A new website, FloridaProBonoMatters.org, recently launched by The Florida Bar Foundation, is the nation’s first online platform that enables attorneys to search for cases in their preferred area of expertise across multiple legal aid and pro bono programs.
Meanwhile, our most vulnerable neighbors have legal problems that ̶ when left unaddressed ̶ put them in physical danger from abusers, adversely impact their health, keep them from working, and can even cause them to end up homeless.
That’s why The Florida Bar Foundation created a partnership with Pathways for Change and Legal Services of North Florida — to pose the question, “How do you get legal assistance to people who might not even know they need it?”
Winter Park, FL – Help is on the way to local nonprofits who were impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation began releasing up to $150,000 of unrestricted general operating support grants to nonprofit organizations who were impacted by or were providing relief services to Central Florida residents during and after Hurricane Irma.
The Florida Bar's Disaster Legal Services Hotline, 1-866-550-2929, came online Wednesday morning but had not gotten any calls by the end of the day, according to a Florida Bar spokeswoman.
The hotline, which is a collaboration between the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar, will be most useful for the immediate legal issues that come up in the two weeks following the disaster. It matches low-income Floridians needing legal advice after the storm with volunteer lawyers.
The Florida Bar has raised the income cap for users of the Florida Free Legal Answers online legal clinic to help more victims of Hurricane Irma get answers to their legal questions.
Legal aid is critical after a natural disaster. Civil legal aid organizations often help clients not only in the immediate aftermath of a disaster but for years afterwards as they work to rebuild their lives and businesses. We want to make sure Florida’s civil legal aid delivery system is equipped for the massive job ahead.
— Florida Bar Foundation president Jewel White
The Florida Bar Foundation board of directors set aside $500,000 Thursday to support Florida legal aid organizations that suffer infrastructure damage or equipment losses and help their clients with hurricane-related civil legal issues in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The money comes from Florida's share of a settlement between Bank of America, the U.S. Department of Justice and six states.
Pathways for Change and about a half dozen local attorneys will be partnering to provide a free legal clinic to needy Pensacola citizens.
The Legal Aid Society's main focus in 2017 is to continue securing diverse sources of funding that enable us to assist current clients, as well as preparing to respond to emerging needs in the community. We are in the process of establishing an “Investment in Justice” endowment through the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties, which we hope will attract potential donors beyond our dedicated core of supporters in Palm Beach County’s legal community.
A recently published study commissioned in 2016 by the Florida Bar Foundation found that each dollar in funding for legal aid organizations produced over seven dollars worth of economic impact benefiting their communities, and helped ease the burden on Florida’s court system. The Legal Aid Society is committed to continuing to bridge the “justice gap” so that low-income individuals have a voice and are able to address the critical legal issues they face that directly affect their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services.
Higer recently addressed issues that are priorities for The Florida Bar in the coming year. One of the most significant is the use of technology to help provide the public with better access to the courts.