Donor Spotlight: The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association

Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is deeply grateful to the Gwen Cherry S. Black Women Lawyers Association (GSCBWLA) for its ongoing commitment to support our work through the establishment and funding of the annual Gwen S. Cherry Law Clerk Fellowship at Legal Services.

Legal Services welcomes Portia Bethea as the Summer 2018 GSCBWLA Law Clerk Fellow. Portia, a third year law student at St. Thomas University School of Law, will work under the leadership of Legal Services Attorney Maria Alvarez in the Home Ownership and Consumer Unit protecting the rights of low wage workers.

A woman of many firsts, Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry was born in Miami in 1923. She was the first woman to practice law in Dade County and the first Black woman legislator in Florida. She was also one of the first nine pioneer attorneys who served at Legal Services when it was established in 1966.

For over 30 years, GSCBWLA’s network of attorneys has placed a strong emphasis on community service and the professional development of its members through hosting community seminars and free neighborhood clinics, developing programs to educate and empower youth, and mentoring law students. The GSCBWLA Fellowship at Legal Services is yet another example this commitment.

Through the GSCBWLA Fellowship, law students gain practical experience under the leadership of Legal Services attorneys and learn essential legal concepts that a classroom or textbook cannot provide. The Fellowship also expands the number of clients Legal Services is able to serve.

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