Jazz for Justice

Read below for a recap of Jazz for Justice 2015 with event photos and highlights.

CLSMF’s Third Annual Jazz for Justice Celebrated Nearly $1 Million Dollars in Pro Bono Hours to Serve the Most Vulnerable Residents of Central Florida

Jazz for JusticeOn October 7, 2015 Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF), the primary provider of legal aid in Central Florida, celebrated its third annual Jazz for Justice signature event in honor of the tireless efforts of CLSMF’s Volunteer Lawyers Project pro bono attorneys. The event, which was held at Leu Gardens in Orlando, welcomed more than 200 guests who joined in support of the organization and their volunteer attorneys. The evening featured lively jazz music by the Greg Parnell Trio and Linda Cole, Nat King Cole’s great niece, and was emceed by popular radio personality Bob Kelley from WUCF-FM Jazz and More.

In the past year, with contributions of time and talent, the Volunteer Lawyers Project attorneys were able to service nearly 760 clients, which equals close to $1 million dollars of in-kind value. These efforts to further equal access to justice in the region were recognized by former governor Charlie Crist, who presented awards to the top pro bono attorneys in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

Charlie Crist and Ruben Laboy

Ruben Laboy was honored as the Orange County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for providing full representation to clients needing to file bankruptcy. Ruben donated more than 100 hours of time and his efforts have protected the income of clients, providing them with a much-needed fresh start.


Charlie Crist, Michael Duggar and Kimberly Sanchez

The Osceola County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award recipient Michael Duggar was recognized for his participation in legal advice clinics in Orlando and Kissimmee. In 2014, Michael provided legal advice, pro se assistance and full representation to more than 100 low-income clients.











Mike Wasylik and Charlie Crist

The 2015 Law Firm Award of the Year was presented to Ricardo and Wasylik, PL. In 2014, volunteer attorney, Michael Wasylk provided more than 100 hours of pro bono assistance to CLSMF.  This assistance included co-counseling on a foreclosure case and after two trials and one appeal, the case settled and the client is still in the home.  He also provided training to staff attorneys in the area of General Foreclosure Litigation, Deposition Practice and Evidence Practice.  He was instrumental in introducing us to a group of elite foreclosure defense attorneys who are available to mentor and assist CLSMF staff attorneys.

Charlie Crist, Taras Rudnitsky and Kimberly Sanchez

Taras Rudnitsky received the Seminole County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for his tireless dedication to serving the needs of low-income consumers. Since 2010 Taras has provided more than 100 hours of service each year. He has represented clients in collection cases and been successful in finding relief for clients burdened by overwhelming debt. Taras has also received recognition from the Florida Supreme Court for his exceptional pro bono work.




Kimberly Sanchez, Timothy Moran and Belvin Perry Jr.

Belvin Perry, Jr. Legacy of Justice Award presented to Timothy A. Moran

Retired Chief Judge Belvin Perry was also in attendance at Jazz for Justice to present the Belvin Perry, Jr. Legacy of Justice Award to Timothy Moran for his outstanding dedication to pro bono work year after year. Tim began volunteering with CLSMF in 2009 and since that time has contributed more than 1,000 hours of pro bono service by providing more than 230 low-income clients with legal advice, pro se assistance and full representation in foreclosure, bankruptcy and probate matters. He continues to volunteer at legal advice clinics and assists with CLSMF’s FAMU Bankruptcy Clinics. Tim is the recipient of numerous awards for his pro bono service to CLSMF and in 2012 he received The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Services award, which was presented to Tim in a ceremonial session before the Florida Supreme Court.  Earlier this year, he received a pro bono service award from the Legal Services Corporation. Tim is a sole practitioner whose law firm was voted the Best Law Office in the Winter Springs/Oviedo area in 2013 and 2014.

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is grateful for the support of their pro bono attorneys to help extend the reach of services provided to those who are most in need. Unfortunately, even with their help, the organization still cannot meet the need of the low-income population. These are the people who are facing legal issues that affect their livelihoods – affordable housing, securing public benefits, finding safety and obtaining appropriate education – but yet still cannot get help in our justice system. CLSMF seeks to provide equal access to justice for all but cannot achieve this goal without the financial assistance of funders like The Florida Bar Foundation and private donors. It is the combination of the efforts of Volunteer Lawyers Project and financial stakeholders that creates the path to equality and justice for all in Central Florida.

Special Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors

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