Advice-A-Thon 2017 Highlights
The third annual ECLC Advice-A-thon happened in City Hall in downtown Edmonton on a sunny Saturday in September. This was a multi-purpose affair which included fundraising, community awareness, and legal advice. Advice-A-Thon is modeled after events held in British Columbia for the past ten years, organized by Access Pro Bono.
Advice-A-thon took an ECLC clinic night to a public setting, with volunteer lawyers providing free legal advice in civil, immigration, family, and criminal law in “booths” situated in beautiful Edmonton City Hall. Last year, 60 volunteer lawyers signed up for a one-hour shift to provide legal advice and collect “pledges” for their participation. Edmonton law firms and businesses provided corporate sponsorship. Advice-A-thon 2017 raised a total $34,000 for the ECLC. 40 volunteer hosts provided information about the ECLC to passersby and handed out free snacks. 157 people received free legal advice.
2017 Advice-A-Thon corporate sponsors included Gold Sponsors, the Edmonton Bar Association, Kirwin LLP and the Press Gallery.
Volunteer lawyers who were our top fundraisers received prizes donated by local businesses, including Edmonton Oilers tickets, fine scotch, and tickets to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.