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    2023 Pro Bono Heroes

    Pro Bono Hero Mary Doty Solik began doing pro bono with Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association in 1990. She takes on some of the hardest Guardian ad Litem cases around and has accepted 46 cases representing 85 children, donating 879 hours of service. She currently has two

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    2022 Pro Bono Heroes

    Pro Bono Hero Maria Breen began volunteering with Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association while studying for the Bar exam. She has participated in their National Citizenship Day Event and has taken 4 immigration cases. Most recently she offered to assist with their Afghanistan Special Immigrant Visa

  • 2019 Pro Bono Heroes

    During Pro Bono Month 2019, the Foundation is proud to recognize Florida lawyers who give their time and talent to pro bono cases. This month, we are sharing the stories of several of those lawyers on social media. Join us in thanking them for their service! Lorraine Pitre has volunteered

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    Pro Bono Law School Challenge benefits mentor, law student and clients

    After scouring the internet for legal help and finding the cost of a bankruptcy lawyer overwhelming, an elderly couple approached Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF). What might have seemed like an everyday occurrence at a legal aid program would become enlightening for law student Jonathan Levy. He and his

  • Pro Bono Innovation and Transformation grants awarded

    by Jessica Brown Since the undertaking of the Foundation’s strategic reset, pro bono work has become a priority. In hopes of increasing the number of pro bono hours reported by Florida attorneys, which dipped 4 percent last year, the Foundation will enable legal aid programs to boost their support of

  • Pro Bono Partnerships in the news

    The Florida Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Partnerships department is at the forefront of pro bono technology and innovation in the US. Check out recent coverage here: Orlando Sentinel: With website, lawyers can find pro bono matches Florida Bar News: New pro bono website puts lawyers in the driver’s seat ABA

  • Pro bono collaboration supports U.S. veterans in North Florida

    Though U.S. military veteran Jeff McCary found himself unable to work because of an injury, he continued to pay his child support as long as he could. Although McCary received rent assistance from Family Endeavors and Florida Veterans Foundation, he eventually exhausted his savings. A motion for contempt was filed

  • Nelson Joins The Florida Bar Foundation as Pro Bono Program Officer

    MAITLAND, Fla. – Claud B. Nelson III has joined The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice, as its new pro bono program officer. The Foundation funds civil legal aid and projects to improve the administration of justice and increase the

  • Founder of Space Coast Community Law School Named Brevard County Legal Aid Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

    Seeing an unprecedented need for legal services in Brevard County as the economy continued to decline in 2010, attorney Brigitta Hawkins created the Space Coast Community Law School. Working to help people “get their lives back on track,” Hawkins said, “makes you feel like you actually accomplished something. Sometimes people

  • Foundation’s new pro bono website goes statewide

    After a successful pilot in Miami-Dade County, FloridaProBonoMatters.org, a new website that enables pro bono attorneys to search for local pro bono cases that suit their interests, is being rolled out statewide. The Florida Bar Foundation, which has funded and overseen the development of the site, in June held training

  • Attorney Angela C. Vigil to serve on The Florida Bar Foundation board

    MAITLAND, Fla. – Miami attorney Angela C. Vigil has been appointed by The Florida Bar to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Vigil is pro bono partner and executive director for Baker

  • New interactive pro bono website puts attorneys in the driver’s seat

    MIAMI –Lawyers in Miami-Dade County who want to volunteer their services will soon have an easy way to find just the right case through an interactive website funded by The Florida Bar Foundation. “This system puts pro bono attorneys in the driver’s seat, giving them a user-friendly way to filter