Legal Advocacy

About the Legal Advocacy Program

The Legal Advocacy Program is for low-income women (inclusive of transwomen) in the Downtown Eastside to obtain free legal advocacy in a safe and confidential, women’s only space.

The program is managed by lawyer Amber Prince, who was called to the bar on May 1, 2015. Amber began at Atira as a summer student in 2005 and worked for nine years as Atira’s legal advocate, from 2006-2015. She earned her law degree from the University of British Columbia and her Master’s in Law at the University of Victoria.

The Legal Advocacy Program exists because of generous funding from the Law Foundation of BC, and the BC Gaming Commission. We are also grateful for the assistance of volunteers, students, and pro bono lawyers who provide invaluable assistance to the Program.

Inquiries or Appointments can be booked by calling us at: 604.428.9202.

The Legal Advocacy Program is located at 56 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.

The mailing address for the Program:

Attention: Legal Advocacy Program
Atira Women’s Resource Society
56 E. Hastings Street 
Vancouver, BC. V6A 0A7

Legal Services Provided through the Legal Advocacy Program

Amber Prince – Available for drop-in most Mondays from 3-6pm and other appointments available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Information, advice & referrals: Aboriginal law, Police Complaints, Ombudsperson Complaints, Privacy & Information, Crime Victim Assistance Program applications, basic Family law issues, Ministry of Children & Families (MCFD), minor criminal law issues (incl. victims of crime), Human Rights, Animal law, Legal Aid applications, BC Income Assistance / Disability & Tenancy. Amber is also able to notarize documents. Ongoing assistance & representation at tribunals is available on a limited basis.

Mary Childs – Available for a weekly summary advice clinic on Tuesdays from 10am-1pm. Women can obtain summary advice (up to 30 minutes) in the following areas: Criminal Law (including for Complainants / Victims of Crime), Mental Health Law, basic Civil Law, Police Complaints, notarizing document, Wills / Estates,Trusts, Employment Law, Information and Privacy, Strata and Co-op Housing issues. This legal clinic does not provide ongoing assistance or representation.

Amici Curiae Paralegal Clinic – This Clinic is available monthly on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm.

Women can obtain help with BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal court forms and BC Human Rights Tribunal Forms. These clinics are run by volunteer paralegals with the supervision of a duty counsel lawyer. The clinic can help with: Supreme Court of BC civil court pleadings, civil court forms relating to employment, and residential tenancy matters, Supreme Court of BC family court forms, Court of Appeal family law pleadings, organizing appeal books, and BC Human Rights Tribunal forms. This Clinic does not provide ongoing assistance or representation but women.

Access Pro Bono Clinic – This Summary Advice Clinic is available twice a month on Thursdays from 2-4pm.

Women can obtain summary advice (up to 30 minutes) in the following areas: Civil Procedure, Employment, Contracts, Human Rights, Privacy, and Administrative Law. This legal clinic does not provide ongoing assistance or representation.