Giving, caring, protecting, advocating, listening – these are some of the words that describe the spirit of the Guardian ad Litem Program. Each day, GAL volunteers help shape the future and create hope for the children of Florida who have been neglected and abused. Their work with the Guardian ad Litem Program on behalf of children is a pursuit of the heart.
In giving the award to Glass Professor of Public Interest Law Paolo Annino, Executive Director Alan Abramowitz thanked him by acknowledging that “GAL volunteers do not work alone. There are many people in the community who work tirelessly for Florida’s children; their work for children is a pursuit of the heart. The Guardian ad Litem Program has established the title of Honorary Guardian ad Litem for those select state leaders who have gone to great lengths to support the program’s mission and goals. Professor Annino is recognized as one of these unique leaders. Mr. Annino represents what is possible and what we can aspire to be on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.”
Paolo Annino is a committed and determined advocate on behalf of children and families. The Guardian ad Litem Program has turned to him many times over the years to provide guidance, advice and training for our Program Attorneys and staff. His work in the courtroom includes advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities, and he is an expert in the field of education law. He has worked on behalf of children in his work as the co-director of Public Interest Law Center and Director of the Children’s Advocacy Clinic at Florida State University College of Law.
Paolo received his M.A. in Philosophy from Trinity University, his J.D. from Florida State University, and his Pd.D. in Legal Philosophy from Fordham University. He has served as the legal advisor to the State of Florida Human Rights Advocacy Commission and has practiced as both a public defender and in legal services advocacy. He has received many awards recognizing his dedication including the “FSU Distinguished Scholar Award”; The Emil Gumpert Award” given by the American College of Trial Lawyers; and “2010 Loren Warboys Unsung Hero” given by Youth Law Center, San Francisco, Calif. “for outstanding efforts on behalf of at risk children and youth.”
When receiving the award Professor Annino said, “thank you for the unexpected and very kind Honorary Guardian ad Litem award. I am honored to be associated with the great work the GAL Program does in this state.”