2003 ABA Ann Liechty Child Custody Pro Bono Award
Jacqueline M. Valdespino of Coconut Grove, Florida is the recipient of the 2003 ABA Ann Liechty Pro Bono Child Custody Award. This award is presented in memory of V. Ann Liechty, a former Pro Bono Publico Award recipient, to honor a lawyer who has provided outstanding free legal services to children in custody cases. Ms. Valdespino has dedicated her 16-year legal career to enhancing the lives of children through the delivery of quality free legal services to children in child custody proceedings. She has served as a guardian ad litem in numerous family, matrimonial, and protective order cases, and in 1997 was named as the Put Something Back organization's Guardian Ad Litem of the year. Since 1992, when she established her own law practice, Valdespino has accepted 33 pro bono guardian ad litem assignments, to which she has dedicated nearly 2,000 hours of work. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Child Abuse Prevention Program in Miami and as a mentor in the Florida Bar Family Law Section Mentor Program.