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Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy underway

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Throughout the year, Fellows will connect with leaders of law firms, the judiciary, and organizations to foster lasting relationships and a commitment to pro bono service

Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy

Dade Legal Aid’s latest year-long Leadership Academy kicked off this month. “The Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy is a very special program designed to mentor our next generation of leaders in our legal community by emphasizing pro bono service as an integral part of the practice of law,” said U.S. District Court Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Armando Ruiz, II, who has served as a leader for the academy since its inception.

Dade Legal Aid launched Class VII of its Leadership Academy August 24.

Fellows in the academy will participate in a year-long program designed to foster professional relationships, effective leadership skills, and deeper understanding of issues facing underrepresented members of the community.

Throughout the year, Fellows will connect with leaders of law firms, the judiciary, and organizations to foster lasting relationships and a commitment to pro bono service.

The virtual introductory session featured U.S. District Court Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Armando Ruiz, II, who has served as a leader for the academy since its inception.

“The Dade Legal Aid Leadership Academy is a very special program designed to mentor our next generation of leaders in our legal community by emphasizing pro bono service as an integral part of the practice of law,” Judge Ruiz said. “The ongoing success of the program is a testament to Legal Aid’s commitment to help underrepresented individuals navigate the legal system.”

Class VII Fellows include  Otgna Dorno of Office of Criminal Conflict; Andres Gamardo of Gamardo Law; Jesus Hernandez of Kubicki Draper; Vanessa Joseph of Catholic Legal Services; Jennifer L. Junger of Greenberg Traurig; Jacob Koffsky, law clerk for U.S District Court Judge Roy Altman; Alexa Philossaint of Miami-Dade Legal Aid; Andrea Picco of Foley & Lardner; Jillian Postal of the Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A.; Evan Robinson, law clerk for U.S District Court Senior Judge Frederico Moreno; Mark St. Vil og the Law Offices of Mark St. Vil; Joseph Wasserkrug, of McDermott Will & Emery; and Erin Weinstock of Rumberger Kirk.

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