We believe that increasing access to justice in BC is a job for everyone. It will take an effort from everyone to ensure that every person in every part of BC has access to the legal services they need.
With the generous support of our funders, sponsors, partners and donors, we're making meaningful progress toward a more equitable, diverse and inclusive legal system, a better way to generate a diverse workforce, and a better way to serve the legal needs of all British Columbians.
Our major funders are the Law Foundation of BC and the McLachlin Foundation. We also receive generous donations from many corporate and individual donors.
We’re supported by a group of Major Sponsors who see the value in making BC’s legal system more accessible, equitable and inclusive. They’re committed to helping us develop a new generation of community-minded lawyers, and find better ways to serve the legal needs of all British Columbians.
Our Major Sponsors have been critical to facilitating Everyone Legal Clinic's launch, and to ensuring we can continue to sustain its operations into the future.
Lance S.G. Finch Legacy Fund
We established the Lance S.G. Finch Legacy Fund to recognize and celebrate Lance’s contributions to the access to justice movement in BC. Lance was a founding trustee of Pro Bono Canada and a devoted APB director from October 2016 until his passing on August 30, 2020.
Lance’s legal career spanned five decades. After practicing law for 20 years, he was appointed to BC's Supreme Court and then Court of Appeal. He was best known for serving as BC's Chief Justice from 2001 to 2013. Upon retiring from the Bench, he returned to private practice and found new passion in his roles as a private mediator and arbitrator. He received numerous awards and acknowledgements over the course of his career, including a Queen’s Counsel designation, the Order of British Columbia, and several honorary university degrees.
Lance was dedicated to increasing access to justice in BC, and he often encouraged new lawyers to engage in pro bono service. He spent countless hours as a mentor to law students and young lawyers through various channels.
Donations to Lance's Legacy Fund allow us to continue the traditions of mentorship and community service that were so important to him. Access Pro Bono uses the Fund to support articling students enrolled in the Everyone Legal Clinic.
Klein Lawyers Scholarship – $10,000
Klein Lawyers is a personal injury and class action law firm that has been helping victims who have suffered bodily injury, financial losses, and violations of their rights, for over twenty years.
The law firm has contributed a $10,000 scholarship to support the professional development of a particular articling clinician. This year, they've supported Darren Patrick's efforts to advance Indigenous and human rights advocacy, and make a positive impact on those in need.