As usual, people showed up at retired boxer Ali Nestor's gym in Villeray – St-Michel – Parc-Extension to prepare for the fight.
But it was a different kind of struggle on Saturday when dozens of people showed up at Nestor's gym to get free legal advice from a team of lawyers who were willing to volunteer to prepare them for their personal litigation. The aim is to inform victims of racism, exclusion and social justice about how they can take legal action to combat discrimination.
The project was initiated by David Heurtel, chairman of the board of directors of the Nestor Princes and Princesses of the Street Foundation and board member of Justice Pro Bono, an organization that encourages the legal community to provide expertise to individuals and nonprofits. Resources are lacking access to legal services.
Lawyer Nancy Leggett-Bachand, Managing Director of Justice Pro Bono, said that all appointments for the clinic were booked out before 10 a.m. on Saturday, proof that free legal advice is valuable to many.