Ericka Garcia serves as the first-ever director of pro bono partnerships at The Florida Bar Foundation. Her duties include supporting local and statewide efforts to expand pro bono partnerships with bar associations, law firms, courts, law schools and legal aid organizations. In order to implement an expanded vision for pro bono in Florida, Ericka collaborates with The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, The Florida Bar, The Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Associations, Florida Bar Foundation grantee organizations and other groups.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Ericka worked as a legal aid attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, where she began as an Equal Justice Works Fellow jointly funded by the Foundation and the Greenberg Traurig law firm and was later funded through Dr. Phillips Charities and Autism Speaks. A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) attorney for dependent children with developmental disabilities, Ericka also recruited and trained pro bono GAL attorneys, lay volunteers, and community partners on a local and statewide level and provided them litigation and case management support, research and referrals on individual cases. In addition, she managed a medical legal partnership with a major hospital network and had grant management responsibilities, including researching, securing and implementing grants, collecting data and reporting as required by funders.
Ericka has authored multiple articles and presented many times across the state on legal issues involving children with developmental disabilities. She is on the Executive Board of the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals. She is also the Secretary of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, a member of the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, Class III, and was named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite – 2015, in the Top Government/Non-Profit Category.
Previously, Ericka volunteered for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association and Dade Legal Aid’s “Put Something Back” pro bono project in Miami.
Ericka received her bachelors in business administration from the University of Central Florida and graduated magna cum laude from the Florida A&M University College of Law, where she served as business managing editor and was named Outstanding Board Member of the Law Review. She also was co-founder of the Parents Attending Law School program.