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Pro Bono Projects

Donate your time and legal expertise to assist low-income residents of Hillsborough, N. Pinellas, and Pasco counties by participating in a pro bono project.  Volunteers should be an attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar and practicing in Hillsborough, N. Pinellas, or Pasco County.  We also offer opportunities for law students.  You can sign-up to volunteer for a Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program project by completing the Pro Bono Registration and selecting the BAVLP project that interests you or volunteer for other pro bono projects by contacting the contact person listed.  Projects are designated Hillsborough (H), N. Pinellas (NP), Pasco (P), and for law students (L).  If you have questions about participating in a BAVLP pro bono project in Hillsborough County, contact BAVLP at 813.226.8685 ext. 110. For North Pinellas or Pasco counties, contact BAVLP-NW at 727.490.4040 ext. 202.

BAVLP Projects

  • Case Referral Panel (H, NP, P) Accept civil case referrals in those areas of the law that you have designated.  Low-income clients are screened for eligibility and cases are reviewed for legal merit prior to referral.  Mentoring is available. Training is available in certain areas if committed to take a pro bono case within one year.  Click here for more information.
  • Client Intake (H)  Interview and advise legal aid applicants.  Intake sessions are held at the George Edgecomb Courthouse several evenings a month from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  No experience or expertise is needed.  Training and supervision provided.
  • Client Intake (NP)  Interview and advise legal aid applicants. Intake sessions are held at BAVLP NW's Clearwater office during daytime hours, as needed. No experience or expertise is needed. Training and supervision provided.
  • Community Counsel (H, NP, P)  Provide legal assistance to community groups and nonprofit organizations that serve indigent residents. This is an ideal pro bono opportunity for transactional attorneys, in-house counsel, and attorneys representing management.
  • Domestic Violence Assistance Project (H)  Assist victims of domestic violence complete petitions for injunction. Participation does not require court appearances or representation.  Training DVD is provided. The Project is located at the George Edgecomb Courthouse and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 7-10 a.m.
  • Family Forms Clinic (H, L)  Help pro se family law litigants complete family law forms.  No experience or expertise is needed. Training DVD and materials, as well as supervision, are provided.  The Clinic is located at the George Edgecomb Courthouse and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Family Forms Clinic in Spanish/FFC en Espanol (H, L)  Assist non-English speaking pro se family law litigants whose primary language is Spanish.  Spanish-speaking volunteer attorneys help pro se family law litigants complete family law forms one evening each month, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the George Edgecomb Courthouse. Training and supervision provided. The Clinic is supported by the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association.
  • Family Matters (H)  Handle a family law case or become a family law mentor. Volunteer attorneys new to the practice of family law agree to accept a simple uncontested divorce case and are matched with an experienced family law attorney. Mentor attorneys agree to mentor up to four mentees, provide practice tips, expertise, and sample forms and pleadings.
  • iLawyer Provide legal advice and brief services to clients via Skype from the comfort of your own home or office one evening a month from 5pm to 7pm. This project is ideal for attorneys looking for after hours volunteer opportunities that require no travel and little to no follow up. To volunteer or for more information please e-mail or call iLawyer Project Manager Linda Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 813.232.1222, Ext 128.
  • Low Income Taxpayer Panel (H, NP, P)  Assist eligible clients with their income tax issues, including ID theft and innocent spouse relief.
  • No Place Like Home (H), (NP) (P) Represent low-income families in clearing titles to their real property or mobile homes pre-disaster so that if a disaster strikes the families will be able to receive the necessary FEMA funds. This is a regional pro bono project in which training/mentoring can be provided. Please register online to volunteer. Training available.
  • YLD Family Forms Clinic (H, L)  Help pro se family law litigants complete family law forms one evening each month, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the George Edgecomb Courthouse. This is a collaborative project with the HCBA Young Lawyers Division.
  • Youth on Solid Ground (a Statewide YLD initiative) (H), (NP), (P) In Florida, caregivers face obstacles to consistent care when they are asked to help care for a child but do not have the legal authority to act on behalf of the child in their care. This relative caregiver pro bono project assists relative caregivers by obtaining uncontested temporary relative custody orders for guardians to help ensure these children receive the care and resources they need. Please register online to volunteer. Training available.

Other Pro Bono Projects

  • Aging Solutions, Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) (H) Volunteers assist in providing legal services to guardians for indigent wards. Services may include preparation of annual accountings, and scheduling and attending case management conferences. Contact Lona DiCerb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tamara Cribben at 813.949.1888 or Toll Free at 1.866.922.4464.
  • Are You Safe (H)  Assist victims of domestic violence by representing them during the injunction process.  The project is organized by Are You Safe, a nonprofit that provides free legal and social services to domestic violence victims.  Training is provided. Contact: 813.997.7432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Ask a Lawyer (H)  Respond to calls from local residents seeking legal help.  Volunteers appear on Fox 13's morning television show on the first Thursday of the month from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.  CContact: Lupe Vazquez-Mitcham at (813) 221-7783 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Bankruptcy Court Legal Assistance Program (H)  Assist low-income litigants in certain adversary proceedings.  The project is operated by the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District.  Contact: www.flmb.uscourts.gov/legal_assistance/.
  • Brandon Bar Association’s Library Series (H)  The Brandon Bar Association offers a monthly “Legal Information” hour at the Brandon and Bloomingdale Libraries every second Tuesday and Monday, respectively, from 7-8 p.m. Topics include family law, social security, foreclosure, bankruptcy or your topic of choice. Contact Rory Weiner at 813.681.3300 to participate.
  • Crossroads for Florida Kids (H) Assist at-risk children in dependency and delinquency proceedings. Training, mentoring, and professional liability insurance provided. This organization also oversees the Juvenile Delinquency Attorney Ad Litem Project. Contact:  Rosemary Armstrong 813.873.7490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Allison Singer 813.335.0766 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Family Law Guardian Ad Litem Program (H) Experienced volunteer Guardian Ad Litem attorneys needed to serve as children's representatives in family court proceedings. Contact: Courtney Bowes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Federal Litigation Project (H)  Provide limited one-time consultation to pro se litigants in federal court.  Attorneys with expertise in general civil rights and federal employment issues are needed, but all attorneys with federal law experience are encouraged to participate. Contact: Scott McLaren at 813-227-8418 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program (H, P)  Help a child. Volunteer to become an appointed guardian for a child in need.  Training is provided. Contact: 813.272.5110 or www.galtampa.org (in Hillsborough County) or guardianadlitem6.org (in Pasco and Pinellas Counties).
  • Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee (H) Provide legal assistance to military personnel and veterans. Contact: Greg Orcutt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Project Help (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) (H) Provide advice and counsel to homeless individuals at Metropolitan Ministries’ Outreach Center. Training is provided. Clinics are held Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Contact: Ella Shenhav at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 813.227.8121, or Katherine Kobos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 813.463.4888.
  • St. Michael’s Legal Center (H)  Provide legal assistance to low-income residents at Christ the King Catholic Church. Volunteers assist with family law matters, including child support collection and domestic battery cases, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy and immigration matters.  Contact:  J. Michael Shea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association's Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic (H) Provide limited advice/information and prepare court documents for pro se bankruptcy litigants. The clinic is open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Tampa Bay Pro Bono Partners (H, NP, P, L) Partner with a colleague to handle a pro bono project together. The Tampa Bay Pro Bono Partners helps teams find opportunities that fit their interests and availability. Contact: Traci Koster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ashley Trehan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Teen Court (H, L)  Serve as a judge or mentor to help first-time juvenile offenders in Teen Court, a court-sponsored diversionary program.  The project is organized by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.  Contact:  Pam Stokes at 813.272.5953 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Wills for Heroes (H)  Assist first responders (firefighters, police officers, and paramedics) by providing wills, living wills and powers of attorney. Training is provided. Contact: Katie Everlove-Stone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..