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January 10, 2022
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Raymond F. Brady

Raymond F. Brady

Raymond F. Brady, a pro bono volunteer with Three Rivers Legal Services for more than 35 years, is the recipient of the 2022 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, the Supreme Court’s highest recognition of a private lawyer for pro bono service. The award will be presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a Jan. 20 ceremony streamed live by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Brady has been a pro bono volunteer with Three Rivers Legal Services since the early 1990s and has always been a strong advocate for the poor, in particular people without housing.

In January 2015, he pulled together members of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Three Rivers Legal Services and Southern Legal Counsel, as well as students from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, to work on an Ask-A-Lawyer project to help Gainesville’s homeless population.

Because of Brady’s efforts, more than 30 attorneys (and about 150 law students), have volunteered to provide more than 1,000 hours of pro bono service to approximately 400 clients. Brady still not only recruits the volunteer attorneys, but he also helps organize Ask-A-Lawyer events and volunteers at each one.

Most recently, Brady was deeply involved in the coordination and success of the 2021 Virtual Driver’s License Clinic in Gainesville. At the clinic, representatives from local and state agencies and volunteer attorneys helped people learn what they need to do to get their license restored. Brady is already working with agencies and volunteers on the 2022 clinic.

The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award commemorates Miami lawyer Tobias Simon, who was a tireless civil rights attorney, a crusader for prison reform and an appellate authority. The award is intended to encourage and recognize extraordinary contributions by Florida lawyers in making legal services available to people who otherwise could not afford them, and to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services rendered by Florida lawyers.

This year’s awards ceremony, which also honors Circuit, Voluntary Bar, Law Firm, Young Lawyers Division, Distinguished Judicial Service, and Distinguished Federal Judicial Service pro bono efforts, takes place at the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3:30 p.m. Watch it live on Facebook, WFSU: Gavel to Gavel and the Florida Channel.

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