Volunteer efforts make the BCCLA’s work possible, and here are five ways you can get involved in protecting and promoting civil liberties in Canada. We ask that all potential volunteers become members of the BCCLA, and you can sign up as a member here.
Options one through four are longer term commitments with regular schedules.
1. Communications and Development Volunteers – CLOSED
The application period for the 2016 Winter Communications & Development Volunteers Communications & Development are now closed. Volunteers support a variety of initiatives including event planning, fundraising, social media, website maintenance, community outreach, research and more! Four volunteers are selected for a four-month term to volunteer in the BCCLA office one day a week (or the equivalent hours split between more than one day). These great folks do everything from blogging to organizing events.
READ MORE: Communications & Development Volunteers
TAKE A PEEK: Check out our current Fall 2015 volunteers’ biographies!
2. Casework Volunteers – CLOSED
This volunteer would work closely with BCCLA Caseworker Alyssa Stryker, in corresponding with members of the public on civil liberties violations. We are not accepting casework volunteers in 2014 or 2015.
3. Legal Internships
We offer internships for law students. Interns work in all of our program areas and engage in public policy advocacy by assisting us in litigation, public education, research and media. This year, we will be hosting student fellows to work full-time (40 hours a week) on cutting-edge legal issues, including advocating for greater police accountability, protecting privacy rights, and national security issues.
Summer 2016 Internships
We will accept applications for Summer 2016 starting October 1, 2015. The deadline for applications is November 13, 2015. However, we will accept and evaluate applications on a rolling basis. Students with a strong interest in joining us are encouraged to apply early. For further details and instructions on applying, please follow the link below. Contact BCCLA Counsel Laura Track at [email protected] for more information.
READ MORE: Legal Internships
TAKE A PEEK: For a glimpse at some of the work that legal interns engage in, check out Lauren and Jay’s co-written blog post on the Abbotsford homelessness case.
We do not have positions for articled students at this time.
4. Pro Bono Legal Services
Across Canada, lawyers provide pro bono services, representing the Association in various courts. Without these services, a great deal of what has been accomplished by the BCCLA would never have happened. If you are interested in providing pro bono services, please fill out this form.
5. Explore Other Volunteer Roles!
Interested in volunteering but none of the structured opportunities above make sense for you? Don’t worry! We love volunteers of all kinds! Join our roster of outreach volunteers and you will be invited to sign up for upcoming event opportunities throughout the year, or invited to help us out when opportunities come up that align with your skills.
Tell us about yourself! We’ll be in touch with upcoming opportunities.