WHAT IS PRO BONO GOING PUBLIC 2015?

This September, lawyers will once again provide free legal advice in the streets of Surrey, 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 four days — one day in each city — and will rely on the volunteer efforts of over 100 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.

Last year, participating lawyers raised $56,236 in support of our direct pro bono services. Together with $18,500 in corporate sponsorships the event raised $74,736 for the maintenance and expansion of our vital pro bono programs. This year, our goal is to raise $75,000, and we need your support to help us reach our target!

WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?

Last year, over the four days in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna and Victoria, a total of 122 volunteer lawyers provided legal advice to 209 pre-booked and walk-up clients. The volunteers assisted clients on a range of legal matters including: civil, criminal, employment, family, tenant and landlord disputes and wills and estates.

The clients were overwhelmingly appreciative of the opportunity to receive free legal advice in such an accessible manner. Many of them expressed that the event renewed their faith in the kindness of lawyers, and alleviated stresses and fears that had accumulated over months and years.

Pro Bono Going Public 2014 also garnered excellent and extensive publicity in several media outlets; including CBC Radio, CFAX Radio, CKNW, Fairchild Radio, the Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight and several local newspapers.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE OPEN-AIR CLINICS?

SURREY
When:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  Where:
Surrey City Hall, City Plaza

Surrey Civic Plaza is bordered by City Parkway (east), 102 Avenue (south), University Drive (west) and 104 Ave (north). It is easily accessible from the Surrey Central Skytrain station.

VANCOUVER
When:
Friday, September 11, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Where:
Victory Square Park

Victory Square Park is bordered by Cambie Street (east), Pender Street (south), Hamilton Street (west) and West Hastings Street (north).

KELOWNA
When:
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  Where:
City Park - Rose Garden

Located at the entrance of City Park along Abbott Street.

VICTORIA
When:
Friday, September 18, 2015
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  Where:
Centennial Square

Centennial Square is bordered by Douglas Street (east), Pandora Street (south), Government Street (west) and Fisgard Street (north).

HOW CAN I HELP THE CAUSE?

If you are a lawyer, you can help us by volunteering at one of our four open-air clinics. We encourage volunteer lawyers to donate one or more hours of their time, and to raise an amount equal to or above their billable rate. Register as a lawyer by clicking here. Once registered, you can login to your account to customize your personal donation page, send emails to potential sponsors, manage offline pledges, and view the status of your fundraising efforts. We will award prizes to the top fundraisers!

Whether or not you are a lawyer, you can help us by sponsoring a lawyer as s/he provides free legal advice. Sponsor a lawyer by clicking here.

HOW CAN I GET FREE LEGAL ADVICE?

To book an appointment for free legal advice at one of our five open-air clinics, phone 1-877-762-6664 and ask if you qualify as a free legal advice-a-thon client.

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