The members of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), including CFAWL President Kimberly Hosley who serves as Legislative Director to statewide FAWL directing its legislative agenda, recently advocated in Tallahassee at the Legislature for the passage of the Pro Bono Matters Act of 2018, which assures that attorneys who volunteer their time to represent children with special needs who are in DCF care don’t have to reach into their own pockets to pay court and litigation costs.
Currently pro bono attorneys who will not be paid for their services have to pay out of pocket for those costs. This has thwarted efforts to get attorneys to volunteer their services for these special needs kids since it can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars and has largely been seen as a glitch in the system needing to be addressed. FAWL is happy to report that the Florida Senate passed the bill and it is scheduled to be considered by the House on February 14, 2018. FAWL looks forward to seeing it successfully passed in the House and sent to the Governor for signature.