Volusia-Flagler Pro Bono Awards Reception Highlights
Honoring pro bono attorneys on the East coast of Florida for their dedication to increasing access to justice for CLSMF clients.
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On December 2nd, CLSMF hosted the first annual Volusia-Flagler Pro Bono Awards Reception out the Daytona Beach branch office. The event, sponsored by Brown and Brown insurance, celebrated pro bono attorneys on the East coast of the state who donated time through the CLSMF Volunteer Lawyers Project. More than 2,700 hours were given to people in need of free legal services in Central Florida by private practice bar members in the last reporting year. An amazing feat for these attorneys, one certainly worth recognition and praise!
Katherine Hurst Miller, President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division kicked off the night by recognizing the Guardians of Justice, all pro bono attorneys who donated any time this past year. As president of the YLD, she was very pleased to see that several YLD members were giving back in this way. She encourages all young lawyers to take pro bono service to heart and put this invaluable practice into service as much as possible.
Following Katherine, The Honorable Judge Robert K. Rouse presented the Pro Bono Service Award named after him to Dorothy Maier who began volunteering with CLSMF in March of 2012. Since that time, she has assisted more than 200 clients with legal advice and pro se assistance at weekly legal advice clinics. Dorothy believes that “pro bono work is a means of giving back and making a difference to people who don’t have the resources to hire an attorney when they need one.” She lives by the code “to whom much is given much expected.”
The Honorable Judge Clyde Wolfe presented the Volusia County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award. In his inspiring speech, Judge Wolfe linked pro bono service to the metaphorical golden thread that weaves society together.
When he presented the award to Cynthia Beissel he recognized that all attorneys should aspire to incorporate pro bono service into their practice as she has. Since joining CLSMF’s pro bono panel in 2014, Cynthia has provided legal advice and pro se assistance in family law matters to more than 50 clients and donated more than 150 hours of pro bono services. When asked why she gives so much time to Community Legal Services, her response is always “because I want to help people.” Cynthia says that looks forward to attending the pro bono clinic each week, finds this work rewarding and feels great satisfaction helping those in need.