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Salvation Army's Pro Bono Program Closes

Written on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

As reported by Access Pro Bono, the Salvation Army's Pro Bono Program officially shut down its operations last Monday, November 26. According to APB's blog post, "APB will be working quickly to set up new legal advice clinics in BC communities that are now left unserved. APB will also serve individuals from communities without a clinic via telephone or Skype."

The Legal Service Society's ELAN blog reports,

"The Pro Bono Program began in 1985 with just one lawyer offering pro bono services to those who could not afford a lawyer. It grew over the years, and by 1999 had 22 legal clinics around BC. Since its beginning, the program has helped many people with low incomes resolve their legal problems and access justice."

And JP Boyd notes,

"This would seem to leave Access Pro Bono as the last independent provider of full-service legal clinics in the province. (Help can also be had from the UVic and UBC legal advice programs, and from the countless community-based programs run by organizations like the Battered Women's Support Services and the YWCA.) Lawyers volunteering with the Salvation Army program should sign up with Access Pro Bono's summary legal advice program as soon as possible."

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