Staff

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.

Dustin Ellis  Program Manager

Dustin completed articles at APB before being called to the bar in 2018. He also summered at APB while earning a JD from Thompson Rivers University. Dustin has a broad range of litigation and conflict resolution experience. As an accomplished negotiator, Dustin was a champion of the Allard Hall Environmental Law Group (ELG) Negotiation Moots in law school. Before law school, he studied philosophy and economics at the University of the Fraser Valley where he co-founded and managed a community/campus radio station. He manages the Civil Chambers Program and Wills Clinic.

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 slaw.ca blog and speaks internationally on the subject of access to justice. Jamie is also an elected Bencher of the Law Society of BC.

Mona Muker  Program Manager

Mona completed her JD in Orange County, California. She was called to the California bar in 2012 and the BC bar in 2015. She previously graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Criminology and minor in Legal Studies. She previously practiced real estate law, business/commercial, wills & estates, civil litigation, and criminal defence. She also has experience working in human rights and public legal education. Mona has a strong interest and passion for public interest, human rights, and social justice. She frequently works pro bono, volunteers, and makes an effort to create social and political change through her activism. Mona oversees APB’s Tribunals Program.

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.

Heather Wojcik  Program Manager

Heather was called to the BC bar in 2011. She holds an LLB from the University of Victoria and a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. Before joining APB, Heather practiced civil litigation at a Vancouver law firm and was a visiting lawyer at the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic in Georgetown, Guyana. She has also worked as a legal analyst with the Ending Violence Association of BC and as a program director for the Law Foundation of BC. Heather oversees APB’s Roster Program and Court of Appeal Program.

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.