ORLANDO, Fla. – Wiedza Creations, LLC, a web development and software solutions company focused on servicing the needs of the legal field and other private organizations, was chosen by The Florida Bar Foundation to improve the way skilled lawyers statewide can deliver more pro bono services to disadvantaged individuals.
Eli Mattern and James Haggard, co-founders of Wiedza Creations are both experienced legal aid attorneys, and know fully how their interactive pro bono web site benefits attorneys who want to handle pro bono cases. Up until now they have lacked the means to search for cases that suit their interests and expertise.
The Wiedza system is designed to allow any organization that wants to present pro bono opportunities – whether a law school, law firm, or legal aid organization – to display specific cases. The site can be easily expanded to include many organizations.
The innovative and user-friendly website is being piloted now in Dade County where Legal Services of Greater Miami, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Florida Pro Bono Matters and CABA Pro Bono Legal Services are all displaying cases for which they are seeking pro bono attorneys. It will soon include virtually all of the county’s pro bono programs for civil legal aid. Once the Wiedza Creations website program has been well established in Miami-Dade, the Foundation plans to take it statewide.
“This website takes away common fear among attorneys, which is that legal aid organization may send them a pro bono case they aren’t comfortable handling,” Mattern said. “By letting the pro bono attorney choose the case, we’re prioritizing the attorney’s time and input in a way the legal aid system hasn’t been able to do before. To accomplish this we used cutting-edge technology to curate the cases so they can be displayed on any web site that wants to advertise pro bono opportunities making it easier to find a case and help a person with his or her legal issue.”
Wiedza Creations LLC is a client company of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program in the Central Florida Research Park in east Orange County
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About The Florida Bar Foundation
The mission of The Florida Bar Foundation (www.TheFloridaBarFoundation.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is to provide greater access to justice. Through strategic grantmaking, the Foundation funds civil legal aid and projects to improve the administration of justice and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the legal aid delivery system. In addition to providing funds directly to Florida legal aid organizations, the Foundation engages in catalytic philanthropy by investing in training, technology, technical assistance, assessment and capacity-building for the legal aid delivery system and works to develop and expand innovative pro bono initiatives. Principal support for the Foundation’s charitable activities comes from the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981. Additional support comes from gifts made by Florida attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations and others.
About Wiedza Creations LLC
Wiedza Creations builds cool tech for the legal field. They bridge the gap between attorneys and developers because their founders are both. Graduates of the Starter Studio accelerator, Wiedza Creations works in a multitude of mediums under the legal tech umbrella—they’ve filed a patent for a time-tracking device, built software solutions for private organizations, and continue to prototype new ways to use tech in the law.
About the UCF Business Incubation Program:
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth / impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. Participating companies sustain more than 3,600 local jobs and have had a total impact of $1.51B on regional sales and $2.48B on regional economic output. During the last fiscal year, the program has returned $7.95 for every $1.00 invested in the program. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu