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Business Lawyers' Pro Bono Project

The Business Lawyers' Pro Bono Project’s mission is to assist nonprofit organizations in obtaining pro bono legal assistance from a business lawyer. Examples of this legal assistance include drafting or revising articles or bylaws, advising on governance issues, advising on real estate, employment law, intellectual property or grant compliance matters, negotiating or reviewing contracts, giving tax advice, and advising on the merger or consolidation of non-profit organizations.

In order to qualify for this legal assistance, a nonprofit organization must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. The organization must be a nonprofit charitable, civic or community organization with an official IRS status and a "Reviewed” Nonprofit Search portrait at the Central Florida Foundation. (Hospitals, private schools, colleges, universities, foundations and places of worship are excluded from participating);
  2. A substantial percentage of the organization’s activities must provide services to persons of limited means living in Lake, Orange, Osceola, or Seminole County, Florida, either directly, or through non-profit organizations that it serves. In addition, arts or cultural organizations that meet the criteria under (1) above may also be eligible; and
  3. The organization must be registered with the state of Florida and have an active state charitable solicitations permit.

The organization must complete a short application form and return it to Nicole Abbondandolo, c/o the Edyth Bush Institute, at the below listed address. The application will be reviewed; the organization will be advised if the organization qualifies for pro bono legal assistance, and if a law firm that is participating in the Project is willing to perform the legal work that is requested. If so, the Edyth Bush Institute will advise the organization who to contact at that law firm. The organization should advise if that law firm is unable, for any reason, to represent it, and the Edyth Bush Institute will attempt to find another law firm that is participating in the Project to handle that organization’s legal matter. We hope to be responsive to your application within five (5) business days.

If your nonprofit organization qualifies and needs legal assistance from a business lawyer, please contact the Business Lawyers’ Pro Bono Project, care of:

Nicole Abbondandolo
Program Coordinator
Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. – 2755 Winter Park, FL
32789 407-975-6414 
nwilliams@rollins.edu

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