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Who should apply?

The Legal Aid Foundation seeks local attorneys with a drive for social change and community leadership for Thunderdome Tallahassee Class 8. All ages, practice areas, and experience levels are welcome to apply. Participants receive the added benefits of:

  • CLEs in family law

  • Mentoring from some of the best family lawyers in Leon County

  • A lifelong network of friends, community connections, and referral sources

  • Small group interactions with judges, lawyers, and legal professionals

  • Development of client handling and trial skills

  • Personal leadership growth

  • Widespread public recognition

What’s the commitment?

Participants commit to mandatory attendance at:

  • Monthly class at FSU Law School, for CLE credit, case mentoring/discussion, and leadership development

Participants are encouraged to attend:

  • Social Mixers and Roundtable Lunches

2024 Schedule - To Be Announced 

All classes will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at the College of Law Research Center

2023 Schedule

All classes will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at the College of Law Research Center


Class 1 – March 9th  - Nuts and Bolts

Mentor Mixer –  Brass Tap - March 23rd

Class 2 – April 13th - Evidence and Courtroom Advocacy 

Roundtable Lunch - Date and Venue TBD

Class 3 – May 11th - Trauma Informed Communication

Class 4 – June 8th - Temporary Custody

Roundtable Lunch -  Date and Venue TBD

Class 5 – July 13th - Parenting Plans and Litigating Parenting Class

Class 6 – August 10th - Equitable Distribution and Alimony

Roundtable Lunch - Date and Venue TBD

Class 7 – Final Class – September 14th – Final Class - Child Support and DOR

Final Mixer -  Date and Venue TBD

Thunderdome Awards Luncheon – February 2024

Thunderdome Tallahassee is offered by the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee, and developed by committee and curriculum partners representing Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit Family Law Judges, FSU Law’s Public Interest Law Center, Leadership Tallahassee, Tallahassee Bar Association & Young Lawyers’ Section, Tallahassee Barristers, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Virgil Hawkins Bar Association, and Thunderdome programs in Chicago and Connecticut cited as best practices by the ABA.

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