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Pro Bono Services

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pro bono publico is a Latin term meaning “for the public good.” For lawyers today, pro bono means to voluntarily contribute part of their time without charge or at substantially reduced rates, to establish or preserve the rights of disadvantaged individuals. Such pro bono work may also consist of providing legal services to assist organizations who represent the interests of, or who work on behalf of, members of the community of limited means or other public interest organizations, or for the improvement of laws or the legal system. Pro bono is to be distinguished from legal aid provided via government institutions and funds.

Links to related resources are listed below.

Pro Bono Québec, le Rapport Annuel 2011 – 2012 (French Only)

Author: Pro Bono Québec
Year and Publisher: 2012, Pro Bono Québec
Description: Annual report for Pro Bono Québec, a service matching lawyers providing pro bono representation with litigants unable to afford a lawyer.
Link: http://www.probonoquebec.ca/documents/file/rapport-annuel-etats-financiers-2011-2012.pdf

Legal Services for the Poor: Access, Self-interest, and Pro Bono

Author: Stephen Daniels & Joanne Martin
Year and Publisher: 2009, Emerald Group Publishing
Description: Study investigating implications of increased provision of legal services through pro bono work rather than government funding.
Link: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1357680

Integrating Pro Bono and Legal Aid

Author: Jamie Maclaren
Year and Publisher: 2009, The Lawyers Weekly
Description: Proposes that rising pro bono initiatives should be more closely integrated with government-provided legal aid programs.
Link: http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&articleid=1030

Access Pro Bono

Author: Access Pro Bono Society of BC
Year and Publisher: 2010, Access Pro Bono Society of BC
Description: Web site of Access Pro Bono, an organization with the mission of promoting access to justice by providing pro bono services. Access Pro Bono was formed from a merger of the Western Canada Society to Access Justice and Pro Bono Law of British Columbia.
Link: http://www.accessprobono.ca/

“Provincial Pro Bono Initiatives get a Helping Hand from Firms”

Author: Valerie Mutton
Year and Publisher: 2007, The Lawyers Weekly
Description: Taking a look at lawyer’s who get involved in bro bono work.
Link: http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&articleid=596

Partner Profile: Pro Bono Law Ontario

Author: Probono.net
Year and Publisher: 2010, Probono.net News
Description: A profile of Pro Bono Law Ontario’s Self-help Centre
Link: http://www.news.probono.net/e_article001645737.cfm?x=bgvHgyt,b2dvWSh4