Tallahassee, Fla. – On Friday, April 1st, the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee announced the winners of the second annual Thunderdome Tallahassee awards to approximately 150 distinguished guests gathered at the FSU Alumni Center. The awards recognize an outstanding member and mentor of Thunderdome Tallahassee Class 2. Launched in September 2014, Thunderdome Tallahassee addresses a desperate need for equal access to justice by providing family law training, mentorship, leadership development and recognition to volunteer lawyers serving families and children.
Thunderdome Tallahassee Award Winners Harriet Williams and Dina Foster
Harriet Williams received the “Elizabeth ‘Bib’ Willis Outstanding Thunderdome Mentor Award,” for dedication to pro bono service, to the Legal Aid Foundation, and selfless and proactive mentorship of volunteer lawyers. Darby Kerrigan Scott, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee, presented the award, citing Ms. Williams’ long-term dedication to the organization, Thunderdome Tallahassee, and pro bono service. The award is named after Elizabeth “Bib” Willis for her service and mentorship to young lawyers volunteering in family law cases.
Dina Foster received the “Tallahassee Young Lawyers’ Section Outstanding Thunderdome Participant Award,” for extraordinary dedication to pro bono legal service, professional growth, and community leadership. Darby Kerrigan Scott presented the award, citing Ms. Foster’s relentless dedication to pro bono service and mentorship of her fellow Thunderdome Tallahassee classmates. Alyssa Willson, President of the Young Lawyers’ Section, assisted in presentation of the awards.
During the event, Key Note speaker Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox addressed the crowd, emphasizing why access to justice matters to everyone, and noting in his personal experience the critical role that can be played by someone reaching out to help a person facing challenging economic circumstances. Key Note Speaker Ron Sachs, President and CEO of Sachs Media Group, talked about the impact of public service and how “doing the right thing” always yields unanticipated benefits. Ron Sachs held up a check and charged the crowd to do the same in order to help offer immediate assistance to over 8,000 local citizens and families needing legal help each year, and to help offer training and resources for successive Thunderdome Tallahassee classes. Interested supporters should contact Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee Executive Director Darby Kerrigan Scott. The event was sponsored by Berger Singerman, Prime Meridian Bank, D’Alemberte & Palmer, and others.
Thunderdome Tallahassee Class 2
An initiative of the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee, Thunderdome Tallahassee is sponsored by the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association, the Tallahassee Bar Association, the Florida Bar Family Law Section, and others. Thunderdome Tallahassee Class 3 will accept applications in summer 2016, and the program launches September 2016. Learn more at www.legalaidtallahassee.org/thunderdome-tallahassee.