Pro Bono Student Canada project

We are working with the Saskatchewan chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) to offer law students a chance to develop their legal skills, love for environmental law, and an appreciation for pro bono work.

For more information on PBSC Usask, click here.

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2018-2019 year

For our first-ever PBSC project, the students will follow developments in Canadian environmental law particularly as they pertain to Saskatchewan. This will include looking into recent cases, new legislation, and any social developments. Students will then work together with the organization supervisor to create content for the SKAEL website. 

Read about our PBSC students below:

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Maruska Giacchetto

1st Year Law Student at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

Can you tell us about yourself?

I am originally from Montreal and my mother-tongue is French. I also lived in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Australia, Switzerland, Kelowna, Vancouver, Canmore and now Saskatoon.

I graduated in May 2015 with a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia with a double major in Environmental Sciences and Economics. The environment has always been my passion and I believe that preservation of our natural resources is the foremost challenge facing our generation.

Throughout my B.Sc. and since graduating, I have worked in several areas including conservation, ecotourism, and research. These experiences have been invaluable in giving me an understanding of scientific work, the economic value of natural habitats, and the deficiencies that exist in environmental law and policy. I had the astonishing opportunity to work as a Conservation Coordinator in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal, surveying and studying wildlife and flora. I also worked as a summer-intern with the Stewardship Center for British Columbia, which focuses on teaching people about environmental regulations in BC and best local practices.

As an avid long-distance runner, I love the mountains and the outdoors.

Why did you join the SKAEL PBSC project?

My true passion lies in policy and the type of work that will have more widespread effects. This is the reason I chose SKAEL as my first option with Pro-Bono Student.  I am hoping that I can be useful to SKAEL and that it can be a great teaching tool in regards of environmental policy and laws for myself and for others. I sincerely believe that SKAEL will help me and others develop the knowledge and skills to advocate for the environment within the legal system.  

Who is your environmental role model?

My environmental role model is Charles David Keeling who was involved in establishing the global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) record (the Keeling Curve). 

What are some environmental actions we should be doing more often?

I believe that the plastic grocery bags should be banned, once and for all (shamefully, I catch myself asking for one more often than I wish I should) and that people should have a plant-based diet more often than a meat-based diet.

Logan Salm

Logan Salm

2nd Year Law Student at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

Can you tell us about yourself?

My name is Logan Salm and I am a second year law student at the University of Saskatchewan.  Before starting law school I completed a degree in English literature from the University of Regina.  

I also formerly worked for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. 

Why did you join the SKAEL PBSC project?

I became involved with SKAEL because I believe that the law is the strongest way to enact policy change to protect Saskatchewan air and water.  Growing up in Saskatchewan I loved walking through the prairies and visiting the forests of the North. I believe that smart policy can protect these precious ecosystems while also meeting the needs of humans.
 
For me SKAEL means collaboration.  It means bringing together a diverse group of people to create the best possible policy solutions for environmental issues. I think SKAEL can be a positive force for creating complex and nuanced policy that can meet the needs of everyone in Saskatchewan.  That means lawyers collaborating but it also means members of the scientific community, politicians and members of the public all working together to reach a common goal—a better Saskatchewan.

Who is your environmental role model?

Someone who I really admire in the environmental policy world is Harvey Locke.  The work he has done with both the Yellowstone to Yukon(Y2Y) initiative and his new Nature Needs Half initiative.  As a former lawyer, Harvey Locke has been able to bring people together to work towards large habitat conservation goals.  The Y2Y initiative was a multiyear, multi stakeholder initiative to connect nature corridors from the deep north of the Canadian Yukon to Yellowstone National park in the United States.  This was a massive project that required working with multiple jurisdictions of government, dozens of charities and thousands of interested parties. While still an ongoing project the Y2Y initiative started in 1993 and has been a great success with thousands of acres of protected land being connected to create habitat for Canada’s iconic animals.  It is the spirit of collaboration that Harvey brings to all his projects that I admire. I hope that SKAEL can have the same values of teamwork and collaboration in future projects.

What are some environmental actions we should be doing more often?

Outside of SKAEL I like to have one small monthly goal that contributes to cutting down my environmental footprint.  It is often as simple as making sure I am turning off the lights, or trying to reduce the amount I drive. It is great to have one small goal each month because after a month of concentrating on one task it starts to become habit and gets continued on after the month has completed.  I am far from perfect but my making small changes each month I feel like I am getting better at cutting down my environmental impact.