Miami (January 13, 2014) – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that associates Robert Barton and Miriam Sowinski have been selected as the firm's 2014 Chesterfield Smith Fellows.
In 1999, Holland & Knight created the Chesterfield Smith Fellowship Program in honor of Chesterfield Smith, the firm's visionary founder who instilled in our lawyers a strong sense of commitment to help those in need. The program is an intense apprenticeship during which selected Fellows dedicate the entirety of their practice for one calendar year to pro bono work.
The Chesterfield Smith Fellowship Program identifies two Holland & Knight lawyers per year who have distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and demonstrate a dedication to continuing the firm's tradition of serving those in need who are unable to afford legal representation. Through this program, Holland & Knight provides the selected Fellows with unique professional development opportunities, on-the-job training and prominent roles in matters. Fellows work closely with the firm's Public and Charitable Service Department chair, Buddy Schulz, and other partners who have subject-matter expertise relevant to the pro bono initiatives they undertake.
Mr. Barton is an associate in the firm's Los Angeles office and a member of the Private Wealth Services Group. He focuses his practice on complex trust and estate litigation and administration. During the fellowship he will work on litigation matters for people in need and organizations that assist them, including appellate and trial work in areas such as elder abuse, immigration and civil rights.
Ms. Sowinski is an associate in the firm's Jacksonville office. She has experience in mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international business and financing transactions, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws matters, and local land and economic development matters. Ms. Sowinski will work on transactional, governance and real estate matters for nonprofit organizations.
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