CABA Pro Bono Legal Services Appoints Karen Cespedes to Board

7/11/17

Karen Cespedes

CABA Pro Bono Legal Services proudly welcomes Karen Cespedes to its Board of Directors; the addition of Cespedes will expand the board to 10 members.

“Karen is a respected philanthropist and will be a remarkable addition to CABA Pro Bono. We look forward to her contributions as a board member,” stated Lesley Mendoza, Executive Director of CABA Pro Bono Legal Services.  

Cespedes is a complex litigation consultant at Esquire Solutions, a court reporting company serving law firms, insurance companies, and corporations with more than 35 offices nationwide. She works with the account development program to help assure high sales volume generation by managing account development programs and strategic marketing initiatives.

During her time at Esquire Solutions, Cespedes spent the summer of 2011 as a political fellow for the U.S. Department of State in Taipei, Republic of China, where she helped establish and manage an outreach program to aid human trafficking victims in Taiwan.  

Additionally, Cespedes serves the South Florida community as co-founder of Level Up Miami, a non-profit organization that partners with the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) to promote Liberty City youth development programs, employment opportunities, access to quality health care, and educational improvement through the Leadership Miami program. Karen also serves on the Legal Services of Greater Miami Young Professionals committee and is an active member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami Children’s Initiative of Liberty City, United Way of Miami-Dade, Reading Pals program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, and is mentor and sponsor of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services.   

She received a Master of Arts in Asian studies along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Florida International University. Karen has also conducted worldwide research on the convergence of East Asia and Latin America globalization, as well as the effects of U.S. Policy in Asia and Latin America, and its implications for China-U.S. Relations. 

About CABA Pro Bono Legal Services

CABA Pro Bono Legal Services was established in 1984 by several of CABA’s past presidents to assist the needs of poor and indigent Spanish-speaking individuals in Miami-Dade County by connecting them with Spanish-speaking attorney volunteers. In 1992, CABA Pro Bono was nationally recognized by former President George H.W. Bush as a Points of Light affiliate. It is funded in part through grants awarded by the Florida Bar Foundation and proceeds raised at CABA’s annual “Art in the Tropics” fundraising cocktail party. In 2013, CABA Pro Bono also began collaborating with other organizations to provide additional services to veterans, active members of the armed forces, victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied immigrant minors. For additional information visit the website www.cabaprobono.com

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