Florida Pro Bono Matters Initiatives Serve as Model for Other States
ORLANDO, Fla. – SavvySuite, a client of the UCF Business Incubation Program in the Central Florida Research Park, designed a system for the Florida Bar Foundation that recently received national attention.
Eli Mattern, co-founder and CEO of SavvySuite, a software solutions company serving the needs of the legal field, said the Florida Bar Foundation’s Director of Pro Bono Partnerships Ericka Garcia was a speaker at the 2017 Equal Justice Conference in Pittsburgh, co-sponsored by the American Bar Assn. and National Legal Aid & Defender Assn. The presentation underscored that Florida is building a statewide, web-based network that efficiently connects more disadvantaged individuals with skilled legal services.
“We are thrilled that the Florida Bar Foundation is so pleased with our product and service that they want to spread the word about their success with our innovative system,” said Mattern.
The Florida Bar Foundation’s website, “Florida Pro Bono Matters” was launched in Miami-Dade as a pilot and now that it has been fully established there, including all of the county’s pro bono programs for civil legal aid, the Foundation has started the process to deploy the system statewide.
The user-friendly SavvySuite system uses 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,” Mattern explained, adding, “at the same time pro bono attorneys can choose cases effectively prioritizing their time and input in a way the legal aid system hasn’t been able to do.”
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About SavvySuite LLC
SavvySuite 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, SavvySuite works in a multitude of mediums under the legal tech umbrella—they have a patent pending for a time-tracking device, built software solutions for private organizations, and continue to prototype new ways to use technology 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