Collier Lawyers Care
“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
Friends & Colleagues,
Legal Aid Service of Collier County and its related entities are my organizations of choice when it comes to devoting time, energy, and resources to community organizations. I am past President of the LASCC Advisory Board, and am still an active member of that Board, along with serving on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida. I have been an avid supporter of Legal Aid for over 15 years and am amazed at the progression our program has seen in the last 10 years.
This growth in our programming and services is reflective of the depth of the need in Collier County and the breadth of the services required to meet those needs. Although our program has grown, undoubtedly, this is a time of great challenge and change for legal aid organizations in Florida and the clients they serve. The significant decrease in funding from the Florida Bar Foundation means that fewer resources are available for general support and operations. At the same time, low-income clients and communities face an economy that is harsh for low-wage workers. All of this combines to create a situation where client demand is up and funding resources for legal aid work is down.
This is where YOU can help. The work of LASCC is truly life-changing for those clients it serves, and the attorneys and staff are dedicated to providing every person in Collier County who cannot afford an attorney with the civil legal representation to ensure their safety, health, and minimum economic security. The goal is to help those most in need so that they can fulfill their potential, become self-sufficient, and prosper. A lack of access to justice equates to justice denied. Our justice system works best when it works for everyone, so we are urging you to consider how you can support the vitally important work of Legal Aid. Please consider joining the Collier Lawyers Care Pro Bono Program, and accept pro bono cases vetted by Legal Aid. Alternatively, please make a monetary donation to Legal Aid. These are two rewarding ways to promote equal justice and fulfill the Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar, which includes a promise to never reject the cause of the defenseless or oppressed.
Kelley Geraghty Price
Partner, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
Dear fellow members of the Collier County Bar,
I am the Vice Chair of Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, and a member of the Advisory Board of Legal Aid Service of Collier County. I volunteer with Legal Aid because I believe it is essential to the health and stability of our community that everyone has access to justice regardless of their ability to pay. Legal Aid provides access to our justice system for thousands of individuals in Collier County each year that otherwise would not be able to hire legal assistance.
Legal Aid needs your help now more than ever! The outstanding attorneys and staff at Legal Aid have struggled through several years of reduced funding, but have still met the needs of an increased number of the most vulnerable members of our community. Thank you for your support – you are enriching the lives of many and improving the welfare of Collier County.
Margaret L. McMorrow
Vice President, The Northern Trust Company
Please join Collier Lawyers Care today! Per R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-6.1 (c) “[e]ach member of the bar should strive to individually satisfy the member’s professional responsibility to provide pro bono service to the poor.” The Florida Bar has established that the “aspirational goal” is 20 hours annually in pro bono service or $350 in contributions to legal aid organizations. Legal Aid makes it easy and enjoyable to do pro bono. Legal Aid screens all clients for eligibility, matches clients with the attorney’s particular area of expertise, provides $1 million in malpractice insurance, and allows attorneys to retain 100% of awarded fees. Legal Aid covers certain litigation expenses. Approval must be sought in advance from Legal Aid before incurring litigation costs (including, but not limited to, filing fees, service of process, mediation costs and transcripts and court reporting services) in order to be eligible for reimbursement by Legal Aid. Please note that many clients are eligible for indigent status waivers for filing fees and service of process.