A Miami litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed is the recipient of this year’s Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award in the young lawyers division.
Rebecca Lauren Sosa, 29, who transferred last March to the firm’s Miami office, will receive her award at a ceremony Thursday at the Florida Supreme Court.
In 2010, Sosa contributed more than 1,000 pro bono hours, the highest number at her firm. After moving to Florida she began participating in the Miami Pro Bono Roundtable and recruits and arranges training for Hughes Hubbard attorneys to take on immigration cases from Catholic Charities of Greater Miami.
Twenty-two other lawyers across the state will be honored, including Maxine Master Long, a shareholder at Shutts & Bowen in Miami who chairs the firm’s pro bono committee and has served as pro bono counsel to the Broward County Office of Public Guardian for more than a decade; Steven Wayne Marcus, a shareholder at Fowler White Boggs in Fort Lauderdale who offers pro bono assistance to Holocaust survivors in obtaining pensions from Germany; and Bridget Ann Berry, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in West Palm Beach who founded the firm’s program for children aging out of foster care.
Tampa attorney Jeanne Trudeau Tate will receive the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, the highest statewide pro bono award.
In 2011-12 lawyers in Florida provided 1.67 million hours of pro bono services to those in need and $4.88 million to legal aid organizations, The Florida Bar said.