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TALLAHASSEE WOMEN LAWYERS TO RECEIVE STATEWIDE PRO BONO AWARD


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2011
CONTACT:
Dorohn A. Frazier; dfrazier@flabar.org,
The Florida Bar
TELEPHONE:
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Tallahassee Women Lawyers is the recipient of the 2011 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award. The award, which recognizes a Florida voluntary bar that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis, will be presented at a Jan. 27 ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady.

The 200 members of Tallahassee Women Lawyers collectively log approximately 6,000 hours each year.

TWL is one of 27 chapters of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Since its founding in 1981, by such members as past-president Catherine Lannon, TWL's leadership has inspired advancement throughout the legal community. Over the years, the organization has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for its programming and community service projects.

TWL promotes the status of women in the legal community and creates, improves and maintains supportive networks among its members through mutual cooperation, respect and friendship.

The organization recruits volunteers for Legal Services of North Florida and Guardian Ad Litem, among other programs. TWL specifically recruits volunteers for the Legal Services of North Florida advice hotline program. The hotline operates three hours a day, four days a week, and offers legal advice to callers with questions ranging from custody and child-support issues to disability and veterans' benefits. Over the past two years, the demand for this service has increased significantly because of the troubled economy.

TWL members serve regularly as volunteer attorneys through clinics at local senior centers. Many members are also part of an expert panel that consults with other volunteer attorneys providing services to clients of Legal Services of North Florida. TWL also provides financial support to other groups that offer pro bono services.

Pro bono service is taking a special role this year as TWL celebrates its 30th year as a voluntary bar. The organization has dedicated the influence of its nationally acclaimed Women's Empowerment Series to the promotion of pro bono service. The opening program, "The Power of Pro Bono," focuses on the benefits of pro bono service and the power of pro bono service to change and better the careers of those who provide it.

In addition to monthly meetings, TWL holds an annual judicial reception, lunch-and-learn CLEs, Breakfast & Books and the award-winning Legacy of Excellence program for local middle school and high school girls interested in legal careers.

TWL members are also matched with members of Florida State University College of Law's Women Law Symposium. TWL members take their mentees to pro bono activities such as hearings, mediations and client meetings encouraging them to develop pro bono service habits early in their careers.

TWL launched a professional women's exchange program called the "WE Network" in 2009 with a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation. The purpose is to build a broad network of professionals and community leaders to facilitate business and leadership development for women professionals.

This year's awards ceremony, which also honors individual, circuit, law firm, young lawyer, and judicial pro bono efforts, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m. at the Florida Supreme Court. The program will be broadcast taped-delayed at a later date. Check local cable listings for details and on the Internet at http://wfsu.org/gavel2gavel.

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[Revised: 01-20-2011]