Other Special Projects

I. Community Counsel Program

The Community Counsel Program provides legal assistance for eligible community-based non-profit organizations. The Community Counsel Program provides pro bono transactional services to organizations that are working to better the economic and social conditions for low-income residents and communities in distress.
We strive to help nonprofits more effectively address the legal and risk management issues that arise in connection with their operations. Our goals are to help eligible nonprofits build and maintain their capacity to serve the needs of our community as well as provide a credible source through which transactional lawyers may offer pro bono services.
The organizations we seek to help serve low-income youth, seniors and families, the homeless, low-income neighborhoods, victims of domestic violence, and the disabled.
Typically, the organizations we serve have fewer discretionary dollars in their budgets and generally cannot afford private attorney fees. When organizations are unable to afford attorneys, they either do not address their legal issues or hire attorneys with programming dollars, thereby reducing the services they deliver to the community.
For more information on the Community Counsel Program, please contact us at (727) 582-7480 or clp@lawprogram.org.

II. Self-Help Center

The Self-Help Center, which opened in October 2007, is a collaborative project involving the offices of Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Pinellas County, the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Community Law Program, and the Clearwater Bar Foundation. The Center offers affordable legal services to the citizens of Pinellas County.
Unlike CLP’s legal advice clinics, there are no income requirements in order to use the Center. The Self-Help Center is available to everyone.
At the Self-Help Center, citizens are able to:

  • Schedule an appointment to consult with an attorney for $1 (one dollar) per minute at a minimum of 15-minute increments and a maximum of one hour. Payment must be made in advance to schedule an appointment;
  • Make copies for $0.15 per page;
  • Purchase forms and packets for family, small claims and landlord/tenant actions; and
  • Have documents notarized for a $5.00 fee

Office Locations

St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 First Avenue North, 1st Floor, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
Phone: 727-582-7941.

The Clearwater Law Library, Old Clearwater Courthouse, 324 S. Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, Florida 33756.
Phone: 727-464-5150.

III. Guardian Advocacy Project

Our Guardian Advocacy Project assists families and other loved ones caring for persons with developmental disabilities obtain the legal authority needed to continue making decisions for their disabled loved one after he or she becomes an adult. We accomplish this by matching eligible families with volunteer attorneys.

Guardian Advocacy Project Brochure

IV: Justice for Families Project

This project assists victims of domestic, sexual, and dating violence get civil injunctions for protection and provides advice and counsel to petitioners seeking injunctions at set times during domestic violence court.  For additional information, please contact us at (727) 582-7480.

V. Community Education Program

On a periodic basis and upon request, we organize and host or participate in community events that are designed to educate the general public about law related topics.   If you have an upcoming community event and need a speaker on a legal topic, please contact us at (727) 582-7480 to see if we are available.

We are back in the office, but in our efforts to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, we are continuing to schedule client meetings with attorneys remotely in most cases. Please call for financial screening at (727) 582-7480.