Outstanding Pro Bono Service

Press Date
May 19, 2023
Pro Bono group photo

(L-R): Harris Van Pate,Caroline Dike, Thomas Eisman, Brooke Soloway, Kortney Lightfoot, Austin Lunde,
Dean Nancy Benavides, Kayla Neal, Andrew Herman, and A.J. Smart

On May 2, Legal Services of North Florida and Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee co-hosted the 2023 Law Day Celebration, during which our extraordinary students were recognized for their pro bono work. Kortney Lightfoot (’23), who graduated from FSU Law in December 2022, received the 2023 Blaise N. Gamba Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award for performing more than 1,000 hours of pro bono service as a law student! She completed her pro bono work with the Innocence Project of Florida and with the Public Defender’s Office of the Second Judicial Circuit, where she now works as an assistant public defender. The Blaise N. Gamba Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award is presented annually to a graduating 3L who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to pro bono service. Additionally, eight graduating FSU Law students—Caroline Dike, Thomas Eisman, Andrew Herman, Austin Lunde, Kayla Neal, Harris Van Pate, A.J. Smart, and Brooke Soloway—were recognized for completing more than 100 hours of pro bono service during law school! Forty percent of the class of 2023 completed 40 or more hours of pro bono work. We are very proud of these students for their hard work and commitment to service.


Published May 19, 2023