The Public Interest Articling Fellowship (PIAF) allows nonprofit organizations to receive funding to host an articling student.
Currently, the Foundation provides an annual grant of $69.5K each for up to nine host organizations. The funding allows a host organization to hire a student for a 10-month articling period through the articling application process governed by the Law Society of Ontario. The PIAF covers the articling student’s salary and benefits and includes reimbursement of the lawyer licensing process fees. An amount is also available to the host organization for out-of-pocket expenses that are required to host an articling student, such as purchasing a computer, purchasing an online legal research account, continuing legal education courses, and pre-approved work-related travel for the fellow.
Calls for applications are made in three-year cycles. Successful grantees receive a one-year grant. Based on an annual assessment and approval process, successful grantees can be renewed for a second year and a third year.
Public Interest Articling Fellowship participants
Meet the 2020-2021 Public Interest Articling Fellowship participants: Stacia Loft, Andrea Ajurias, Zayneb Ragheai, Julia Sande, Laura Simon, Murray Fallis, Alexandria Hamilton, Yuka Sai
Meet the 2019-2020 Public Interest Articling Fellowship participants: André Capretti; Jaya Élise Bordeleau-Cass; Ashley Reya Dhandhari; Vanessa Poirier; J.Y. (Jianyang) Hoh; Rebecca Dillon; Michelle Soucy; Aubrey Abaya