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Ask a Lawyer In the Library – Wednesday Wrap-Up

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you, Brian Lyman from Hillman, Brown and Darrow, for volunteering and providing this service to the public. 304 more words

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Peggy Browning Fellowships, LSC 2017 Justice Gap Report, 2017 UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Two University of Washington Law Students Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded 10-week summer fellowships to Madison Brown and Kelly Skahan, both of whom are second-year students at the University of Washington School of Law. 829 more words

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Open University: Exploring virtual reality in legal education (PH)

We are joined by Emma Jones, Francine Ryan, David Vince, Jamie Daniels, Gwyn Hopkins and Lidia Dancu, representing the Open University. They’re here to deliver an interactive session exploring the potential benefits and instructional design challenges of incorporating… 583 more words

Linden Thomas: Developing a law school clinic case management system: an opportunity for collaboration (PH)

Linden is a supervising solicitor at the University of Birmingham Law School. She is responsible for co-ordinating the school’s pro bono programme, which includes the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group, the Birmingham Environmental Law Foundation Clinic, an active… 881 more words

Ask A Lawyer in the Library – Wednesday (and Tuesday) Wrap-Ups

The Ask A Lawyer in the Library program has been busy as we begin the summer season.  Since May 17, eleven attorneys have provided 57 pro bono hours to assist 48 people with a variety of issues including bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, foreclosure, guardianship, dental malpractice, and employment. 180 more words

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​FREE LEGAL SERVICE; PRO BONO OR CHARITY?

Ranking as one of the most common legal terms among non-lawyers is the word pro bono. You may be surprised that even an individual who might never have seen inside the four walls of a school but has dealings with a lawyer understands this phrase. 585 more words

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【法政巴絲】半桶水嘅義務律師

最近有個團體發表咗個報告,話免費法律諮詢服務供不應求,如果你想利用當值律師服務提供嗰個「免費法律諮詢計劃」,就更加要輪候八個禮拜,先得個半小時嘅義務律師會見。個報告仲話啲義務律師「投入度不足」,提供埋啲「半桶水」服務㖭。

匯絲瑪麗有為「免費法律諮詢計劃」提供過服務,亦都有定期去一啲地區議員辦事處幫手,所以對個情況都有些少了解,喺度不妨同大家吹下水。

去得搵免費法律諮詢嘅市民,一般都係冇錢請律師嘅基層市民,佢哋遇到法律問題求助無門嘅心情,匯絲瑪麗看在眼裡,有時都覺得不忍。但個需求咁大,願意義務提供服務嘅律師就得咁多,於是乎每個市民可以分配到嘅資源就十分有限。匯絲瑪麗試過一晚睇十幾二十個「街症」(因為市民在議員辦事處輪候見律師,就好似喺醫院掛號睇症),儘管匯絲瑪麗馬不停蹄狂踩三個幾鐘,但每個人最多都只能夠分配到十幾分鐘,好多時就算用急口令咁嘅速度,都答唔晒市民嘅問題。

點解冇多啲律師願意義務提供服務?有啲律師本身工作忙到覺都冇得瞓,有心無力(尤其打緊工嘅事務律師,基本上有好多同賣咗身畀間律師樓冇咩分別)。有啲律師搵錢至上,咩義務呀、公義呀於佢哋只係浮雲,唔會有興趣提供免費服務。匯絲瑪麗當然亦都認識不少律師及大律師願意提供免費法律諮詢(甚至願意義務為一啲值得幫嘅案件打埋官司),不過相對個需求嚟講,都只係小巫見大巫。

資源有限帶出起碼兩個問題:第一,時間有限,律師好多時只可以約莫講下有咩法律程序或行動可以幫到佢,但具體細節一定欠奉,好多時個結論就係「你去正式搵個律師幫你搞啦!」對個市民嚟講,你就好似拋返個波畀佢,完全幫唔到忙:我就係冇錢先嚟搵你,你就叫我畀錢去搵律師,咩玩法?

第二,資源有限,冇得話只回答同妳熟悉嘅法律範疇有關嘅問題,妳一晚要回答嘅問題可以由家事法到僱傭條例,從土地法到刑事再到司法覆核,妳瓣瓣都要講到幾嘴。當然,如果辦事處職員幫手事先攞定文件,妳可以做定功課問定人,但識嘅始終有限,加上好多幫手做免費法律諮詢嘅律師本身嘅年資尚淺,難免畀人「半桶水」嘅感覺。

有冇辦法改善?除咗好似開頭個團體建議咁,要律師會及大律師會大力推動義務律師服務,或增設社區法律中心,為基層市民提供意見之外,匯絲瑪麗覺得最重要都係提倡義務法律工作呢種文化,除咗鼓勵個別律師之外,更理想就係鼓勵埋律師樓積極參與義務法律工作,查實外國好多律師行都有撥部分資源,等佢哋嘅律師喺有糧出嘅情況下,為社區提供免費法律服務,有啲甚至有請埋律師,全職提供免費法律工作,呢啲咪叫做誠意囉!

匯絲瑪麗 @ 法政巴絲

(原文載於2017年6月10日《蘋果日報》)

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