Our capacity to increase access to justice for low-income British Columbians relies on the charitable efforts of more than a thousand volunteers each year. Behind the scenes of hundreds of volunteer lawyers serving clients in clinics, hearing rooms and courthouses throughout BC, hundreds of administrative volunteers work diligently to ensure that our clients receive the timely legal services they need. Our profiled volunteer for May is Kirby Smith.
Each year, APB awards the Allan Parker QC Award for Representation Services to a volunteer lawyer who showed remarkable commitment to representing individuals or non-profit organizations of limited means in the previous year.
On Thursday, April 16 at its 10th Annual Pro Bono Appreciation Breakfast in Vancouver, APB awarded the 2014 Dugald Christie Award for Advice Services to the downtown Vancouver law firm of Hartney & Company. In 2014, Valerie Hartney served 70 low-income clients in the Brentwood area of Burnaby, while her son Nathaniel Hartney served 67 low-income clients in the Downtown Eastside.