Tallahassee, Florida- Icard Merrill attorney Rob Young received the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 12th Judicial Circuit today in a ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida in Tallahassee. Each year, the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar give special recognition to lawyers, groups and a member of the judiciary who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor.
Mr. Young is no stranger to public service. He earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2013, with a notation for public service, and became a member of the Florida Bar that October. But he didn’t wait for his first paying job before he went to Legal Aid of Manasota, volunteering to do pro bono work as an unpaid clerk and then as a full-time attorney. Legal Aid of Manasota said he was an “extraordinary” volunteer, assisting with many cases, and that dedication to pro bono service didn’t stop when he joined Icard Merrill in Sarasota the following February. Young continued to take on numerous family law cases, which can be the most difficult for legal aid groups to place.
In 2014, Young helped launch a pilot program in the 12th Circuit designed to provide Guardians ad Litem for children involved in high-conflict divorce and custody cases. All the volunteers were from Icard Merrill. In the four years he has been a lawyer, Mr. Young has worked on more than 70 pro bono cases, donating more than 500 pro bono hours.
At Icard Merrill, Mr. Young focuses his practice in the area of marital and family law, representing clients in actions involving dissolution of marriage, equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, paternity, prenuptial agreements, and domestic violence.
Jessica M. Farrelly of Icard Merrill and Christine R. Sensenig of Hultman Sensenig + Joshi recently presented #MeToo Sarasota for members of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers ("FAWL") and The Labor & Employment Law Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association ("SCBA"). Attorney Farrelly currently serves as President-Elect of the Sarasota Chapter of FAWL and Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the SCBA.
This timely and engaging discussion educated attendees on the definition of sexual harassment under federal and state law, presented various scenarios of unwelcome conduct, discussed employee rights and employer obligations under the law, and equipped participants with tools to prevent and respond to complaints, and cultivate a harassment-free workplace.
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