Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society

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Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) has been providing legal services to the non-profit and arts sector since 2005. Operating under the name “Artists’ Legal Outreach” (ALO) in the beginning of PLEO’s inception, PLEO’s first project was the launch of a pilot legal clinic for artists originally run by law student Jamie Mellott and lawyer Martha Rans, KC. The clinic still operates today under the guidance of Arts BC. Based on positive reception of this service and popular demand, in 2010, the ALO changed its name to PLEO to reflect its extensive involvement with other non-profit societies. PLEO's mission is to empower artists and non-profits in Canada to access justice efficiently, effectively and equitably. With this mission, PLEO works to shift the paradigm in how non-profits and artists experience the law, providing them with accessible tools, education, and information needed to proactively address legal issues before they become a crisis. Check out our Legal Help Guides and other helpful resources at
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