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Pro Bono Award Recipients

Congratulations to Put Something Back Pro Bono Award Recipients:

Patricia Redmond- Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award
A member of the board of the Dade County Bar Association and Dade Legal Aid Advisory Board, Patricia Redmond makes a difference in the lives of many through her work and commitment to helping others. She is a role model and invaluable mentor and friend to many. For decades, Ms. Redmond has volunteered with Put Something Back. She is an outstanding role model and mentor, and never says "no" to any cause or pro bono case. Her extraordinary contributions to the legal community and beyond have benefited thousands of low income clients locally and nationwide. She truly goes above the call of duty by taking hundreds of pro bono cases working tirelessly for the indigent community, enthusiastically training our next generation of lawyers, mentoring hundreds of law students in bankruptcy through her involvement in the UM Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic, a pro bono project of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District in conjunction with Put Something Back. She also educates our greater legal community by coordinating training, topics and speakers for pro bono seminars. Congratulations on receiving the 2019 Tobias Simon Award. 
 
Jaime Rich Vining - Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award (11th Judicial Circuit)
Jaime Rich Vining, Partner, Friedland Vining Intellectual Property Attorneys and Chair of the Patently Impossible Project and Dade County Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee, is a recipient of the 11th Judicial Circuit Award. Utilizing her vast expertise and resources, Jaime created The Patently Impossible Project to Benefit Dade Legal Aid a decade ago. In addition to championing the mission of Dade Legal Aid through this annual charitable event, she actively participates in its pro bono program, Put Something Back, handling a multitude of pro bono cases for struggling artists, startups and emerging non profits. She also leads Intellectual Property and Patent Pro Bono lectures, self help clinics and workshops and mentors newer attorneys providing access to free legal help for hundreds. Jaime's Patently Impossible Project is THE race to assemble a patented invention – while hundreds of lawyers, judges, law students and others cheer on contestants from the sidelines and “bet” on their favorite team during a silent auction and cocktail reception. To date, her efforts have raised over $150,000 for the organization. This year’s competition will be held on November 7, 2019.
 
Elisa D’Amico- Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award (11th Judicial Circuit) 
Elisa D’Amico is co-recipient of the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, 11th Judicial Circuit.  A litigation partner at K&L Gates LLP, President Elect Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers-MDFAWL and volunteer with Put Something Back, Elisa’s pro bono work is nationally known for fighting to end image-based abuse. In 2014, she co-founded the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project (“CCRLP”) to aid victims who had been exposed online but did not have adequate legal resources to navigate the legal system. Since its inception, Elisa has worked diligently resulting in recognition as a leading resource to protect the rights of revenge porn victims worldwide. CCRLP has provided pro bono legal help to 1000’s of individuals, with volunteers donating tens of 1000’s of hours helping victims of sexual cyberharassment, successfully removing 1000’s of nonconsensually distributed explicit images and video from the internet helping empower countless victims take back their lives. In addition, Elisa staffs LegalLine, a Legal Hotline with the Dade County Bar Associaiton and spends much of her time working to better our community through MDFAWL and Dade Legal Aid where she serves in leadership roles. In June, she becomes MDFAWL President, where she will continue to further its mission and lead numerous pro bono initiatives.
 
Richard Malafy - Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award (16th Judicial Circuit). 
We are so grateful for the dedication and unwavering support of Richard August Malafy, Put Something Back Attorney and Partner with Campbell & Malafy in Marathon, Recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for the 16th Judicial Circuit. “Richard always goes above and beyond and never says “no” to any cause or consideration” said Bruce Levine, Project Coordinator.  Prior to Hurricane Irma, Richard was already well known for providing pro bono legal assistance to indigent clients, civic organizations and voluntary participates. “Following Irma, he lead by example, handled countless cases, lead disaster relief efforts, enlisted colleagues and the greater community, started a fundraiser, advertised and staffed legal clinics, worked Hotlines, coordinated volunteers and handled donations for Keys residents, despite losses to his home and business,” said Levine in his nomination. Richard’s grateful clients include first responders, a waiter and waitress, small business owners, a veteran and his family, a nurse, the elderly and other vulnerable populations in matters including evictions, SBA and FEMA claims, contractor cases, loss of a vehicle, rebuilding and foreclosure.
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