Nathan bauder talks about access pro bono and why every lawyer should know about it (approved)
Access Pro Bono envisions "a justice system in which having limited means is not a barrier to obtaining quality legal services." They work towards this goal by providing pro bono legal services of high quality for individuals and non-profit organizations with limited means.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Nathan Baudertalksaboutaccesspro bono and why every lawyershould know aboutit
AccessPro Bono increasesaccessto justice inBritishColumbiabyhelpingoutthe underservedwiththeir
legal needs. They do this by incorporating the volunteer services of those inside and outside the legal
profession,inadditiontogivingstudentsinthe field of legal studies a chance to hone their skills while
AccessPro Bono envisions"ajustice system in which having limited means is not a barrier to obtaining
qualitylegal services."They worktowards this goal by providing pro bono legal services of high quality
for individuals and non-profit organizations with limited means.
AccessPro Bonowas formedafterthe 2010 mergerof the WesternCanadaSocietyto AccessJustice and
the Pro BonoLaw of BritishColumbia.Withthe joining of these top pro bono organizations, Access Pro
Bono is now able to deliver a full spectrum of pro bono services for low-income clients.
Theyofferseveral programsthatcovera varietyof needsinthe communitiesinwhichtheyoperate.This
includes the Summary Legal Advice Program, which has more than 85 summary legal advice clinics in
courthouses and community agencies throughout British Columbia. This program enables clients to
make appointmentsthroughtheirVancouverofficesorsometimesthe local clinic,inordertoprovide up
to half an hour of free legal advice to clients, with additional appointments potentially available.
Theyalsohave a Civil Chambers Program that provides legal assistance and representation services to
lowand modest-income individualswho are engaged in non-familial civil litigation matters before the
Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals in Vancouver.
TheirSolicitors'Program allowscharitable and non-profit community organizations to obtain pro bono
legal services,which,due tothe highcostof legal services,wouldotherwise notbe possible for some of
these philanthropic organizations.
Anotherservice theyofferisthe Children'sLawyerProgram,whichis available in Nanaimo and Victoria.
The Children’sLawyerProgram dealswith high conflict custody and access cases. The program’s goal is
to provide a "voice to children," aged ten through eighteen, in court hearings. In addition to these
outlined programs, Access Pro Bono also offers several other programs that are designed to service
those who are in need.
One organization Access Pro Bono works with is the Northern Rockies Aboriginal Women’s Society.
Historically, across not just Canada but the entire globe, indigenous groups are among the most
underservedintheirrespective communities,be itlocally or nationally. Access Pro Bono strives to help
those groups out byprovidingthem with the representation they deserve, so that they have the same
access to quality legal services that others may take for granted.
Nathan Bauder is a Fort Nelson and Northern British Columbia lawyer who owns and manages the
Nathan R. Bauder Law Corporation in Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek. In addition to his professional
duties as a lawyer, Nathan also works with Access Pro Bono to help the Northern Rockies Aboriginal
Women’s Society, something which he has been doing since 2011.
“Workingwiththe Northern Rockies Aboriginal Women’s Society has been one of the most rewarding
thingsI have done inmy career,” comments Nathan Bauder, “they are not only minorities in the sense
of being indigenous, but are also female, both of which mean they historically have been faced with
manychallengeswhenitcomestolegal representationandgettingthe same treatmentasanyone else.”
Nathan Bauder continues, saying “I find the work to be extremely rewarding, and plan on continuing
working with Access Pro Bono for some time to come.” Believing that “Access Pro Bono is something
that is sorely needed in Canada, and many parts of the world,” Nathan Bauder then adds, “I look
forward to seeing Access Pro Bono grow, and perhaps even seeing our model replicated in other
organizations.Everyattorneyshouldknow about Access Pro Bono, and consider donating their time to