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St. Thomas Law Tax Clinic Receives Equal Justice Pro Bono Community Partner Award

By August 18, 2022Law School, STU News

St. Thomas University College of Law’s Tax Clinic is the recipient of the 2022 Equal Justice Pro Bono Community Partner Award for its outstanding service to the Legal Services of Greater Miami, a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services for low-income communities of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

“The Tax Clinic has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to pro bono service by assisting in our Low-Income Tax Clinic. [The] Clinic’s involvement has helped Legal Services with our mission to build a community of equal justice,” said Jayme M. Cassidy, Esq., Pro Bono Advocacy Director at Legal Services of Greater Miami.

The St. Thomas College of Law Tax Clinic focuses on providing tax representation for low-income taxpayers before the United States Tax Court. This year, the Tax Clinic students, Daniela Curiel (’23), alumna Isabella Otruba (’22), and Quinn Coolidge (’23), provided a strong commitment to Legal Services of Greater Miami by representing low-income taxpayers in IRS audits and U.S. Tax Court. The Tax Clinic assists on matters relating to audits, tax controversy, tax collections, and refund claims.

“We are always happy to collaborate with Legal Services of Greater Miami and assist in their mission to help low-income communities with any and all legal problems. We are appreciative of the recognition and look forward to many more years of working together,” stated Professor Francoise J. Blanco, Esq., Faculty Director of the Tax Clinic at St. Thomas University College of Law.

St. Thomas University College of Law is committed to training students to be effective, ethical advocates and to instill in them a devotion to justice and a desire to provide legal services to underserved communities.

The award will be presented to St. Thomas Law Tax Clinic at the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Annual Pro Bono Celebration event in October.

To learn more about St. Thomas Law’s Tax Clinic and clinical programs, please visit: www.stu.edu/law/academics/clinics/

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