The South Florida Paralegal
Association ("SFPA") announced today that it will begin participation
in providing its member’s services to the Put Something Back Pro Bono
Project (PSB) which provides legal services to the less fortunate
people of Miami-Dade County.
Mark Workman, President of the SFPA, states that he will immediately
begin recruiting members to volunteer their time and provide
professional paralegal services to this worthy cause. "We are bound by
our ethical and professional duties both as an association and
individually, to give something back to the less fortunate of our
community", he said. Over the past several months, Workman has been
coordinating SFPA member involvement with Karen Ladis of PSB to provide her office with necessary services to the community. "PSB
needs paralegals to assist our office to help our program achieve our
goal of delivering pro bono legal assistance to the underprivileged of
the community. We are pleased with SFPA’s efforts in this regard", she
The PSB is the official program for providing pro bono, or free
legal assistance to the needy population of Miami-Dade County. It is
designed to increase access to the civil legal system by serving as an
umbrella agency for referral to all other legal service providers and
as a clearinghouse for attorneys who volunteer to help the less
fortunate and underprivileged people of the community.
Through this project, clients are referred to volunteer attorneys
experienced in a wide range of legal matters, including: family cases;
children's matters requiring Guardians Ad Litem in juvenile dependency,
probate and civil court; consumer and housing concerns; domestic
violence permanent injunction matters; AIDS and other health crisis
issues; social security and veterans benefits; employment matters; the
preparation and processing of wills; and, non-fee generating civil
court cases where damages at issue are greater than $5,000. Since its
inception in 1992, the program has handled nearly 34,000 cases and
recruited more than 7,000 attorneys, including 210 law firms who have
signed up 100% of their membership. It is the largest and most
comprehensive pro bono project in Florida.
PSB's mission is to recruit and train qualified attorneys to provide
free civil legal aid in the areas of domestic violence,
not-for-profits, guardian ad litem, family law, guardianship, probate,
bankruptcy, insurance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Habitat for
Humanity, wills and more. In 2004, approximately 4,000 clients applied
for services. Of those, over 1,000 received assistance and/or
representation and the remainder received either counsel and advice,
brief services or appropriate referrals. There is an overwhelming need
for volunteers to assist PSB in the recruitment and referral process.
For volunteer opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of operation, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Office address:
123 NW First Avenue, Miami, FL 33128. Phone: 305-579-5733 ext. 2252.
SFPA is a Miami-Dade County based paralegal association affiliated
with the National Association of Legal Assistants. Since 1979 it has
served the legal community of South Florida. To learn more about SFPA,
please visit their website at www.sfpa.info.