One recipient will be selected from each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, along with one Florida Bar member practicing out-of-state, for The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. A nominee must be admitted to practice in Florida and may not be an employee of an organization providing free or low-cost legal services to the poor.
Pro Bono is derived from the phrase pro bono publico, meaning “for the good of the public.” The purpose of these awards is to encourage more Florida lawyers to freely contribute their time and expertise in providing legal services to people in their community who cannot otherwise afford those services. In some instances, this will include legal services to charitable organizations that serve the poor. The awards are intended to provide recognition to lawyers who have made an outstanding contribution in this area. The emphasis of this award is on legal services to the poor.