YLD recognizes Hemans with Pro Bono Service Award
Tremaine L. Hemans is the recipient of the 2022 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. The award recognizes public service or legal aid performed by a lawyer who is 35 or younger or who has not practiced for more than five years.
The award will be presented in a January 20 ceremony streamed live by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Hemans was born in Moneague, St. Ann, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States where she began her journey into social justice and immigration law. Hemans is passionate about advocating for the rights of immigrants seeking their American dream, the same dream she had when she entered the U.S.
Hemans, managing attorney and CEO of the Hemans Law Group, P.A., based in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, has provided pro bono work on Violence Against Women Act cases, helping victims of domestic violence obtain permanent residency without their abusive spouse or parent. Hemans is currently working on a pro bono political asylum case in immigration court.
As a leader who has charted the path for first-generation Black law students, Hemans serves as a resource and beacon of inspiration to high school and undergraduate students who come from low-income backgrounds. Her goal has always been to increase the number of Black students attending and succeeding in law school, and she accomplishes this through her acclaimed mentorship program, LegallyTrem.
Hemans has reached over 200 high school, college, and graduate students through LegallyTrem, and she has helped six candidates pass the Florida or New York bar exam.
Hemans exemplified leadership and service from the very start as a student at FIU College of Law. Her involvement ranged from serving as president of the H.T. Smith Black Law Students Association from 2018 to 2019 to serving as a student attorney in the Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.
From law school admission, to bar passage, to the attorney career, Hemans paves the path for success for all those who will come after her.
This year’s awards ceremony, which also honors Individual, Circuit, Voluntary Bar, Law Firm, Distinguished Judicial Service, and Distinguished Federal Judicial Service pro bono efforts, takes place at the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday, January 20, at 3:30 p.m. Watch it live on Facebook, WFSU: Gavel to Gavel and the Florida Channel.