NOVEY+GONZALEZ LAW OFFICE TO RECEIVE COMMENDATION FOR PRO BONO WORK
Novey+Gonzalez, LLC., will receive the 2021 Law Firm Commendation at the annual Pro Bono Awards virtual ceremony on Jan. 28 hosted by the Supreme Court of Florida. 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 Charles T. Canady in a Jan. 28 ceremony streamed live by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Shannon Novey and Christin Gonzalez of Novey+Gonzalez, legacy boutique law firm that handles complex family law matters throughout North Florida, including Leon, Bay, Franklin, Jefferson, Okaloosa and Walton counties are dedicated to serving low-income Floridians. Novey+Gonzalez regularly takes pro bono family law cases, many of which are referred by the Legal Aid Foundation, but some clients reach out directly, too.
To date, Novey+Gonzalez has provided pro bono or low-fee (low bono) services for more than a dozen family law cases. In 2017 and 2018, they gave an estimated 50 hours.
Gonzalez contributed approximately 60 pro bono hours in 2019, and more than 36 hours so far in 2020. Jasmine Henry, who joined the firm in 2019, has also provided almost 25 hours of pro bono work in 2020.
Additionally, Gonzalez has served as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for family law cases and participates in the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee’s Thunderdome Program, which mentors non-family law attorneys so that they will be better equipped to accept family law pro bono cases in the future and provide greater access to the courts for low-income Floridians.
As a J.D. Advisor in marital and family law for the Florida State University College of Law, Gonzalez encourages law students to become certified Guardian Ad Litems so that they can assist families while they are still in law school. She also encourages students to participate in the Family Law Clinic at the law school, which provides pro bono legal services for family law issues.
Novey is dedicated to providing services where needed to the community. She recently attended training through the American Civil Liberties Union for providing pro bono representation to minors in need of services. Novey is also involved in bar service, serving on a Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, the Board of Governors Certification Appeal Review panel for family law, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Legislation Committee.
This year’s ceremony, which also honors Individual, Circuit, Voluntary Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Distinguished Judicial Service and Distinguished Federal Judicial Service pro bono efforts, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. and can be streamed live on Facebook, WFSU: Gavel to Gavel and the Florida Channel, as well as on YouTube.
A full version of each of the honoree’s accomplishments can be found here.
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