THE Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) invites all British Columbians to Law Week activities around the province including free public law classes, courthouse tours, mock trials and free legal advice from volunteer lawyers.
Law Week celebrates the anniversary of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms with free, family-friendly events in BC communities to educate the public about the legal community, justice system and the availability of legal resources.
Law Week’s spotlight event is Dial-a-Lawyer Day, providing free legal advice to the public on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. British Columbians can speak to a lawyer by phone for up to 15 minutes for a complimentary consultation on legal matters related to family, business, employment and immigration law, plus wills and estates, and tort and motor vehicles. Dial-a-Lawyer Day is available to all British Columbians toll-free at 1-800-663-1919 or 604-687-3221 from the Lower Mainland.
Law Week activities take place in many BC communities in April and May. Activities include mock trials of Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, Elder story telling and First Nations Court, and free tours of courthouses and cellblocks. These fun learning opportunities are planned through the Interior, in the North, in the Lower Mainland and on the Island. Full details at www.BCLawWeek.org.
Since 1983, the Canadian Bar Association has presented Law Week to educate Canadians on the vital role played by lawyers and the courts in guaranteeing an open, independent and unbiased judicial system. BC Law Week partners are CBABC, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Law Foundation of BC, Law Society of BC and the Vancouver Bar Association.
The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing more than 38,000 lawyers, judges and law students across Canada with nearly 7,000 members in British Columbia.