The University of Miami School of Law professor has been selected to receive the 2019 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award. A shareholder with the Miami office of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, Patricia Redmond is being recognized for her decades of volunteer work as well as efforts to refine pro bono services in the Southern District of Florida. She is said to dedicate from 200 to 400 hours per year to pro bono work and previously received the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 11th Judicial Circuit in 2002.
Richard Malafy, a partner with the Law Offices of Campbell and Malafy in Marathon, is among the 22 attorneys receiving the 2019 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards. He is being recognized for his efforts to provide legal assistance and advice to Florida residents affected by Hurricane Irma. The attorney also participated in the hotline established by the Florida Bar for anyone harmed by the hurricane.
Karen Kline works as a partner at Duane Morris in Boca Raton. The intellectual property lawyer is being recognized for her involvement with the Pro Bono Committee and service on behalf of several community-oriented groups including Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Alliance for Kids and America’s First Responders Foundation.
Jaime Vining is an intellectual property litigator based in Miami. The Friedland Vining attorney is being recognized for her work in collaboration with several art-oriented initiatives in Miami. This includes Dade Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts/Arts & Business Council of Miami, where she has advised artists seeking legal counsel, as well as Cannonball Miami. Vining's pro bono cases have also heavily involved art. She has represented a designer seeking copyright protection for tote bags in addition to an art collective of former stay-at-home mothers stepping back into the workforce.
Miami litigator Elisa D'Amico is receiving her 2019 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award in recognition of her work combating cyber harassment and revenge porn. The K&L Gates attorney co-founded the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project (CCRLP) in 2014 with the aim of assisting people who've been victimized and targeted for harassment online. Through the CCRLP D'Amico has helped facilitate legal aid and pro bono help to thousands of people.
Before she was Dia Colbert, attorney with the Colbert Law Firm in Broward County, the Davie litigator spent 18 years studying to earn her J.D. while working as a paralegal. Now Colbert spends her time as one of the most active pro bono attorneys with the Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida.
Ashley Minton is being recognized by the Florida Bar for her commitment in a nonrelative adoption case that evolved into a contested termination of parental rights. In addition to sticking by her client all the way through the final order of adoption in the aforementioned matter, Minton also serves as an attorney ad litem in dependency proceedings and helps to sponsor foster children with the Making Christmas Bright gift drive in St. Lucie County.
The Florida Bar will recognize several South Florida litigators in February for their pro bono work. Its annual awards honor stellar volunteer service across the state, where attorneys provided more than 1.58 million hours of pro bono services in 12 months and more than $5.8 million to legal aid organizations.
Among the South Florida honorees: Patricia Redmond, an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson. Redmond will be receiving the ceremony’s highest honor, the 2019 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award. The award, named for Miami civil rights attorney and anti-death penalty activist Tobias Simon, is the foremost award for pro bono work in Florida.
The event, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 7 at 3:30 p.m, will be held at the Supreme Court of Florida.
Click through to see which South Florida litigators will be celebrated for their volunteer work.