The Florida Bar
The Florida Bar News
November 15, 2012
EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS/LEGAL AID SOCIETY of Palm Beach County honorees, from the left, Shahar Pasch, Jill Mahler, Tim Stevens, and Ashley Ortagus Wilson. Pasch and Wilson work on the Juvenile Advocacy Project and Stevens and Mahler work on the Foster Children’s Project.
Palm Beach celebrates Pro Bono Week
In observance of the ABA’s National Pro Bono Week in October, the Palm Beach County offices of Greenberg Traurig hosted a reception celebrating the accomplishments of Palm Beach Legal Aid Society staff attorneys and Equal Justice Works alumni Shahar Pasch, Tim Stevens, Jill Mahler, and Ashley Ortagus Wilson.
“These four attorneys have dedicated their careers to providing pro bono legal services to those in need and it is an honor to celebrate their hard work and dedication during National Pro Bono Week,” said Bridget A. Berry of Greenberg Traurig’s Palm Beach North office. “Through their litigation and appellate advocacy, they are creating systematic changes for foster children, teenage mothers, and senior citizens in need of pro bono legal assistance.”
Berry is founder and chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Independent Living Review Program, which represents children aging out of foster care.
Pasch, Stevens, Mahler, and Wilson spoke about their projects and were honored for their creation of, and work on, the Senior Economic Justice Project, Relative Caregiver Project, Transitions Project, and Legal Advocates for Minor Mothers Project, respectively.
Pasch and Wilson continue to dedicate their time on the Juvenile Advocacy Project by providing representation to children though age 18 in juvenile court, family court, and probate court. Stevens and Mahler work on the Foster Children’s Project, representing foster children through age 12 and their siblings in all court matters and advocating for them to achieve permanence within 12 months.
Greenberg Traurig provides funding through the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation for lawyers and law students to work with public interest groups to serve low-income and underrepresented populations. The firm has a long-standing relationship with EJW, a nonprofit organization providing opportunities for law students and lawyers to deliver effective legal representation to underserved communities and causes. Since 1999, Greenberg Traurig has sponsored nearly 100 Equal Justice Works fellows in 38 cities across the country.