Pro Bono Awards Breakfast
2016 Award Recipients
Taras Rudnitsky 2016 Belvin Perry Jr. Legacy of Justice Award Recipient
The 2016 recipient of the Belvin Perry Jr., Legacy of Justice Award is Taras Rudnitsky. Taras joined the pro bono panel of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida in March of 2010. Each year since joining the pro bono panel Taras has provided more than 100 hours of pro bono legal services and has received a letter of commendation from the Florida Supreme Court. In 2016 he received the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. Taras has recovered more than $10,000 for our low income clients by providing full representation to clients who had purchased automobiles from “buy here, pay here” dealerships. Many of these dealerships misrepresented the terms of financing, violating the Federal Truth in Lending Act, Regulation Z, Florida’s Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act., Article IX of Florida’s Commercial Code and Violation of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.
In addition to representing clients, Taras serves on the board of Directors for Community Legal Services. He has served as the Chair of the Florida Bar’s Small Claims Rules Committee and as President of the Ukrainian American Bar Association.
Michael Duggar, 2016 Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award Recipient
Michael Duggar began volunteering with Community Legal Services in 2008. He was an integral part of the development of CLSMF’s Income Protection Project and has provide legal advice, pro se assistance and full representation to clients in the area of Chapter 7 bankruptcy, foreclosure defense and debtor harassment. He has been recognized as a Guardian of Justice and was named 2015 Osceola County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by Community Legal Services. Since he began volunteering Michael has assisted over 150 clients in our bankruptcy legal advice clinics. In 2016, he has set the personal goal of taking on one bankruptcy case for full representation every month, in order to assist low-income clients in filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
This esteemed attorney is currently working with E.R. Mousa, P.A. in Jacksonville, offering his legal services on bankruptcy, student loans and debt settlement for his clients. His number one passion is lobbying for fair and equitable student loan standards for those experiencing financial hardship in bankruptcies.
The Law Office of Timothy Moran, 2016 Law Firm of the Year Award Recipient
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, 2016 Law Firm of the year goes to the Law Offices of Timothy A. Moran. Tim is a sole practitioner who began volunteering with Community Legal Services in 2009. Since that time he has provided more than 1400 hours of pro bono legal services to 246 clients. As a volunteer attorney, Tim has served as a liaison between Community Legal and FAMU College of Law while training law students in housing counseling and bankruptcy. Tim provides legal advice, pro se assistance and full representation to clients in Estate Planning, Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy.
In 2012 Tim received the Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award. He has received a letter of commendation from the Florida Supreme Court for his outstanding Pro Bono Service every year since 2010. In 2015 he was recognized by the Legal Services Corporation for his outstanding commitment to pro bono. He has received CLSMF’s Seminole County Champion of Justice Award, The Belvin Perry, Jr. Legacy of Justice Award and his Law Firm was voted the Best Law Office in Winter Springs/Oviedo area in 2013 and 1024 by the Oviedo/Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce.