MIAMI, June 11, 2007 - Duane Morris was recently honored with the 2007 "Outstanding Law Firm" award, presented by Put Something Back, a joint pro bono project of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and the Dade County Bar Association.
The firm received the award at the Dade County Bar Association's Annual Recognition Luncheon for its exceptional pro bono service to low-income people in Miami-Dade County. Partners Harvey Gurland and James Weinkle, both of the firm's Trial Practice Group in Miami, accepted the award on behalf of the firm.
In addition to the firm's award, Michelle Gervais, an associate in the Trial Practice Group in Miami, received an individual award - the "Domestic Violence" award - for her work in that area.
The Miami office had a 64 percent increase in pro bono work in the 2006-2007 year, providing services to victims of assault, children seeking asylum and canine rescue services, among others. The office is committed to continued growth and, as part of its commitment, the firm's partners started a mentoring program where associates can seek their advice on pro bono cases. Further, the firm will participate in a program sponsored by the Put Something Back Program, the Dade County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section and Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. This program will hold bi-monthly small claims clinics designed to aid and educate the community on legal matters.
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