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~ Niccolo Machiavelli, historian and writer

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pro Bono Legal Services In Nova Scotia

There should be no need to tell those in the disability community in this Province that one of the many issues we face is the inability of individuals with disabilities and their families to obtain affordable legal services.

With this in mind, I have been pleased to see recent action on the part of the Nova Scotia Pro Bono Society around the formation of a formal pro bono [free] program for legal services in the Province. This would involve lawyers donating time to "facilitate access to justice by providing free legal information, advice, and sometimes representation in court".

The Society is currently hosting round-table discussions across the province, seeking input about the legal needs of various communities and what role a pro bono organization could play in addressing them. Here is your opportunity to contribute to this study and make your opinions known.

The next round table will be held in Halifax, NS at the Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Ave. on Friday October 3rd from 2:30-4:30pm. Please note that it is requested that people RVSP.

Further meetings will be held in October in Bridgewater, Sydney, Antigonish. For more information and to contact the Pro Bono Society.

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