Day: January 11, 2019
By Carly Romanow, PBLS Executive Director & Staff Lawyer
Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (“PBLS”) has partnered with the Regina Public Library to pilot a Family Law Free Legal Clinic to address the growing demand for family legal services. PBLS is the provincial pro bono organization in Saskatchewan. We operate 11 Free Legal Clinics across the province and provide further services through our Panel Programs, which match meritorious legal matters with volunteer lawyers for limited or full representation services. Through the Free Legal Clinics, clients are booked an appointment to meet with a volunteer lawyer to receive up to an hour of free legal advice. In 2017, we booked over 1700 appointments, 41% of those appointments dealt with family law matters. In Regina, the Free Legal Clinic runs every Saturday morning (except on long weekends) at the Salvation Army Haven of Hope. Due to the high demand for our services, clients may wait up to 8 weeks to get a family law appointment at the Regina Free Legal Clinic.
To address this long wait period, we are partnering with the Regina Public Library to pilot an additional Free Legal Clinic which would specifically deal with family law matters. The Family Law Free Legal Clinic will operate 1-2 evenings per month at the downtown location of the Regina Public Library starting January 2019. Volunteer lawyers will see up to six clients in 30 minute appointments from 5:30-8:30pm on Monday evenings. Volunteer lawyers would not have an obligation to assist the client outside of the appointment time. The time commitment would be 3-6 clinic shifts throughout the year.
By volunteering with PBLS, you are able to provide quality legal services to those most in need. All clients are screened to ensure they meet our income eligibility. Clients are served on a first come, first serve basis with no prior appointments being booked. Our organization assists Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable populations, including domestic violence survivors, and low-income families. If you are interested in assisting with this program or have any questions about any of our other programs, please contact Carly Romanow at firstname.lastname@example.org or my direct line 306-569-6233.
Over the past number of months, our team has been updating our website as part of our commitment to be more user-friendly, expand communication, and better meet information needs of our members and the public. We are excited to announce the launch of the improved Law Society website.
Some items to note:
- Our web address remains the same – The website will still be accessed at http://www.lawsociety.sk.ca. Please note previously bookmarked pages may have moved in the reordering of the new website. However, any bookmarked forms or documents should remain unchanged.
- Some old images might be saved – Because the address stayed the same, some images will be cached. If anything doesn’t look quite right, hold down the shift key and press F5.
- Quicklinks –. Three sets of quicklinks have been developed for the main page of the website based on member feedback and website analytics: Public, Lawyers & Students, and Resources & Support. We estimate that these quicklinks will eliminate approximately 80 percent of current website searches.
- Find a Lawyer – The website includes additional resources to assist the public, including an improved Find a Lawyer In addition to searching for a lawyer by name and location, the public can also search by area of practice.
- FAQs – Frequently asked sections (FAQs) have been added in key areas to assist our members and the public. For example, for Continuing Professional Development and Legal Resources.
We hope the improvements to the new site structure and functionality provide you with the information you are looking for, in the shortest amount of time. However, as with any major revamp, your patience is appreciated. We encourage feedback so we can quickly fine tune throughout the transition process. If you spot any concerns after the launch, please don’t hesitate to let us know at email@example.com.