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ST. PETERSBURG ATTORNEY TO RECEIVE PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2009
CONTACT:
Dorohn A. Frazier,
The Florida Bar
TELEPHONE:
(850) 561-5764; dfrazier@flabar.org


Carin Constantine, a St. Petersburg attorney, has been selected to receive the 2009 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. The award will be presented at a Jan. 29 ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court. Constantine is actively involved in providing pro bono legal services to the less fortunate in the Tampa Bay area. She has taken on almost 20 pro bono cases in the past two years alone.

An Atlanta native, Constantine received a Bachelor of Science in Social Science in 1997 from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., and received her law degree from George Mason School of Law in 2003. While in school, Constantine was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team and she volunteered as a contributing writer for the law school newspaper. She also volunteered her time to work with battered women and mentored high-school students.

Constantine practices in cases involving parental time sharing, child support, domestic violence injunctions, out-of-state child support and custody, dependency and paternity matters, divorce and the unique family law issues that arise with military families. Recently, she has been involved in cases that involve the Hague Convention and international custody. She is also addresses legislative issues that involve child support.

Constantine is active in the St. Petersburg Bar Association and the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation. She is a member of both the Bench and Bar and Heroes Among Us committees, and is a contributing writer and Editorial Board Member of St. Petersburg Bar Association's Magazine, Paraclete. She is also a member of the Clearwater Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Support Issues Committee of the Florida Bar’s Family Law Section.

In addition to taking pro bono cases, Constantine also provides insight on family law issues and answers family law questions live on the air for callers on the third Sunday every month on "Florida Law Live," a call-in radio program.

The awards ceremony, which also honors individual, law firm, voluntary bar and judicial pro bono efforts, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. at the Florida Supreme Court. In addition, the ceremony will be broadcast live, unless pre-empted, on the Florida Channel (check local cable listings for the channel number) and on the Internet at http://wfsu.org/gavel2gavel.

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[Revised: 01-14-2009]