HCBA Lawyer Magazine Vol. 29, No. 4 | Page 19

S P E C I A L F E A T U R E 2019 Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Awards Photo on left: Tori Simmons (left), winner of The Florida Bar YLD Pro Bono Service Award, with Florida Bar Board of Governors member, and HCBA Past President, Amy Farrior (center), and George Howell III (right), winner of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Thirteenth Circuit. Photo on right: Mark J. Wolfson of Foley Lardner’s Tampa office receiving the 2019 Law Firm Commendation award from Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady. Continued from page 16 Foley & Lardner attorneys also regularly participate in Project H.E.L.P., a clinic at Metropolitan Ministries where lawyers assist people who are homeless with a variety of legal issues. * * * * HCBA member George B. Howell III of the Holland & Knight Tampa office also was recognized at the ceremony with The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Thirteenth Circuit. This award recognizes members who work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients in each circuit. Howell has a long history of service to the Tampa Bay community, especially its military community. A signature achievement was establishing Mission United, a program launched in January 2018 that assists veterans and their families, with a special focus on active duty MAR - APR 2019 | HCBA LAWYER service members who are transitioning back to civilian life. Services include pro bono legal assistance, as well as navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, GI Bill assistance, housing and homelessness, and emergency financial assistance. Working with United Way Suncoast, Howell recruited a 21-member Advisory Council, raised funds, hired a program director and brought the community and veterans together to understand veterans’ needs. Howell also is leading an effort with Bay Area Legal Services to seek a $500,000 recurring appropriation for a five-county regional Veterans Legal Helpline. Howell’s commitment to the military also involves pro bono representation of individuals and families. Howell also has represented the small True Faith Inspirational Baptist Church pro bono for over a decade. Congratulations to these HCBA members for their dedication and support of the Tampa Bay community through pro bono service! 17