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[Original Publish Date: 04/07/21]
OCALA, Florida – Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney William “Bill” Gladson has announced that his office is seeking retired attorneys as volunteers.
According to a press release, “The judicial system is facing an unprecedented backlog due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State Attorney’s Office is seeking volunteers to help efficiently and effectively resolve cases and serve the people of the circuit.” The release quotes Gladson as saying, “I’m confident there is a wealth of knowledge and experience out there. We just need to find you [retired attorneys],” adding, “The retirement capital of the world is in our backyard, and I know there are altruistic people who can significantly contribute to the work of this office.”
As State Attorney, Gladson leads a team of over 250 employees who serve the citizens of Lake, Sumter, Marion, Citrus, and Hernando counties. Volunteers would be able to choose the amount of time to they would be able to dedicate, as well in what capacity; volunteer tasks range from such things as evidence review, discovery exchange, courtroom observation, to administrative tasks, to name a few opportunities.
The release encourages retired attorneys interested in serving as a volunteer to contact contact Assistant State Attorney Cindy Harper at (352)671-5887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Hope is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer who has been practicing criminal law in Tavares, Florida, since 1987. He has also been the Publisher and Executive Editor of Lake Legal News since 2009. He may be contacted at LakeLegalNews@gmail.com, or through his website at www.AttorneyJamesHope.com. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Whicher]