Toronto (September 18, 2014) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) partner Guy Pratte was awarded the prestigious St. Yves Medal by Pro Bono Québec for his commitment to providing pro bono services at a special awards ceremony last night.

“I am pleased to congratulate Guy on this recognition of his pro bono work. He is committed to volunteering his time and ensuring he helps people without the economic means of accessing legal services,” said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO. “At BLG we are all proud that Guy’s commitment and work has been recognized.”

A founding member of Pro Bono Québec, Mr. Pratte has a long-standing history of commitment to pro bono service. In one of his most notable pro bono cases, he was co-leader of a five-member BLG legal team that continues to work on Réjean Hinse’s wrongful conviction case.  Hinse, who was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Canada, had to then sue the provincial and federal governments for compensation, resulting in a record award in 2011.  That award will be debated before the Supreme Court of Canada on November 10, 2014.

“I believe justice needs to be accessible to everyone. I also feel that as a member of society I need to give my time and talent and this why I provide pro bono legal expertise,” said Guy Pratte. “I am both honoured and humbled to be recognized for something I consider rewarding.”

Pro Bono Québec initiates and promotes access to justice to low-and modest-income individuals by facilitating and coordinating pro bono legal services in Québec.

“When it comes to providing pro bono services, BLG walks the walk by having a formal policy that credits lawyers with billable hours for giving their time,” said Bruce Churchill-Smith, BLG partner and national chair of BLG’s Pro Bono Committee. “When leaders like Guy commit their time, it sends a strong message to all lawyers that this is something that we value as an organization.”

BLG has a formal pro bono policy that reflects our professional responsibility to help those in our communities who would otherwise be unable to obtain access to justice or legal services. Our pro bono work offers deserving clients a full range of legal activities – including courtroom advocacy, legal advice, drafting of documents, community legal education, and alternate dispute resolution services. All BLG lawyers are encouraged to engage in pro bono work and to incorporate it into their professional development – and our pro bono clients receive the same high level of service as do our paying clients.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a leading full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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