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Miami-Dade Women Lawyers honored

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January 28, 2020

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers is the recipient of the 2020 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award. Miami-Dade FAWL President Elisa D’Amico accepted the award, presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a Jan. 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. The award recognizes a Florida voluntary bar that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis.

For the past four years, MDFAWL has hosted a large-scale picnic event for youth in foster care aimed at recruiting Guardians and Attorneys ad Litem to take their cases. The MDFAWL Pro Bono Committee has held two legal clinics with Americans for Immigrant Justice to assist immigrant families with obtaining desperately needed immigration intakes. They have partnered with Dade Legal Aid on numerous initiatives and projects for decades.

In 2018, MDFAWL formed a 501(c)(3) organization, the MDFAWL Foundation, to expand and improve representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income people and children; increase educational opportunities for women and minorities; promote social justice; improve the administration of justice, and encourage service to the public by members of the legal profession and others in the community.

Also, MDFAWL was recognized statewide by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) as the 2018 Outstanding Chapter of the Year in part for these extraordinary pro bono efforts. MDFAWL additionally was named Small Affiliate of the Year by The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division for exemplary service in the 2018 calendar year.