In September 2016, over 100 volunteer lawyers will participate in our 9th annual free legal advice-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for the provision of pro bono legal services in BC. In each Pro Bono Going Public 2016 location, volunteer lawyers will work in one-hour shifts throughout the day to advise individual clients in an open-air clinic setting.
Clients will be low-and modest-income individuals, including homeless people who may otherwise have limited access to traditional free legal advice clinics. Most clients will have pre-scheduled appointments, while others will simply drop in for free legal advice on a wide range of issues.
All funds raised for Pro Bono Going Public 2016 will go directly toward supporting Access Pro Bono programs. Our hope is that each volunteer lawyer will raise an amount equal to or above their billable hour rate. Our ultimate goals are to serve the public, to spread awareness concerning lawyers’ efforts to increase access to justice, and to raise $50,000 or more for our vital programs. We can achieve our goals with your support.
Print and television news media will attend all four open-air clinics in order to publicize the pro bono services provided by BC’s lawyers, to demonstrate the support of sponsoring organizations and to spread awareness of the pro bono services and resources available throughout BC. Last year’s event attracted the media attention of several media outlets, including The Globe and Mail, Global TV, CBC Radio, CFAX and several local newspapers.
Browns Social House
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Mahoney & Sons
Sky Gym Concierge (SKOAH)
Vancouver Circus School
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Vancouver Internation Film Festival
Ziptrek Ecotours Whistler
Earnest Ice Cream
Ciao Bello Restauarent & Piano Bar
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Vancouver Fringe Festival
Kalev Fitness Solution
Skwachays Lodge (Aboriginal Hotel & Garrery)
Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club