Van Horn Law Group: Pro Bono Commitment

 

Van Horn Law Group is helping to bring up the next generation of lawyers committed to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and families in need.

To that end, Van Horn Law Group partnered with Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in September of 2022 to augment its pro bono honor program by establishing the Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program.

The enhanced program, part of NSU Law’s Public Interest Programs, ramps up the student experience at the law school, maximizes opportunities to provide pro bono legal services and increases the number of overall pro bono hours provided while offering valuable, hands-on experience.

“Attorneys who commit their time and talent to pro bono work find the work is meaningful and powerful, knowing they have the ability to change lives for the better. I am very grateful to stand alongside NSU Law in this important effort,” said Chad Van Horn, Founding Partner Attorney and NSU Alumnus.

Student and Alumni Experience

 
  • Anna C. Koontz

    Anna C. Koontz

    NSU Law Class of 2023

    Pro bono service for The Innocence Project Florida

    “Not everyone can afford legal representation, but everyone deserves to be helped when they have been wronged. At the very least, pro bono work makes you feel as if you made a difference … Oftentimes, pro bono work involves people who are in the darkest hours of their lives, and just being willing to help, and not worrying about the money, is an incredibly fulfilling feeling.”

  • Alfred Tahmasian

    Alfred Tahmasian

    NSU Law Class of 2024

    Pro bono service for Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County

    “Pro bono work is important because being a lawyer comes with power, and very few in our society are privileged enough to hold that power. Giving back to those in need leaves the human spirit with a sense of gratification and fulfills our duty to mankind.”

  • Jose Cortez

    Jose Cortez

    NSU Law Class of 2024

    Pro bono service in the Career Criminal Unit at The Office of the State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County.

    “I was engaged in a multifaceted role, dedicated to meticulous reviews and analyses of case files, court records, case evidence and trial transcripts. I adeptly identified key information and potential issues to bolster case strategies.”

  • Summer Hetherton

    Summer Hetherton

    NSU Law Student

    Pro bono service for Florida Legal Services.

    “I chose Florida Legal Services because I have a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless individuals of our community. This pro bono position enabled me to work with various attorneys and paralegals to help low-income individuals with family law and domestic violence cases. I had the opportunity to advocate primarily for domestic abuse survivors. I conducted advanced legal research, attended mediations, drafted legal motions, organized and reviewed discovery responses, and worked with clients to review and help their cases.”

  • Breana Sause

    Breana Sause

    NSU Law Class of 2024

    Pro bono service for the Department of Children and Families and the Disability Inclusion and Advocacy (DIAL) Clinic

    “Pro bono work allows students like me to engage in meaningful legal work that goes beyond academic learning. Pro bono work not only benefits the individuals directly involved but also contributes to the broader goal of creating a more just and equitable society.”

  • Violette Bishai

    Violette Bishai

    NSU Law Class of 2023

    “During my pro bono service experience, I quickly came to the realization that work in the public sector was about the significance of the small ripple effects in the long run. This helped shape my ultimate decision to work at the State Attorney’s Office post grad and to accept a federal clerkship Summer of 2024 because I got to see first-hand the impact I could have on the community, and in turn, the impact that had on me as a person”

By the Numbers

  • 16044
    pro bono hours were provided by by 109 students graduating in 2023 and 2024
  • 358
    Pro Bono Cases Handled by Van Horn Law Group
  • 35+
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Filings

Pro Bono Service Recognition

 
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    Van Horn Law Group Founding Partner Attorney Chad Van Horn (center) with May 2023 NSU Law graduates who participated in the Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program: Gabriel Montiel, Lexy Semino, Marc Spier and Anthony Daniels

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    NSU Law graduates who participated in the Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program: Alexander Lumley, Graciela Roig and Sara Castilla Calf

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    NSU Law graduates who participated in the Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program: Mason Prosky and Summer Book

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    Roberto (Beto) Juárez, Jr., Dean and Professor of Law at NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law with Chad Van Horn, Van Horn Law Group Founding Partner Attorney

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    NSU Law graduates who participated in the Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program: Kyle Lockwood and Joseph Menniti

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    NSU Law graduates who participated in the Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program: Lexy Semino and Marc Spier

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    Chad Van Horn, Van Horn Law Group Founding Partner Attorney

“Chad Van Horn and the Van Horn Law Group exemplify our legal profession’s commitment to providing pro bono services of the highest quality to the underserved in our community. The law firm proudly proclaims its belief that the improvement of our community starts with giving all citizens equal access to the legal system.”

José Roberto (Beto) Juárez, Jr.,
Dean and Professor of Law at NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law.

Why Pro Bono?

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Advocate for Justice

Sign up for the Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program at Nova Southeastern to improve the lives of individuals and families, provide equal access to the legal system to everyone, not just those who can afford it, accelerate the development of your skills and have the opportunity to tackle real-world tasks requiring strategy, briefs, case arguments and careful navigation.

Contact Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs at NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law at jgordon@nova.edu