The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar publicly acknowledges, through the Making a Difference Award, those individuals who have made a difference in the lives of the underserved or disadvantaged within our State.  The individuals who receive this award either provide outstanding pro bono services or engage in other types of outstanding volunteer community activities and pursuits that improve the lives of Florida’s children and families.

11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County
Miami, FL

2015 Award Winner

The recipient for the award for June 2015 is the Honorable Judge Victoria del Pino from the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County. The Family Law Section of the Florida Bar is pleased to congratulate Judge Del Pino and it thanks her for her past and continued efforts on behalf of the children and families of Florida.

Judge Victoria del Pino has been a County Court Judge in Miami-Dade County since January 2007. She has been presiding exclusively over Domestic Violence Cases since March 2008 and in the Criminal Traffic Division prior to that. Separate from her work on the bench, she serves as the Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and was Co-Vice Chair since 2009, served as Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar Family Law and Criminal Law Rules of Procedure Committees and Legislative Chair for the Conference of County Court Judges of the State of Florida 2009-2011. In 2012 she was recognized with the Pro Bono Service Award, Dade County Bar Association, Put Something Back. She was previously a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Professionalism Committee. Judge Del Pino is a frequent lecturer on family law topics throughout the State and has presented on Domestic Violence at the Family Law Section’s Marital and Family Law Review Course.

She has most recently been nominated by Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro to the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s Domestic Violence Oversight Board. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Del Pino served as a Traffic Magistrate from 2004-2006 and worked in private practice in the area of Family and Criminal Law since 2000. She also worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Monroe County in 1999.

Past Making a Difference Award Winners

Fifth Judicial Circuit, Marion County, FL
Ocala, FL
Kathryn M. Beamer, P.A.
North Palm Beach, FL
2011 & 2010 Award Co-Winner
Winter Park, FL
2011 Award Co-Winner
The Baird Law Group
Tampa, FL
March 2011 Award Winner
Manatee County Judicial Center
Bradenton, FL
February 2011 Award Winner
Jacksonville, FL
January 2011 Award Winner
Tampa, FL
December 2010 Award Winners
Norman D. Levin, P.A.
Longwood, FL
November 2010 Award Winner
Lakeland, FL
October 2010 Co-Winner
Valdespino & Associates, P.A.
Coconut Grove, FL