Alberto Romero Making a Difference Award

Nominations due May 12, 2024

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 inspire other Section members to volunteer.

Since 2010, when the Making a Difference Award was created by former Section Chair, Magistrate Diane Kirigin, the Section has been publicly acknowledging individuals who have made a difference in the lives of the underserved or disadvantaged within our State.  In 2015, the Award was renamed to honor the memory and unwavering generosity of the beloved Section member, Alberto Romero, Jr., a Tampa-based Florida Bar Board Certified Marital & Family Law attorney.  Alberto’s practice of family law began at Gulf Coast Legal Services in 2002 and his dedication to giving back to the community continued after transitioning to private practice.  Alberto was well-known for his hard work, quick intellect, and the dignified manner in which he treated all.  He is remembered for his gregarious smile, great sense of humor, and commitment to making the world a better place.  Alberto embodied what the Award stands for and adding his name to the award was an honor befitting him as a lawyer and a humanitarian.

The Alberto Romero Making a Difference Award is presented by the Chair of the Family Law Section every year at the Section’s annual awards and installation luncheon during The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention in June.

If you have any questions about the Award or qualifications, please contact Robin Scher at (561) 626-5640 or

Award Winners

David Manz
2022-23 Award Winner
Robin Scher
2021-22 Award Winner
Bonnie Sockel-Stone
2021-22 Award Winner
Caryn A. Stevens
2020-21 Award Winner
Sarah E. Kay
2020-21 Award Winner
Kimberly Rommel-Enright
2019-20 Award Winner
Harriet Williams
2018-19 Award Winner
Sarah R. Sullivan
2017-18 Award Winner
Eddie Stephens, Esq.
2016-17 Award Winner
General Magistrate Susan Roux Keith
2015-16 Award Winner
Judge Victoria del Pino
2014-15 Award Winner
Kathryn M. Beamer
2013-14 Award Winner
Judge Emily A. Peacock
January 2011 Award Winner
Jamie Lynn Ibrahim
February 2011 Award Winner
Judge Susan Maulucci
March 2011 Award Winner
Natalie Baird
2011 Award Co-Winner
Deborah O. Day
2011 & 2010 Award Co-Winner
Jacqueline M. Valdespino
October 2010 Co-Winner
Ira A. Serebrin
November 2010 Award Winner
Attorneys of Norman D. Levin, P.A.
December 2010 Award Winners