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Amici Curiae Legal Forms Workshops

Volunteer Information

We love volunteers! To read more about the different Amici Curiae legal forms workshops we run, click here.

To get started, let us arrange for you to observe a workshop. See if you like it. Download a Volunteer Information Package (click here) and send it to Yvonne Choi: YChoi@harrisco.com.

We will arrange for you to observe one of our workshops to see if you like it. Our workshops at Atira & BWSS are open to volunteers who are women and who self-identify as women.

Duty Counsel

Members of the Law Society of BC may serve as duty counsel. Your primary role is to supervise the work of the paralegals, accountants and librarians. We are not a summary advice clinic. One key perk: admittance to Amici Curiae Lectures is free. These lectures provide you an opportunity to stay current on subjects that are relevant to matters that we do. Plus the CPD hours, where applicable.
To explore how you can make an impact, please email Dom Bautista.

We will arrange for you to observe one of our workshops to see if you like it.

Paralegals, Articling Students, Accountants, Librarians, Foreign Trained Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals

Our volunteers need to have a minimum two years litigation experience in BC. Foreign trained lawyers and articling students who are in the process of qualifying may volunteer too. We provide free training and have an extensive resource of materials. To begin the process, please download a Volunteer Information Package (click here)Email it to Dom Bautista.

For junior paralegals and legal assistants, if you do not have two years litigation experience in BC and you still like to be involved, join us as a mentee. To begin the process, please download a Volunteer Information Package (click here). Email it to Yvonne Choi.

We will arrange for you to observe one of our workshops to see if you like it.

Support from BC's legal community

Here is a message from former Chief Justice of BC Finch 3/21/11:

I welcome the creation of the Paralegal Pro Bono Program and Access Pro Bono’s partnership with the Law Courts Center in its evening Pro Bono Paralegal Program at the Vancouver Justice Access Centre. The Program is unique in Canada in engaging paralegals as primary pro bono legal service providers who work under the supervision of a lawyer to provide assistance to those who would otherwise find themselves with no help at all.

AG Anon Greetings for 2015 Paralegal and Support Staff Conference.pdf is a message from Attorney General of BC Anton 10/2/15:

I also want to commend your commitment to the Amici Curiae Pro Bono Paralegal Program – and the decision to expand your work to include service to Temporary Foreign Workers needing help in preparing uncontested divorce applications. With the upcoming opening of the Battered Women’s Support Services Clinic and the Court of Appeal Clinic, the important work of the Pro Bono team will continue with even greater results.

Click here for The Role of Paralegals in #a2j.pdf

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