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$120,000 goal
83% of goal

$99,423 raised to support
Access Pro Bono's pro bono programs

PRO BONO GOING PUBLIC
2021 VIRTUAL EDITION

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to everyone in BC, including vulnerable British Columbians with critical legal problems, and the legal charities who serve them. Since the pandemic hit, Access Pro Bono has experienced a 30% increase in use of our free legal services. We need your help more than ever! 

Now in its 14th year, our annual free legal advice-a-thon will be a virtual event to continue our mission to increase access to justice throughout BC. 

PBGP 2021 will run for two work weeks-- September 13 to 24 -- in a sustained effort to raise awareness and funds for our pro bono programs. Lawyers from across BC will register to provide one or two hours of free legal advice over the telephone to low and modest income British Columbians in need. All appointments will be pre-scheduled and will provide ample time for conflict checks.

APB invites BC lawyers to volunteer for one or two one-hour shifts. We also invite friends, family, co-workers and members of the public to pledge financial support for the participating lawyers. Our hope is that each volunteer lawyer will set a fundraising goal equal or more than their billable hour rate to support our programs. We aim to serve the public, spread awareness around lawyers' effort to increase access to justice, and raise $80,000 or more for BC-wide pro bono services. We can achieve our goals with your help!

I'M A LAWYER, I'D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE

As a volunteer, you'll be able to register as an individual or with a team. And you'll be able to choose your preferred date and shift time. You'll speak to one or two low or modest income clients during your one-hour telephone shift. We match clients' legal issues to lawyers' areas of expertise, and we provide more than enough time to conduct thorough conflict checks. We also extend full insurance coverage for all legal help provided through PBGP 2021. Your obligations as the solicitor to your clients end when your shift is over. 


OKAY, I'M REGISTERED. HOW DO I RAISE FUNDS?

You can access your personal fundraising page by clicking the "LOGIN" button above, and by using the username and password you chose upon registration (information that is e-mailed to you). From your personal fundraising page, you can upload a photo, enter a message informing people why you're participating in PBGP 2021, send sponsorship requests to your friends, family and co-workers, manage your pledge sheet, and monitor your fundraising progress. Your supporters can make donations online or pledge to support you offline via cheque or cash. You can also share your fundraising page on social media to promote engagement and support. 


I CAN'T PARTICIPATE. HOW CAN I STILL SUPPORT THE CAUSE?

You can "SPONSOR A VOLUNTEER", or you can make a secure online charitable donation to Access Pro Bono by clicking on "DONATE".


HOW DO I SPONSOR A PARTICIPANT?

We bet you've never sponsored a lawyer before! Our community-minded volunteer lawyers deserve your support. Here's how you can  sponsor a volunteer of your choice, or sponsor a volunteer at random:    

Click on the "SPONSOR A VOLUNTEER" button, type in the Participant or Team's name, click Search and scroll down to see the results. When you find a volunteer lawyer, click on their name to access their personalized donation page, and then make a contribution. If you'd prefer to sponsor a team, you can do so on the team page. Your donation will be evenly distributed toward each team member's personal fundraising goal. 


I NEED FREE LEGAL HELP


If you need free legal advice and would like to book an appointment with a lawyer through PBGP 2021, please call our client line at 604-878-7400 or 1-877-762-6664 (toll-free).

Top Fundraisers

Greg Heywood$5,300.02
Bill Storey$3,955.00
Niles Bond$3,233.32
Jennifer Flood$2,500.00
Lisa Hamilton$2,084.50
Alison Colpitts$1,746.86
Lisa Chamzuk$1,483.99
David Bowden$1,096.86
Raj Mittal$1,057.14
Troy Mclelan$1,000.00