In honour of Celeste Haldane's appointment as the Legal Services Society's (LSS) new board chair and to acknowledge her Aboriginal Heritage, Musqueam elders conducted a welcoming ceremony at her first board meeting on May 18, 2017.
This story was written by lawyer and former LSS board chair Suzette Narbonne.
A client of mine has asked me to share her story — except for her name. I will call her Jackie. Jackie had been in an emotionally abusive relationship for 30 years. This is how legal aid helped her.
In this story, family lawyer Susan Loney describes how she helped a mother change an old court order despite fears that her former husband would make things difficult for her. Susan describes what she does as “just helping out regular folks” but the end result made a huge difference to her client’s life.
Many people who need our help at the Legal Services Society have multiple barriers to accessing justice. Our frontline staff not only take applications for legal aid, they also provide referrals to services to help individuals with non-legal matters.
Quick action on the part of staff at the Parents Legal Centre at Vancouver’s Robson Square Courthouse can mean the difference between keeping a child at home with their family or the child being removed from the home.
People using criminal duty counsel services at the Port Coquitlam Courthouse are happy with a pilot program where they get continuing service with the same lawyer and not a different one every time they go to court.
March 17, 2016
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