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TAMPA BAY HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION TO RECEIVE STATEWIDE PRO BONO AWARD


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2013
CONTACT:
Dorohn A. Frazier; dfrazier@flabar.org,
The Florida Bar
TELEPHONE:
(850) 561-5764


The Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association is the recipient of the 2013 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. 31 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida by Chief Justice Ricky Polston.

Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association brings together lawyers, judges and other members of the Tampa Bay legal community of Hispanic origin or descent and all others who support the group’s mission to promote the exchange of information and ideas related to the practice of law to enhance its members’ knowledge and skills. It also strives to provide resources and opportunities for the education of future attorneys of Hispanic origin or descent while promoting improvement of Florida’s legal system to further its goals of bettering the administration of justice and increasing the availability and quality of the legal services for the Hispanic community.

Given that Hillsborough County has the fourth-largest Hispanic population in Florida, TBHBA has developed programs to help the Hispanic community. Its volunteer clinic, translation of legal forms and scholarships lead its pro bono efforts:

    • The Spanish Family Forms Clinic is staffed by the members to assist Spanish-speaking individuals with the completion of the family law form packets that address a variety of issues, from divorce to modification of child support. The clinic is free and held once a month at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa. Members have assisted more than 100 individuals since the program began in April 2009.
    • With a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation, TBHBA translated into Spanish the step-by-step instructions of each family forms packet. The association also funds a University of South Florida Latino Scholarship Program, providing educational assistance to two Hispanic college students annually.
    • It also funded a scholarship for the Hispanic-American Inter-Cultural Workshop Social Impact cultural school.
TBHBA holds monthly membership meetings addressing a variety of topics. Family and commercial law attorney Victoria Cruz-Garcia is the newly elected president.

This year's awards ceremony, which also honors individual, circuit, law firm, young lawyer, and judicial pro bono efforts, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, at 3:30 p.m. at the Supreme Court of Florida. 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: 01-15-2013]