The Haitian Lawyers Association (HLA) is the recipient of the 2023 Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Award, which will be presented by Chief Justice Carlos G. Muñiz in a January 26 ceremony streamed live by the Supreme Court of Florida.
The award recognizes a Florida voluntary bar that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis.
With equality and access to justice being foundational to the Haitian Lawyers Association, it has provided pro bono legal services to vulnerable communities for over 25 years throughout the state of Florida. From its inception, the HLA has provided pro bono legal representation to Haitian immigrants and has represented clients in federal, state and immigration courts. Over the past five years, HLA members as a group have assisted over 1,500 clients and volunteered over 2668 pro bono hours.