The Florida Bar Foundation is working to streamline and improve statewide online pro bono news and information in order to facilitate pro bono engagement and partnerships.
The Foundation has created a new Web page, www.TheFloridaBarFoundation.org/probono, to share information about pro bono in Florida, including initiatives in which the Foundation is a partner.
This page within the Foundation’s website is designed to be:
- A starting point for people looking for information about pro bono in Florida, including the role of The Florida Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Partnerships program, The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association.
- An aggregator of pro bono success stories, including features on new models for pro bono programs, as well as individual cases.
- A gateway to FloridaProBono.org, FloridaLawHelp.org and FLAdvocate.org, where visitors can find further information about pro bono opportunities, services, and resources.
Success stories currently on the site include a collaboration to help unaccompanied minors navigate the immigration system, a Thunderdome Tallahassee custody case that reunited a mother and son, and an Innocence Project of Florida case that illustrates the role of volunteers, including law students, in helping exonerate the wrongly convicted. Many stories will be added over the next two months as the Foundation develops content for its 2016 Celebrate Pro Bono Week social media campaign.
In addition, the Foundation has contracted with Alla Karagodin Holmes, formerly pro bono coordinating attorney for Kids in Need of Defense, to reinvigorate FloridaProBono.org, a website with resources for volunteer attorneys, law students, and members of the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association. The site now has updated calendars, news and events, and will soon have a constantly updated pro bono opportunities section. It will also be redesigned to be more user-friendly.
In collaboration with our partners, we will continue to work to strengthen the online infrastructure for pro bono in Florida through a variety of means, and we welcome your input.