During the Section’s luncheon at the Annual Conference in Boca Raton, the Section presented the L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono Award for 2010. This award is given annually to the pro bono organization within the state that has put together the best pro bono service program during the past year. This year marked our 21st year of presenting this award.
Committee chair Jerry Curington presented the 2010 L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono Award to Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. for its Legal Assistance to Veterans project. The project served four counties (Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee) and provided legal counsel to veterans on issues of importance such as health care, Medicaid, nursing-home placement, and end-of-life planning. On behalf of the GPSSF section, Jerry presented FRLS with a check for $3,000.
Jerry also awarded checks for $1,000 each to the runners-up: Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. Jacksonville Area Legal Aid was recognized for a translation project that provided translation services for needy individuals with regard to Fair Housing Act questions. Gulfcoast Legal Services was recognized for its “Advance Directives” initiative, which provided assistance for low-income elderly and disabled persons at their place of residence.
We congratulate these three legal aid organizations for providing essential legal advice to the needy in their communities who might not otherwise be able to obtain legal assistance and would be forced to face the daunting task of tackling the legal system alone