Access Pro Bono Seeks Volunteers for September Advice-a-thon

July 21, 2010

Access Pro Bono and  issued a call for volunteers for the 2010 free legal advice-a-thon scheduled for three different days this September in three B.C. cities: September 2 (Victoria), September 8 (Kelowna) and September 10 (Vancouver). Access Pro Bono describes the event this way:

This September, lawyers will once again provide free legal advice in the streets of Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria in order to raise awareness and funds for BC’s pro bono programs. The free legal advice-a-thon will facilitate access to justice for low- and modest-income people, including the homeless, by engaging lawyers in advising pre-scheduled and drop-in clients on all legal issues.

The open-air legal advice clinics will be held over three days— one day in each city— and will rely on the volunteer efforts of over 75 lawyers. Participating lawyers will be encouraged to obtain pledges from family, friends and co-workers in direct support of pro bono programs operated by Access Pro Bono (formed by the merger of the Western Canada Society to Access Justice and Pro Bono Law of BC) and the Salvation Army.

Last year, we raised nearly $25,000 for pro bono programming in BC. This year, our goal is to raise $30,000, and we need your support to help us reach our target!

More information about the event, about registering as a lawyer, sponsoring a lawyer, getting advice at one of the open-air clinics, and about the event sponsors is available from the advice-a-thon site.

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