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Carlton Fields Receives Equal Justice Pro Bono Award

Estates, Trusts and Probate   |   Business Transactions   |   November 2, 2018
Miami, Fla. – Carlton Fields is pleased to announce that the firm is the 2018 recipient of the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Equal Justice Pro Bono Large Firm Award. The firm was honored Thursday, Oct. 25 at a ceremony in Coral Gables.
 
The award honors Miami attorneys Amy Lane Hurwitz, Matthew H. Jacobson, Dorothy C. Kafka, Steven Kass, Andrew J. Markus, Gary M. Pappas, Adriana A. Perez, Rahul P. Ranadive, and Michael C. Vandormael. The attorneys’ pro bono contributions included corporate and business advice for nonprofits and minority businesses, name changes for the transgender community, and probate matters for veterans.
 
Carlton Fields’ commitment to pro bono service and community involvement is a core value of the firm. As a charter signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, the firm’s lawyers and paralegals devote at least 50 hours annually to pro bono work. Across the firm’s 10 offices nationwide, key pro bono projects include handling custody and adoption cases through the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C.; promoting better relationships between police and their communities through the Policing Project in New York; and providing a complete review of title information, land use, zoning, and surveys for a more than 1,000-acre property portfolio used by 12,000 girls in the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.

Legal Services of Greater Miami is a civil legal aid organization in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties that helps more than 20,000 individuals and families each year. Staff and volunteer attorneys help those in need with community development, consumer protection, education, health care, home ownership, income tax, public benefits, tenants' rights, and veterans' advocacy. The group recovers almost $2.6 million annually for clients in disability, unemployment, child support, and government benefits.

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Carlton Fields Shareholders Gary M. Pappas (left) and Rahul P. Ranadive (right) accept the 2018 Equal Justice Pro Bono Large Firm Award from Monica Vigues-Pitan, executive director of Legal Services of Greater Miami.

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