Help us assess the needs of the self-represented and how best to address them!
For the second year in a row, The Florida Bar Foundation is organizing Everyone Counts, a volunteer-driven, single-day census of self-represented litigants at courthouses throughout Miami-Dade County. Everyone Counts will capture a snapshot of the needs of those who either can’t afford or do not seek legal help, including those ineligible for civil legal aid or whom legal aid and pro bono programs lacked the resources to serve. The results will inform collaborative efforts to better serve these individuals.
Everyone Counts 2018 will take place on May 15th in all 10 courthouses in Miami-Dade County. The event engages lawyers and law students in observations of court proceedings and data collection under parameters agreed to by the courts. Volunteers can sign up for any increment of time that fits their schedules (two hours is the recommended time commitment).
The ultimate goal is for volunteers to witness the need first-hand, be a part of the conversation, and help improve our judicial system for all involved. The invaluable data gathered will be employed in the mission to expand access to justice, not only in Florida, but nationwide.