(Editor’s Note: Christina Portuallo, a 2L at Florida State University College of Law, is the winner of the the annual “Raising the Bar” writing contest, sponsored by the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism. Portuallo’s essay,  “Legal Professionalism in Public Interest Law,” was originally published in The Professional, a publication of The Florida Bar’s Center for Professionalism.)

Legal Professionalism in Public Interest Law

Christina Portuallo says she knew law school would challenge her reading and writing abilities, but the Children’s Advocacy Clinic helped her grow as both a legal professional and as a person. “When children have endured trauma, they need an advocate who will genuinely listen to them, care about their feelings, and always keep their promises.”

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