Schifino: Make pro bono count for those who need it most

Pro bono service is part of the very DNA of our justice system, because accessing it shouldn’t have a price tag or be limited only to those who can afford it.
Op-Ed (Florida)

William J. Schifino, Jr.
Tallahassee Democrat
November 16, 2016

Tags: Pro Bono

Organizations mentioned/involved: Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice (FCATCJ), Florida Bar Foundation


Florida is one of the few states in the country that requires its attorneys to report how many hours of service and dollars they donate each year – because numbers matter. Last year, Florida attorneys collectively donated more than $5.3 million in legal aid and more than 1.7 million hours of free legal service.

And while these figures are impressive, they are sadly still not enough to address the growing needs of citizens across the state. According to the World Justice Project, more than 80 percent of low income litigants either go it alone or simply give up when faced with a legal challenge.