Pro-Bono Opportunities

Are You Safe

Assist victims of domestic violence by representing them during the injunction process. The project is organized by Are You Safe, a nonprofit that provides free legal and social services to domestic violence victims. Training is provided. Contact Miriam Velez Valkenburg at (813) 514-1058 or at r.u.safe.tampa@gmail.com.

Ask A Lawyer

Respond to calls from local residents seeking legal help. Volunteers appear on Fox 13’s morning television show on the first Thursday of the month from 7a.m. to 9a.m. Contact HCBA (813) 221-7777

Attorney Ad Litem Program

Serve as a juvenile’s representative in the absence of a parent or guardian. Volunteers are appointed as attorneys ad litem for juveniles charged with criminal offenses. No training is needed. Contact Ginger Schechter at (813) 272-6875 or via email at schechvm@fljud13.org.

Bay Area Legal Services

Provide assistance to individuals and non-profit groups with limited access to legal services. A number of programs are available, most with training. Visit Website: https://www.bals.org/volunteer/bay-area-volunteer-lawyers-program/pro-bono-projects

Bankruptcy Court Legal Assistance Program

Assist low-income litigants in certain adversary proceedings. The project is operated by the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District. Contact https://www.flmb.uscourts.gov/legalassistance/

Crossroads for Florida Kids

Assist homeless teens and at-risk children in dependency and delinquency proceedings. Training, mentoring, and professional liability insurance provided. Contact Rosemary Armstrong (813)873-7490 or via email at rosemary@crossroadsfloridakids.org or Allison Singer at (813)335-0766 or via email at Allison.willis.singer@gmail.com.

Dependency Court: Psychiatric Services

Represent minors who have been placed in secure psychiatric programs. Review psychiatric reports to oversee progress and appropriateness of services. Attend hearings on behalf of minor every 3 months. Approximate time commitment: 9 months to 1 year. Training available. Contact Selena Schoonover at (813)272-6172, email: schoonsl@fljud13.org

Federal Litigation Project

Provide limited one-time consultation to pro se litigants in federal court. Attorneys with expertise in general civil rights and federal employment issues are needed, but all attorneys with federal law experience are encouraged to participate. Contact Michael Matthews at (813) 225-4133 or via email atmmatthews@foley.com 

Fostering Independence Program

Make a difference in the life of a child by assisting at-risk teens living in foster care. Training DVD is provided. Contact the Guardian Ad Litem program at (813) 272-6802

Guardian Ad Litem Program

Help a child. Volunteer to become an appointed guardian for a child in need. Training is provided by GAL. Contact (813)272-5110 or go towww.guardianadlitem.org/probono_train.asp.

Guardian Advocate

Assist the relatives of developmentally disabled adults to be appointed as Guardian Advocates. Volunteer attorneys may withdraw once the guardian is appointed by the court. Training is provided. Contact (813)528-3876.
Judicial Bypass Program

Represent minors seeking judicial bypass for pregnancy termination. Training available.
Contact Mike Peacock, Esq by phone at
(813) 769-2409or via email at mpeacock@peacocklawfirm.com.

Military and Veterans Affairs Committee

Provide legal assistance to military personnel. For information or to be added to the list, contact Alexandra Srsic at asrsic@bals.org, or Robert Nader at rjn@naderlawfl.comThe MVAC Registry of Legal Assistance includes those attorneys who are licensed to practice in Florida and who may be available to assist veterans and active-duty personnel. The registry lists their areas of practice and contact information.Veterans and active-duty military personnel who need legal assistance may directly contact a lawyer through this registry, and the attorney can decide after inquiring about the financial resources of the potential client whether the attorney can offer pro bono or reduced-fee services..

St. Michael’s Legal Center

Provide legal assistance to low income residents at Christ the King Catholic Church. Contact J. Michael Shea at mike@jmichaelshea.com.

Teen Court

Serve as a judge or mentor to help first-time juvenile offenders in Teen Court, a court-sponsored diversionary program. The project is organized by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Contact Pam Stokes at (813) 272-5953 or via email at stokespl@fljud13.org.

University of South Florida Legal Aid

Assist students and graduate students with legal problems that include: landlord/tenant, consumer, DUI, traffic, and family law. Contact the Student Resource Agency at USF at (813) 974-0101.

Wills for Heroes
Assist first responders with limited assets (firefighters, police officers, and paramedics) by providing will, living wills and powers of attorney. Contact Debra Smietanski at (813) 229-2300 or dsmietanski@foley.com.

Domestic Violence Assistance Program

Call to Action: Bay Area Legal Services is in desperate need of volunteers for its Domestic Violence Assistance Program. If you have been trained & can help please contact Sofia Quiros at squiros@bals.org.