Sustaining Law Firm Campaign
You can fulfill your annual pro bono service goals (Florida Bar Rule 4.6-1) and become a partner in equal justice by making a contribution of $350 or more to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. If every attorney in your law firm donates, you become a Sustaining Law Firm. By making a contribution, you are joining a valued group of supporters who are affirming that equal justice should be a reality for everyone in Central Florida, regardless of their income.
Why Become a Sustaining Law Firm
Fulfill Your Pro Bono Requirement
Your firm will be able to report 100% compliance with The Florida Bar’s pro bono service goals (Florida Bar Rule 4.6-1).
Help Your Community
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is the largest provider of free legal aid to low-income residents in Central Florida, helping more than 17,500 people annually. By guiding our clients through life’s obstacles, we give them the tools they need to participate fully in our society. Your support of CLSMF will help us to promote fairness and equality in the communities we serve, which in turn helps:
- families in crisis to secure access to safety-net food and income programs;
- seniors to regain control of their lives after abuse or financial exploitation;
- low-income veterans to obtain (or appeal the denial of) service-related benefits;
- victims of domestic violence to obtain safety and independence from abuse;
- children with disabilities to obtain the educational services they need.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What size or type of law firm can qualify as a Sustaining Law Firm?
Any size or type, including solo practitioners, corporate legal departments and small to large law firms.
What is the contribution requirement to become a Sustaining Law Firm?
Make a donation of $350 or more for each attorney in the firm practicing in Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties (CLSMF service area).
What do I report to the Florida Bar?
Florida Bar Rule 4.6-1 allows attorneys to meet the expectation that they render pro bono legal services to low-income residents by making a contribution of $350 or more to a qualifying organization, such as CLSMF. After becoming a Sustaining Law Firm, simply report that your firm has achieved 100% compliance with The Florida Bar’s pro bono service goal.
Who can contribute?
Contributions can be made by individual attorneys, their employer or through a matching gift program.
Do I have to pay now?
No. Choose to pledge now and start receiving the benefits immediately. Full payment must be received by December 31st.
How would a national or regional firm qualify?
The firm would qualify as a Sustaining Law Firm by contributing $350 for each attorney practicing in the 12-county service area for Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida.
Can non-monetary commitments, such as pro bono hours, count towards the requirement to become a Sustaining Law Firm?
No. Qualification as a Sustaining Law Firm is based on financial support.