COMPLY WITH FLORIDA BAR RULE 4-6.1 AND SUPPORT EQUAL JUSTICE!
You can fulfill your annual pro bono service responsibility (see Florida Bar Rule 4-6.1) and be recognized for your commitment to equal justice by making a contribution of $350 to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. By making a financial contribution, you are joining a valued group of supporters who are affirming that equal justice should be a reality for everyone in Central Florida, regardless of their income.
As the largest provider of free legal services to the poor in Central Florida, your annual contribution of $350 to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida fulfills your responsibility under Rule 4-6.1. Make your donation here.
If you are a solo practicitioner or a member of a law firm, keep reading to find out extra benefits that you can receive for becoming a Sustaining Law Firm:
The Sustaining Law Firm Campaign enables lawyers in the private sector to fulfill one of the most basic tenets of the legal profession—to provide equal access to justice for everyone in our community.
We Are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Sustaining Law Firms:
WHY BECOME A SUSTAINING LAW FIRM
Fulfill Your Pro Bono Requirements: If everyone in your law firm makes a contribution of $350, you can fulfill your annual pro bono service requirement.
Help Your Community: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is the largest provider of free legal services to the poor in Central Florida. By becoming a Sustaining Law Firm, you are helping over 12,000 residents of Central Florida
• Escape domestic violence,
• Put food on the table for their families,
• Get the medical help that they need,
• Avoid homelessness,
• Get the education that their special needs children deserve, and
• Live with hope, dignity and justice.
Be Recognized as a Leader in Central Florida: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida will list your law firm’s name prominently on our website which receives thousands of visitors each year. We will also recognize you on promotional materials, in our annual report and at our annual Pro Bono Awards breakfast.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Sustaining Law Firm Campaign?This campaign allows your law firm to fulfill annual pro bono service requirement (see Florida Bar Rule 4.6-1) while also being recognized for its commitment to equal justice. It’s easy - just make a contribution of $350 or more to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLS). If everyone in the law firm donates, your firm can become a Sustaining Law Firm. By making a contribution, you are joining a valued group of supporters who are affirming that equal justice should be a reality for everyone in Central Florida, regardless of their income.
What size or type of law firm can qualify as a Sustaining Law Firm? Any size or type, including solo practitioners, corporate legal departments and small to large law firms.
What is the contribution requirement to become a sustaining law firm? Make a donation of $350+ for each attorney in the Firm practicing in Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter & Volusia (CLS service area).
What are the benefits of becoming a Sustaining Law Firm? Sustaining Law Firms will be recognized prominently on CLS’s website, annual report and other promotional materials and at our annual Pro Bono Awards Breakfast.
Who can contribute? Contributions can be made by individual attorneys, their employer or through a matching gift program.
How would a national or regional firm qualify? The firm would qualify as a Sustaining Law Firm by contributing $350 for each attorney practicing in the 12-county service area for Community Legal Service.
Can nonmonetary commitments, such as pro bono hours, count towards the requirement to become a sustaining law firm? No. Qualification as a sustaining law firm is based on financial support.
Do all monetary contributions count towards the requirement? All contributions to the general fund, specific programs and United Way designations count.
Do I have to pay now? No. You can make a pledge now and pay later, but donations must be received by December 31, 2013.