Taking law to the people

Alanna Kelly

Sixteen lawyers set up in Kelowna City Park to give free legal advice to low and modest income people.

Access Pro Bono returned to the Okanagan for its 10th annual four-city tour on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Organized pro bono legal services are vital to ensuring access to justice for BC’s most vulnerable residents,” said APB executive director Jamie Maclaren.

Over the past few years lawyers have provided free legal services to thousands of low and modest income British Columbians through the program ranging in a variety of topics.

“Volunteer lawyers are uniquely positioned to respond quickly and decisively to legal needs that emerge from sudden crises like wildfires, immigration bans and group renovictions," he said.

Paul Tonita, a lawyer at Pushor Mitchell LLP said he took part in the event last year and dedicates one hour of his time to give back to the community.

“There is really no reasons not to, so I thought I’d come out and try to help out,” said Tonita.

Gillian Dougans, lawyer at FH&P Lawyers said she sees it as a way to help people that might otherwise be intimidated or not be able to afford a lawyer.

Pro Bono Going Public is sponsored by Harper Grey LLP,  the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of BC and several law firms.

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