LEHAL LAW AND PRO BONO WORK
Lehal Law believes that everyone should have access to the justice system to address their legal problems. The firm supports pro bono work both in promoting the availability of justice for all, and offering free legal advice through clinics set up by the the Access Pro Bono Society of BC. Lehal Law also participates in the annual Pro Bono Going Public event. In addition, Kamaljit Lehal is on the Legal Services Society Duty Counsel roster and represents clients being detained for immigration breaches.
Kamaljit Lehal has also been actively involved with the Ending Violence Association of BC in advocating for changes in law and policies that have the effect of re-victimizing women. One such change being pursued is with respect to the government collection of “sponsorship debt” monies from abused women. This scenario arises when a women sponsors a spouse to Canada and signs an Undertaking to provide him with support and shelter for three years. If the woman sponsor is abused by her husband and she leaves the relationship and the husband collects welfare the woman is pursued for the welfare monies as a “sponsorship debt.” Women have chosen to remain in their abusive relationship for fear of incurring a sponsorship debt, which can be many thousands of dollars. Lehal Law has represented women, pro bono, against these sponsorship debt collections. Lehal Law maintains that all women and their children should be free of violence and that our society and government should support women in leaving an abusive relationships without re-victimizing them.
Lehal Law is committed to supporting access to justice.