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RPPTL seeks volunteers for its pro bono housing project.

The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is now recruiting lawyers who are familiar with real estate transactions and development procedures to join its statewide pro bono effort.

The RPPTL's Pro Bono Committee refers volunteer lawyers to nonprofit members of the Florida Housing Coalition in need of legal representation on real estate transactional matters relating to low income housing projects.

"We want to match transactional attorneys, real estate and corporate, with qualifying non-profit organizations that build or renovate affordable low-income housing," said Drew O'Malley, chair of the RPPTL Pro Bono Committee, who also serves as president of The Florida Bar Foundation.

O'Malley said the Florida Housing Coalition, an umbrella group of about 500 nonprofit low-income housing providers in Florida, refer members to the section's "Lawyers for Affordable Housing" program who don't have sufficient funds to pay substantial legal fees. The section, in turn, solicits and maintains a statewide panel of volunteer attorneys who are prepared to advise the housing coalition referrals on such issues as purchases, sales, financing, construction, zoning, permitting--anything that relates to housing.

O'Malley said the section made more than 20 referrals in the first year of the project's operations and plans to man a booth at the Florida Housing Coalition's September 22 convention in Miami.

Anyone wishing to become a member of the pro bono panel may contact Andrew O'Malley at (813) 250-0577 or e-mail aomalley@cowmpa.com.
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