Anais Taboas serves as the first-ever Pro Bono Program Officer for South Florida and works out of space donated by top 100 U.S. law firm Akerman LLP in its Miami office. Anais is focusing in on fostering pro bono collaborations and partnerships in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. Anais is engaging stakeholders including Foundation grantees and other legal services and pro bono providers, law schools, law firms, Florida Bar sections and committees, and voluntary bars to create and expand pro bono initiatives. Anais is also seeking to develop rural/urban partnerships to assist residents and workers in rural pockets of South Florida by utilizing resources in nearby urban areas.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Anais served as pro bono coordinator and staff attorney at Florida Rural Legal Services in West Palm Beach and Ft. Myers, Florida. Anais’ passion for pro bono began in law school at the University of Maryland, where she participated in a clinic serving families and children dealing with re-entry issues for juvenile offenders. As a legal aid attorney she has worked with survivors of domestic violence, and while in private practice she helped families facing foreclosure.
Anais received her bachelors in political science from Florida International University and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.