Access to Justice and how to do Pro Bono in public sector
April 30, 2014 12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. E.T.
Speaker: Janet Minor is a General Counsel with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Free teleconference for CBA members
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; and to provide 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.
Lawyers in the public sector traditionally face restrictions in relation to pro bono work due to a number of barriers: lack of indemnity insurance coverage; issues of real or perceived conflict of interest; and in some cases restrictions related to law society membership status in their province of practice.
To register please visit: http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NA_PSL414
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The time spent attending this program (1 hour) is eligible for credit towards the annual continuing professional development ("CPD") requirement in all mandatory CPD jurisdictions except New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
National Sections: Children’s Law Committee
National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.
Join the Children’s Law Committee listserv!
Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.
Join the listserv (CBA membership number required)
Digest (March 2014)
Please consider providing a submission for the next edition. We are looking for articles of interest to Forum members. Our next publication will feature the theme: ethics and the public sector lawyer. Your submissions on this topic are welcomed and may include:
- Updates on recent/upcoming activities including substantive developments in your jurisdiction;
- Case summaries;
- New legislation;
- Articles about your personal/professional experience as a public sector lawyer.
Here are a few guidelines to help:
- Articles only need to be between 300 and 1,000 words;
- Articles over 1,000 words must be accompanied by a summary or précis (100-300 words);
- Articles can be submitted in French or English.
Please send your submissions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please also canvass your co-workers and colleagues and ask if they would be interested in making a submission to the newsletter.
Thank you very much for your participation in creating a must-read newsletter for our Forum.
Newsletter Editor, Public Sector Lawyers Forum