Monday, July 20, 2009

BC Pro Bono Advice-a-thon!

Pro Bono Law of BC is looking for lawyers to volunteers in Vancouver, Kelowna and and Victoria for Pro Bono Going Public 2009, a free outdoor legal advice-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for the provision of pro bono legal services in British Columbia.

The events are slated for September 11 (Vancouver), September 15 (Kelowna) and September 18 (Victoria), and PBLBC hopes that more than 50 volunteer lawyers will participate.

In each free legal advice-a-thon location, volunteer lawyers will work in one or two hour shifts throughout the day to advise individual clients in an open-air setting. Clients will be low- and modest-income individuals, including homeless people who may otherwise have limited access to traditional free legal advice clinics. Some clients will have pre-scheduled appointments, while others will simply drop in for free advice on a wide range of legal issues.

The event is in need of Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria lawyers to volunteer for one or two hours at the free legal advice-a-thon. PBLBC also needs friends, family, co-workers and members of the public to pledge financial support for the participating lawyers. The hope is that each volunteer lawyer will raise an amount equal to or above their billable hour rate. The ultimate goals are to serve the public, spread awareness around lawyers’ efforts to increase access to justice, and raise $20,000 or more for BC’s pro bono programs.

For more information, to volunteer, or offer financial support, please visit: www.advice-a-thon.ca.

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