Hopping Green & Sams, P.A., a Tallahassee-based law firm with 49 lawyers, (HGS) has enhanced its commitment to pro bono service by implementing the HGS Pro Bono Initiative. The HGS Pro Bono Initiative will provide HGS attorneys with possible pro bono opportunities, help facilitate placements, and provide both financial incentives and recognition for associates who perform exemplary pro bono work.
The mission and objective of the HGS Pro Bono Initiative is to benefit the community by providing legal assistance to individuals otherwise unable to access adequate legal representation. HGS shareholders approved the program after the firm’s associates proposed it some months ago.
“The main goal behind the HGS Pro Bono Initiative is to provide additional incentives to the firm’s associates, particularly new associates, to engage in pro bono service from the inception of their careers encouraging a lifetime commitment to the important calling of all attorneys to provide representation to those who could not otherwise afford it,” said Darby Kerrigan Scott, an HGS associate and chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Initiative Committee. “We also hope to see a ripple effect by inspiring other attorneys and firms to take steps to enhance their own commitments to pro bono service.”
“Hopping Green and Sams has always encouraged its lawyers and staff to give back to those in our community needing help, including the provision of pro bono legal services,” said Michael Petrovich, an HGS shareholder and member of the firm’s Management Committee. “The firm’s shareholders are extremely proud of the leadership demonstrated by Darby Scott and other associates in initiating and leading the firm’s expanded commitment to pro bono service.”
HGS has a longstanding commitment of providing pro bono services to the Tallahassee community, having just been named “Community Partner of the Year” by the Children’s Home Society for on-going legal services in adoptions. HGS will now begin to document and summarize its pro bono services through an annual HGS Commitment to Service Report, the first of which is expected to issue in late 2013 or early 2014. It will be available at www.hgslaw.com.
If you are in need of pro bono legal representation, please contact your local legal aid organization instead of contacting HGS directly.