Pro Bono Matters
BAY AREA VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROGRAM:
Northwest (Pasco and North Pinellas County)
Bay Area Legal Services partnered with the West Pasco and Clearwater Bar Association's to establish the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program - Northwest office (BAVLP-NW) in January of 2014. BAVLP-NW provides pro bono services to the under-served population of North Pinellas County and Pasco County. Similar to the Original Volunteer Lawyers Program in Tampa, attorneys are able to donate their time and share their expertise to help residents of these counties. The BAVLP-NW collaborates with professional associations, law firms, the judiciary and the local bar sections and committees to offer a wide array of pro bono projects.
Pro Bono Opportunities for Pinellas and Pasco County Attorneys:
There are a variety of pro bono opportunities available. Whether you are a new or seasoned attorney, we can assist you with choosing a volunteer opportunity that suits your interests, skills and availability. If you would like to join our pro bono efforts, we would love to hear from you! To volunteer, contact Julie Ann Ember at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nery Alonso at email@example.com.
Case Referral Panel
Accept civil case referrals in those areas of the law that you have designated. Low-income clients are screened for eligibility and cases are reviewed for legal merit prior to referral.
Interview and advise eligible clients at various intake locations around the community. No experience is necessary. New volunteers can shadow experienced attorneys. Training provided.
Family Forms Clinics
Help pro se litigants complete family law forms. Staff is available to answer any questions. New volunteers can shadow experienced attorneys. No family law experience needed. Training is provided.
Become a mentor; we need your expertise! Attorneys with specialized expertise will impart their wisdom to less experienced volunteer attorneys handling pro bono cases or BALS staff attorneys.
Stetson Bankruptcy Practicum
Handle a Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy case via Stetson Law School’s new Bankruptcy Practicum. Experienced bankruptcy attorneys are needed to mentor up to three Stetson students during the course of representation on a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy case. For details, contact Sue-Helen Motley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Firm Pro Bono Collaboration
Is your firm looking for a pro bono project? If so, we would love to join forces and make it happen!
Pro Bono Attorney Benefits:
Volunteer attorneys who participate in a BAVLP-NW pro bono project receive some great benefits, including:
The BAVLP-NW offers free training in a variety of practices and specialties to meet the needs of volunteer attorneys. Training is provided through seminars, online, or by DVD recording. Some training may qualify for CLE credit. For more information and a schedule of upcoming training's please visit: www.onepromiseflorida.org.
Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program:
800 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33755
For additional information
Tel: 727.490.4040 (Ext. 201 or 202) / Fax: 727.201.4331