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Ladis honored with Johnnie M. Ridgely President’s Award

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Karen Ladis and Jane Muir

Karen Ladis and Jane Muir

The Miami-Dade Bar Association recently honored Karen Josefsberg Ladis with its Johnnie M. Ridgely President’s Award for her long-time service on behalf of countless underprivileged residents who needed legal help.

Ladis is the executive director of the Miami-Dade Legal Aid Society. She joined the agency in 1991 as coordinator of Put Something Back Pro Bono Project, the official pro bono project of the 11th Circuit and Dade Legal Aid. She became the executive director in 2014.

The Ridgely President’s Award was created by the in 2005 to honor Johnnie Ridgely’s life and commitment to service during her more than 42 years as executive director of the organization.

The award is given to a Miami-Dade Bar member who has shown exemplary commitment, leadership, and dedication to improving the legal profession and serving the needs of the community.

Ladis currently serves on The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Florida Civil Legal Aid Association, Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association, Pro Bono Committees of Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers, South Miami Kendall Bar Association, U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Florida, Florida Bar Business Law Section, and United Way Mission United. She is also a nonvoting public interest member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors

Jane Muir, the MDA’s immediate past president, selected Ladis for the honor.

Previous winners include Ridgely, Sen. Bob Graham, Chief Judge Bertila Soto, Sharon Langer, and Stuart Grossman among others.

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