Hogan Lovells and Dade Legal Aid host 11th Annual Getting a Head Start on Pro Bono for Summer Associates event
The Miami office of Hogan Lovells and Dade Legal Aid recently hosted the 11th Annual Getting a Head Start on Pro Bono for Summer Associates event.
Over 75 summer associates, law clerks, and public interest interns from a dozen different law firms and law schools gathered at the event that aims to inspire soon-to-be-new lawyers to make pro bono a regular part of their future practice.
During the program, Karen Ladis, director of Dade Legal Aid, Chief Judge Nushin G. Sayfie, Judge Zachary N. James, and Senior Judge Paul C. Huck each gave short testimonials about the importance of pro bono work.
Judge Huck challenged all those in attendance to work “in the service of others.”
“We lawyers should do pro bono work not only because it helps those most in need, but because it makes you feel good,” Judge Huck said.
Hogan Lovells partner Alvin F. Lindsay said lawyers have a responsibility to help the less fortunate navigate the complexities of the legal system.
“For over 11 years now, Hogan Lovells has really enjoyed working with Karen Ladis and Dade Legal Aid to help get the word out to all young lawyers about the importance of pro bono work,” Lindsay said.
Chief Judge Sayfie said it was “very inspiring” to be in a room filled with “enthusiastic” young and future lawyers who are already committed to meeting their pro bono obligation.
“I left the event feeling optimistic and hopeful and I am so grateful to have participated in it,” Sayfie said.
The event was coordinated by Victoria Q. DeBayle of Hogan Lovells with assistance from the Hogan Miami staff, in particular, Ileana Cobas.
Law students in attendance represented Akerman; Day Pitney; Foley & Lardner; Greenberg Traurig; Greenspoon Marder; Hogan Lovells; Holland & Knight; Hunton Andrews Kurth; Pillsbury Winthrop; Podhurst Orseck; Rumberger Kirk; Shook Hardy & Bacon; Shutts & Bowen; Stearns Weaver Miller; and more.
Also in attendance were Stephanie Grosman of Dade Legal Aid; Erik Alexander of Truist; Judge Lody Jean; and summer interns from the United States District Court, United States Trustee’s Office, Dade Legal Aid, the 11th Judicial Circuit, and Catholic Charities.
To learn more about pro bono opportunities, visit www.dadelegalaid.org.