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Summer Small Claims Clinics Provide Pro Bono Opportunities For Private Counsel

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During the summer months of the year, LSGMI gives law firms and bar associations the opportunity to “adopt” a Small Claims Court Clinic. This opportunity is very popular, giving them the chance to organize a wonderful group activity to provide legal assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community.

LSGMI has a full calendar of Small Claims Court Clinics scheduled for the summer, and has already conducted two Clinics adopted by firms. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius adopted the Clinic on June 10, 2014, and Hogan Lovells adopted the Clinic on June 19, 2014.

Each firm staffed the Clinic with its own attorneys and summer clerks. Their volunteers met one-on-one with low-income individuals who needed help initiating their own pro se Small Claims action. The volunteers helped demystify the Small Claims Court process by helping the clients complete the required court forms to initiate the case, by explaining what to expect throughout the life of a Small Claims case, and by advising the client on how to best present their claim.

The clients at each of these Clinics were extremely grateful for the fantastic service these volunteers provided. We provide surveys to all the clients and one client from the Hogan Lovells Clinic stated, “The attorney was extremely courteous, pleasant and informative–Thanks very much!” A client from the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Clinic stated, “The attorney was very informative. When I left, I felt better knowing more about my case. Thanks!”

LSGMI is likewise grateful for the time each of these firms devoted to helping our clients. If your firm or bar association is interested in “adopting” a Clinic, you should contact Mandy Mills, Esq. by email at MMills@legalservicesmiami.org, or by phone at (305) 438-2437.

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