2nd National Pro Bono Conference - Pro Bono: Spanning the Nation

    18-19 September, 2008

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Pro Bono Law Alberta, Pro Bono Law of British
Columbia and Pro Bono Law Ontario are proud to host the 2nd National Pro Bono
Conference at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, British Columbia on
September 18 and 19, 2008, featuring guest speaker The Right Honourable
Beverley McLachlin, PC Chief Justice of Canada and Session Moderator/MC Ian
    Pro Bono: Spanning the Nation, the 2nd National Pro Bono Conference will
build on the successes of Building Bridges to Justice, the 1st National Pro
Bono Conference held in Toronto in 2006. Meet speakers and moderators at the
"speed-dating", dinner reception, or awards ceremony and learn about pro bono
efforts in BC and across Canada first hand.
    This year's conference will bring together legal practitioners, the
judiciary, the voluntary sector and academia from Canada, the United States,
and abroad to share ideas and best practices in pro bono legal services, to
forge new pro bono partnerships, and to explore challenging issues that still
lie ahead in the pro bono sphere. The Honourable Louise Arbour, United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights and former justice of the Supreme Court of
Canada, will deliver the keynote speech at the Conference Dinner & 2008
Canadian Pro Bono Awards Ceremony.
    The 2nd National Pro Bono Conference will provide a national forum for
the exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning pro bono legal service
provision. It will combine plenary sessions that address major issues and
themes related to pro bono culture and practice, and breakout sessions that
take a "nuts and bolts" approach to various aspects of developing pro bono
projects and delivering pro bono services. The two-day event will feature the
Conference Dinner & 2008 Canadian Pro Bono Awards Ceremony on the evening of
September 18, 2008 at the Great Hall of the Law Courts in Vancouver, British

    Please contact us to arrange a press pass for the event or to coordinate
an interview with a member of the organizing committee.

For further information:

For further information: Elizabeth Roethe, Media Coordinator, 2nd
National Pro Bono Conference, (604) 518-0061, eroethe@shaw.ca

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