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Oct 25th, 2018

Pro Bono Week,Day 4

To continue this week’s National Celebration of Pro Bono, see if you know the answers to the following trivia questions relating to pro bono service (answers below):

#1. Members of The Florida Bar are required to do which of the following for pro bono?

  1. To perform 33 hours of pro bono service every 3 years.
  2. To report annually whether they engaged in pro bono service or contributions.
  3. To perform 20 hours of pro bono service or give $350 in contributions to legal aid organizations annually.
  4. To take one pro bono case per year through their local bar association.

#2.  True or False:  “Pro bono” derives from the Latin phrase Pro Bono Publico, meaning “for the good of the public.”

#3. Which of the following is permitted to provide pro bono legal services in Florida?

  1. Inactive Florida Bar members
  2. Retired judges
  3. Law professors
  4. Active Florida Bar members in good standing
  5. All of the above

#4. True or False:  The American Bar Association’s aspirational goal for all lawyers is to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year.

#5. Florida was the first state to create an Interest on Trust Accounts program (“IOTA”), which pools the interest earned on nominal or short-term funds of clients into an account that primarily funds legal services to the poor.  Which year did the Florida Supreme Court implement IOTA?

  1. 1941
  2. 1961
  3. 1981
  4. 2001

#6. True or False: In 2016-2017, less than half of Florida’s 90,000+ lawyers reported providing pro bono services.

Answers:

#1. (b).  See Rule 4-6.1(d) of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.  Although there is no requirement for pro bono service in Florida, The Florida Bar’s aspirational goal is 20 hours annually in pro bono service or $350 in contributions to legal aid organizations. 

#2. True.

#3. (e).  See Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Chapter 12 (effective December 1, 2017).

#4. True.  See ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 6.1. 

#5. (c). 

#6. True – only about 42%!

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