Lawyers donate 1.3 million hours of pro bono work

first_imgFlorida lawyers provided more than 1.3 million hours of pro bono work last year and contributed $2.5 million to legal aid organizations, according to the new figures gleaned from the Bar’s latest dues statements.The new statistics represent an increase in pro bono services over the previous year, when Florida attorneys provided $1.2 million hours of free service and $2.4 million in direct legal aid contributions.“Florida has one of the most aggressive pro bono legal services programs of any state in the nation, encouraging attorneys to provide free services and requiring them to report their contributions on an annual basis,” Bar President Tod Aronovitz said. “Despite the misperceptions many people have about lawyers, the truth is that the legal profession is absolutely dedicated to making the law work for everyone, and we want to make a difference in the lives of our community.”Aronovitz said the 1.3 million hours of pro bono work amounts to more than $65 million in free services, when calculated according to an estimate of $50 per hour in fees (based on doubling the $25-consultation fee charged by lawyers involved in the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service).Nearly 30,000 of Florida’s 70,000 lawyers provided the free legal services to the poor from July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002, and 6,784 lawyers donated cash directly to the legal aid providers. In 1993, the Florida Supreme Court adopted a pro bono plan that encourages attorneys to give at least 20 hours per year in free legal services to the poor or contribute a minimum of $350 to legal aid organizations. Included in the Supreme Court plan was a mandatory requirement that every lawyer report whether he or she did or did not participate.“Pro bono contributions from the legal profession have risen steadily through the years, and our goal is to see every Florida lawyer participate and give back to the community,” Aronovitz said. Lawyers donate 1.3 million hours of pro bono work Lawyers donate 1.3 million hours of pro bono workcenter_img February 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img

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