The Advisory: Volume 10, Issue 3, July 2012
Edmonton Community Legal Centre Offers Pro Bono Opportunities for Retiring Lawyers
The Edmonton Community Legal Centre has two opportunities that will help lawyers to stay connected to the legal profession and to continue using their legal expertise to benefit the community, but in a way that is efficient and allows you to control your time.
You can provide summary advice in civil and administrative law to clients with a low income. The Centre has a well-run program in place to ensure your time is used effectively, and since you are offering summary advice only, you can control the amount of time you devote to volunteering.
Pro Bono Files
You can take on pro bono files. The Centre will provide you with potential pro bono files that are pre-screened for your practice area, case merit and the client’s financial need. We can offer administrative support if you do not have access to a legal assistant. We have a dedicated legal assistant who is available daily during office hours to assist you with the Centre files you take on, specifically in the following areas:
- Drafting correspondence and court documents
- Court filing
- Land Titles and Corporate Registry searches
- Arranging service of documents
- Liaising with clients to obtain status updates and schedule appointments
- Scheduling/adjourning court dates
If you require more information about the opportunities for retiring lawyers at the Centre, please contact Jordan Reiniger at 780-702- 1725, ext. 238 or Jreiniger@eclc.ca.
All of our volunteer lawyers are licensed to practice law in Alberta. As the Centre is an approved pro bono provider, our retired volunteers may apply for Active for Pro Bono status through the Alberta Law Society at an annual cost of $180 plus GST. Additional information as well as the application form for Pro Bono status are available on the Law Society’s website.
For more information on the Centre, visit our website at www.eclc.ca.
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