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B.C.’s Access Pro Bono holding free outdoor legal clinics

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 12:12 PM | By John Chunn

Starting on Sept. 4, 2019, Access Pro Bono will begin its 12th annual series of free outdoor legal advice clinics for low-income British Columbians.

According to a press release from the provincial court of B.C., under the banner of Pro Bono Going Public, 130 volunteer lawyers will provide free legal advice in public squares in Vancouver, Surrey and Kelowna while calling attention to B.C.’s access to justice crisis. They will also hold a province-wide telephone clinic on Sept. 17.

In the past year, several hundred B.C. lawyers have provided free legal services to thousands of low- and modest-income British Columbians through Access Pro Bono programs ranging from summary advice to full representation in many areas of law including civil, family, employment, immigration and tenancy.

Main sponsors of the September event include Harper Grey LLP, the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Hunter Litigation Chambers and Lawson Lundell LLP.

These outdoor clinics not only offer people a chance to get free legal advice from a local lawyer – they also provide an opportunity for media to talk to lawyers and their clients about the challenges of having unmet legal needs. While he recognizes the efforts of those currently trying to meet these needs through pro bono services and B.C.’s legal aid system, Access Pro Bono’s founding executive director Jamie Maclaren emphasizes that “available free legal services do not meet the demand from low-income people who know and enquire about them, especially in the area of family law.”

More information on the legal clinics here.