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fLORIDA Pro Bono Coordinators Association (FPBCA)


  • 27 Jun 2022 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please welcome the 2022-2023 Executive Committee:

    Claud Nelson, President

    Colleen Mullen, President-Elect

    Samantha Howell, First Vice President

    Jena Hudson, Second Vice President

    Nery Alonso, Treasurer

    Melissa Kellner, Secretary

    Jayme Cassidy, Immediate Past President

    Congratulations to the recipients of the Michael Roffino Pro Bono Award:

    Winner - Dade Legal Aid Put Something Back ($4,000)

    Finalist - Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida ($2,000)

    Finalist - Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association ($2,000)

  • 1 Feb 2022 5:13 PM | Deleted user

    The Florida Supreme Court held the annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony on January 20,2022. Samantha Howell Pro Bono Director for Southern Legal Counsel, Inc. was named the 2022 recipient of the Kay Meyers Pro Bono Coordinator Award, which honors an outstanding pro bono coordinator in a local legal services provider, who is also an active member of the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association (FPBCA). Those honored are recognized for their activities within their own legal services program and for their involvement with the FPBCA. Samantha demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to both SLC and FPBCA, especially during these challenging times.

    Named for Kay Meyers, Pro Bono Coordinator for the Polk County office of Florida Rural Legal Services, this award honors Kay's dedication to her job, the volunteer attorneys and clients, as well as her significant contributions to the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association. Since her untimely death in 1992, the FPBCA has honored her service with this award.


  • 7 Sep 2021 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The JALA eviction answer tool builder ( has been translated into Spanish so that Spanish speakers will see all of the questions and information in Spanish and the tool will produce the completed documents in both Spanish and English.  The Spanish version of the documents comes first and there is a note to the user to submit the English version of the forms to the court.  

    This eviction tool has been updated to reflect the changes in the CDC moratorium and will continue to be updated as needed.  

    Please let me know if anyone has any questions about this form builder.  

    Many thanks,


    Missy Davenport, Esquire

    Pro Bono, Director

    Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA)

    Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership

    126 West Adams Street

    Jacksonville, FL 32202

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    (904) 356-8371, Ext. 363  Phone

    (904) 356-8285  Fax  E-mail  

  • 30 Jun 2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At today's meeting, the below slate was approved for the 2021-2022 year. Welcome to the new EC and thank you to those who served during the last (very difficult) year! You earned your stripes!

    President - Jayme Cassidy

    President-Elect - Claud Nelson

    First Vice President - Missy Davenport

    Second Vice President - Colleen Mullen

    Secretary - Nancy Lugo

    Treasurer - Jena Hudson

    Immediate Past President - Carolyn Fabrizio

    Additionally, we accepted new by-laws, which you can review here.

  • 30 Jun 2021 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On June 18, 2021, the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision in the IOTA rule case. Highlights include:

    1. LRAP will continue to be eligible for funding;

    2. organizations will  have a 15% cap on administrative costs; and

    3. that 15% cap will not include the costs of "training. legal research, and technology necessary to the provision of qualified legal services."

    You can read the full decision here.

  • 26 Feb 2021 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FPBCA extends a hearty congratulations to the winners of the L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono Awards:

    Grand Prize - Bay Area Legal Services

    Runner-Ups - Legal Aid of Manasota and Catholic Legal Services in Miami

    Mark you calendars for the 2021 deadline for award nominations: October 1, 2021.

  • 18 Feb 2021 8:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This month, a number of organizations submitted comments regarding the proposed change to the IOTA rule in Florida. The FPBCA was one of those organization, with comments highlighting the need to retain the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) and urging that the "technology and training" category be removed from the administrative expense cap, proposed to be 10%.

    You can access all submitted comments, including FPBCA's, at

    The Florida Bar also published an article about the proposed rule change and the comments submitted in opposition. You can access that article at

    Oral arguments have been requested in this case, but the date is TBD.

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