Law Students’ Legal Advice Program
By signing up to volunteer as a student volunteer of LSLAP, you agree that your participation with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (“LSLAP”) shall be strictly on the following terms and conditions:
1. You acknowledge that you have been advised by LSLAP that all information and documents that you may have knowledge of or access to through your participation in LSLAP are strictly confidential.
2. You undertake and agree at all times to treat as confidential all information acquired through your participation in LSLAP, and not to disclose same except as authorized in the course of your participation or by law. You acknowledge that such information is not to be altered, copied, interfered with or destroyed, except upon authorization and in accordance with the policy of LSLAP. You will not discuss such information with any party, nor will you participate in or permit the release, publication or disclosure of such information, nor will you copy, distribute, or disseminate such information, except as authorized in the course of your employment or by law.
You understand that this agreement and undertaking includes:
(a) never discussing the personality of a client, his or her file or any details thereof with anyone other than a staff or member of LSLAP;
(b) avoiding the use of names of clients in conversations with other clients, friends or relatives;
(c) ensuring that disclosures of information are made only to persons entitled to that information;
(d) ensuring that conversations relating to clients or other LSLAP business are not conducted in areas where conversations may be heard by other than LSALP staff and members; and
(e) ensuring the confidential or personal matters concerning LSLAP staff and members are not divulged or discussed unnecessarily with other members.
3. The Professional Conduct Handbook, Chapter 5, Confidential Information, provides as follows:
Duty of confidentiality
1. A lawyer shall hold in strict confidence all information concerning the business and affairs of the client acquired in the course of the professional relationship, regardless of the nature or source of the information or of the fact that others may share the knowledge, and shall not divulge any such information unless disclosure is expressly or impliedly1 authorized by the client, or is required by law or by a court.
2. A lawyer shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the privacy and safekeeping of a client’s confidential information.
3. A lawyer shall not disclose the fact of having been consulted or retained by a person unless the nature of the matter requires such disclosure.
4. A lawyer shall preserve the client’s secrets even after the termination of the retainer, whether or not differences have arisen between them.
You understand and acknowledge that, as a member of LSLAP, you are required to honour and be bound by those provisions in the same manner as all members in LSLAP, even after you have ended your participation in LSLAP.
4. You understand that compliance with the confidentiality requirements of LSLAP is a condition of your participation and that failure to comply may result in termination of your participation in LSLAP.
5. You agree to be bound by the provisions of this Agreement and will continue to be so bound following the termination of your participation
6. You have been advised that you have the right to seek independent legal advice prior to signing this agreement.
I hereby certify that I will abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the Greater Vancouver Law Students Legal Advice Society and the policies and procedures as approved by the organization.
I will further agree to be responsible for any and all monies collected from clients on behalf of LSLAP and until such time as these monies are received by the LSLAP Secretary/Treasurer.
I further understand that LSLAP reserves the right to assign me to any of its clinic sites in the Lower Mainland despite the assignment preferences I have made here.
By clicking "I Agree," I understand that I have read these conditions and I will abide by them.