What Do They Do?
To provide every low income person in Collier County who cannot afford an attorney with the civil legal representation needed to ensure their safety, health and minimum economic security. To provide high quality, free civil legal advice, representation and education to the residents of Collier County, based on need, so as to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the entire community.
Programs United Way Supports
Legal Aid Service of Collier County ("LASCC") has experienced exploding growth in demand for services. United Way support helps Legal Aid to continue to meet the demand in the community for free legal services and to ensure that capacity is available to address all critical areas of law. LASCC has met this demand by serving a record number of clients over each of the last three years - from over 2,100 clients in 2012 to greater than 2,700 clients in 2013, to more than 3,400 clients in 2014. This record level of service delivery was made possible through the capacity created through the partnership with United Way of Collier County.
What Their Volunteers Do
The largest use of volunteers involves the Collier Lawyers Care Pro Bono Program ("CLC") facilitated and operated by LASCC. CLC is a cooperative involving LASCC and the Collier County Bar Association. Currently, over 180 local private attorneys have joined CLC, expressing a willingness to handle cases screened and vetted by LASCC on a pro bono basis. Since 2010, over 680 cases have been handled by private pro bono attorneys through CLC.
LASCC uses many other volunteers regularly, and is always looking to explore new avenues of service for qualified volunteers. Volunteers with prior experience in fundraising serve annually on the Barrister's Bash event Steering Committee. Law students serve as summer interns each year, providing much needed help for our Staff Attorneys. Throughout the year, retired attorneys also assist our Staff Attorneys. Undergraduates from FGCU majoring in criminal and justice studies have been paired with private pro bono attorneys for internships through LASCC, to assist victims of domestic violence. High school student interns have also been utilized, including two this year through Seacrest Country Day School.
Ongoing roles for volunteers available at LASCC:
- Pro Bono Attorneys (must be an active, licensed Florida attorney and member of the Florida Bar)
- Barrister's Bash Steering Committee Members (individuals with events/fundraising experience)
- Law student volunteers (Summer Interns)
- Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project (undergraduates majoring in Criminal and Justice studies)
- Emeritus Attorneys (retired attorneys - licensed in Florida or other jurisdictions)
What Dollars Do
•$1,000 rescues a victim of domestic violence (and any children), through the legal services of a Legal Aid attorney who represents the victim in Court, and obtains an Order of Injunction for Protection in favor of the victim and against the abuser.
4125 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL 34112