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Registration is Open for the Equal Justice Conference!

May 17-19th, 2012

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

225 E. Coastline Dr.

Jacksonville FL 32202

Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration Cost : $415

Register at:  http://www.equaljusticeconference.org

The Equal Justice Conference presented by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. The Conference brings together all components of the civil legal community to discuss equal justice issues related to the delivery of legal services to low-income individuals in need of legal counsel. The need for your assitance continues to grow and your attendance will make a difference as the legal community works to increase access to justice for all.

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PREVIOUS EVENTS:

Florida Supreme Court Tobias Simon Awards Ceremony

Thursday, January 26, 2012 3:30 pm @ the Florida Supreme Court

Tuesday, Septemebr 27,2011- 10:30 am

Seminar for Seniors- Debt Collection and Bankruptcy with Gulfcoast Legal Services, Senior Citizens Services, Inc., Clearwater Bar association, volunteer attorneys

1204 Rogers Street, Clearwater FL 33756

Volunteer attorney presents information on debt collection, debt collection  harassment,  bankruptcy. For more info contact Jane Helms: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friday, September 30, 2011- 12 noon

Jacksonville Bar Association Luncheon @ Hyatt Regency Downtown

Featuring: David Cole, Speaker, Mayoral Proclamation Presentation For Celebrate Pro Bono Month and Pro Bono Opportunities Fair. Agencies providing legal services to low-income clients will have information tables and displays: Fourth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee-Accept-One-Case Table; Judicial Appointment – Civil Pro Bono Case Panel; Jacksonville Area Legal Aid; Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership; Guardian Ad Litem, The Law Offices of Public Defender Matt Shirk; Florida Coastal School of Law – Legal Clinics; and Missing Link of Jacksonville. Attorneys will have the opportunity to review case summaries, accept pro bono cases, and learn about the variety of pro bono opportunities that will positively impact the lives of the low-income and underserved in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. For more info contact Kathy Para: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday, October 6, 2011- 5:30-8:30 pm

Florida Bar Business Law Section, Non-profit Organizations Legal Services Forum @ Florida Coastal School of Law

Transactional attorneys will consult with local non-profit organizations regarding legal matters in the areas of contracts, employment, incorporation, and real estate. Attorneys interested in providing counsel and advice to staff members of local non-profit organizations and agencies interested in participating, should contact Sheila Meehan, Florida Legal Services, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

October 8, 2011- 9:00-12:00

Senior Citizens Wills and Advance Directives Pro Bono Project

Pablo Hamlet Residential Center

Pro Bono attorneys, paralegals, and Florida Coastal law students team up to create advance documents for low-income senior citizens. Attorneys interested in serving should contact Kathy Para, Chairperson, JBA Pro Bono Committee, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 356-8371, ext. 363.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011- 11:30-1:30

Webinar Training and Support for Pro Bono Attorneys – Credit Card Collection Defense

CLE training webinar for pro bono attorneys, taught by Jim Kowalski, Esq. Webinar is free of charge and participants are asked to accept at least one pro bono case within a year of viewing CLE. To register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/429949150 or contact Kathy Para, Esq., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tuesday, October 11, 2011- 10:30 am

Seminars for Seniors-Advance Directives with Gulfcoast Legal Services

1204 Rogers Street, Clearwater FL 33756

Information on the different advance directives and how they apply. For more info contact Jane Helms: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, October 12, 2011- 12:00-1:00

Webinar Training and Support for Pro Bono Attorneys – Durable Powers of Attorney-Change in Florida Law

CLE training webinar for pro bono attorneys, taught by Robert Morgan, Esq. Webinar is free of charge and participants are asked to accept at least one pro bono case within a year of viewing CLE. To register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/506295070 or contact Kathy Para, Esq., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

~Celebrate Pro Bono Week~

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011

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Advice & Counsel Pro Bono Legal Clinic with Legal Aid Service of Collier County

5:00 pm-7:00 pm

4125 East Tamiami Trail, Naples FL 34112

Free legal advice and counsel on a wide range of civil legal matters will be available to eligible low-income clients at this clinic.  To participate, interested members of the public must contact Legal Aid in advance of October 20th by calling (239) 298-8143 to register.  All those who wish to participate will be screened for eligibility consistent with Legal Aid program guidelines.  Pro Bono attorneys will be available to discuss legal matters including, but not limited to, family law, housing/foreclosure, consumer law/credit and collections, employment law, and bankruptcy. Contact Jeff Ahren for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011

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Wills for Heroes with Bay Area Legal Services

10:00 am-2:00 pm

Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1610 North Tampa Street, Tampa FL 33602

Attorneys will be on hand to draft simple wills and other related documents for Hillsborough County firefighters and their spouses. Contact Susan Suandler for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011

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JALAween and Haunted Happy Hour- Annual JALA Open House by Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

5:30 pm-7:30 pm

126 West Adams St, Jacksonville FL

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA), will host an Open House and reception as a “thank you” to pro bono attorneys, supporters, and interested persons and to provide information on the depth and scope of civil legal services provided to low-income persons.  Guests may take a 15-minute, self-guided tour of the JALA offices, trick-or-treating along the way. After their tour, guests are invited to a reception and haunted happy hour next door to the JALA Adams Street Office at the Zodiac restaurant and an opportunity to meet and greet some of our Judges.  Attorney response is appreciated, but not required:  Kathy Para, Esq., Pro Bono Development Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Free Bankruptcy Forum with Community Law Program, Inc

5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Classical Christian School for the Arts- 4981 78th Ave Pinellas Park, FL

A bankruptcy presentation is given to the public for free.  Law students will interview attendees to retrieve basic financial information. Afterwards, attendees will meet with one of a panel of volunteer bankruptcy attorneys one-on-one to get legal advice on their bankruptcy situation. Contact Liz Porcelli for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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One-on-One Client Intake with Bay Area Legal Services

5:30 pm-8:00 pm

Jury Auditorium of the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse 800 Twiggs Street, Tampa FL

Volunteer attorneys will meet with new BALS applicants to provide counsel and advice and recommendations for extended services.  Contact Susan Suandler for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

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Legal Advice Clinic in the 7th Circuit with Community Legal Services of Mid Florida

3:00 pm -8:00 pm

128 Orange Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Walk in Legal Advice Clinic will provide low income persons who qualify for legal services to meet one on one with any attorney and receive advice and or pro se assistance for their legal matter.  The Volusia County Bar Association will assist with recruiting and staffing the clinic. For more info contact Lena Smith: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Legal Advice Clinics with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar

10:00 am -2:00 pm

Legal Advice Clinics, must call in advance for an appointment 407.841.8310. Locations are the Downtown Orlando Goodwill and the John Bridges Orange County Community Center Apopka FL. Contact Cathy Tucker for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Ask-a-Lawyer at the Public Library with Florida Rural Legal Services Lakeland

5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Morton Drive Lakeland, FL 33801

The Ask-a-Lawyer at the Law Library event is an opportunity for those of low income to receive counsel and advice from a volunteer attorney. For more infor contact Dorene Yates at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Family Law Advice Clinic with Seminole County Legal Aid (101 W. Palmetto Ave Longwood FL)

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Contact Amber Books for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011

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1st Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Recognition Reception with Legal Services of North Florida, Ft Walton Beach

5:30 pm-7:00 pm Central time

At Pranzo Italian Ristorante 1225 Santa Rosa Blvd, Ft Walton Beach

Recognition event  honoring attorneys in the 1st Judicial Circuit for the volunteer service as well as encouraging others to participate in pro bono.  Featuring,Bob Kerrigan 2011 Tobias Simon Award winner. For more information contact Mary Dekle: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Florida Coastal School of Law Fall Forum Pro Bono & Volunteer Opportunities

11:00 am-1:00 pm

8787 Baypine Rd, Jacksonville FL

The purpose is to encourage and educate students who will soon be practicing attorneys to get involved with pro bono representation of low income clients.  Legal Services organizations and other community resource providers are invited to set up displays and distribute information on volunteer and pro bono opportunities for students and attorneys.  Lunch will be provided.  Karen Millard, Esq., Director, Pro Bono Programs, Florida Coastal School of Law, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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One on One Florida Ask-A-Lawyer Lake Wales with Florida Rural Legal Services

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Schoenoff Meeting Room, Lake Wales Public Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane, Lake Wales, FL 33853

The Ask-a-Lawyer at the Law Library event is an opportunity for those of low income to receive counsel and advice from a volunteer attorney. For more infor contact Dorene Yates at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

One on One Florida Ask-A-Lawyer Clinic  Avon Park, with Florida Rural Legal Services

12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Our Lady of Grace 595 E. Main Street Avon Park, FL 33825

The Ask-a-Lawyer event, sponsored by the Highlands County Bar Association is an opportunity for those of low income to receive counsel and advice from a volunteer attorney. For more infor contact Dorene Yates at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Consumer Ask-A-Lawyer Clinic with Brevard County Legal Aid

9:00 am-4:00 pm

1038 Harvin Way Suite 100 Rockledge, FL 32955

Low income persons will receive assistance from an attorney with consumer law issues. Call for an appointment (321) 631-2500. For more on volunteering contact Rob Johnson: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011

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Florida Coastal School of Law Giving Back Day

10:00 am-3:00 pm

Law students will volunteer in legal services organizations and other non-profits around the Fourth Judicial Circuit to assist with needs identified by agency staff from law-related projects to painting to moving furniture to tutoring students.  Organizations interested in law student assistance on Giving Back Day should contact Karen Millard, Esq., Director, Pro Bono Programs, Florida Coastal School of Law, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Online Webinar Training & Support for Pro Bono Attorneys-Driver's License Reinstatement sponsored by Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA)

11:30-1:30 pm

CLE training webinar for pro bono attorneys, taught by Satasha Williston, Esq. Webinar is free of charge and participants are asked to accept at least one pro bono case within a year of viewing CLE. To register:https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/965263974 or contact Kathy Para, Esq., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Dade County Bar Association Luncheon and Pro Bono Day Proclamation

11:30 am-1:15 pm

Hyatt Regency Downtown 400 SE 2nd Ave Miami, FL

The October 28th Dade County Bar Association Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Scott Hawkins, President of The Florida Bar.  Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman will present a proclamation to the DCBA President declaring Friday, October 28, 2011 as Pro Bono Day in Miami-Dade County and thanking the DCBA, Dade County Legal Aid & Put Something Back, its pro bono project, for providing over 21,000 hours of pro bono legal aid to the indigent in 2011. Contact Bruce Levine for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Wills for Helping Hands- Sarasota with Legal Aid of Manasota

9:00am-4:00 pm

Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237

Attorneys will be on hand to draft simple wills, living wills, and designation of health care surrogates to frontline employees (and their spouses) of nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties. For more info contact Monica Villaverde: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Dial-A-Lawyer Event with Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County

9:00 am-4:00 pm

1601 Belvedere Rd #302E West Palm Beach FL 33406

The calls will go to the Palm Beach County Bar Association offices where we will have a bank of phones staffed throughout the day to take the calls and give general legal information.(561) 687-2800. For more info on how to volunteer contact Kim Enright- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Family Law Advice Clinic with Brevard County Legal Aid

9:00 am- 4:00 pm

1038 Harvin Way Ste 100 Rockledge, FL

Clients will meet one on one with an attorney and receive legal advice on pro se family law matters. Call for an appointment (321) 631-2500. Contact Rob Johnson for more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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One-on-One Clinic with Florida Rural Legal Services

10:00 am-2:00 pm

2369 Northeast Dixie Hwy, Jensen Beach, FL 34597

For more info contact Carolyn Fabrizio: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011

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One-on-One Ask A Lawyer Clinic with Florida Rural Legal Services Sebring, FL

5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Sam Polston Auditorium, Agricultural Center, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875

The Ask-a-Lawyer event is an opportunity for those of low income to receive counsel and advice from a volunteer attorney. For more infor contact: Dorene Yates Pro Bono Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (863) 688-7376 ex 3019.

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Ask-A-Lawyer Event with Florida Rural Legal Services Ft. Meyers

9:00 am-12 noon

Quality Life Center 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd Ft. Meyers FL 33916

This event will serve low income persons who qualify and are seeking to meet one-on-one with an attorney for counsel and advice in their legal matter.   Interested persons should contact Ethel Wells, Pro Bono Coordinator, at 239-334-4554 ext. 4119.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011

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9th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Awards Ceremony with Community Legal Services of Mid FL

8:00 am-9:30 am

UCF Executive Development Center 36 W. Pine St Orlando FL 32801

We will recognize volunteer attorneys in the 9th Circuit for their pro bono contributions to our program during the last 12 months.  We will also utilize this event to recruit new pro bono attorneys and make them aware of other volunteer opportunities that our program has. For more info contact Lena Smith: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011

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Seminars for Seniors- Taxes “What do I do?"- Gulfcoast Legal Services Pro Bono Program with: Senior Citizens Services, Inc., Clearwater Bar Association, volunteer attorneys

10:30 am

1204 Rogers Street, Clearwater FL 33756

Information on the IRS and income taxes pertaining to seniors and when you need an attorney. For more info contact Jane Helms: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ABA Equal Justice Conference- May 19-21 ~ Las Vegas, NV

The Equal Justice Conference brings together all components of the legal community to discuss equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.

The emphasis of this Conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the Conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees.

Friday, March 25th, 2011- 11:45 am 17th Circuit Committee Meeting

-Broward County will reconvene its Circuit Committee on the 25th with special guest Gary Yordon. Incoming Chief Judge Weinstein will also be in attedance to lend support to the Broward Pro Bono Efforts. Meeting will take place at the Broward Bar Association Building.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

- 4th Circuit Pro Bono Committee Kicks off with lunch ceremony and signing of new administrative order by Chief Judge Moran. Other guests will include: Judge James Barton from the 13th Circuit and Judge William Van Nortwick from the First DCA.

November 17, 2010

-17th Circuit Pro Bono Committee meets in Broward

Initial meeting will focus on coordination of Broward leadership in promoting pro bono efforts locally. The Meeting will be led by the Broward County Bar Association and members of 19 local voluntary bars.

November 19, 2010

- Holland & Knight LLP hosts meeting of Jacksonville Law Firms

Initial meeting will focus on coordination of Jacksonville leadership in promoting pro bono efforts locally. There will be a discussion of local pro bono opportunities and how the firms can participate and encourage their peers.

October 25 – 29

-National Celebrate Pro Bono Week

Pro Bono events taking place at locations throughout Florida.

October 28, 2010

-Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF)  Celebrates Pro Bono 2010

Hon. William Van Nortwick, Jr. will speak via telecast to attorneys in Pensacola during a reception to recognize pro bono volunteers.

November 5, 2010

-Lakeland Bar Association

Florida Bar President, Mayanne Downs will speak to Lakeland Bar Association members about the One Campaign at the Bar Association luncheon.

November 12, 2010

-Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers Luncheon

Is presenting the One Campaign at their Fall Luncheon. Anyone interested can contact VFAWL's Communications Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


October 26, 2010

- Meet JALA-Meet the Judges-Meet the Candidates Open House

With sponsorship by Harrell & Harrell, P.A., the Board of Directors of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA) invite area attorneys to an open house and reception as a "thank you" to pro bono attorneys and supporters and to provide information on the depth and scope of civil legal services provided to low-income persons. Guests may take a 15-minute, self-guided tour of the JALA downtown offices (126 W. Adams Street) ending in the sixth floor conference room for a wine and cheese reception and an opportunity to meet and greet some of our Fourth Circuit Judges and Mayoral Candidates.

October 25, 2010

- Carlton Fields Celebrates Pro Bono Week

October 19, 2010

- Awards Ceremony Honoring ABA President Steve Zack & Legal Aid/Put Something Back

Miami Legal Community recognizes the important work of Dade Legal Aid.

September 28, 2010

-Pro Bono Awards Ceremony

 

Hon. William Van Nortwick, Jr. will speak at the pro bono awards in Daytona Beach with the Community Legal Services of Mid Florida.


September 24, 2010

-The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono

The Committee will hold their first meeting under the leadership of co-chairs, Hon. William Van Nortwick, Jr. and Cori Lopez-Castro.  The meeting will take place at the Orlando Hilton during the Bar's mid-year meetings.

September 16, 2010

-Hon. William Van Nortwick, Jr.

Judge Van Nortwick will be speaking about pro bono and the One Campaign at an event sponsored by Legal Services of North Florida

June 23 - 26

- The Florida Bar Annual Convention -- Boca Raton, FL

Join other attorneys from around the state where the "One Campaign" will be highlighted by Bar President, Jesse Diner. Check out the "One Campaign" booth were you can find out about the campaign, potential pro bono cases, and future training opportuniites.

Wednesday, June 9
- One Campaign Reception - Berger Singerman

Tuesday, May 4
Legal Services of North Florida Pro Bono Awards Night




Friday, April 23

- Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers

Legal Education for Relative Caregiver Advocates

Over 345,000 children in Florida are being raised by relatives who do not have access to legal services relating to their status as caregivers. Attend this training and learn the basic nuts and bolts about how to represent Relative Caregivers. Visit the website: www.hawl.org to learn more.

Sunday, March 21st Tampa, FL
-Bay Area Legal services Race to the Courthouse

Friday, March 19
- Gainesville Bar Association Luncheon
Hon. William Van Nortwick, First DCA
Chair, Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Wednesday, March 17
- Hillsborough Bar Association Luncheon
Hon. William Van Nortwick, First DCA
Chair, Standing Committee on Pro Bono


Events of Pro Bono Week 2009


Monday, October 26
-Celebrate Pro Bono Week One campaign kick-off

Florida Supreme Court
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Presentation of Governor’s Proclamation One Campaign Video produced by Gary Yordon Reception to follow at offices of Carlton Fields

October 26, 2009
-Three Rivers - Lake City

Pro Bono Pro Se Divorce Clinic
A pro bono attorney will talk at the LifeStyle Enrichment Center for Seniors on Wills, Probate, and Powers of Attorney.

October 27, 2009
-Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Open House

5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
MEET JALA-MEET THE JUDGES, 5:30-7:00 pm:  Area attorneys are invited to tour the JALA offices, learn about the scope of civil legal services provided, and enjoy a reception and opportunity to meet and greet some of the members of the Fourth Circuit Civil Judiciary.

Wednesday, October 28
-Launch of the One Campaign - Brevard County Legal Aid Luncheon

12 to 2 p.m.
1038 Harvin Way Rockledge, Florida

Wednesday, October 28
-Dade County

Foreclosure Defense Clinic where pro se clients can receive advice and referrals.

Thursday, October 29
- Launch of One Campaign - Hosted by Holland & Knight LLP

Luncheon of Executive Partners of 20 Tallahassee law firms

October 29, 2009
-Florida Coastal School of Law

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fall Forum of Pro Bono and Volunteer Opportunities.  The purpose is to encourage and educate students who will soon be practicing attorneys to be involved with pro bono representation of low income clients.  Legal Services organizations and other community resource providers will set up displays and distribute information on volunteer opportunities for students.

October 30, 2009
-South Miami/Kendall Bar Association

11:30 a.m. Luncheon -Fleming Taste of Denmark Restaurant recognizing the 100+ member bar for providing over 10,000 hours of free legal aid over the past decades.



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