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Celebrate Pro Bono

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Community Legal Services of Mid -Florida (CLSMF) 27th annual Pro Bono Awards Dinner

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

  • By: Larry Glinzman
  • Organization: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Community Legal Services of Mid -Florida (CLSMF) recently held their 27th annual Pro Bono Awards Dinner at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. Each year the Volunteer Lawyers Project honors volunteers who donate their time and services to those who otherwise would not be able to obtain legal help. The Champion of Justice award was presented to Susan Fagan of Daytona Beach for taking 135 pro bono cases, the highest number by far. Tanner Andrews of Deland was honored as Advocate of Justice for volunteering over 128 hours during the past year. Shimene Shepard-Ryan and Donnita Pritchard were honored as Guardians of Justice for the record number of hours and cases they completed as pro bono volunteers. Special guest speaker was Judge William Parsons, Chief Administrative Judge of the 7th Circuit Court. Additional awards were presented for pro bono work to the following attorneys: 50 to 100 hours of service: Stephen Braun and Diego Handel. 25 to 49 hours of service: William Akers, Cheryl Beece, Bonnie Berns, Kelly Chanfrau, Jung Choi, Christine Gay, Kim Heller, Melissa Moore, Raven Sword, George Trovato and Monica Hirsch Wilson. In addition, 28 others who gave up to 24 hours of service, were honored. The event was made possible in large part by The Volusia County Bar Association, the Cobb Cole Law Firm and Techlogic. Community Legal Services of Mid- Florida provides free legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in civil (non-criminal matters)

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