Lesley Mendoza, Esq. Executive Director
Lesley Silverio Mendoza joined CABA Pro Bono Legal Services in February 2013 as Executive Director, and is responsible for supervising attorneys and all legal services provided by the organization. In addition, she conducts outreach efforts to educate the community on the services provided as well as recruitment and fundraising. From 2004 to 2007, Mendoza worked at White & Case in New York as part of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. Prior to that, she worked at Thornton, Davis & Fein in Miami. She earned a juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Mendoza is the 2014 recipient of the “Most Effective Lawyer” Award in the area of pro bono by the Daily Business Review.
Viviana Mendiola, Esq. Director of Pro Bono
Viviana Mendiola, Esq. joined CABA Pro Bono Legal Services in June 2019 as Pro Bono Director. She is responsible for recruiting, mentoring, and training volunteer attorneys. In her role she also uses technology to develop innovative pro bono programs and initiatives and tracks the outcomes of pro bono cases. Previously she was an attorney case manager for the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Court – Family Division Case Management Unit in Miami. Viviana earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and English from Florida International University. In addition, she obtained an LL.M. in Real Property Development from the University of Miami School of Law. She has volunteered at the Miami-Dade County Law Library and has authored articles and served as editor for the Cuban-American Bar Association’s newsletter.
Patricia Salman, Esq. Staff Attorney
Patricia Salman, Esq. received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2006. She attended the University of Montpellier School of Law in Montpellier, France for a study abroad program. Patricia received her Bachelor of Science degree in finance, with a minor in economics and criminology, from the University of Florida in 2003. Before joining to CABA Pro Bono Legal Services, Patricia worked at the Department of Children and Families, Office of the General Counsel in Miami as an assistant regional legal counsel. She was also an assistant attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General, Economic Division/Consumer Protection Division in Miami. Patricia is a member of The Florida Bar and The Florida Muslim Bar Association.
Beatriz Schachter, Esq. Staff Attorney
Jennifer M. Volmar, Esq. Staff Attorney
Jennifer M. Volmar, Esq. earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2003. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in Spanish studies, from the University of Florida. Jennifer has extensive legal experience with immigration issues. Before joining CABA Pro Bono Legal Services, she was an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Law, Immigration Clinic and was an attorney for St. Thomas University’s Human Rights Institute. Her leadership activities include the Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Society. Jennifer is a member of The Florida Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is fluent in French and Haitian-Creole.
Viviana Busutil, Esq. Attorney
Doris Torres, Esq. Attorney
Gianni Milanese Paralegal
Maria Jacqueline Rodriguez Paralegal
Maria Jacqueline Rodriguez has more than 15 years of legal experience having served as a family law attorney in her native Cuba, and eight years as a paralegal in Miami. Rodriguez joined CABA Pro Bono in September 2006. She assists with the preparation of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services applications for foreign-born individuals and their families including applications to adjust status, employment authorization and naturalization. In addition, Rodriguez conducts initial intake interviews, helps prepare legal documents for simple divorces, and assists in training classes to help applicants overcome barriers to becoming a citizen. She graduated from the University of Matanzas Law School in Cuba in 1990 where she also served as a family law and tax law professor until 2004.
Rosalba Penaherrera Office Manager
Rosalba Peneherrera has been with CABA Pro Bono since March 2008 and currently serves as office manager. Peneherrera handles the firm’s charitable donations, customer relations and grant applications. Before joining CABA, she was a title processor at Manuel L. Crespo, P.A. and a personal banking specialist at AmTrust Bank.