Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010: Ride for Justice

The Western Canada Society to Access Justice (Access Justice), Pro Bono Law of BC and the Access Pro Bono Society of BC present the Ride for Justice on Sunday, May 16, 2010. The event is organized to raise awareness about the free legal services available to residents in B.C. and to support the pro bono consultations and community services provided through Access Pro Bono. It features a bike ride and presentations/ panels discussions led by practicing lawyers and social justice advocates in the community. This is the 3rd year that Access Justice is running the public outreach event.

The concept for the event was inspired by the organization’s founder, Dugald Christie, who tirelessly advocated for reforms to B.C.’s justice system. Dugald paired his quest to make the legal system accessible to individuals in all income brackets with his love of cycling, undertaking cross-Canada rides to raise awareness about justice issues.

“The image of a lawyer in robes on a bicycle heading to a courthouse says a great deal about how Access Justice wants to keep the courts and the justice system firmly within the reach of ordinary Canadians,” says Society Director Phil Dougan.

The event starts at 10:00 a.m. and wraps up at around 12:30 a.m. Riders will rally in front of the New Westminster Court House building at 668 Carnarvon Street and then bike to Queen's Park.

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