The Florida Bar


January 13, 2016
Mark Hohmeister,,
The Florida Bar
(850) 561-5764

TALLAHASSEE - Duane Morris LLP, an international firm with offices in Miami and Boca Raton, will receive the 2016 Law Firm Commendation at the annual Pro Bono Awards ceremony. The commendation honors significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis. The commendation will be presented by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga on Jan. 28 at the Supreme Court of Florida.

Pro bono service has been part of the culture at Duane Morris LLP since the firm was founded in Philadelphia in 1904. The firm’s Miami office has carried on that tradition since it was opened in 1999, helping less fortunate members of the community through service projects and donations of time, talent and treasure.

The firm has a goal of devoting at least 3 percent of billable hours to pro bono work, and it gives all associates and special counsel 100 hours of credit annually, and all partners 50 hours, toward pro bono service.

Two key areas targeted by the firm’s offices in Miami and Boca Raton are immigration and aiding survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence.

Duane Morris lawyers represent youths seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Also, a team of 10 lawyers from the Florida offices visited the Krome detention center in Miami to ensure that it was meeting the Department of Homeland Security’s detention standards for immigration facilities.

Duane Morris lawyers in Florida have helped survivors of commercial sexual exploitation to vacate criminal convictions related to the trafficking. Lawyers in the Boca Raton office have advocated for improved safe harbor laws, to protect exploited youngsters.

Pro bono service can help in less visible ways, too. One is to offer aid to area nonprofits. This can include corporate counseling as well as protection of intellectual property, such as obtaining a trademark for the “Monkey for Me” program (giving hospitalized children a stuffed monkey) offered by Alliance for Kids, Inc.

Duane Morris is one of the 100 largest law firms in the world, with more than 700 lawyers in offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

This year's awards ceremony, which also honors individual, circuit, voluntary bar, young lawyer, state judicial, and federal judicial pro bono efforts, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at the Supreme Court of Florida. The ceremony will be streamed live at

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[Revised: 01-14-2016]