New Volunteer Lawyer Panel Program for the Northern District of Florida:

The Northern District of Florida has recently developed a volunteer lawyer panel program to fulfill the needs of pro se, in forma pauperis litigants in need of representation in civil cases. While the litigants are primarily inmates pursuing civil rights issues, the program is open to all citizens in need who are eligible and approved for representation.

The program is seeking attorneys willing to help, and it welcomes newly-admitted attorneys as well as part-time attorneys and those in corporate or in-house positions. Any attorney in good standing in the Northern District is eligible for the panel. Further details in the administrative order establishing the panel are available on the Northern District of Florida’s website, posted under Forms & Publications as the “Pro Bono Volunteer Plan.”

For questions or to enroll in the panel, contact Ben Stevenson, bstevenson@aclufl.org, 786.363.2738.

 When you donate your time, you change lives

Please review our waiting list of people desperately seeking pro bono help. Do you see a client or situation you are inspired by? Or can you help a client with a custody situation? They often face the longest wait. Contact LAF Volunteer Coordinator Jason Leong at 702-5009 or jason(at)tallahasseebar.org to make a difference in the life of a disadvantaged Leon County citizen.

Not quite comfortable with family law? Our Family Law Expert panel of Board members and experienced volunteers is committed to assist you with questions as you go through the case.

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The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau is in need of volunteers!

The Speakers Bureau is a Florida Bar program that allows attorneys to have an active role in speaking to civic and community groups about our justice system and various legal topics. The program exists to promote an understanding of our constitutionally based system of government, knowledge about the justice system and an appreciation of the role lawyers play to protect the rights of all.

Recent changes to the program include updates to the database, easier sign-up and more regular communication with attorney volunteers. With the retooling of the database, we’ve had to build our team of volunteer speakers from the ground up, and we need your help to continue successfully pairing attorney speakers with local organizations.

It’s easy become a speaker: Simply sign up by visiting http://www.floridabar.org/speakersbureau. You will be prompted to sign in using your Florida Bar log-in information. Once logged in, complete the electronic Speaker Form.

We have several speaking opportunities in the Tallahassee area, and we would greatly appreciate you sharing them with your fellow local Bar members.

Sept. 11
Oct. 9
Nov. 13
12 p.m.
12 p.m.
12 p.m.
Family Law
Animal Law
Elder Law

One of the topics we are emphasizing is Benchmarks, an initiative of The Florida Bar and its Constitutional Judiciary Committee. Speakers who have listened to the online Benchmarks webinar or taken a Benchmarks seminar can sign up to make Benchmarks presentations. The presentations are available at www.floridabar.org/Benchmarks and cover topics such as the election of judges, an examination of voting rights, interpreting laws and more. Each Benchmarks activity has an overview to guide the presentation; most also have slide presentations.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kenia Escobar, Speakers Bureau Coordinator at (850) 561-5767 or kescobar@flabar.org, http://www.floridabar.org/speakersbureau