Nonlawyer members of the public can participate in Florida’s justice and legal system through volunteer service. In fact, it’s through this experience that members of The Florida Bar’s Citizens Advisory Committee researched, developed and published this list.
There are many nonlawyer seats on Florida Bar committees and boards, and other volunteer opportunities for those who want to support or advocate for special populations in their community. Select a board, committee or group below to find descriptions of the type of work performed, the application process and more.
Offered for informational purposes only.
Court Certified Mediation
Mediators help litigants resolve disputes without sometimes costly and stressful judicial intervention.
Florida Bar Committee on Advertising
Advises Florida Bar members on permissible advertising and solicitation practices.
Florida Bar Judicial Grievance Committees
Committee members investigate complaints to determine whether there has been lawyer misconduct.
Guardian ad Litem Program
Volunteers provide an independent voice for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Florida’s judicial system.
Legal Aid Services
Serve the legal needs of low-income residents by helping attorneys with all aspects of client cases and needs.
Florida Bar Board of Governors
A 52-member body that formulates and adopts matters of policy concerning the activities of The Florida Bar.
Florida Bar Committees on the Unlicensed Practice of Law
Committee members investigate and bring action against individuals practicing law without a license.
Florida Board of Bar Examiners
Created by the Supreme Court of Florida to handle matters concerning admission to The Florida Bar.
Judicial Nominating Commissions
These nine-member commissions locate, recruit, investigate and evaluate applicants for judicial office.
Appointed by the Department of Elder Affairs to advocate and provide services for incapacitated individuals.
Florida Bar Citizens Advisory Committee
An advisory group of citizens who facilitate communication between the state’s citizen constituencies and The Florida Bar.
Florida Bar Foundation Board
Nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice through financial support of legal-aid programs.
Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. Board
Identifies and offers assistance to bar members who suffer from substance abuse, mental health or other disorders.
Judicial Qualifications Commission
An independent state agency charged with investigating allegations of judicial misconduct and disability.
Provides services, resources and support to victims of sexual assault, violent crimes and traumatic experiences.
Hear from those who have served
“I had never stepped foot nor wanted to into the courthouse until I joined the JNC. Now I know the reality and I speak to the public about the concerns and prejudices that exist in the court system. There is a big need for nonlawyers on the commissions.”
15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
“Serving on a Grievance Committee is an eye-opener. It has given me insight in how the Bar operates. It has been a very rewarding experience.”
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