YOUNG ATTORNEY ELISA D’AMICO OF MIAMI TO BE HONORED FOR PRO BONO SERVICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE − Elisa J. D’Amico of Miami (photo) is the recipient of the 2016 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. The award recognizes public service or legal aid performed by a lawyer younger than 36 and who has not practiced for more than five years. It be presented at a Jan. 28 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida.
This year’s YLD Pro Bono Service Award honors work that D’Amico has done to protect vulnerable people on the Internet, where so many young adults make friends and connections.
With strong support from K&L Gates LLP, the international law firm where D’Amico is a partner in the Miami office, D’Amico and K&L Gates partner David Bateman founded the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to provide legal services to victims whose sexually explicit images are distributed online without their consent – also known as “revenge porn.”
A year later, the project had 70 attorneys on three continents volunteering to help victims of online harassment. In just one year, the project dedicated the equivalent of $2 million in volunteer attorney time and consulted with more than 300 victims.
D’Amico has volunteered more than 1,100 hours to the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project since late 2014.
Among those helped by the project was a Miami professor who had explicit photos and video shared with her class, forcing her to change her name and career. The project also has reached out to help victims in places as far away as Canada, Switzerland, Latvia and the United Kingdom.
D’Amico, a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law in New York, has received numerous honors, including, in 2015, the Daily Business Review’s Attorney of the Year, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce “Difference Maker” Award and the K&L Gates LLP Pro Bono Service Award.
“When I thought I was alone,” one “revenge porn” victim wrote, “God sent me angels in the form of CCRLP.”
This year's Pro Bono Awards ceremony, which also honors individual, circuit, law firm, voluntary bar, 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 http://wfsu.org/gavel2gavel
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