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The Launch: Claud Nelson, Florida Pro Bono Matters, and Legal Aid’s March Madness Equivalent

LSC’s Best Practices Corner recently interviewed the Foundation’s director of pro bono, Claud Nelson.

“A couple of years ago in Florida, a giant idea was hatched to reinvigorate pro bono in the state by creating a centralized and easily accessible catalog of pro bono opportunities. It eventually became , which launched in April 2017.

After a bit of success and seeing the project scale from Miami to the Florida Panhandle, it’s spreading to other parts of the country, too. So far, 890 interest forms have been submitted through the platform, and that number is always ticking up.

The project’s impressive growth even fueled the creation of the , which ran from January 7 to May 10 of this year. Borrowing inspiration from college basketball’s March Madness tournament, the program matched students from 12 law schools in Florida with lawyers to work on more than 300 client cases…”

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