The Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association (YLS) held a social in celebration of Veteran’s Day at The Apothecary 330 in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on November 3, 2016. This social was held in conjunction with Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law to raise awareness for the legal needs of veterans and to encourage taking on a pro bono case for a veteran through Mission United Veterans Pro Bono Legal Project. Through this project, local attorneys are able to offer free civil legal services to Broward’s income-eligible military members, veterans, and their families. Attorneys who are interested in this project should contact James Heaton, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more information here. Thanks to our sponsor, Stellar Reporting, this event was free for law school students in an effort to bridge the gap between attorneys and law students in Broward County.
On Friday, November 4, 2016, the Broward County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section (YLS) sponsored their Second Annual Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast in honor of National Pro Bono Week. As a small gesture of “thanks” on behalf of the legal community, YLS provides this breakfast complimentary for those who demonstrate their willingness to take on a pro bono case in the midst of their other legal obligations. Judge Jose Izquierdo, Chair of the 17th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, spoke on the importance of giving back to the community and providing access to justice. Judge Izquierdo handed out certificates to those honorees in attendance who contributed 20 or more hours to Broward Lawyers Care between October 2015 and October 2016. One of the best ways Broward attorneys can become involved in pro bono service is to volunteer for the Legal Aid Hotline on Tuesdays from 2PM to 5PM. For more information on this program, please contact Lindsay Massillon, Esq. Secretary of Broward County’s YLS, at Lmassillon@icelawfirm.com.