TWO FACDL MEMBERS TO RECEIVE FLORIDA BAR PRO BONO AWARDS IN SUPREME COURT CEREMONY JAN. 25!!
Congratulations to Dan B. Hendrickson and Jeffery Paul Battista for receiving this well deserved recognition.
Dan B. Hendrickson: 2nd Judicial Circuit (Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties) Dan B. Hendrickson retired in 2014, after 25 years as an assistant public defender in Tallahassee. But he hasn’t stopped representing people in need, donating at least 1,000 hours a year in pro bono services. Hendrickson has spent his life in public service, first as an aide in a state hospital and then organizing community services in Appalachia, where he has his roots. Eighteen years after he graduated from college, he earned his J.D. in 1988 from Stetson University College of Law, and in 1989 he began his long career as a public defender, mostly representing Baker Act and other mental health clients. Since his retirement, he has devoted his time to numerous veterans projects. His most recent is the Tallahassee Veterans Legal Collaborative, which he created in 2015 to bring together several organizations to serve the legal needs of veterans. Hendrickson also helped create the legal services program for the first North Florida Homeless Veterans Stand Down, and he has continued to coordinate the program for the last five years. He also mentors law students, and in 2018, the FSU Veterans Legal Clinic will offer services using Florida State University law students supervised by a professor.
Jeffrey Paul Battista: 9th Judicial Circuit (Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties) At one of the first Florida Rural Legal Services Ask-A-Lawyer events Jeffrey Paul Battista helped organize, an elderly man said he was worried that he would die with nothing to leave his children. He then handed Battista a weathered deed for a plot of land he bought for $25 when he returned from World War II. Battista’s research found that the forgotten land was beachside property worth nearly $1 million. Battista, a managing partner at Menz & Battista in Vero Beach since 2004, routinely donates at least two hours per week to pro bono work, through programs with FRLS and on his own. Recent cases he has taken include helping a man in a nursing home get a divorce from his absent wife and regain control of his finances, serving as attorney ad litem for a mentally disabled and abused child, representing a homeless 17-year-old in an emancipation case and acting as guardian ad litem for a child victim of sex trafficking. Battista earned his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.