The Florida Bar Rule 4-6.1 advocates 20 hours of pro bono service per year and/or making a $350 or greater donation.
Pro bono assistance is a valuable component of civil legal aid delivery systems, made possible by the structure and support network of our amazing legal community.
Now more than ever, we encourage and challenge ALL BROWARD LAWYERS to make a financial contribution in any amount to sustain vital programs and services that expand access to justice and provide civil legal assistance to vulnerable and under-served populations.
Participation in Broward Lawyers Care may be used to report pro bono hours on your Florida Bar Annual Membership Fee Statement. Broward Lawyers Care is a joint project of Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, formulated in 1981 via partnership with the Broward County Bar Association.
The Florida Bar Rule 4-6.1 advocates 20 hours of pro bono service per year and/or making a $350 or greater donation. Pro bono assistance is a valuable component of civil legal aid delivery systems, made possible by the structure and support network of our amazing legal community. This year, we encourage and challenge all Broward Lawyers to make a financial contribution in any amount to sustain vital programs and services that expand access to justice and provide civil legal assistance to vulnerable and under-served populations.
via credit card:
Make check payable to Legal Aid Service of Broward County and mail to:
Legal Aid Service of Broward County / Attn: Development
P.O. Box 120910, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-0016
No printer? Simply write Pro Bono Donation in the memo on your check. We’ll make sure it is directed appropriately!
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, $110,000 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.
Here are downloadable PDFs of the forms you may need:
· Case Acceptance Form
· Interim Report
· Closing Questionnaire
Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) are 501(c)(3) corporations registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer services (LAS #SC-02337 and CCLA #CH19226). All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state OR VISITING WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. Public Law 104-134 requires donors be advised that any funds received by Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida may not be expended for any purpose prohibited by the Legal Services Corporation Act of Public Law 104-134.