From September 13 to 24th, over 200 lawyers provided free legal advice in British Columbia to raise awareness and funds for BC’s pro bono programs as part of the Pro Bono Going Public 2021 event run by Access Pro Bono. Roper Greyell was proud to be a sponsor for the Trial Court this year.
Roper Greyell’s team participating in this year’s Pro Bono Going Public activities consisted of Gregory J. Heywood, James Kondopulos, Natalie Cuthill, Andrew Peng and Adam James. Together, team Roper Greyell were able to raise over $7,200 for Access Pro Bono’s programs and services. Additionally, Greg came in first place for individual fundraisers, with over $5,700 raised.
As Greg states, “In my view it is inherent in the privilege of being a lawyer, a corresponding obligation to be a helping profession. I think it is incumbent upon lawyers to assist those who require legal services but cannot afford them.”
For more information on Access Pro Bono Going Public 2021 visit: http://advice-a-thon.ca/
About Access Pro Bono
Access Pro Bono is the premiere coordinator for pro bono services in British Columbia. In addition to the Summary Advice Clinic (where several RG lawyers volunteer), they also run the following services:
- Lawyer Referral Service – linking clients to lawyers with specific expertise
- Civil Chambers Program – Assisting self-represented non-family chambers applications
- Roster Program – to service unique cases and non-profit organizations
- Employment Standards Program – representation before the Branch
- Mental Health Program – Telephone assistance to people and relatives of people detained under the Mental Health Act
- Residential Tenancy Program – Assistance to both qualified tenants and landlords
- Solicitors Program – Focused to provide assistance to charitable and non-profit organizations
- Wills Clinic – focused on assisting low income seniors and those facing terminal illnesses.
- Everyone Legal Clinic – incubator project aiming to engage and foster a diverse first group of 25 articling students and 5 new notaries in offering a full range of free and affordable legal services to everyone in BC
- Virtual Family Mediation Project – a pilot project that offers free online family mediation and advice services to low and modest income families in Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo