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Unified Students, local young LGBT lawyers-to-be, launch program to assist South Florida attorneys

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Several dozen local LGBT law students from universities throughout South Florida gathered Friday night at Lords South Beach resort to celebrate their new coalition, Unified Students.

These are the group organizers: Dale Noll, a third-year law student at University of Miami; Michael Donofrio, a second-year UM student; Pamela Fero, a second-year student at Florida International University; M. Bradford Walker, a third-year student at St. Thomas University; and John Moore, a second-year student at Nova Southeastern University.

Donofrio gives details about the group:

"I have been working with lesbian and gay law students from all four Southeast Florida law schools (UM, FIU, Nova, St. Thomas) to create a unique regional organization. The organization is called Unified Students (“US”) and our goal is to organize students who want to get involved in LGBT related pro bono work. Some projects we would like to work on include (i) conducting a legal clinic under the supervision of attorneys to help LGBT families with estate planning that will hold up under Florida state laws, (ii) creating an internet data base to connect students wanting to do volunteer research for LGBT related pro bono cases with attorneys looking for research on those kinds of cases, and (iii) attempting to change policies of homeless shelters that exclude transgendered people."

Click here to view more photos from the mixer. All photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.

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