Private Attorney Involvement
LSNF works closely with private attorneys throughout the sixteen county service area to provide representation to low-income individuals. Through the Private Attorney Involvement Program (PAI) this cooperation takes several forms. The PAI Program coordinates volunteer attorneys who agree to provide direct representation by accepting one to four income eligible clients free of charge (pro bono) in most areas of civil law.
Learn about the LSNF Pro Bono Client
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Besides the LSNF legal clinic programs that utilize volunteer lawyers, all lawyers of the Okaloosa and Walton County portions of the 1st Judicial Circuit, and of the 2nd and 14th Circuits also have the opportunity to participate in the following programs.
The Private Attorney Involvement Program
The Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program, also known as the PAI Volunteer Lawyers Project, was initiated as a pilot project in 1982 by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of The Florida Bar. Effective economical delivery of PAI legal assistance to LSC eligible clients mirrors the standards set by LSNF. Volunteer attorneys (including government attorneys in Leon County) work for indigent clients referred to them through LSNF. The prospective client is pre-screened by LSNF for financial eligibility and need. Each LSNF office is assigned case referral goals for private attorney referrals, based on the number of private volunteer project attorneys available in each service area. All potential PAI cases accepted for representation are given to the Pro Bono Coordinator for referral assistance.
LSNF's pro bono program consists of over 600 active and inactive members. These supporters may both contribute money and/or provide legal assistance. The service components that make up the pro bono program include direct client referral assistance, legal clinic programs, and other LSNF volunteer activities. Attorneys may also become members of the Partners in Service Program. The "Partners" Program gives government or private attorneys and law firms an opportunity to contribute money annually to support LSNF activities while fulfilling The Florida Bars' Pro Bono Rule.
Several Ways to Help LSNF
Direct representation - LSNF volunteer attorneys generously donate their time by providing direct representation to eligible clients. LSNF refers eligible clients to attorneys with expertise in, or experience with, their particular type of legal problem. Participating attorneys specify the legal areas in which they will accept referrals and this information is used when linking an applicant with an attorney.
Participate in any number of available LSNF sponsored or co-sponsored legal clinics.
Participate in any number of other LSNF private attorney involvement activities
Join the Partners in Service Program
Benefits To LSNF Attorney Contributors
For more information on the Private Attorney Involvement Program please contact John Fenno, Director of Development/Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator at (850) 385-9007, ext. 1006 or fax (850) 385-5684. If you wish to become an attorney participant, printout and complete the LSNF volunteer application form above and return by mail, fax, or Email.