Jan. 28—Contrary to the previous declaring, time just isn’t money — cash can be changed. Time won’t be able to. And awards lauded five South Florida lawyers Thursday for the time they give with free legal do the job.


Four lawyers — Coral Gables’ Mary Lou Rodon, Fort Lauderdale’s Jill Ginsburg, Tavernier’s Joseph Mack, Boca Raton’s Jay Mussman — every single will acquire a Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, which is specified to a person lawyer in every Florida judicial district and just one Florida Bar member working towards outdoors the state.

Hallandale Beach’s Anthony Musto will get the state’s maximum pro bono honor, the 2021 Tobias Simon Professional Bono Support Award, from condition Supreme Court docket Chief Justice Charles T. Canady.

In buy of district:

From the 11th Judicial District (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables’ Mary Lou Rodon. The Bar says Rodon does most of her pro bono get the job done as a result of Dade Authorized Support/Place Some thing Again, which delivers cost-free lawful assistance to suitable folks on problems from domestic violence to individual bankruptcy to patents.

“Beyond the Place One thing Again Project, Rodon has volunteered 515 several hours on matters in Dependency Court docket, the place she taken care of property experiments, household visits, clinic and psychological overall health medical center visits and juvenile detention visits,” the Bar suggests. “Preserving small children is Rodon’s life’s function.”

Rodon went to the University of Miami University of Regulation and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1982.

From the 15th Judicial District (Palm Seashore County), Boca Raton’s Jay Mussman. Many of Mussman’s pro bono consumers need his assist with a person of the scariest lawful monsters close to.

Mussman, the Bar states, does most of his pro bono perform via the Lawful Help Culture of Palm Seaside County’s Low Earnings Taxpayer Clinic and Florida Rural Legal Services’ Very low Cash flow Taxpayer Clinic, “just about every of which helps men and women included in tax controversies with the IRS.”

The Bar says when with Dade Authorized Aid, Mussman designed a mentoring software to attract other attorneys to professional bono get the job done.

“For Mussman, guaranteeing equivalent entry to justice is at the core of what it implies to be an lawyer,” the Bar suggests.

Mussman graduated sort the College of Miami College of Regulation and was admitted to the Bar in 1988.

From the 16th Judicial District (Monroe County), Tavernier’s Joseph Mack. Mack commenced practising law in Maryland in 2005 and was accomplishing professional bono perform in Florida below one more attorney’s supervision in advance of becoming a member of the Bar.

“When COVID-19 paralyzed the rural communities of Monroe County,” the Bar said, “Mack assisted with Part 8 housing cases, landlord tenant instances, loved ones regulation matters which include baby custody disputes, and assisting people with sealing/expungement and restoration of civil rights so that they can safe gainful employment.”

Mack went to the College of Maryland Regulation Faculty and joined the Florida Bar in 2019.

From the 17th Judicial District (Broward County), Fort Lauderdale’s Jill Ginsburg. Most of Ginsburg’s do the job with Lawful Support of Broward County is with the Mission United Veterans Professional Bono Legal Project, which aids veterans in civil lawful issues. Ginsburg was the 2015 Mission United Star Lawyer Award.

Ginsburg went to Brooklyn Legislation College and joined the Florida Bar in 1989.

Musto has recorded more than 1,200 several hours of professional bono services, considerably of it handling juvenile dependency and delinquency appeals

The Tobias Simon Professional Bono Assistance Award goes to Hallandale Beach’s Anthony Musto. When the American Bar Association needed coaching videos for attorneys undertaking professional bono get the job done in the Rio Grande Valley border location representing grownups and unaccompanied youngsters in federal custody, the ABA came to Musto.

That implies the respect Musto, an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University of Legislation, has received for his professional bono operate given that signing up for the Florida Bar in 1975.

His get the job done with the Florida Guardian advert Litem Software acquired him their Kid’s Winner Award. The Bar credits Musto with building the Broward County Attorney’s Workplace pro bono application, which it states became a product for related systems all-around the country. In an ABA web site job interview, Musto ranks the creation of that plan as one of his two most significant vocation highlights.

“Musto also designed two statewide pro bono packages,” the Bar says, “a person to address the lawful desires of young adults getting older out of the foster care program and one particular to enable human trafficking victims receive sealing and expunction of records for crimes fully commited even though underneath the influ­ence of their traffickers.”

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