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Heinen honoured for work with pro bono program for inmates

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 11:55 AM | By John Chunn


On June 11, 2019, Marie Henein retired as the chair of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program (PIAP) after 20 years of service. The PIAP provides free, unpaid, experienced, duty counsel services to unrepresented and incarcerated appellants who have been denied legal aid funding on their criminal appeals to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
 
According to PIAP’s press release, Heinen founded the program in 1999 along with Justice Marc Rosenberg and Justice Allison Wheeler and remained its driving force since its inception. The program has frequently been lauded by the judiciary for its invaluable contribution to the administration of justice in Ontario by providing 36 days of pro bono assistance in both Toronto, Kingston and via video conference to otherwise unrepresented appellants.
 
In recognition of her contributions, PIAP honoured Heinen by creating the Marie Henein Prize in Access to Justice, which will be given to an outstanding student in the Community Legal Aid and Services Program (CLASP), the student-run legal aid clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School. Heinen was a student at CLASP where she started her career representing the criminally accused.
 
PIAP announced that Ian Smith is the new chair of the program.

Henein Hutchison LLP will continue its long-standing support of the program through ongoing pro bono services provided by partners Matt Gourlay, Christine Mainville and Danielle Robitaille.
 
You can read more about the ongoing work of the PIAP here.