The pro bono logo was designed by Emily Lao, a student in Mr. Dale Brook’s Junior Visual Communications class at the Design and Art High School, a Miami-Dade Public magnet school. Emily’s design was selected after a competition in which all of Mr. Brook’s students in the class competed. The Court thanks Mr. Brooks, the students of the Junior Visual Communications class, and especially Emily for the beautiful new pro bono logo.
A Message From Chief Judge Isicoff
This year will be the first year the Court awards the Chief Judge’s Pro Bono Award. This award will recognize the significant contributions to pro bono from one individual in the Southern District of Florida. It isn’t too late to sign up for a pro bono opportunity. Pro Bono isn’t just limited to taking a case. Here is a list of different pro bono opportunities:
As you can see, you can volunteer for a couple of hours, a couple of weeks or a couple of years. Additionally, you can receive up to three credits toward your bankruptcy CLE requirements necessary for admission to appear before the Bankruptcy Court.
Please contact Judge Isicoff if you want to sign up and she will pass your name along to the appropriate contact person.
RECOGNITION OF PRO BONO VOLUNTEERS
IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
The Judges of the Bankruptcy Court thank the following lawyers for taking a bankruptcy case pro bono for the months of November 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017
Dear Fellow Members of the Florida Bar,
As Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, I am thrilled to join U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Seitz and Third District Court of Appeal Judge Vance Salter in urging you to participate in pro bono through the use of an amazing new resource – online access capabilities to sign up for pro bono opportunities through www.floridaprobonomatters.org. Those of you who know me know how passionate I am about pro bono. We have an access to justice crisis in Florida and the bankruptcy court of the Southern District of Florida ranks as having one of the highest percentages of pro se filers in the country. We need your help.
But we are all aware that it has sometimes been difficult to find an opportunity that either fits your time constraints, your professional capabilities, or your passions. This new interactive website will make it possible for you to find that perfect opportunity whenever you go looking for it. Need help? As this website develops it will also include resources and mentors (as well as provide you with the opportunity to mentor someone else).
Those of you who are active in pro bono matters in the bankruptcy courts know that we have set up referral systems in our courts. Many of you also probably know the bankruptcy court allows up to three credits of our local admission requirements to be satisfied by taking a pro bono case or mentoring someone else who wishes to take a pro bono bankruptcy case. This new opportunity will only enhance the system we now have, and, with your help and participation, as we develop and improve this resource, we will ultimately have a seamless system in place for all pro bono information.
I continue to be grateful for all that you do to support pro bono efforts in Miami-Dade County and the Southern District of Florida. I am honored to join Judge Seitz and Judge Salter in introducing you to this tremendous opportunity. Together we will make something good happen! Thank you again.
Very truly yours,
Laurel Myerson Isicoff
Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court