In its fall newsletter, Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. congratulated Hughes Hubbard’s Miami office for accepting the most pro bono referrals in the first six months of 2012. 

Legal Services is one of the primary providers of free civil legal aid to the needy in South Florida. The nonprofit organization represents clients in a variety of matters and serves as a safety net, preventing many of its clients from becoming homeless or dependent on welfare. 

Earlier in 2012, after a collaborative brainstorming session regarding what type of pro bono project to undertake, a team of attorneys in the Miami corporate department began taking referrals from Legal Services. The pro bono matters selected by the team involve the representation of clients with disabilities in completing their naturalization process. In addition, HHR represents Legal Services as a landlord in the leasing of office space in its building to other nonprofit organizations.

The Miami teams working on these pro bono matters include William A. Weber, Mark Denham, Freddie Goudie, Gisela M. Munoz, Jose V. Bermudez, Emilio Saiz, Dan Whyte, Carlos Vasconsellos and Nyana Miller. Munoz has served on the board of Legal Services for the past six years.