HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we embark on 2022, we thank you for your support and participation in Dade Legal Aid’s Leadership Academy. Some of the highlights from Class VI include a welcome session featuring the Honorable Rodolfo A. Ruiz II, United States District Court Judge, a cocktail reception at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton with the Honorable Julie Harris Nelson, a Marlins’ game, virtual sessions with the Honorable Paul Huck, Sr., Senior Judge, United States District Court, the Honorable Edwin Scales III, Third District Court of Appeal, the Honorable Scott Bernstein and the Honorable Jason Dimitris, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Paul Lipton, Esq., Robert Josefsberg, Esq., and happiness Coach Rochelle Gapere, and a holiday party graciously hosted by Rumberger Kirk with the Honorable Zachary James, the Honorable Tomas Rebull and the Honorable Chiaka Ihekwaba.
Even a pandemic couldn’t stop Class VI Fellows from participating in the Young Lawyers Section Back to School Backpack Drive, a Turkey Drive with the First Family Law American Inn of Court, Holiday Toy donations sponsored by Miami-Dade Bar, Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers, South Miami Kendall Bar Association, and Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, staffing a Gender Marker Name Change Clinic and handling countless pro bono children’s cases through Put Something Back.
Class VI Fellows
Pheonix Barker, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.
Beau Blumberg, Deutsch, Blumberg & Caballero, P.A.
Frank Florio, Gunster
Brianna Hathaway, Jones Day
Freddy Kasten, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.
Eric Kay, Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton LLP
Klugy Mathurin, Nelson Mullins
Kayla Mosquera, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP
Karissa Peralta, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
Alex Perez, Wadsworth, Margrey, Dixon PLLC
Michael’s Deborah Saint-Vil, Catholic Legal Services, Inc.
Kimberly Slaven, Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP
Jeremy Solorzano, Solorzano Law PLLC
Nathalie Sosa, Law Clerk to the Hon. Paul Huck, Senior Judge, US District Court
Mahalaxmi Subramanian, Reorg Research, Inc.
Ingrid Benson-Villegas, Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP
We are incredibly proud of our accomplishments, and last year was no different. Despite new challenges caused by the pandemic, our dedicated team worked diligently to improve and uplift the lives of others – which is only possible with your support. In the spring of 2022, Dade Legal Aid will be recruiting fellows to join Class VII at programs designed to provide greater access to justice, and we hope you will refer a colleague. As always, it is a privilege working with our future leaders to build a brighter future together. Because of you, we are changing lives.
Karen J. Ladis
Leadership Academy Coordinator