During National Volunteer Week, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan would like to thank our amazing volunteers who make our work possible. We have volunteers across Saskatchewan, assisting low-income people in all areas of law. We provide our services through two programs: our Free Legal Advice Clinics and our Panel Program. Our Free Legal Advice Clinics take place in 10 communities throughout Saskatchewan and offer people appointments with a volunteer lawyer to discuss their legal issues. The Panel Program matches clients with volunteer lawyers who provide legal services ranging from limited specific needs up to full representation for the clients’ particular legal matter.
The pandemic has made volunteering tough. All our Clinics are now provided by phone appointments, which means that clients can no longer simply bring documents with them for review; therefore, document exchange must be coordinated through the PBLS office. Similarly, the written summary of legal advice provided to the client after the Clinic appointment is now distributed via the PBLS office instead of being given directly to the client at their appointment. Changes like this have placed additional work on our volunteers, and we truly appreciate the flexibility and dedication our volunteers have shown for serving our clients.
We want to specifically thank our dedicated volunteer lawyers who have been recognized with awards for the 2020 year.