Pro Bono Spotlight


Legal Services proudly recognized Ryan Tyler, Appellate Attorney at the law firm of Ratzan Weissman & Boldt with the 2021 Equal Justice Pro Bono Solo or Small Firm Award. He was honored at this year’s annual Pro Bono celebration, which gives Legal Services the opportunity to showcase the outstanding contributions by volunteer attorneys and professional partners.


Ryan initially agreed to assist Legal Services with two appeals that involved an unscrupulous landlord who violated the eviction moratorium and defied the Rules of Court by ignoring court orders, engaging in unauthorized communications with the court, moving to recuse multiple judges on the same case, harassing the tenant client, locking the client out of the home, and terminating the tenant’s electricity. Ryan stayed with the case through seven appeals in total.


Ryan is a true pro bono champion because even though he agreed to take two appellate cases in early October 2020, he is still assisting the lead attorney on this matter many months and appeals later!” said Pro Bono Advocacy Director Jayme Cassidy.


Read about what helps Ryan stay motivated and inspired him to do this important service:


How did you become involved with Legal Services of Greater Miami?


The appellate practice section sent an email asking for pro bono appellate help –so I answered it! It started as a simple petition for writ of prohibition related to a motion to disqualify.


What motivated you to do pro bono work?


Giving back to the community and helping people in their time of need is what motivates me to do pro bono.


What do you think is rewarding about doing pro bono?


I think the most rewarding part about doing pro bono work is helping the client get through a chapter in their life that made them feel helpless. Seeing them get through that process and to a point where everything is “okay” again –or as okay as it can be – is what motivates me to help.


For more information on how you can become a pro bono volunteer, please contact Chief Diversity Officer & Pro Bono Advocacy Director Jayme Cassidy, jcassidy@legalservicesmiami.org.

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