Kathlyn Mackovjak, President of the Daystar Life Center Board of Directors 2015 -2017, and Adriana Dinis, who together founded the Immigration Law Group of Florida in St. Petersburg, are passionate about helping those less fortunate. Their firm will receive the 2017 Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation at the annual Pro Bono Awards ceremony. The commendation honors significant contributions in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis.
When they founded the Immigration Law Group in 2014, they made pro bono service an integral part of the firm’s culture. The firm addresses the unique needs of immigrants in two ways: Through direct support with pro bono services, and by educating the entire community, including law enforcement, about issues specific to immigrants.
The Immigration Law Group assists the InterCultural Advocacy Institute of Clearwater (also known as the Hispanic Outreach Center) by providing pro bono advice at a clinic every other month. It made at least 13 community presentations in 2016 on issues such as unaccompanied children at our borders, refugees and asylum, and human trafficking. The firm also offers training to law enforcement on human trafficking. The firm currently is representing three victims of domestic abuse whose cases promise to extend months or even years from now.
In 2016, the Immigration Law Group of Florida was honored in the Sixth Judicial Circuit for Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Law Firm.
Kathlyn has served on the Daystar Life Center Board of Directors since 2013, and was elected President in 2015.
This story was featured in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper on January 5, 2017.