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McLeroy and Salter: Rule changes intended to boost free legal aid

December 10, 2017

A Nov. 29 guest column by David E. Morrill of Sarasota (“Plan discourages retired attorneys from advising poor Floridians”) regarding a Florida Bar rule change designed to encourage more pro bono service by retired lawyers calls for some explanation — and a lot of reassurance.

Mr. Morrill deserves praise for his many years of service to legal aid as a pro bono lawyer, as does each member of The Florida Bar who helps provide more than 1.6 million hours of free legal assistance every year.

This is exactly the kind of service that The Florida Bar, the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice and the Florida Bar Foundation have worked tirelessly to promote, and together our hope is to make the delivery of pro bono service easier to access and to deliver.

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