Several Tampa Bay lawyers honored with pro bono awards
The Florida Bar announced Thursday who will be honored Jan. 19 during a Florida Supreme Court ceremony to recognize lawyers, several from Tampa Bay, dedicated to their volunteer work.
Kathlyn Mackovjak and Adriana Dinis, who founded the Immigration Law Group of Florida in St. Petersburg, will receive the 2017 Law Firm Commendation, which “honors significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis,” according to a Florida Bar release.
They hold free monthly clinics at the Hispanic Outreach Center in Clearwater and also made more than a dozen community presentations in 2016 on a wide range of issues, including refugees and human trafficking.
Jennifer Edwards of St. Petersburg is the recipient of the 2017 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award for her work as a guardian ad litem and court-appointed advocate for children in Pinellas County. The award is given each year to a lawyer who is younger than 36 and has practiced law no more than five years.
Among the 21 lawyers receiving the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Awards are Lynn Katz Hanshaw and Katherine Yanes. A lawyer at the Tampa firm Langford & Myers, Henshaw participates in many community efforts, from working in Hillsborough County’s monthly Ask a Lawyer program to assisting in Stetson University’s veterans program.
Yanes, a partner at Tampa’s Kynes Markman & Felman, has volunteered more than 500 hours to the Clemency Project 2014, which provides relief to nonviolent drug offenders who would have received much shorter terms if convicted today.