Saturday, May 7, 2016

St. Thomas Law Receives Outstanding Law School Pro Bono Award from Dade Legal Aid

Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back recently honored several prominent, South Florida-based legal professionals for outstanding pro bono service to the community during the Dade County Bar Association’s 2016 Recognition Luncheon held on May 6 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami.

The Outstanding Law School Award was presented to St. Thomas University School of Law and Dean Alfredo Garcia for providing ongoing support to Dade Legal Aid’s worthy projects.

“Dean Garcia and St. Thomas Law have provided vision and expertise to Dade Legal Aid’s Venture Law Project,” stated Diana Acevedo, a 2015 graduate of St. Thomas Law and coordinator of the Venture Law Project.

Dade Legal Aid's Venture Law Project counsels local entrepreneurs and startups in need of legal services and pairs qualifying entrepreneurs with knowledgeable pro bono attorneys. The project continues to support the Miami entrepreneurial ecosystem with the support of St. Thomas Law and Dean Garcia. The Project has served over 450 entrepreneurs since inception and hosted dozens of clinics tailored to the arts community and nonprofit organizations.

Dade Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm that provides a critical safety net of civil legal assistance to vulnerable children, teens, women, the elderly, the disabled, veterans and families living in poverty. Last year, Dade Legal Aid assisted over 5,000 clients via Staff Attorneys and Pro Bono Attorneys, Self Help Clinics and Specialty Projects benefiting the neediest members of society. For more information, please visit:

St. Thomas Law is driven by a mission to serve. Leading the way is our nationally-recognized pro-bono program that instills a lasting pro-bono ethic among our students that serves them well beyond graduation. Our alumni continue that mission by providing opportunities for our graduates to have careers in public service.


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