Attorneys from Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe counties and a federal judge were honored for their volunteer legal work at the 38th annual Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards in Tallahassee.
Each year, the Bar honors one attorney from each of the state’s 20 judicial districts as well as one Bar member practicing outside of Florida. Also recognized are pro bono contributions for Distinguished Judicial Service, Distinguished Federal Judicial Service, Law Firm Commendation, Voluntary Bar Association and Young Lawyers Division.
Hilary A. Creary (Nova Southeastern Law, admitted 1997) was recognized as the honoree for the 17th Judicial Circuit. As was the case with last year’s honoree from Broward, the partner at Benjamin-Wise Creary works in an area many lawyers wouldn’t touch for any fee, never mind free: family law.
“Creary’s specialty is family law, and the bulk of her full-representation pro bono cases have involved divorce, separation, annulment or domestic violence,” the Bar says. “However, in 2017 she also took on several landlord-tenant cases. Creary also has conducted pro se litigation workshops for litigants in family law cases and has led seminars on family law at churches.”
Creary volunteers with Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid through a joint pro bono project with Broward Lawyers Care.