The gap in available legal services for low income families in our community is growing.
At FCSL, our in-house clinics currently serve over 478 clients who could not otherwise afford representation.
These clinics include:
- Family Law
- Disability and Public Benefits
- Immigrant and Human Rights
- Business and Entrepreneurial Clinic
- Criminal Defense
Our students and faculty represent a diverse group of clients referred by government and non-profit organizations. County and Federal Courts, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., Three Rivers Legal Services, ARC Jacksonville, Catholic Charities, Hubbard House and World Relief are among the many who refer those unable to obtain services on their own.
The Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic provides the only pro bono representation of immigrant human trafficking victims in Northeast Florida. "We could not serve the victims of trafficking we serve without FCSL," says Michelle Clow, Reception and Placement Coordinator, World Relief.
Many of our professors also accept pro bono cases through the ABA military pro bono legal project, which assists active duty service-members with free legal services. In fact, Florida Coastal has been awarded the ABA's Military Pro Bono Outstanding Services Award in 2012 and 2013 because of the professor's commitment to providing these necessary services.
Unfortunately, many families must be turned away due to lack of resources. The Clinics operate almost solely on donated funds and countless student and Certified Legal Intern hours. The Foundation's goal for the 2014-2015 Annual Fund is to provide support for these clinical programs that fill such a vital need in our community.