Greater Miami Legal Services Presents Equal Justice Judicial Leadership Awards – The Florida Bar

Greater Miami Legal Services Presents Equal Justice Judicial Leadership Awards

Legal departments for Greater Miami recipients of the Heart of Giving Celebration and Judicial Reception include, from left, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Commission Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz, the Chief Justice Nushin G. Sayfie, Justice Michael A. Hanzman, and Miami-Dade County Director of Community Services Morris Copeland. At the back is Monica Vigues-Pitan, executive director of legal services for Greater Miami.

Greater Miami Legal Services (Legal Services) recently honored three judges at their 13th Annual Heart of Giving Celebration and Judicial Reception.

The 2022 Equal Justice Judicial Leadership Awards for their contributions to the pursuit of justice included:

Chief Justice Cecilia M. Altonaga of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Judge Michael A. Hanzman of the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Chief Justice Nushin G. Sayfie of the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Legal Services also presented the 2022 Equal Justice Public Service Awards to Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Commissioner Sally Heyman of the Miami-Dade County Commission, both leaders who “recognize the importance of access to justice and how essential it is to ensure that their constituents can assert their legal rights.

The program ended with remarks from Community Services Officer Morris Copeland. On behalf of Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Chief Copeland presented each recipient with a congratulatory certificate in appreciation of their service.

“The Heart of Generosity has always been an opportunity to celebrate and honor leaders in our community who share a common vision and passion for access to justice, and this year is no exception. We are grateful to all of our honorees for their significant contributions of service and leadership,” said Monica Vigues-Pitan, Executive Director of Legal Services for Greater Miami. “As we look forward to a post-pandemic world, we will continue our strong advocacy to remove the legal barriers that impede justice for so many of our neighbors who are fighting to save their homes from eviction or foreclosure, and to achieve economic stability.”

More than 300 members of the legal and business community gathered for the event chaired by Lilly Ann Sanchez of the law firm L∙S. Members of the organizing committee included Deborah Baker, Jason Alderman, Alex Bach Lagos, Tiffani Lee, Cary Lubetsky, Christopher Noel and Sheila Oretsky. WPLG news anchor Louis Aguirre served as master of ceremonies.

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