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Lawyers for Literacy

Helping Reduce Juvenile Crime . . . One Book at a Time.

85% of juveniles in the criminal system have below-average
reading skills. -- U.S. Dept. of Education and other reading materials
in their environment. -- National Center for Education Studies.

Overview for 2024
If you would like to tutor with us, please email now to  

  • January 2024 - Gathering of tutors, sponsors, and school leaders
  • January 16 2024 - Schools each informed of the number of tutors coming to help
  • January 2024 - One-hour New Tutor Orientations
  • January 29, 2024 week through April 26, 2023 a 12 week tutoring series

Our Story   2024 is our 19th year of tutoring service!

Assisted by volunteer lawyers, judges, and other professionals in our community, Lawyers for Literacy has helped over 1400 struggling third-graders pass the reading portion of the state 3rd grade reading / language arts exam and build a foundation for future success. We strive to achieve this goal in two ways:

  • offering one-on-one tutoring in vocabulary and reading

  • providing a personal library of books to each participating child which they keep to start their own home library.

Read more about Lawyers For Literacy

Get Involved!

35% of Florida 4th graders scored below the basic reading level.

Kids Count (2006, State Level Data)

Calling all Tampa Bay Lawyers, Judges, Paralegals, Law Students, and other Legal/Non-Legal Professionals:

  • Involvement in Lawyers for Literacy requires a limited amount of your time—just 1 hour a week for 12 weeks late January to April.

  • Your time and support could determine whether or not a child is promoted to the fourth grade.
  • Tutoring a child is a proactive and preventive way to help keep kids out of the criminal justice system later on in life.
  • Your assistance and time commitment can leave a lasting impression on a child who may not have many positive role models in his or her life.

Read more about how you can get involved

For Lawyers for Literacy Schools:

  • This is a free service. LFL raises money to purchase and provide books and reading improvement materials which the students get to keep.
  • Schools select students that are within the LFL guideline of needing a little bit of help.
  • Tutoring sessions conform to a routine that LFL and schools together have developed.
  • Tutoring is over the school and tutor lunch hour. Tutors sign up for the school, day and time that works in their schedule. Typically 8-10 tutors serve at a school.

Thank you!

We would like to thank the following for their generous donations and sponsorships:

  • Larry & Maureen Ahern
  • Steve and Gloria Angel
  • Cohen & Feuer Arty
  • Banker Lopez Gassler
  • Mike and Barbara Brentnell
  • Amy Bryant
  • Cakes By Carolynn, St Petersburg
  • Centennial Bank
  • Certa Pro Painters
  • Behiye and Rahul Chettri
  • Amanda Clapp
  • Andrew Collinson
  • Michael Conway, mConway Commercial Photography TecTao Designs Web Design
  • Shane and Gaby Cunningham
  • Robert & Laura Craven
  • Legacy Protection Lawyers, LLP - 2023 School Sponsor Campbell Park Elem. St Pete
  • Denmon Pearlman Trial Lawyers
  • Bruce Denson
  • Courtney & Charles Douglas
  • Doyle Wealth Management
  • Christine Derr
  • Charles & Courtney Douglas
  • DHM Construction Services  - 2023 School Sponsor Pasadena Fundamental, St Pete
    Heather & Dan Morin              - 2023 School Sponsor Shore Acres, St Pete
  • John Dixo
  • Farese Physical Therapy Center
  • Neil Flaxman
  • Hon. Marion Fleming & Father Peter Fleming
  • David Gemmer
  • Christian Giblin
  • Greene & Greene, LLC -  2023 School Sponsor Northwest Elementary, St Petersburg
  • Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A.
  • Dana Greenbaum, PA 
  • Rev. Donna Guillaume
  • Carla Turner-Hahn
  • Tom Smith and Sue Hanna
  • Paul and Sandra Hardin
  • Harris, Hunt & Derr P.A.- 2023 School Sponsor  Roland Park K-8 Magnet, Tampa
  • Liz and Rudy Heinkel
  • Heinkel Tax Law Group - 2023 School Sponsor North Shore Elementary, St Pete
  • Diana Holmes
  • Beth Houghton and Scott Wagman - 2023 School Sponsor Sexton Elementary, St Pete
  • Kathyrn Hynes
  • Harris & Hunt, P.A.
  • Lisa and Scott Johni
  • Law Office of Scott Johni, PA
  • Chad Johnson
  • Junior League of St. Petersburg
  • The Honorable Lorraine Kelly
  • Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg
  • Koch, Smith & Hoffman, PA
  • Douglas M. Lampe
  • Ken and Lynn Lark
  • Dan and Silvia Leeper
  • Leeper & Leeper, PA
  • Legacy Protection Lawyers
  • Alecia and Sean Lobianco - 2023 School Sponsor  Sanderlin K-8 IB, St Petersburg
  • Jim Longstreet
  • Bill and Ria McQueen
  • Barbara Marshall
  • Patricia Martin
  • Tim Miller
  • Isabel Moore
  • Barbara Pacholec, M.D., P.A. - 2023 School Sponsor  High Point Elementary, Clearwater
  • Kathleen Peters
  • Mark Powers
  • Maria Rawls
  • Dr. Mark & Leslie Ritch
  • Kimberly Rodgers
  • Rotary Club of St Petersburg - 2023 School Sponsor  Jamerson Elementary, St Pete
  • Ken A. Scaz - 2023 School Sponsor Macfarlane Park Elementary, Tampa
  • San Marco & Associates Private Investigators, Inc.
  • Bill & Beatriz Schneikert
  • Schnick Family Foundation
  • Jeanette Secor P.A. - 2023 School Sponsor Gulfport Elementary, Gulfport
  • St. Petersburg Association of Legal Support Specialists
  • Peter & Jennifer Strawser
  • Rhett & Marshal Stevens
  • Kate Taylor
  • Trinicon, LLC
  • Tranquil Shores
  • William Weller and Cynthia Smoot-Weller
  • Penny Weston
  • Amber Flaxman Young

Many thanks to our community sponsors for supporting young student literacy in our area -



The H.C. Gemmer Family Christian Foundation