Advice-A-Thon 2019 Highlights
The fourth 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, 142 people received legal advice from 62 volunteer lawyers, who 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. We have raised a total of $33,000 in financial support. 40 volunteer hosts provided information about the ECLC to passersby and handed out free snacks.
2019 Advice-A-Thon corporate sponsors included Gold Sponsors, the Edmonton Bar Association and Shores Jardine LLP
Volunteer lawyers who were our top fundraisers received prizes donated by local businesses, including Edmonton Oilers tickets, fine scotch, and tickets to the Art Gallery of Alberta.