Pro Bono Opportunities for Brevard County Attorneys

EQUAL JUSTICE

The Judges of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit invite you to help protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable citizens and ensure equal justice under the law.

“Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building; it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society.  It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists. … It is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability without regard to economic status.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, Jr.


The pro bono opportunities outlined below represent just a few areas where attorneys can use their legal skills in service to our community. If you would like other pro bono opportunities to be added to this list, please send your request to the Chief Judge via the following email: publicinformation@flcourts18.org.


COURT MONITOR -GUARDIANSHIP DIVISION

Pursuant to sections 744. 107 and 744.1075, Florida Statutes, the court may appoint a court monitor to investigate, seek information, examine documents and interview the ward when an issue arises as to the safety and/or well-being of a Ward.

An attorney may add his or her name to the list of court monitors by contacting Chris Trammell, Judicial Assistant to Judge Davidson.

Phone: 321-617-7281 | Email: Chris.Trammell@flcourts18.org


ATTORNEY AD LITEM – DEPENDENCY DIVISION

Section 39.01305, Florida Statutes requires appointment of attorney to dependent children with certain special needs:

  • Resides in, or is being considered for placement in, a skilled nursing facility;
  • Is prescribed a psychotropic medication and declines to assent to it;
  • Has been diagnosed with a developmental disability;
  • Is being placed in, or is considered for placement in a residential treatment center
  • Is a victim of human trafficking;

Additional needs for an Attorney Ad Litem:

  • 17 year-olds transitioning out of foster care
  • Any stage of a Dependency proceeding where a child is alleged or adjudicated Dependent

An attorney may add his or her name to the Attorneys’ Ad Litem list by contacting:

John Hubbard, Supervising Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program.

Phone: 321-690-6823, ext. 56246 | Email: John.Hubbard@brevardfl.gov

GUARDIAN AD LITEM -FAMILY LAW DIVISION

The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)  program is a project of the Brevard County Bar Association for high conflict family law cases. The GAL is appointed to promote the best interest of the child.

An Attorney may add his or her name to the list of GALs by contacting:

Michelle Studstill, Esq.

Phone: 321-255-2332 | Email: mstudstill@uslegalteam.com


LEGAL AID OF BREVARD

Areas that Legal Aid needs volunteers:

  • Family law
  • Domestic Violence IFP
  • Bankruptcy
  • Guardianship
  • Attorneys Ad Litem
  • Employment
  • Probate – Simple Wills
  • Consumer – repossession, collection, garnishment, insurance, unfair sales, contract
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Foreclosure
  • Adopt an Agency (legal work for non-profits serving poor and disadvantaged)

Attorneys who wish to volunteer for Legal Aid cases can contact:

Silvia Cowan: Phone (321) 631-2500, ext. 518