The Florida Bar Rule 4-6.1 advocates 20 hours of pro bono service per year and/or making a $350 or greater donation.
In Broward County, Legal Aid Service of Broward County is the designated agency for administering The Florida Bar’s Pro Bono Plan. That plan, outlined in Rule 4-6.1, Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, describes lawyers’ professional responsibility for pro bono service. The professional responsibility may be discharged by: (1) annually providing at least 20 hours of pro bono legal service to the poor; or (2) making an annual contribution of at least $350 to a legal aid organization.
Each year, Broward Lawyers Care (BLC, the pro bono project within Legal Aid), requests participation from the county’s attorneys. While direct representation is the most common method for attorneys to fulfill their pro bono obligation, the importance of financial contributions should not be overlooked. Last year, $90,000 in contributions augmented Legal Aid’s budget and allowed in house units to provide additional service to the poor and disadvantaged.
BLC was formed in 1983 as a joint effort of the Broward County Bar Association and Legal Aid. We enable busy attorneys to make a difference in their community through pro bono work. BLC manages the administrative issues so that the attorney’s time is spent directly on the clients’ legal needs. Services at Legal Aid are designed to help clients build self-sufficiency. When you help a Legal Aid client through our pro bono program, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a process that is geared towards helping people in need turn their lives around.
BLC takes cases in the areas of Children’s Advocacy, Family Law, Housing, Public Benefits, Real Property, Consumer Law, Bankruptcy, Immigration, Tax Controversies and other categories.
To those attorneys who are willing to join our pro bono program, we also serve as resource center and mentor program that allows you to continue you education in law through FREE CLE seminars, trainings and clinics.
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