One Promise Florida
Miami Pro Bono Roundtable Summit 2012
The Miami Pro Bono Roundtable &
the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono
proudly present the:
2012 Miami Pro Bono Summit
Thursday, May 10, 2012
One S.E. 3rd Avenue
2:00-5:00 pm Summit
5:00-7:00 pm Pro Bono Fair
In conjunction with Florida’s One Campaign promoting Pro Bono efforts across the state, the Miami Pro Bono Roundtable and the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono are sponsoring a Pro Bono Summit. This event will follow a robust agenda including plenary and breakout sessions focusing on growing and fine-tuning pro bono opportunities in Miami and building a community that supports pro bono in new and innovative ways. We will also focus on recruiting more firms and attorneys to perform pro bono work for the community and highlight critical areas of legal need for Dade county’s most disadvantaged residents.
The Summit will be followed by a Pro Bono Fair/Reception hosted by Lexis Nexis from 5pm - 7 pm.
The Fair will give people an opportunity to talk with the various public interest organizations aiming to recruit pro bono talent.
So come out and find out how you can be the One….for someone with a legal need.
*This event is geared towards attorneys, judges, and legal services organizations that work within the larger Miami Legal Community.
Imagine the impact we could make if every attorney in the state of Florida helped one pro bono client. That single contribution could drastically reduce the enormous backlog of cases and significantly improve access to justice for all Florida residents.
Upon taking the oath at the beginning of a career in law each attorney makes a promise to “never reject the cause of the defenseless or oppressed or delay anyone’s cause for lucre or malice.” In October 2009 the Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono, led by Judge William Van Nortwick, launched the One Campaign which is committed to giving attorneys the opportunity to renew that promise.
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