Please assist me in supporting Access Pro Bono and its mission to increase access to justice in BC while raising public awareness of the need for greater legal aid funding. This September, I will participate in the 12th Annual Pro Bono Going Public—an outdoor free legal advice-a-thon. I believe I have participated and fundraised each year this event has been held. Again this year I will provide free legal advice to low- and modest-income individuals during the course of the day. As you may expect during these times of limited access to justice, the demand for free legal services grows each day. Access Pro Bono is committed to meeting this demand by operating over 110 legal advice clinics throughout BC in addition to several BC-wide representation programs. I have volunteered at a number of the clinics and continue to support Blakes lawyers in periodic pro bono cases that we take on.
Blakes plays a leading role in promoting the delivery of pro bono legal services in Canada. The Firm was among the first national law firms in Canada to adopt a formal policy that treats time spent on pro bono legal services as equivalent to billable hours. We were also one of the first Canadian law firms to form a national committee to review and proactively seek out pro bono opportunities. In 2008, we were presented with the Canadian National Pro Bono Law Firm Award by these organizations for our dedication and commitment to representing those who cannot afford legal assistance or qualify for legal aid. We have also received other awards for our pro bono work, including the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Award (2016), the Canadian Association for Community Living President’s Award (2015) and the National Literacy Award from ABC Canada (2007). I have been happy to facilitate our programs, having served as co-chair of the Blakes Pro Bono Committee for approximately 8 years, and a member of the CBA National Pro Bono Law Committee.
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