Greetings from the Law Foundation
of Prince Edward Island

The Law Foundation of PEI works to promote the advancement of legal knowledge and access to justice for all Prince Edward Islanders. We do this by funding projects and encouraging partnerships that advance the Foundation’s mandate.

Our work is made possible through a fund that we maintain that comes from the interest which banks, credit unions, trust companies, and treasury branches must pay on clients' funds held in lawyers' pooled trust accounts. For more information on how this works, please visit our FAQ page.

How and Why We Exist

The Law Foundation of PEI was established in 1973 under the Legal Profession Act. A voluntary Board of Governors carries out the Foundation’s mandate as outlined in the Act:

Mandate
The Foundation has the power to establish and maintain a fund and use the proceeds thereof for the purposes of:

  • Legal education, legal research or law reform;
  • The promotion of legal aid; and
  • Aiding in the establishing, operating and maintaining of law libraries in Prince Edward Island.

We are proud to serve our Island community!

Our Mission

Promote the advancement of legal knowledge & access to justice for all Prince Edward Islanders through funding & partnerships.

2016 Thane Campbell Lecture - Marie Henein

Marie Henein will give a lecture titled “An Inconvenient Profession” at the 2016 Chief Justice Thane A. Campbell Lectureship in Law on Wednesday, October 12, at 1:30 p.m., in Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts. 



Henein will focus on the role of the legal profession in society, including both the personal demands of the profession as well as the commitment required to the legal system and the rule of law in firmly protecting the role of independent counsel.

Call for Funding Applications: Projects for 2017

The Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island is now accepting funding applications for projects set to begin in 2017.

Paul Kiley, Chair of the Foundation, encourages interested organizations to visit the Law Foundation’s website to better understand the types of initiatives that might be funded. He adds, “We are always interested in new ideas and projects that fit within our mandate, and look forward to receiving submissions on a variety of topics.”  

 The deadline for all submissions is September 12th, 2016.

 In 2016, the Foundation provided funding for education and research related to child custody issues, family violence prevention, foreign migrant workers, and parenting coordination. Core funding is provided to support community legal education programs, law scholarships, bar admissions education and law library services.

 The mandate of the Foundation is to promote the advancement of legal knowledge and access to justice for all Prince Edward Islanders by providing funding support and encouraging partnerships.

 For further details on projects that are eligible and to obtain an application package, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.lawfoundationpei.ca or contact the Executive Director, Sheila Lund MacDonald at slm@lawfoundationpei.ca.

2016 Legal Administration Scholarships Awarded

Pictured in Photo:  John Maynard (Key Murray Law) awarded Virginia Harris one of two available Law Foundation Legal Administration Program Scholarships at the Holland College graduation ceremony held on July 28th.

Missing from the photo is Harminder Kaur, the second scholarship recipient.

2015 Annual Report Now Available

You can read our 2015 Annual report here.

Law Foundation Announces 2016 Funding


The Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island recently announced its 2016 grant recipients. The Foundation offers funding support to projects that advance legal knowledge and promote access to justice for all Islanders.

“We are very pleased at the level of interest this year and with the diversity of the submissions we received,” said Foundation Chair, Paul Kiley. He added that, “This year’s grants support continuing and new projects related to child custody, foreign migrant workers and people with dementia.”

Recipients include Family Violence Prevention Services, Alzheimer Society of PEI, the Cooper Institute and the Community Legal Information Association. The Foundation also approved funding for the second phase of a Parent Coordination Service being developed through the Family Law Section of the PEI Department of Justice.



Pictured - Chair Paul Kiley (centre) speaks with 2016 Law Foundation grant recipients. (Left to right:  Philip Matusiewicz, Family Violence Prevention Services; Josie Baker, Cooper Institute;  Paul Kiley, Foundation Chair (Stewart McKelvey); Hannah Buckie, Alzheimer Society of PEI; David Daughton, Community Legal Information Association)

Call for Applications - Access to Justice Fund: Important Links

The Law Foundation of Ontario is inviting applications from non-profit organizations across Canada to the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) for projects addressing legal needs of or relating to:  

-Children and youth
-Consumers
-Public legal education, intake and referral
-Racialized groups
-Refugees

Collaborations among organizations with different areas of expertise and from different areas of the country are encouraged.

Information about the 2016 ATJF Call: http://www.lawfoundation.on.ca/what-we-do/access-to-justice-fund-cy-pres/2016-atjf-call-for-applications-2/

Link to a summary document:  http://www.lawfoundation.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016-ATJF-Call_SummaryPage_Dec2015.pdf


Useful Search Site on Public Legal Education Information

The Public Legal Education (PLE) Learning Exchange  supports organizations across Ontario in developing and delivering effective public legal education and information (PLE) for their communities. With help from Ryerson Law Research Centre, Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) has put together an annotated bibliography of research on public legal education and information (provincial, national and international in scope). This is a work in progress and they continue to add research reports on an ongoing basis. You may link to the database here.



UNB Centennial Scholarship Award Winners Named

Iain McCarvill (right) received the PEI Law Foundation Centennial Entrance Scholarship at the University of New Brunswick's October 15th Academic Awards Night ceremony.  Professor Olasisi Akinkugbe (left) presented this award to Mr. McCarvill.

The 2015 UNB Upper Year Centennial Scholarship recipient is Amanda Blakeney.

Photo Credit Joy Cummings, UNB



FOUNDATION WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER

Paul Kiley, Chair of the Law Foundation of PEI, is pleased to announce that Barbara E. Smith, Q.C. has been appointed to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Governors.   

Ms. Smith joined the Charlottetown Office of Stewart McKelvey (then Scales Jenkins McQuaid) as a clerk in March of 1990 and returned to the firm after graduating from Dalhousie Law School in June of 1991 to complete her articles.   She was called to the PEI Bar in April of 1992, became a partner with the firm in 1997 and received her Queens Counsel designation in January of 2008.  

Barb is an active volunteer in her community.  Some of her previous involvements include serving as a board member and chair of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Inc., and as a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division where, as a result of this involvement, she was the recipient of the Queens Jubilee Award in 2002.

2015 Thane Campbell Lecture

This year's Thane Campbell Lecture will be held Oct 2 (Friday) at 1:30 (reception to follow) at The Guild at 115 Richmond Street (across from Confederation Center).  The speaker is Adam Dodek, University of Ottawa.

The title of his lecture is: “The Senator, the Chief Justice and the Federal Court Judge: Will the Island ever have another judge on the Supreme Court of Canada?”

This lecture will discuss the politics of appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada and the interaction between regionalism and other factors. How does the Duffy scandal and the failed appointment of Justice Marc Nadon impact appointments to the Supreme Court? Will these help or hinder the Island’s chances of ever having another judge appointed to the Supreme Court?

Professor Adam Dodek, LSM,  teaches Public Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Canada at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. He grew up in Vancouver and earned degrees from McGill, Harvard Law School and the University of Toronto. He clerked for the Supreme Courts of Canada and Israel, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals. He has written about the Supreme Court of Canada, the Senate, the Governor General, judicial independence, judicial ethics, legal ethics and the regulation of the legal profession for academic publications and for the popular press. He is the author of The Canadian Constitution (Dundurn) and Solicitor-Client Privilege (Lexis Nexis). In 2014, Canadian Lawyer named Dodek as one of the Top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada and in 2015, the Law Society of Upper Canada awarded him its highest honour, the Law Society Medal.

Call for Applications: Funding to Advance the Protection of Investor Rights in Canada

The Law Foundation of Ontario has a new funding opportunity through its national Access to Justice Fund (ATJF). They are now accepting applications from across Canada in the area of investor rights.

 Many ordinary Canadians invest in the market to provide needed income, but they may lack financial literacy or expertise and require information and protection when navigating the often complex investment landscape. Without adequate information and protection, the rights of retail investors, especially the most vulnerable, may be compromised.

Call for Applications: Funding to Advance the Protection of Investor Rights in Canada


  • For innovative projects that advance the protection of the investor rights of Canadians, in particular their legal rights
  • For non-profit organizations from across Canada
  • Letter of Intent deadline: November 30, 2015
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit ATJF Investor Rights Call for Applications.

INVITATIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS - 2016 PROJECTS

The Law Foundation of PEI invites your organization's funding application for projects set to begin in 2016.  Applications can be up to $15,000 in value.  For more information click here.

2015 Holland College Legal Administration Scholarships Awarded



Sheila Lund MacDonald (left), Executive Director of the Law Foundation of PEI,  recently awarded Alanna Gallant (centre) and  Santana Muttart (right) the Law Foundation's Legal Administration Program Scholarships as part of the Holland College graduation ceremony held on July 24th. 

2014 Annual Report Now Available

You can read our 2014 Annual report here

Project Deadlines Announced

Law Foundation Funding Deadline Released

The Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island has recently released its funding application deadlines for 2015. The final date for all project applications is September 11th for projects that are to begin in 2016. Paul Kiley, Chair of the Law Foundation noted that, “As always we like to see a variety of projects, particularly those that are geared to the legal needs of seniors, newcomers, and low and modest income Islanders.”

The Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island contributes to projects that promote the advancement of legal knowledge and access to justice for all Prince Edward Islanders by providing funding support and encouraging partnerships.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR'S INTAKE OF PROPOSALS DOES NOT INCLUDE A LETTER OF INTENT PHASE.  ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A FULL PROPOSAL BY THE SEPTEMBER 11TH DEADLINE.

For further details on projects that are eligible and to obtain an application package, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.lawfoundationpei.ca or contact the Executive Director, Sheila Lund MacDonald at slm@lawfoundationpei.ca.

UNB 2014/15 Centennial Scholarship Recipients

 

The University of New Brunswick awarded the entrance scholarship to Joshua Adams from Kensington, PE, and the upper year scholarship to Alexandra Dalton, a third-year student from O’Leary, PE.  The Law Foundation of PEI provides financial support for these scholarships.

Pictured:  Clea Ward, Director of Career Services (left), presents the scholarship to Josh Adams

2014/15 Dalhousie Scholarship Awarded



Congratulations to Lindsay Silliker of Charlottetown who is the 2014/15 Centennial Scholarship recipient from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University .

Project Supported by Foundation Featured on National Site

The Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies has a feature article related to a project supported by the Law Foundaton. To read the article, click  here.

2015 Funding Recipients Announced

Signing funding agreements from left to right: Law Foundation Chair, Paul Kiley (Stewart McKelvey), David Daughton, Executive Director of CLIA; and Brenda Picard, Executive Director of the PEI Human Rights Commission)

The Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island recently announced its annual grant recipients for 2015. The Foundation supports projects that advance legal knowledge and promote access to justice for all Islanders.

“We are very happy to provide grants for activities that benefit Islanders from many walks of life,” said Foundation Chair, Paul Kiley. He noted that in its funding decisions, the Foundation particularly considers collaborative and innovative approaches for providing legal aid and legal education to the public.

The Foundation recently approved funding for continuing and new projects, including:

  • The PEI Human Rights Commission – For the continuation of its program to integrate human rights education into the K-12 system across PEI.
  • Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) – An annual operational funding grant and funding to support students involved in the project: “Answering the Call for Legal Information – The Next Generation”.
  • PEI Family Law Services – In support of a Parent Coordination Program Pilot Project.
In addition to these grants, the Foundation continues to provide over $300,000 in annual grant support to PEI’s provincial law libraries, legal education services, family legal aid, the PEI bar admissions program, and legal education scholarships.



Where do the funds go? Click on the link for an overview.





Funding 2009-2013


Where do the funds go?

2015 Grant Agreement Signed for Parent Coordination Pilot Project

Grant Agreements were recently signed for 2015 projects, including a Parent Coordination Program Pilot Project under the direction of the PEI Family Law Section.

Pictured from left to right are: Loretta Coady MacAulay, Q.C., Manager, Family Law Section, Department of Environment, Labour and Justice; Barrie Grandy, Q.C., Director,  Legal and Court Services, Department of Environment, Labour and Justice; and Paul Kiley, Chair of the Law Foundation.

What is IOLTA?

What are Canadian Law Foundations' primary funding source?  See this link for an overview of interest earned on lawyers' trust accounts.

IOLTA HISTORY VIDEO

(Runs 3 min 26 secs)

Presented by the ABA Commission on IOLTA and The National Association of IOLTA Programs, with generous support from The Florida Bar Foundation, The Law Foundation of British Columbia, and The Alberta Law Foundation.

Eastern College Recognizes 2014 Legal Administration Grads

Sheila Lund MacDonald, Executive Director of the Law Foundation of PEI, presented the Eastern College Legal Administration Program awards for excellence at a cermony held on November 14th.  Congratulations to the deserving recipients, Hannah Bell and  Nadine MacDonald.


Left Hannah Bell, Sheila Lund MacDonald, and Nadine MacDonald on right.

2014 Thane Campbell Lectureship Looks at Equality and Conscience






The 2014 Thane Campbell lecture was delivered by Mary Anne Waldron, Q.C., Professor of Law at the University of Victoria and Associate Vice-President Faculty Relations and Academic Administration.  She discussed her book Free to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada.   The lecture explored the topic of  equality and conscience and was delivered in front of an audience representing education, legal, and community organizations.

2013 Annual Report Now Available

You can read our 2013 Annual report here

2014 Legal Administration Scholarships Awarded at Holland College

Law Foundation Board member, John Maynard (Key Murray Law),  presented the Holland College Legal Administration Program scholarships at an awards cermony held on July 25th.  Congratulations to the 2014 winners, Paige MacPherson (left) and Andrea Matters (right).

Law Foundation Funding Deadlines Announced

Law Foundation Funding Deadlines Announced

The Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island has recently announced its funding application deadlines for projects commencing in 2015. “The final date for small project applications is September 8th, and the deadline for larger projects is November 3rd.” says Paul Kiley, Chair of the Foundation. “We are encouraging a variety of ideas including those that are geared to addressing the legal needs of seniors, newcomers, and low and modest income Islanders.”

The Law Foundation of PEI works to promote the advancement of legal knowledge and access to justice on PEI. Since 2007, the Foundation has designated over $2.2 million dollars to fund projects and services that fall within its mandate.

For further details on eligibility and to obtain an application package, please visit the Foundation’s website at here or contact the Executive Director, Sheila Lund MacDonald at slm@lawfoundationpei.ca

Pictured Left:  Paul Kiley (Stewart McKelvey), Chair of the Law Foundation of PEI

Law Foundation Announces 2014 Grant Recipients

The Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island recently announced its annual grant recipients for 2014. The Foundation supports projects that advance legal knowledge and promote access to justice for all Islanders.

“We’re very pleased at the level of interest this year and the diversity of submissions.” said Foundation Chair, Paul Kiley. He noted that the nature of the proposals ranged from conducting legal workshops, to the development of legal educational materials specific to PEI.

Recipients for 2014 include the PEI Association for Community Living, Family Violence Prevention Services, and the PEI Human Rights Commission. The Foundation also approved an increase to the annual funding it provides to the Community Legal Information Association in support of its ongoing operations.

In addition to these grants, the Foundation continues to provide annual grant support to PEI’s provincial law libraries, family legal aid, bar admissions courses and legal education scholarships.

Since 2007, the Foundation has designated over $2 million dollars to fund projects and services that fall within its mandate.

Photo:  Left to right: Lindsay Merrill, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services; Tom Hilton, PEI Human Rights Commission; Marlene Foote, PEI Association for Community Living; Paul Kiley (Stewart McKelvey), Chair of Law Foundation of PEI; Brenda Picard, PEI Human Rights Commission; and David Daughton, Community Legal Information Association. Missing from photo are Board of Governors members: Patsy MacLean (HRA), John Maynard (Key Murray Law), Gary Scales (McInnes Cooper) and Barrie Grandy (Attorney General Representative).



UNB Centennial Scholarship Awards

The University of New Brunswick’s Entrance and Upper Year Prince Edward Island Law Foundation Centennial scholarships were awarded for the 2013 academic year. The entrance scholarship was awarded to Chenchen Yu from Stratford, PE. Donald Cameron, a third year student from Bonshaw, PE received the upper year scholarship. Ms. Yu and Mr. Cameron received their awards on October 16th, 2013 at UNB’s Faculty of Law Awards Night ceremony.

Photo:  UNB Law Professor, Professor Leah Theriault, presents the LFPEI Centennial Entrance Scholarship to Chenchen Yu.


2013 THANE CAMPBELL LECTURE

The 2013 Chief Justice Thane Campbell Lectureship in Law was delivered by Lesli Bisgould, BA (York University) 1987, LLB (Osgoode - York University) 1990. Ms. Bisgould delivered a session on the changes to and development of laws relating to animals and animal welfare in Canada. The Lectureship took place on the UPEI campus on October 4th.

Ms. Bisgould has been practicing law since 1992, focusing on animal law and animal rights. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law where she teaches a course on animals and the law. She is also the author of a textbook entitled Animals and the Law (2011).

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Paul Kiley, Chair of the Law Foundation of PEI, congratulates the 2013 scholarship recipients from the Holland College Legal Administration Program. The recipients were Katie Carver (left in the photo), and Angela Jones (right).