PRO BONO SERVICE AWARDS CEREMONY IS FEB. 7
The 2019 Pro Bono Service Awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Supreme Court of Florida. The annual Pro Bono Service Awards recognize outstanding commitment to providing legal services to Florida’s poor. Thursday’s ceremony will be streamed live at http://wfsu.org/gavel2gavel as well as on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridasupremecourt.
Last year, Florida attorneys collectively donated about $5.8 million in legal aid and more than 1.58 million hours of free legal service, in addition to more than 16,000 hours provided by law firms.
Awards to be presented Thursday are:
The 2019 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award: Presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady to Patricia A. Redmond (photo) of Miami.
The Distinguished Judicial Service Award: The Hon. Nina Ashenafi-Richardson (photo) of Leon County.
The Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award: The Hon. Roy B. Dalton, Jr. (photo), of the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida in Orlando.
The Law Firm Commendation: The Tampa office of Foley & Lardner LLP.
The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award: The Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association.
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award: Tori Simmons of Tampa (photo).
The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards (presented to lawyers from Florida’s 20 judicial circuits and one out-of-state lawyer):
1st Circuit, Nancy Lynn Carty Hartjen
2nd Circuit, Jennifer LaVia
3rd Circuit, Kevin A. McNeill
4th Circuit, Crystal Freed
5th Circuit, Choung Mi Lim Akehurst
6th Circuit, William Denton Slicker
7th Circuit, James Russell “Rusty” Collins
8th Circuit, Howard M. Rosenblatt
9th Circuit, Dougald Leitch
10th Circuit, Matthew James Vaughn
11th Circuit, Elisa D’Amico and Jaime Rich Vining
12th Circuit, Neil T. Lyons
13th Circuit, George B. Howell III
14th Circuit, Julia K. Maddalena
15th Circuit, Karen Chuang Kline
16th Circuit, Richard August Malafy
17th Circuit, Dia Teresa Colbert
18th Circuit, John B. Daly
19th Circuit, Ashley N. Minton
20th Circuit, Kelly L. Fayer
Out-of-state, Kristin M. Whidby
Previous news releases with bios and photos of the honorees are available at: https://www.floridabar.org/public/probono/serviceawards.