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College of Law

Florida State University

 

Pro Bono Requirement

To obtain a law degree, a student must perform a minimum of 20 hours of pro bono legal work during their second or third year of law school. Pro bono legal work is defined as "work on behalf of indigent individuals or other uncompensated legal work in conjunction with an individual lawyer, law firm or organization on behalf of a disadvantaged minority, the victims of racial, sexual, other forms of discrimination, those denied human and civil rights, or other work on behalf of the public interest. Work on behalf of the public interest means legal work that is designed to present a position on behalf of the public at large on matters of public interest . . . ."

The pro bono requirement must be completed at least 30 days prior to graduation. The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for determining whether a student has satisfied the pro bono requirement. Current students should log in to BlackBoard (my.fsu.edu), and visit the Student Affairs page under "courses & orgs" to view the mandatory Pro Bono Orientation that covers all aspects of this requirement, and to access the forms necessary to obtain appropriate credit.

 

Pre-Approved Pro Bono Sites

Animals

  • Pets Ad Litem

    The goals of our organization are to enhance public awareness of responsible pet ownership; coordinate competent, professional assistance for state and local governments to develop a unified and cohesive team to address animal issues; provide proficient and skillful representation of the interests of animals in legal proceedings; and to protect the rights and promote the best interests of animals.

    Contact

    Ralph DeMeo
    119 South Monroe Street, Ste 300
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.222.7500
    Pets Ad Litem Website

Children & Family

  • Teen Court (Leon County)

    Program Director Teen Court is a ‘real’ sentencing hearing for first time misdemeanor and third degree felony juvenile offenders. Students will assist the teen attorneys with the preparation of their case strategy and will also serve as juror observers.

    Contact

    Jessica Pitts, Program Director
    301 S Monroe Street, Suite 225
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.606.4468
    Teen Court Website

  • Legal Aid Foundation of The Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Florida Military Family and Community Covenant, Inc.

    The FMFCC Veterans Law Clinic will assist veterans with cases that will have the greatest impact on the stability and success of its veteran clients. Students will assists case workers with investigatory work to help compile documentation for the pro bono attorney’s working with FMFCC on behalf of veteran clients. Cases such as Child Support Modification, FLDMV driver’s license issues, domestic relations and state/federal misdemeanors, among others.  

    Contact

    Rae Pike
    535 John Knox Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
    T: 850.421.4499
    http://www.militaryfamilycc.org/get-involved/

  • Institute for Family Violence Studies, FSU School of Social Work

    Students learn about supervised visitation on a national level. The Clearinghouse is part of the FSU Institute for Family Violence Studies in the School of Social Work located in the University Center. The mission of the Clearinghouse is to serve as a resource on supervised visitation and related family law issues by providing technical and legal assistance to the judiciary, providers, and other referring agencies. Legal research is required. 

    Contact

    Karen Oehme, Project Director
    C3404 University Center
    Tallahassee, FL 32306
    T: 850.644.6303
    IFVS Website

  • Public Interest Law Center

    Students provide legal research. Timing may allow for other possibilities. Focus is on children’s issues including: juvenile justice, children and pesticides at school, social security, disability, legislative adequacy, and policy analysis.

    Contact

    Carl Baum
    FSU College of Law
    Tallahassee, FL 32306
    T: 850.644.9928
    PILC Website

  • Legal Services of North Florida
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program (Second Judicial Circuit)

    Students assist attorneys in all aspects of pending cases. Students’ desire to assist abused and neglected children in the judicial system must be very strong. Students may investigate disputed custody cases and make recommendations to the court for disposition in child’s best interest as trained guardian ad litems.

    Contact

    Sara Blumenthal
    1920 Thomasville Road, Suite, 209
    Tallahassee, FL 32303-5217
    T: 850.606.1200 
    Website

  • Department of Children and Families, Children’s Legal Services

Civil/Human Rights

  • FSU Title IX Office

    Volunteers will be engaged in a variety of projects, to include: reviewing DOE/OCR Letters of Findings and Resolution Agreements with other Universities, as well as the revised sexual misconduct policies of the universities; producing memorandum and spreadsheet summary of agreements; and researching use of Restorative Justice to address campus sexual assault.

    Contact

    Aisha Casseus, Interim Director
    T: 850.644.1774
    http://titleix.fsu.edu

  • Center for the Advancement of Human Rights

    The Center has the mandate of facilitating the development of human rights-related courses throughout the university, of establishing human rights field placements for FSU students, and of supporting nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") throughout the world that engage in human rights work.

    Contact

    Vania Llovera, Assistant Director
    426 West Jefferson Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.644.4550
    www.cahr.fsu.edu

  • Alternative Spring Break

    The Public Interest Law Center coordinates a yearly trip to Immokalee, FL during spring break where students assist migrant workers with legal issues. This opportunity is open to 1L& 2L& 3L students.

    Contact

    Carl Baum
    FSU College of Law
    Tallahassee, FL 32306
    T: 850.644.9928
    PILC Website

  • North Florida Center for Equal Justice

    The North Florida Center For Equal Justice was founded in 2007 with a mission of providing equal access to our judicial system to the disadvantaged families and individuals living in 16 northwest Florida counties. NFCFEJ provides a range of services that will most effectively address the housing, consumer, individual rights and education problems that affect large numbers of people in north Florida.

    Contact

    Edward Grunewald, Esq.
    2121 Delta Blvd.
    Tallahassee, Florida 32303
    T: 850.701.3980
    http://www.nfcfej.org/

  • Florida Commission on Human Relations

    The Commission is the state agency charged with enforcing the state’s civil rights laws and serves as a resource on human relations for the people of Florida. It is against Florida law to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or familial status. The Commission investigates complaints in the areas of areas of employment, housing, public accommodations and state employee whistle-blower retaliation.

    Contact

    Cheyanne Costilla, Esq.
    2009 Apalachee Parkway, Ste. 200
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.488.7082
    http://fchr.state.fl.us/

Consumer

  • Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.
  • Office of Public Counsel

    The Office of the Public Counsel (OPC) was created by the Florida Legislature to provide legal representation for the people of the state in utility related matters in proceedings before the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), and in proceedings before counties pursuant to Section 367.171(8), F.S. The OPC operates basically like a law office to intervene in rate proceedings on behalf of rate-payers involving electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities, and performs independent analyses, presents testimony of expert witnesses, cross-examines utility witnesses, and files recommendations and briefs. Interested 11 students would be expected to perform legal research and analysis relating to utility issues, as well as provide legislative analysis of legislation concerning utility-related issues. This work might also involve the review of accounting and engineering documentation relating to the operations of electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities. Students would be given the opportunity to attend and possibly participate in a limited capacity in PSC proceedings. 

    Contact

    Erik Sayler, Associate Public Counsel
    111 W. Madison Street, Suite 812 (Claude Pepper Building)
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    T: 850.488.9330
    F: 850.487.6419

  • Emerald Coast Legal Aid
  • Legal Services of North Florida

Criminal

  • Office of the State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit

    The State Attorney processes all criminal cases presented by law enforcement officers who have charged persons with felonies, misdemeanors, traffic crimes (like DUI or reckless driving), acts of juvenile delinquency, and some violations of county or municipal ordinances. 

    Contact

    Jack Campbell
    301 S. Monroe Street, Ste. 401
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.606.6000
    http://www.sao2fl.org/

  • Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel

    Pro bono legal work with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel is an exciting opportunity for 1L's, 2L's, 3L's and Alumni to refine their practical skills under the direction of skilled criminal defense attorneys. Our office provides flexible opportunities for students with busy schedules to complete their pro bono hours in both the trial and appellate divisions. Please contact our office to inquire about available pro bono opportunities.

    Contact

    Michael Titus, Supervisor
    227 N. Bronough Street, Ste. 1125
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
    T: 850.922.0179

  • Teen Court (Leon County)

    Program Director Teen Court is a ‘real’ sentencing hearing for first time misdemeanor and third degree felony juvenile offenders. Students will assist the teen attorneys with the preparation of their case strategy and will also serve as juror observers.

    Contact

    Jessica Pitts, Program Director
    301 S Monroe Street, Suite 225
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.606.4468
    Teen Court Website

  • Office of the Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit

    The Public Defender's office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with crimes each year.

    Contact

    Andy Thomas
    301 S. Monroe Street, Suite 401
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.606.1011
    http://www.flpd2.com/

  • Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Bureau

    Generally, students work on a range of criminal appellate cases advocating the side of the State, including child homicide and public corruption cases, as well as a range of other cases. Students may also have the opportunity to work with our victim advocate or on legislative issues.

    Contact

    personneldesk@myfloridalegal.com
    400 S Monroe St, Pl 01
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-6536
    T: 850.414.3900 x 3411

  • Innocence Project

    The Innocence Project handles cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. Most clients are poor, forgotten, and have used up all of their legal avenues for relief. The hope they all have is that biological evidence from their cases still exists and can be subjected to DNA testing. Students handle the case work while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff.

    Contact

    Seth E. Miller, Executive Director
    1100 East Park Avenue
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.561.6767
    http://floridainnocence.org/

Disability

  • Office of the Public Guardian, Inc.

    The Office of Public Guardian, Inc., (OPG) serves adults with mental and/or physical disabilities as their court-appointed legal guardian when they are incapable of managing some or all of their affairs. The OPG provides quality public assistance in the form of guardianship services to vulnerable adults adjudicated incapacitated who have no family, friends, or resources to obtain a private guardian.

    Contact

    1425 E. Piedmont Dr. Suite 201-B 
    Tallahassee, FL 32308 
    T: 850.487.4609
    helpis@northfloridaopg.org 
    http://northfloridaopg.org

  • Disability Rights Florida

    Students work on individual cases accepted by the center and prepare them for administrative hearings. Work may also include researching, drafting pleadings, and answering discovery requests.

    Contact

    Tony DePalmaDirector of Public Policy
    2473 Care Drive, Suite #200
    Tallahassee, Florida 32308
    T: 850.488.9071 x 9737
    F: 850.488.8640

Environmental

  • Surfrider Foundation, Florida Office

    Students would be involved in researching, analyzing and drafting legislation, tracking legislation, attending public hearings and analyzing testimony, and possibly speaking in such hearings.

    Contact

    Holly Parker, Florida Regional Coordinator
    1319 Cherry Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
    T: 850.567.3393
    https://www.surfrider.org/

  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

    The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is the state's land planning and community development agency. The Department ensures that new growth complies with the state's vital growth management laws, while also helping established communities revitalize their older or traditional neighborhoods.

    Contact

    Jim Poppell
    107 East Madison Street, Caldwell Bldg, MSC 110
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-4128
    T: 850.922.1685
    http://www.floridajobs.org/

  • Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Legal Department
  • Big Bend Coastal Conservancy

    The Big Bend Coastal Conservancy (BBCC) is a conservation program spanning the coastal zones of Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor and Dixie Counties in the panhandle of North Florida. We have been active since 2009, and formalized this non-profit conservation program on June 8, 2010 on World Ocean Day. Our region has unique natural and cultural resources vital to the local economy and our way of life. Conserving these unique coastal and marine areas is important because of the extreme diversity and because of the ecological importance. The Big Bend Coastal Conservancy recognizes the importance of promoting the region for sustainable enjoyment, improving the public’s education through recreational opportunities and sustaining the integrity of our fisheries and coastal habitats.

    Contact

    Tony Murray
    PO Box 12702
    Tallahassee, FL 32317-2702
    T: 850.228.4114
    BigBendCoastalConservancy@gmail.com 

  • Apalachicola Riverkeeper

    The Apalachicola Riverkeeper engages in multiple law-based projects to protect the Apalachicola Bay and River. We would anticipate providing opportunities for students to conduct legal research on pertinent issues, retrieve and review agency files, attend substantive meetings with stakeholders, agency representatives and other organizations, attend public hearings and meetings of local governments.

    Contact

    Dan Tonsmeire, Executive Director
    232 B Water Street
    Apalachicola, FL 32320
    T: 850.653.8936
    shannon@apalachicolariverkeeper.org 
    http://apalachicolariverkeeper.org/

  • 1000 Friends of Florida

    1000 Friends of Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization that was founded in 1986 to serve as Florida's growth management "watchdog." 

    Contact

    926 E. Park Ave.
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.222.6277 
    friends@1000fof.org 
    http://www.1000friendsofflorida.org/ 

  • Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.
  • Pets Ad Litem

    The goals of our organization are to enhance public awareness of responsible pet ownership; coordinate competent, professional assistance for state and local governments to develop a unified and cohesive team to address animal issues; provide proficient and skillful representation of the interests of animals in legal proceedings; and to protect the rights and promote the best interests of animals.

    Contact

    Ralph DeMeo
    119 South Monroe Street, Ste 300
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.222.7500
    Pets Ad Litem Website

  • Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget, Environmental Unit

    During state legislative session (in the spring) students will track bills filed during the legislative session, perform bill analysis for these bills, research and report on legislative history for statuses related to proposed bills, research and report on litigation associated with proposed bills, attend and report on committee and stakeholder meetings for these bills, brief unit staff on bills and provide recommendations, accompany unit staff to other policy meetings in order to increase the student’s experience with and exposure to this work environment, and complete other assigned research tasks for issues relevant to the unit.

    Contact

    Kathryne Benbow, Volunteer Supervisor
    The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St. (Room 1801)
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    T: 850.717.9508
    F: 850.922.6200


  • Earthjustice

    Students perform legal research in support of litigation and assist in case preparation.

    Contact

    Alisa Coe
    111 South MLK, Jr. Blvd.
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.681-0031 

  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

    The Commission serves the citizens of Florida by protecting fish and wildlife resources. Students perform clerking tasks for attorneys, working with issues in employment issues, wildlife, and habitat.

    Contact

    Bud Vielhauer, Legal Office
    620 South Meridian Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    T: 850.488.4676
    http://myfwc.com/

  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection

    Students conduct legal research and draft documents relating to environmental protection issues.

    Contact

    Heather Chapman
    3900 Commonwealth Blvd
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    (850) 245-2242
    Website

  • Trust for Public Lands

    The Trust for Public Lands is the only national nonprofit working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well-being. TPL helps conserve land for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities.

    Contact

    Peter Fodor, Esq.
    306 North Monroe
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.222.7911
    www.tpl.org

Health

  • Florida Public Interest Research Group

    Florida Public Interest Group takes on powerful interests on behalf of Florida's citizens, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. 

    Contact

    Amina Fazlullah
    926 E. Park Ave.
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.224.3321 
    info@floridapirg.org
    Website 

  • North Florida Center for Equal Justice

    The North Florida Center For Equal Justice was founded in 2007 with a mission of providing equal access to our judicial system to the disadvantaged families and individuals living in 16 northwest Florida counties. NFCFEJ provides a range of services that will most effectively address the housing, consumer, individual rights and education problems that affect large numbers of people in north Florida.

    Contact

    Edward Grunewald, Esq.
    2121 Delta Blvd.
    Tallahassee, Florida 32303
    T: 850.701.3980
    http://www.nfcfej.org/

Housing

  • 1000 Friends of Florida

    1000 Friends of Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization that was founded in 1986 to serve as Florida's growth management "watchdog." 

    Contact

    926 E. Park Ave.
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.222.6277 
    friends@1000fof.org 
    http://www.1000friendsofflorida.org/ 

  • Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.
  • North Florida Center for Equal Justice

    The North Florida Center For Equal Justice was founded in 2007 with a mission of providing equal access to our judicial system to the disadvantaged families and individuals living in 16 northwest Florida counties. NFCFEJ provides a range of services that will most effectively address the housing, consumer, individual rights and education problems that affect large numbers of people in north Florida.

    Contact

    Edward Grunewald, Esq.
    2121 Delta Blvd.
    Tallahassee, Florida 32303
    T: 850.701.3980
    http://www.nfcfej.org/

  • Legal Services of North Florida

Immigration

  • Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida

    The internship/volunteer program is designed to provide law students interested in pursuing a career in immigration law with a working knowledge of immigration/refugee resettlement practices and human services in the United States. Participants would be presented with the opportunity to work under the supervision of an immigration specialist and immigration attorney, and participate in outreach, client interview, case assessment, case preparation.

    Contact

    Angel Stedman, Regional Director
    1380 Blountstown Hwy
    Tallahassee, FL 32361
    T: 850.222.2180 
    http://ccnwfl.org/ 

  • North Florida Center for Equal Justice

    The North Florida Center For Equal Justice was founded in 2007 with a mission of providing equal access to our judicial system to the disadvantaged families and individuals living in 16 northwest Florida counties. NFCFEJ provides a range of services that will most effectively address the housing, consumer, individual rights and education problems that affect large numbers of people in north Florida.

    Contact

    Edward Grunewald, Esq.
    2121 Delta Blvd.
    Tallahassee, Florida 32303
    T: 850.701.3980
    http://www.nfcfej.org/

Indigent Services

  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Florida Legal Services
  • Office of the State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit

    The State Attorney processes all criminal cases presented by law enforcement officers who have charged persons with felonies, misdemeanors, traffic crimes (like DUI or reckless driving), acts of juvenile delinquency, and some violations of county or municipal ordinances. 

    Contact

    Jack Campbell
    301 S. Monroe Street, Ste. 401
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.606.6000
    http://www.sao2fl.org/

  • Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.
  • Emerald Coast Legal Aid
  • Legal Aid Foundation of The Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Office of the Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit

    The Public Defender's office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with crimes each year.

    Contact

    Andy Thomas
    301 S. Monroe Street, Suite 401
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.606.1011
    http://www.flpd2.com/

  • Innocence Project

    The Innocence Project handles cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. Most clients are poor, forgotten, and have used up all of their legal avenues for relief. The hope they all have is that biological evidence from their cases still exists and can be subjected to DNA testing. Students handle the case work while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff.

    Contact

    Seth E. Miller, Executive Director
    1100 East Park Avenue
    Tallahassee, FL 32301
    T: 850.561.6767
    http://floridainnocence.org/

  • North Florida Center for Equal Justice

    The North Florida Center For Equal Justice was founded in 2007 with a mission of providing equal access to our judicial system to the disadvantaged families and individuals living in 16 northwest Florida counties. NFCFEJ provides a range of services that will most effectively address the housing, consumer, individual rights and education problems that affect large numbers of people in north Florida.

    Contact

    Edward Grunewald, Esq.
    2121 Delta Blvd.
    Tallahassee, Florida 32303
    T: 850.701.3980
    http://www.nfcfej.org/

  • Public Interest Law Center

    Students provide legal research. Timing may allow for other possibilities. Focus is on children’s issues including: juvenile justice, children and pesticides at school, social security, disability, legislative adequacy, and policy analysis.

    Contact

    Carl Baum
    FSU College of Law
    Tallahassee, FL 32306
    T: 850.644.9928
    PILC Website

  • Legal Services of North Florida
  • Florida Justice Technology Center (FJTC)

    The Florida Justice Technology Center was created to work with legal aid and pro bono programs, the court system, clerks of court, lawyers, law schools, corporations, community partners, and others to develop technology products and services that will expand access to justice for those confronting civil legal issues such as divorce, child custody, foreclosure, landlord-tenant disputes, home ownership, veterans benefits, and elder affairs. The center will work to collaborate and coordinate with legal technology efforts going on throughout the state, such as online systems for creating and assembling court forms and legal documents, as well as online client intake.

    Student volunteers will be responsible for building the largest database of legal aid assistance in Florida.  This will include: calling and visiting legal aid programs; collecting information on their intake process; drafting, researching and editing legal education materials to assist low-income Floridians; editing, organizing, and publishing substantive legal content submitted by attorneys and/or legal aid organizations to be used by Florida Legal Aid and pro bono attorneys, such as guidebooks and practice manuals.

    Contacts:

    Alla Holmes
    Katie Miller

Judiciary

  • Second Judicial Circuit

    Each student will be assigned to work directly with a judge, under the supervision of a staff attorney. Various short and longer term research project assignments. All pro bono students must submit to a criminal background check.

    Contact

    Kelly Vance, Volunteer Coordinator
    T: 850.606.4411

Professionalism

  • The Florida Bar, Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism

    The Center coordinates all projects and activities of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism; serves as a research, writing and teaching resource for professionalism initiatives in Florida; reviews and catalogs articles/reports/information on professionalism issues; provides resources and information on professionalism to members of the judiciary, the bar, law schools, local bar associations and other state bars; and publishes a quarterly newsletter that focuses on professionalism in the legal profession. Student-volunteers will conduct research and draft correspondence for various professionalism initiatives.

    Contact

    Jacina Hanson, Assistant Director
    651 East Jefferson Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
    T: 850.561.5747
    http://www.floridabar.org

Tax

  • United Way of the Big Bend, The BEST Project

    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers at sites throughout the Big Bend from January to April each year. Volunteers should have a basic understanding of simple tax returns and be willing to make a time commitment of approximately two to four hours a week throughout the filing season. Each volunteer must complete classroom training or self-study the material and pass a test before being able to participate. The test will be given as part of the training class. For self-study, students need to ask for a set of study materials and schedule the test after completion. Classroom training occurs in December and January each year; self-study training can be done between December and March.

    Contact

    R. Jai Gillum, Director
    307 East 7th Avenue
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
    T: 850.487.8091


     
  • Legal Services of North Florida
  • Impact America

    Attend two four-hour tax training session to learn basic tax law concepts and obtain basic IRS, certification as a volunteer tax preparer to provide free tax preparation for low-income, working families at community-based tax sites in Tallahassee from late January through mid-April. This includes helping families served secure millions in refunds and save thousands in commercial preparation fees - money and savings that go directly to their children's education, housing, transportation to school and jobs, and savings and asset-building - by ensuring that families receive credits, such as the Earned Tax Credit, for which they are eligible.

    Kim Harris, Florida State Director
    1801 Miccosukee Commons Dr, Ste 200
    Tallahassee, FL 32308
    T: 850.487.0262
    savefirstvolunteerfl@impactamerica.com