We all know it’s not good enough to have a good story. That story needs to be told and re-told. If it isn’t, people will stop caring, important things will be lost, and we will wish we did more to save them.
Late last year, that lesson was dramatically reinforced. When our court-based Law Help centres were on the cusp of closing due to lack of funding, the legal profession raised its voice. The voices got louder and the noise turned into financial support. And then, in an act of breathtaking leadership, the Federal Department of Justice listened to the voices and provided the rest of the funding needed to save the Law Help centers for a year.
We cannot lurch from one crisis to another. To keep providing you with the pro bono opportunities you value, we will need you – the Voices of Pro Bono – again and again.
The issue of the moment: the Law Society’s call for comment on its approach to access to justice closes on May 31, 2019. Pro Bono Ontario still does not have the sustainable funding it needs to keep all its programs and services running past December 2019. This is an important opportunity for PBO and our volunteers to make the case that the Law Society needs to help solve this problem. Pursuant to its statutory mandate to facilitate access to justice, the Law Society should recognize PBO’s essential role in the overall legal services delivery system and make sure PBO has the resources it needs to provide high quality pro bono opportunities to lawyers like all of you.
This website will help you find your voice. To get your juices flowing, Hear Some Voices that have already been raised. To stay current, have a look at our Media. To help with the Bencher campaign, take a look at our Issue of the Day page, where you’ll find our position on the issues that matter to us, essential background information, and tools for running and engaging candidates. To express yourself with your own financial contribution, please visit our Donate page.
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