More than 50 lawyers, law students, and judges along with voluntary bars, a law dean, a law professor, and others participated in Dade Legal Aid: Put Something Back’s annual pro bono project, “Speeding Lawfully.”
The October 25 socially distanced spin bike challenge used a computer app to allow participants to compete when and where convenient for them. The proceeds support Dade Legal Aid’s pro bono programs that help provide lawyers for family law, domestic violence, probate, guardian ad litem, child advocacy, bankruptcy, housing, and consumer law clients.
“While we pivoted to a virtual platform due to the global pandemic, the event raised awareness of the growing need for legal services for low income children and families impacted by COVID-19. Dade Legal Aid and Put Something Back Pro Bono Project provide critical access to justice to marginalized low-income residents of Miami-Dade County,” said Jamie Vining, chair of the event and chair of the Dade County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee.
“The demand for our services has never been greater,” said Karen Ladis, executive director of the Dade Legal Aid. “Our staff, pro bono volunteers, and clients are facing new challenges navigating the new norm. We have been working remotely for months. Thanks to this event, we were able to spin together for a great cause!”
Douglas Isenberg, of Isenberg & Associates in North Miami won first place and Steve Spann of Orshan, Spann & Fernandez-Mesa in Coral Gables took second place.
Antonio Bayuelo, from the St. Thomas University School of Law was the top law student.
The top team, with members Ardith Bronson, Claire Armagnac, Yasbel Perez, Jody Shulman, Sabrina Gallo, and Veronica Meza, was the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Sponsors for the event included the Dade County Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee; the DCBA Young Lawyer Section; IBERIABANK/First Horizon; Corsearch; Bast Amron; Bilzin Sumberg; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; Ser & Associates; Rasco Klock, Miami-Dade FAWL; First Family Law American Inns of Court; Haitian Lawyers Association; St. Thomas University School of Law; Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone; Phipps Reporting; Steven Davis; Freddie Mac; Cole Scott & Kissane; Hollub Homes; South Miami Kendall Bar Association; Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr, Bar Association; the South Asian Bar Association of Florida; and The LAB Miami.