Lloydminster and area residents who need legal advice will get their chance this week, free of charge, as Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) are holding a free legal clinic at the Provincial Court of Alberta on Sept.18.
“The clinic gives the lawyers in Lloydminster the opportunity to provide pro bono service and as importantly, to provide clients and individuals living in the Lloydminster area with access to legal information and advice about matters that they may have of a legal nature,” said Kendall Moholitny, deputy executive director of PBLA.
“It’s the first pro bono clinic of its kind in the area, to my knowledge, and we’re very excited about the enthusiasm of the local lawyers. Anyone is welcome to attend the clinic who has a legal issue or a question of a legal nature. Anyone who has a situation where they believe they could benefit from some legal information or advice.”
Moholitny says it’s the PBLA’s mission to engage the legal community in increasing justice for residents in the province. The clinic will give Lloydminster citizens who may otherwise not have the means, a chance to pose legal questions to a lawyer and discuss options regarding their individual issues. The lawyers attending will be experienced in different areas of the law, so questions covering a wide range of legal problems can be answered.
There will be roughly 15 local lawyers attending the clinic, as well as a number from both PBLA and PBLS.
“The majority of the lawyers are local, which is absolutely fantastic and they’ve actually helped us with the organization of this clinic, which is phenomenal,” said Moholitney. “They’ve really stepped up, they’ve gone above and beyond and they really want to see this be a success in the community.”
Cecelia Frohlick, director of programs and operations for PBLA, says registration has been high and they’re excited about partnering with PBLS for the event.
“There have been over 55 booked appointments so far for the clinic, which is amazing,” she said.
“That identifies to us that there is a need for individuals in the community of Lloyd and surrounding area who do need legal advice and so to go in with 55 booked appointments, we’re very pleased about that.”