I am currently serving as the Hillsborough County Bar Association's representative to the 13th Judicial Circuit's pro bono committee. As such, I'm trying to figure out ways to get lawyers in our committee more involved and aware of pro bono opportunities (and any other way we can help). For starters, we should all be aware of the Florida Bar's One Campaign. If every Florida lawyer took ONE pro bono case...imagine where we'd be. If you haven't already, watch the video (it's embedded below).
Our neighbors and colleagues in southern Florida have found a good way to help. Gene Quinn writes of a great event put on by the Intellectual Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association. Under the leadership of their president, Jamie Rich Vining, they selected a patent (a design patent directed to a toy catapult), gathered the parts, and then had a number of contestants build the device. First to finish and launch a penny across a marked line won. Read the article for details. They were able to raise $8,000 for the local Legal Aid Society. Congratulations to the Dade County Bar Association. What a great idea!
If you have ideas for how we can help, please email me (or drop a comment). And now, spend a few minutes and watch the ONE video. If you've seen it before, watch it again.