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Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez honored 15 law firms for contributing a total of 6,000 hours of pro bono work to the agency this year.

For donating 4,000 hours of legal counsel to the indigent in Miami-Dade County through the public defender’s office, Hogan Lovells received top honors at the annual recognition event Thursday.

Akerman; Baker & McKenzie; Carlton Fields Jorden Burt; DLA Piper; Greenberg Traurig; Holland & Knight; Hunton & Williams; K&L Gates; Morgan Lewis & Bockius; Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell; Shook, Hardy & Bacon; Shutts & Bowen; Walton, Lantaff, Schroeder & Carson; and Weil Gotshal & Manges also were honored.

Martinez also recognized he University of Miami law school and the Miami chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He created the Ensuring Equal Justice Pro Bono Initiative as a public-private partnership to provide pro bono opportunities for private lawyers as well as support for overworked assistant public defenders.