The APB staff is a diverse and vibrant mix of hard-working individuals with legal and non-legal backgrounds whose daily mission is to serve individuals and non-profit organizations seeking critical legal help.

Annie Baric  Operations Coordinator

Annie graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Archaeology, and she holds a Certificate in Office Administration with Technology from BCIT.  She has worked with nonprofit organizations for the past several years and has particular expertise in fundraising, special events and administration.  She is a member of Vantage Point and regularly volunteers with the Zajac Foundation.

Oliver Christie  Fundraiser & Recruiter

Oliver is a self-proclaimed philanthropist with a background in the liberal arts and humanities.  He fundraises and recruits pro bono lawyers in the tradition of his late father, Dugald Christie (founder of the Salvation Army Pro Bono Program and Access Justice).  Some of his law-related musings have been published in the Advocate and the UBC Law Review.

Kayla Johnson  Intake Coordinator

Kayla is a recent graduate of UBC, completing a BA in Honours Sociology with a Minor in Environment and Society in 2014. She has a passion for social justice and environmental issues, and a deep respect for human rights, including First Nations rights. These passions drive her to seek legal resources and compassionate solutions for those who have been systemically disadvantaged.

Jamie Maclaren QC  Executive Director

Jamie is APB’s Founding Executive Director.  He is also a practising employment lawyer and a former Executive Director of the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Pro Bono Law of BC.  He volunteers as a supervising trial lawyer and director for LSLAP, conducts legal seminars for people overcoming homelessness and addiction, and regularly provides pro bono legal advice and representation.  He writes a column for the blog and speaks internationally on the subject of access to justice. Jamie is also an elected Bencher of the Law Society of BC.

Priyan Samarakoone  Program Manager

Priyan completed his BSc at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and went on to complete his LLB at Nottingham Law School (2008) in the UK. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2013. Priyan is a Program Manager with Access Pro Bono and is responsible for the Civil Chambers Program and the Wills Clinic. He has been involved in public interest litigation and access to justice projects in Sri Lanka and he is a member of the Clicklaw Editorial Committee.

Vivian Song  Finance Administrator

Vivian obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SFU with a major in accounting.  She was the Finance Administrator for Access Justice and an instrumental contributor in its merger with Pro Bono Law of BC. She loves cinema and travel, and she is pursuing her designation as a Certified General Accountant.

Jimmy Yan  Project & Information Officer

Jimmy joined Access Justice in 2003 and served as its System Architect, Project Manager, and Acting Executive Director prior to its merger with Pro Bono Law of BC.  He is a columnist of the City Post of Singtao News and has been a media commentator on issues of public legal education and information since 2008.  Jimmy has a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and a M.Ed. in Law, Justice and Ethics. He is also a Research Assistant of The Centre for Education, Law and Society in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and a CELS educational advisor to the Chinese community.

Frank Yates  Clinic Coordinator

Frank worked for 40 years in telecommunications before retiring from the engineering department of Telus in 2006. After retiring, he volunteered for a short while for Access Justice as a clinic assistant before becoming its Clinic Coordinator.  Frank has a law degree (LLB) from the University of London, UK.