DLA Piper (Canada) LLP congratulates Karen Fellowes, Counsel in the firm’s Calgary office, on her appointment as Board President at Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA). Karen has been a long-standing contributor to PBLA and in 2017 was honoured with the Volunteer of the Decade award for her notable contributions to the organization.
PBLA was founded in 2007 as a legacy project of the Law Society of Alberta with the aim of enhancing and fostering a pro bono culture in the legal profession. Today, PBLA promotes access to justice in Alberta by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono legal services to persons of limited means.
Karen has been an active volunteer with PBLA and has contributed to the development of two of PBLA’s main initiatives in Calgary: the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program and the Queen’s Bench Amicus Program. The Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program connects self-represented litigants in small claims matters with volunteer lawyers who can provide them with legal advice, information on court procedures and guidance on completing court forms while the Queen’s Bench Amicus Program provides court assistance to self-represented litigants at the Justice, Masters and Registrar levels of the Court of Queen’s Bench.
In addition to her role at PBLA, Karen has delivered training seminars to female lawyers in Nepal as part of DLA Piper's New Perimeter global pro bono initiative. Karen also serves on the Management Board of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and is Past Chair of the Western Canada Network. IWIRC honoured her leadership efforts in expanding professional opportunities for members with the Fetner Award for Outstanding International Contribution.
DLA Piper Canada supports legal advancement within Canada and abroad. We are proud to see outstanding legal professionals like Karen harness their skills and talents to further access to justice in the communities which most need it.