Grant provides pro bono boost
THE University of WA-based Law Access will continue its pro bono service for disadvantaged clients after it received a $266,000 grant from Lotterywest.
The grant, to be received over three years, will give the service the opportunity to improve the co-ordination and delivery of its pro bono legal assistance in WA.
Chairman Matt Keogh said Law Access pro bono referral service operates as a safety net for those needing legal assistance.
“We are a service of last resort, matching individuals and community organisations to pro bono lawyers,” Mr Keogh said.
“This grant from Lotterywest comes at a crucial time in the establishment of Law Access and its enhanced pro bono referral service.
“As demand for legal assistance exceeds funding for Legal Aid and community legal centres, it is vital to be able to connect those most in need of legal help with the generous lawyers willing to help out.”
Law Access works with the legal profession to match financially disadvantaged clients with lawyers, who take the matters for no fee or for a reduced, deferred fee.
“The generous lawyers who take Law Access referrals work in many different areas of law and come from small, medium and large firms, with some being sole practitioners, as well as many barristers,” Mr Keogh said. Attorney General Michael Mischin presented a cheque to Law Access at a function in December.
Attorney General and Commerce Minister Michael Mischin MLC, Law Access chairman Matt Keogh and Law Access manager Dominique Hansen.