Looking for a Few Good Florida Attorneys

A “Basic Training” for Tampa Bay attorneys looking to help low-income military members and their families is scheduled Thursday at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, Tampa.

The session will give attorneys insights into the nuances of representing military clients. It’s the expansion of the Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program to Florida and the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project.

Both programs offer referrals to appropriate local, pro bono attorneys to assist military members of E6 rank and below in resolving civilian legal issues like rental disputes and child custody.  Since its inception in 2007, Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program has helped more than 1800 Michigan service men and women.

The American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project and the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) are joining with the Service to Soldiers program to offer the complimentary training program for local attorneys.

The “Basic Training” will cover the estate planning, family law, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA).  Organizers will also provide opportunities to provide services to low-income military members and families.

The Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program is run by the Cooley Law School, a private, non-profit law school that operates J.D. programs across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.

The free training session is approved for five CLE credits by The Florida Bar. Reservations are required. Details are available at cooley.edu/probono, email or contact Heather Spielmaker at Cooley Law School at spielmah@cooley.edu or call (517) 371-5140, ext. 4112.

This blog will provide details when the speciality trained attorneys are available to the military community. Until then, if you need help, click on the links for the two programs or contact the Florida Bar or the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

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