TBBBA encourages all members to get involved in Pro Bono! There are many ways to give back, find the one that is a good fit for you.
Pro Se/Pro Bono Clinic
The Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Pro Se Assistance Clinic is a nonprofit charitable organization comprised of attorney member volunteers in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association.
The Clinic is staffed by experienced bankruptcy lawyers and offers free, on-site information and guidance to individuals who are representing themselves in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The lawyer volunteers at the clinic can help the pro se individual understand the bankruptcy process and provided limited case-specific advice, but they cannot represent the individual in court or file pleadings. Because it is a volunteer program, they are not permitted to solicit clients while they are providing free consultations for the clinic; nor should they use the sessions to talk about representing you. The volunteer attorneys do not give further advice on any issues outside the clinic. The Bankruptcy Pro Se Assistance Clinic is not affiliated or related in any way to the United States Bankruptcy Court.
In person consultations are available :
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
No appointments necessary
Location: Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse
801 N. Florida Ave. 9th Floor Room 964 Tampa FL 33602
The Clinic can assist with an array of bankruptcy matters, including the following
– Reaffirmation Agreements
– Chapter 13 Plans
– Student Loans
– Mortgage Modifications
– Objections to Claim
– Creditor’s Rights/Proof of Claim
– General Bankruptcy Issues (e.g., Schedules or completion of other required forms or disclosures)
Unfortunately, the Clinic is unable to assist with foreclosure defense, appeals, or chapter 11 matters at this time.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any non-legal questions concerning the Clinic or to inquire regarding volunteer opportunities.
Telephone and Online Assistance is also available. Please visit http://bankruptcyproseclinic.com to schedule a consultation.
The Middle District Virtual Pro Se Clinic also needs volunteers. Volunteers can set the dates and times they are available for a 30 minute consultation with a pro se client. We have both debtors and creditors seeking assistance. Please sign up to help at bankruptcyproseclinic.com. Thank you.
Florida Pro Bono Matters
Finding just the right pro bono case is now a snap – or at least just a couple of clicks – thanks to a new interactive website funded by The Florida Bar Foundation. Search through available pro bono matters by filtering for subject matter and locale. When you find the right opportunity, fill in your information and submit. The posting organization will then contact you with more information. It’s really that simple.
Bay Area Legal Services (BALS)
For a list of pro bono cases needing placement through the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyer’s Program, click here.
Military Veterans Affairs Committee assists Tampa Bay’s military and veterans in legal matters. Lawyers can sign up to do pro bono or reduced fee cases for vets. The committee is in need of bankruptcy attorneys. Learn more here.
The Florida Bar