regulated health professions in Ontario, which include (among others) doctors, dentists, and nurses. This project provides an important access to justice service, as most of the complainants are self-represented and facing experienced counsel. Student representation before the Board has received an overwhelmingly positive response by Board members, and has decreased the average length of hearings by providing focused, efficient advocacy on behalf of complainants.

How Does the MLST Advocacy Project work?

Students on this project are well trained and supported throughout the project. In the fall semester, students will attend several training sessions including advocacy training and a "how-to-read-medical-records" training. Students work in teams to meet with their client, prepare short written arguments for the Board, and appear before the Board at the hearing. They receive guidance from both a legal mentor and a physician mentor. The hearing is generally scheduled early in the winter semester.

How Do I Get Involved in the MLST Advocacy Project?

Please note that this project is on hiatus for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Contact Information

MLST Advocacy Project Coordinator: N/A 2017-2018 academic year

For general inquiries about the PBSC University of Toronto Chapter, please contact the Program Coordinators:

Luca Marescotti and Catherine Hart
Student Program Coordinators
Phone: 416-946-0397
Fax: 416-946-3744