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Spotlight on Pro Bono

Joycelyn Brown, Esquire, Managing Partner of IPS Legal Group PA, is this week’s featured Pro Bono Attorney. Ms. Brown actively participates in Put Something Back handling Patent Pro Bono cases and will be recognized by the USPTO for dedicating more than 50 hours on pro bono cases last year. “Everyone’s innovation journey is different,” said Ms Brown. “There are some people who have the natural ability to bring a concept to fruition and others who have the financial resources to hire the right people to patent an invention and sell a product on the market. Others, however, may have great ideas but struggle with where to start or they lack the financial resources to protect their invention. I give back through the USPTO patent pro bono program administered by Dade Legal Aid because I aim to help people who have a passion for innovation and invention but don’t have the means to share their ideas with the world.” In addition to her passion for pro bono, Ms. Jones served our community as President of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, is a Member of the Dade County Bar Association, and an advocate for women’s sports. In 2015, she was recognized as one of Miami’s Top 40 Under 40 Black Professionals. Congratulations!

Lori Herskowitz Friedman, Social Security Pro Bono Attorney. Ms. Friedman, of Counsel at Baron & Herskowitz in Dadeland, is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, 1992. Since she began practicing law she has been a strong supporter of pro bono work and in 2001, she received a pro bono award for “Social Security Disability Panel.” Over the years, she has handled numerous cases involving social security and developed a special expertise in that area.  Recently she successfully obtained benefits for a single mother of four who had been denied twice. Her doctors supported her disability but she was still denied. “Ms Friedman helped me get my disability. I am a single mom of 4 and needed assistance. She was great!”  Whenever called upon by Put Something Back to take a case she says she is happy to help. Thank you and keep up the great work!

Christina Morales, Esquire, is a partner at Gedeon, & Morales Law Group. Ms. Morales earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida. During her time in law school, Ms. Morales was a student representative in the immigration clinic and was a Certified Legal Intern at the Office of the State Attorney at the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.  With extensive hours and dedication, Ms. Morales has provided assistance to Put Something Back low-income clients in need of our help in furtherance of our mission to make access to justice available for the less fortunate. She recently completed a Divorce case & spending a total of 26 hours! “It is always a pleasure to be able to help. As a lawyer, I am blessed to be able to help those who are in need and unable to afford legal fees to ensure their access to justice.” said Ms. Morales.