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Seeking Pro Bono Service Award Nominees

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August 28, 2020

Nominations for the annual pro bono service awards, which honor lawyers, judges, law firms and associations that have contributed extraordinary pro bono service are open. The nomination deadline for all categories is Thursday, October 22, 2020, no later than 5:00 p.m.

Pro bono publico means “for the public good,” and pro bono legal service is just one way that attorneys do their part to help make their communities better.

Each year Florida Bar members report donating millions of hours and dollars to help Floridians who cannot afford a lawyer with civil legal matters.

Every year, in a ceremonial session of the Florida Supreme Court, more than two dozen lawyers and judges are honored by the court and The Florida Bar for the free legal assistance they have provided. For each of these members of The Florida Bar, as well as a law firm and a voluntary bar association, this honor underscores a professional commitment to service and acknowledges the many hours of pro bono work performed to help children, victims of human trafficking, the elderly, refugees, the poor and countless others who wouldn’t be able to afford the legal assistance they so badly need.

The 2021 pro bono service awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

The road to this annual ceremony begins now, with the call for nominations.

The Florida Bar and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court invite nominations from legal aid groups, civic organizations, fellow lawyers and regular citizens who know of a special lawyer, judge, law firm or voluntary bar that has freely given of time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor.

More information here.