Much of Innocence Canada’s core work is carried out by a team of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers who are either currently assisting us or who have assisted us in the past are:
- Lawyers (primarily criminal lawyers)
- Legal professionals (e.g., paralegals)
- Law students
- Graduate students
- Undergraduate students
If you are a law student who would like to get involved with Innocence Canada, you can read more about our student programs here.
Please note we are not actively recruiting case reviewers at this time.
If you are a lawyer in Canada and are interested in assisting Innocence Canada with the review of client cases, please send a detailed letter outlining your relevant experience, any reported cases and publications which you worked on, as well as two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep your application on file should an opportunity arise.
We are not recruiting volunteers at this time. Please continue to check back for future opportunities or complete our volunteer application form. We will keep your information on file should an opportunity arise.
We encourage everyone to continue their interest in innocence work and the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted.
If you are interested in supporting Innocence Canada, you can do so in a number of ways:
- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn;
- Participate in Wrongful Conviction Day;
- Sign up for our newsletter;
- Become a member;
- Become a monthly donor.
All support is gratefully accepted.
As a Summer Student at Innocence Canada, you’ll live and breathe wrongful conviction. Murder files, client interviews, trial transcripts, disclosure review, legal research, case analysis – you name it; it’s all in a day’s work for the Innocence Canada summer team. During my summer with Innocence Canada, I worked on multiple murder files and researched a variety of important legal issues that arose in the course of my casework, all under the careful supervision of a talented and close-knit team of lawyers and wrongful conviction professionals. In my 12 weeks as a Summer Student, I learned as much about criminal law as I had in two years of law school. But even beyond the knowledge and experience it afforded me, most gratifying of my summer experience was the sense of reward that I derived from my casework. As a Summer Student with Innocence Canada, your efforts play a direct role in rectifying real injustice, and there’s never a dull moment when you’re “fighting the good fight”!
– Loren Klein (Law Student, Osgoode Hall, York University)
The fallibility of our justice system is central to work as a criminal appeal lawyer, and I’ve volunteered for AIDWYC [now Innocence Canada] for many years. My experiences reviewing cases and working with the wrongly convicted through AIDWYC have been incredibly rewarding. AIDWYC’s lawyers and staff are inspiring examples and they’re always welcoming and helpful to new volunteers. I’d encourage any lawyer or law student to get involved in AIDWYC’s vital work.
– Michael Dineen (Innocence Canada Case Reviewer and member of the Case Review Committee)