Why pro bono legal aid matters

This week, as we celebrate National Pro Bono Week, we are reminded of the growing demand for legal services for the poor.

Op-Ed (Florida)

Jocelyn Armand
Miami Herald
October 27, 2016

Tags: Pro Bono

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI)


Legal Services of Greater Miami, as the largest provider of free civil legal services for the poor in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, is proud to partake in this year’s celebration from Oct. 24 through Oct. 29. Legal Services extends legal assistance to more than 30,0000 individuals every year, a feat that would be impossible without the help of our pro bono volunteers, who work tirelessly to ensure some of our community’s most vulnerable residents have equal access to our civil justice system.

For many, this translates to having roofs over their heads, food on their tables, and access to healthcare. Last year, more than 2,000 hours of pro bono services were dedicated to Legal Services clients via individual case work or volunteers at our monthly small claims and family law clinics.