Pro bono attorneys in the 4th Judicial Circuit have four opportunities to support service members in need of civil legal assistance by:
• Registering with the ABA Military Pro Bono Project
• Joining The Jacksonville Bar Association's Military Law Section
• Volunteering with the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership
• Signing up to take the case of a veteran or service person through the 4th Circuit online case review resource.
ABA Military Pro Bono Project
Attorneys from law firms, corporate law departments and other legal organizations throughout the nation register with the project with an interest in accepting pro bono cases on behalf of our service members.
Private attorneys also provide lawyer-to-lawyer consultations to military attorneys.
Interested attorneys may register on the project's website militaryprobono.org.
Military section of The JBA
As requests for pro bono assistance are received from the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, the chair of the Military Law Section forwards these requests to members of the Military Law Section of The JBA.
Attorneys review case summaries prior to acceptance and can respond directly to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project to begin communication with the service member in need of assistance. To participate, email [email protected].
Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership
The Wounded Warrior Project is working with the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership to assist low-income, disabled veterans in need of civil legal assistance.
Wounded Warrior's resource center staff makes referrals to the partnership when a warrior requests legal assistance.
Attorneys who have indicated they are interested in assisting a low-income, disabled veteran on a pro bono basis are notified of the need and the facts of the case.
Attorneys interested in considering the cases of disabled veterans should contact Kathy Para at [email protected].
4th Circuit assistance
Attorneys may review redacted case summaries and request more information on the case prior to acceptance. Cases of veterans are identified through Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership, and Three Rivers Legal Services. Civil matters of low-income veterans are posted online at jaxlegalaid.org, "Cases in Need of Placement with Pro Bono Attorneys."
We are proud to be a military community. We are deeply appreciative of our many military service men and women and the sacrifices that they and their families have made on our behalf. On Veterans Day and every day, sincere gratitude is extended to them all.
For information on pro bono opportunities throughout the 4th Judicial Circuit, attorneys are encouraged to contact Kathy Para, The JBA Pro Bono Committee chair, at [email protected].