Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program
Since 1982, the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program (BAVLP) has provided pro bono opportunities for attorneys who want to donate their time and share their expertise to help those in need in our community. The BAVLP collaborates with professional associations, law firms, the judiciary, and local bar sections and committees to offer a wide variety of pro bono projects. The BAVLP can help you choose a volunteer opportunity that suits your interests, skills, and availability. Whether you are a litigator or a transactional attorney, a new or experienced attorney, or an attorney with limited time to volunteer, there is a pro bono project that is right for you.
BAVLP - NW
Bay Area Legal Services partnered with the Clearwater Bar Association to establish the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program Northwest office (BAVLP-NW) in January of 2014. BAVLP-NW provides pro bono services to the under-served population of North Pinellas County and West Pasco County. Similar to the original Volunteer Lawyers Program in Tampa, attorneys are able to donate their time and share their expertise to help residents of these counties. The BAVLP-NW collaborates with professional associations, law firms, the judiciary and the local bar sections and committees to offer a wide array of pro bono projects. There are a variety of pro bono opportunities available such as litigation, mentorship, and providing legal advice/information at various community resource centers within the community. Whether you are a new or seasoned attorney, we can assist you with choosing a volunteer opportunity that suits your interests, skills and availability. If you would like to collaborate with our organization, we would love to hear from you! To volunteer, contact Jane Helms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do you do pro bono? Thanks to Jennifer Robinson, a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, you can find out why some of our volunteers do pro bono work. Click here to see the video.
Pro Bono Attorney Benefits: Volunteer attorneys who participate in a BAVLP pro bono project receive some great benefits, including:
- The opportunity to expand your legal expertise or develop new legal skills
- Training, mentoring, and supervision for many projects
- Clients with meritorious claims who have been pre-screened for eligibility
- Reimbursement for litigation costs and other case-related expenses
- Projects that have been developed to address the legal needs of our community
- CLE credit for some trainings
- The opportunity to network within the legal community
- Liability insurance coverage for BAVLP projects
- An accounting of your pro bono hours for reporting to the Florida Bar
- Acknowledgement and recognition among your peers and the community
- The satisfaction of knowing you helped someone in need
Training: The BAVLP offers free training in a variety of practices and specialties to meet the needs of volunteer attorneys. Training is provided through seminars, online, or by DVD. Some training may qualify for CLE credit. For more information and a schedule of upcoming trainings: www.onepromiseflorida.org.