Ottawa Law Firm Auger Hollingsworth Accident & Injury Lawyers has been committed to giving back to the community since the firm opened its doors in 2004. We understand that we have been fortunate to achieve success in business, and so it has always been a core tenet of the firm to help the community. From the beginning, the firm’s involvement has been three-pronged, focusing on charitable giving, Pro Bono projects and legal education.
Working Pro Bono
Pro bono work is an important and long-standing tradition in the legal profession, and the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth Accident & Injury Lawyers have shown a desire to offer their services for the public good.
In one major project, the firm represented roughly 150 families whose developmentally challenged relatives were living at the Rideau Regional Centre. After the government announced its decision to close the centre, Brenda Hollingsworth applied for an injunction to stop the closing until families could be heard. As a result, the disabled residents and their families had a say about where in the community they were placed. Since the decision, Auger Hollingsworth Accident & Injury Lawyers has offered free legal advice to many of these families as their loved ones enter the community.
Both Brenda and Richard have actively volunteered their services for the Child Advocacy Project (CAP). CAP is a program operated by Pro Bono Lawyers of Ontario and the Advocates’ Society. The program helps low income children who need legal help with their education-related problems. The firm has taken on several cases to help school-age children with learning disabilities or autism and their families as they struggle with issues of discrimination by the public education system.
In another major undertaking, Richard Auger served as part of the Legal Pursuit Team of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s $100 million Legacy Campaign. The team helped to raise funds for facility upgrades, new equipment, leading-edge medical research and ongoing education. Richard himself pledged $5000 towards the goal. Despite some fundraising experts saying the desired $100 million could not be raised, the goal was met and exceeded.
Auger Hollingsworth Accident & Injury Lawyers is an active supporter of fundraising initiatives in the legal community, sponsoring the annual Law Day Fun Run to raise money for Christie Lake Camp, the Lawyer’s Play which supports the Great Canadian Theatre Company and Helmets on Kids, an initiative designed to help encourage children to wear bicycle helmets to avoid head injuries.
The firm also supports a number of other charitable organizations, including the Ottawa Hospital, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, the Head Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley, the United Way and the Ottawa Food Bank.
Both Richard and Brenda are passionate about fostering legal education and contributing to the growth, evolution and understanding of the law.
Richard is a regular lecturer at the University of Ottawa Law School in the Criminal Trial Advocacy course. He enjoys the experience of preparing for lectures, engaging with passionate law students and having the chance to discuss legal matters with the class.
For three years, he served as the volunteer coach and mentor for the University of Ottawa’s Arnup Cup team. In 2006, under Richard’s mentoring, the team won the Arnup Cup and placed third at the national level competition, the Sopinka Cup. The ride in 2006 was an unforgettable one, as Richard shared in the excitement of the entire process with the students on the team.
Likewise, Brenda is heavily involved in legal education. In the fall semesters of 2007 and 2008, Brenda took considerable time out of her busy practice to act as one of three lead instructors for the University of Ottawa’s third year Trial Advocacy course, taken by students in their final year of law school. Teaching was an enriching experience for Brenda and she thoroughly enjoyed helping students follow in her footsteps before embarking on a career of advocacy. She has also spoken to young lawyers and law students at several conferences sponsored by the Ontario Bar Association. She has also taught advanced civil litigation to prospective law clerks at Algonquin College.