Pro Bono

Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award

Prior to the Section's Spring Conference, the Section of Family Law Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award Committee selects an attorney to receive the Section's Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award.

The recipient of the Family Law Section Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award shall be a person who has made a difference by offering services on a pro bono basis, or promotes organization(s) that provide legal services to low income and/or underrepresented populations. The recipient shall be a person who goes "above and beyond." The recipient does not have to work for a legal services entity, but must show commitment and dedication to the above. If a potential recipient works for a legal services entity, that person must rise above the normal call of employment.

The award is presented during the Section’s Spring Conference. A $1,500 cash prize will be given to the pro bono or public service organization of the recipient’s choice.

For more information on the Section of Family Law Jean Crowe Pro Bono Award Committee, contact Sandra M. Little.

2019 Nomination Information

Potential recipients shall be nominated by others or can be self-nominated. Criteria for selection includes the following:

  • The total number of pro bono hours spent (yearly) and complexity of cases handled by a nominee;
  •  The impact of the nominee's pro bono work and/or benefit to low income or underrepresented populations;
  • Particular expertise provided or particular need satisfied by the nominee;
  • Successful recruitment by the nominee of other attorneys for pro bono representation (if applicable):
  • Proven commitment by the nominee to the delivery of quality legal services to low income and/or underrepresented populations, and commitment to equal access to legal services.

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Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2019

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2018 Winner
Elizabeth S. Baker

Elizabeth S. Baker, of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, has devoted more than 4,500 hours over her distinguished legal career to delivering pro bono services to underserved families in Florida.

“I am humbled to be chosen for this national recognition, and receiving it in Jean Crowe’s hometown was a singular honor,” said Baker. “As Jean knew, it is rewarding to make a difference in the lives of children and adults embroiled in high-stakes family legal disputes who are often intimidated by the complexities of our nation’s justice system. Representing them pro bono has been among the most gratifying aspects of my career.”

In her private practice at Hinshaw, Baker represents high-profile, high-net-worth individuals in contentious and complicated marital and family disputes. She brings the same level of skill and dedication to her representation of poor women and children. She has a reputation for crafting creative solutions for each of their difficult and often legally challenging circumstances.

Baker also serves as a pro bono guardian ad litem for children in emotionally wrenching custody cases, and was she honored for this important work with the 2007 James H. Pearson Guardian Ad Litem Award from the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County. A year later, she received the prestigious Legal Services of Greater Miami Distinguished Service Award for her volunteer legal assistance to the Monroe County Child Welfare office that helped secure the reversal of a trial court decision to remove custody of a child from an indigent mother.

With a community service record that extends past the courtroom, Baker was instrumental in founding the Safespace Foundation, a domestic violence shelter in Miami, in 1978—well before the pressing need for such community resources was widely recognized elsewhere in the United States. In the forty years since, Baker served as the president of the Foundation’s Board, continued to provide pro bono legal representation to the organization, and continued to represent individual women referred to her by the organization. Baker directed the $1,500 stipend that comes with the award to the Safeplace Foundation.

“I’ve always believed in doing well by doing good,” she said.