Legal Aid Aggressively Recruiting: ‘Lawyers Need to Step Up’

By DONNA BALANCIA, Editor ROCKLEDGE As the economy continues on its rocky path, volunteering with Legal Aid has emerged as a solid option for attorneys to gain experience, learn new skills and make connections. In economic times like these, having experienced attorneys coming to our office and sharing their knowledge is valuable to everyone, said Robert Johnson, executive director of Brevard Legal Aid Inc. Johnson is a big believer in bringing in attorneys to mentor, and volunteer their time, and he continually pushes on the recruiting end. He has to. Brevard Legal Aid has an annual budget of $640,000, a small figure compared with other, more populous counties in Florida. Latest data indicates that 39 percent of Brevard Countys approximately 750 attorneys participate in pro bono work, but Johnson is working to boost that number. We have to offer more discreet, … [Read more...]