Certified Lawyers on Call (CLOC) is a service of The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE), in conjunction with The Florida Bar Foundation.
The CLOC Service was developed in 2018 to give legal aid organization staff attorneys, and private attorneys who work with a legal aid organization on a referral basis, pro bono telephone consultation access to a board certified lawyer when a legal expert’s advice in a certification practice area is needed by the pro bono client. There are presently 215 board certified lawyers who are available on a volunteer basis to consult with attorneys who are working on a pro bono case through a legal aid organization in Florida.
How CLOC Works
List of Board of Certified Lawyers on Call
The BLSE has compiled a list of those board certified lawyers who are willing to serve as advisers, their contact information, and their certification area(s) of practice. The list is not distributed to legal aid organizations and it remains an internal BLSE and CLOC service document.
If you are a board certified lawyer and have not yet volunteered and would like to serve as an adviser, please email the CLOC contact coordinator and your name will be added to the list. A board certified lawyer may remove the lawyer’s name from the list at any time by contacting the CLOC contact coordinator. All email regarding the CLOC service should be sent to the CLOC contact coordinator, not the BLSE or The Florida Bar Foundation.
If you are an adviser or inquiring attorney and receive a request to complete a CLOC Survey, please take the time to give CLOC your feedback and promptly respond to the survey.
Pro Bono Rule
Florida Bar Rule 4-6.1 strongly encourages a lawyer’s public service and states that a lawyer’s professional responsibility includes providing legal services to the economically disadvantaged on a pro bono basis. The CLOC service provides board certified lawyers with an additional opportunity to serve those in need of expert legal services who cannot otherwise afford them, and to partner with legal aid organizations and The Florida Bar Foundation to ensure equal access to justice.
Board certified lawyers can report the time spent giving advice in the CLOC service to an inquiring attorney as pro bono legal service. Moreover, by participating in the CLOC service, board certified advisers promote the value of board certification and serve as great examples of lawyers who are dedicated to the highest ideals of professionalism and competence.
The BLSE extends its sincere thank you to those Board Certified Lawyers who have volunteered as advisers.