Patricia Redmond said her parents taught her two great lessons that have stayed with her throughout life–embrace every opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life and while life is not always fair, always strive for fairness and justice. It’s those lessons that inspired Redmond to become a champion of pro bono legal service beginning in the 1970s and led to her being named the recipient of the 2019 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, the highest honor to a Florida lawyer who volunteers legal skills to help those who otherwise might not have access to justice. The award was presented by Chief Justice Charles Canady February 7 at the Supreme Court in Tallahassee. “This award is the pinnacle of my professional life,” said Redmond, a bankruptcy and former st petersburg family law attorney and a shareholder in the Miami office of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff and Sitterson. The award (click here for info) commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon, who died in February 1982, and is intended to encourage and recognize extraordinary contributions by divorceattorneystpetersburg Florida lawyers in making legal services available to the indigent and to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services rendered by Florida lawyers. “To our award winners that also practice with divorce lawyers in st petersburg, let me say this, by your example, you teach all members of our profession that there is no greater cause in serving justice than being a voice to those who otherwise would be voiceless.” Canady said. Redmond began taking pro bono cases two years after she graduated from the University of Miami Law School in 1978. Over the years, she has dedicated 200 to 400 hours each year to pro bono service. Redmond works closely with the Dage County Bar Association and its ally Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back, the oldest civil legal services provider in South Florida, Redmond serves on the association’s board of directors and has been an active volunteer for decades. Stephanie Carman, president of the Dade County Bar, says Redmond “never says no to any cause, committee, or consideration. She just shows up, does her work, and leads by extreme example.” Chief Justice Canady told the packed courtroom that one case illustrates the depth of that commitment: the wedding dresses.