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.
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.
Beatriz Sarmiento Schachter earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000, where she spent her third year as a member of Law Students in Court defending indigent clients in landlord-tenant matters. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1997, where she served as President of the Cuban-American Student Association. Admitted to practice law in both Florida and New York, Beatriz has worked at Clifford Chance LLP in New York, Bilzin Sumberg in Miami, and most recently as of-counsel to Gelber Schachter & Greenberg P.A. in Miami. She has also taught Middle School Civics for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Beatriz joined CABA Pro Bono in 2018 to help low-income veterans and victims of domestic violence in divorce, paternity, domestic violence injunction and child support cases. Beatriz regularly appears in court to advocate for her clients and feels that providing legal assistance to those who are most in need is gratifying beyond measure. She is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Jennifer M. Volmar, Esq.
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.
Viviana joined the CABA Pro Bono team in 2014 and assists low-income clients with foreclosure defense, loan modifications, landlord tenant issues, and bankruptcy. In 2016, she opened her own firm, Busutil Law, which focuses on real estate law. Viviana attended Florida International University and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and later received her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University.
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 Calle 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.
Andrea joined CABA Pro Bono as the company’s legal assistant. She has a background in casting, sound recordings and quality control as director of The Theme Music and has used her background in theater and music to help CABA Pro Bono with fundraising events, client interviews, and translation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University, and received a master’s degree from Full Sail University in Orlando in 2019.
Maricel started in law in 2017 as an intern at Kaba Law Group, PLLC. She later joined Busutil Law, P.A. in May 2019 as a legal assistant where she oversaw closings for real estate properties, filed court cases, and notarized closing documents. In October 2019, Maricel joined CABA Pro Bono as a legal assistant focusing on immigration and family cases. She will be graduating from Miami Dade College in 2020 where she is majoring in psychology. Maricel hopes to pursue a career in law.