Tampa, Florida – May 15, 2015 – Open Palm Law has won the 2015 Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Law Firm Award given by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Since January 1, 2014, Open Palm Law has contributed a total of 448.30 hours of pro bono work.
In June, 2012, the firm’s founder, Joryn Jenkins, initiated a Pro Bono Project for the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay, which later became the Next Generation Divorce Practice Group.This project offers divorce services for free to qualified clients who might otherwise be unaware of this courtless, less stressful alternative to traditional courtroom divorce. As organizer and chair of the Pro Bono Project, Ms. Jenkins has worked diligently to encourage other professionals in the collaborative community (lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial specialists) to accept pro bono collaborative cases.
In this regard, she has spent numerous hours reviewing possible cases, working with Bay Area Legal Services and other organizations that offer pro bono divorce services to bring their staffs up to speed regarding collaborative practice, speaking to groups of other professionals to get them involved and excited about assisting lower income clients with their collaborative divorces, and then mentoring those professionals who do volunteer their time.
Joryn is also working on producing a collaborative divorce pro bonoproject handbook, not just to be used locally, but to share across the state and the nation. Because of Joryn’s efforts, Tampa Bay leads the nation in its efforts to offer pro bono collaborative divorce services and provides a model for fledgling pro bono collaborative divorce programs everywhere.
In 2013, Ms. Jenkins obtained the referral of, conducted the intake for, and represented one of the parties in the first pro bono collaborative dissolution of marriage case in Florida. Since then, she has handled an additional seven pro bono collaborative divorces. While the Pro Bono Projectis currently focused on Hillsborough County, Ms. Jenkins is working at reaching pro bono clients in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties as well.
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