The nomination period for the 2019 award has passed.  The nomination period for the 2020 award will open in the Spring of 2020.

The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar’s Alberto Romero Making a Difference Award recognizes the work of section members and affiliates who provide outstanding pro bono services, engage in significant volunteer community activities that improve the lives of Florida’s children and families and encourage other section members to volunteer. Magistrate Diane Kirigin, a former section chair, founded the award. Jacksonville attorney Sarah Sullivan received the award in 2018. Through the Alberto Romero Making a Difference Award, the section publicly acknowledges those individuals who have made a difference in the lives of the underserved or disadvantaged within our state.

The Alberto Romero Making a Difference Awards is presented every year at the Family Law Section’s Annual Luncheon in June. The section selects one member and one affiliate member to honor for their service and commitment to their communities. If you have questions, please contact Robin Scher at (561) 626-5640 or

Sarah R. Sullivan
Jacksonville, FL
Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.

2018 Award Winner

Sarah R. Sullivan is the recipient of this year’s Family Law Section of The Florida Bar Alberto Romero Making a Difference Award, “in recognition of dedication to making a difference for Florida’s children and families through your tireless service to the disadvantaged and underserved members of our community.” The award honors Sarah for her work as CEO/President of Jericho Road Legal Service Ministry, Inc., which provides access to justice through affordable legal help. With more than 20 years of legal experience, Sarah’s credentials include working for non-profits, private law firms and a Florida law school. Her experience working with some of the community’s most vulnerable populations as well as her teaching and scholarship led her to the realization that almost all lawyers chase after the highest-earning clients, leaving the vast majority of people without affordable legal services to access an overwhelmed judicial system. Three goals of Jericho Road include providing affordable legal services to those in need, transforming community through seeking justice, and transforming the practice of law by creating an innovative and self-sustaining model of legal service delivery.

Past Making a Difference Award Winners

Eddie Stephens, Esq.
West Palm Beach
Ward Damon
General Magistrate Susan Roux Keith
Ocala, FL
Fifth Judicial Circuit, Marion County, FL
Judge Victoria del Pino
Miami, FL
11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County
Kathryn M. Beamer
North Palm Beach, FL
Kathryn M. Beamer, P.A.
Deborah O. Day
2011 & 2010 Award Co-Winner
Winter Park, FL
Natalie Baird
2011 Award Co-Winner
Tampa, FL
Natalie Baird Mediations, P.A.
Judge Susan Maulucci
March 2011 Award Winner
Bradenton, FL
Manatee County Judicial Center
Jamie Lynn Ibrahim
February 2011 Award Winner
Jacksonville, FL
Judge Emily A. Peacock
January 2011 Award Winner
Tampa, FL
Attorneys of Norman D. Levin, P.A.
December 2010 Award Winners
Longwood, FL
Norman D. Levin, P.A.
Ira A. Serebrin
November 2010 Award Winner
Lakeland, FL
Jacqueline M. Valdespino
October 2010 Co-Winner
Coconut Grove, FL
Valdespino & Associates, P.A.
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