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Nearly $10,000 raised for Pro Bono Law Ontario

The third annual Law Slam Tennis Challenge, held last month at the Timberlane Athletic Club in Toronto, raised nearly $10,000 for Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO).

The annual fundraiser is the brainchild of lawyers and tennis enthusiasts Howard Blitstein and Jeffrey Larry, who, along with their respective firms Howie Sacks & Henry LLP and Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, hold the event to raise funds for worthwhile charities.

This is the second time PBLO has been a beneficiary of the Law Slam Tennis Challenge. PBLO is an access to justice charity that bridges the gap between lawyers who want to donate their services and low-income Ontarians whose legal problems do not attract government funding. In 2013, PBLO assisted 14,792 clients who had nowhere else to turn.

The tennis tournament was sponsored by Howie Sacks Henry, Paliare Roland, Collins Barrow, Network Court Reporting, Alexa Translations, Galit Liffshiz & Associates, Lois Warren & Associates, Rehab Results and Lipton Polisuk, Inc. Thirty-six lawyers, many of whom are PBLO volunteers, participated in the tennis tournament.

“We are so grateful to Jeff, Howard and everyone who came out,”says Lynn Burns, PBLO’s executive director. “As a registered charity that receives no government funding, we depend entirely on private grants and donations to maintain programs that help people whose unmet legal needs affect their ability to lead safe, healthy and productive lives. Events like Law Slam exemplify the best in the profession.”

PBLO has a province wide-mandate and operates out of eight unique locations, including three court-houses and four children’s hospitals. The organization is funded in part by the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Proceeds from the Law Slam Tennis Challenge will be used to sustain its programs and services. www.pblo.org

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