MIAMI (January 27, 2015) – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) board of directors presented its Pro Bono Service Award to the Miami office of Holland & Knight in recognition of its extraordinary commitment to equal justice at a ceremony on January 23.
Speakers at the event included Francisco Angones, former president of The Florida Bar; John Levi, chairman of the LSC board; Melissa Pershing, director of grants and development for the Florida Bar Foundation; Judge Vance Salter of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal; and Patricia White, dean of the University of Miami School of Law.
The Miami office of Holland & Knight is committed to providing pro bono service through its longtime partnership with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI). The firm’s attorneys are at the forefront of many LSGMI pro bono initiatives, including offering representation on complex housing and disability cases. They have donated more than 5,000 pro bono hours to legal aid organizations throughout South Florida.
“As the single largest funder of civil legal aid, the LSC provides a critical service to so many communities,” said Brett Barfield, Holland & Knight’s Miami Public and Charitable Service partner. “We are honored that they chose to recognize Holland & Knight and our partnership with LSGMI, which goes back to our firm’s founder, Chesterfield Smith.”
Legal Services Corporation was established by Congress in 1974 to provide equal access to justice and to ensure the delivery of high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
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