Hilary A. Creary, Esq. Named Florida Bar President's 2018 Pro Bono Service Award Recipient for the 17th Judicial Circuit

The Caribbean Bar Association (“CBA”) heartily congratulates Hilary Creary for being the 2018 recipient of the highly distinguished Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 17th Judicial Circuit. Hilary, along with 19 other lawyers from each of Florida’s 20 circuits will be recognized by the Florida Bar for their work on behalf of poor and indigent clients on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 3:30 p.m., at the Supreme Court of Florida in Tallahassee.  Watch it live at http://wfsu.org/gavel2gavel as well as on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ floridasupremecourt.

Hilary A Creary Esq smlHilary A. Creary has a long history of public and pro bono service. She began volunteering with Legal Aid as a law student at Nova’s Shepard Broad College of Law (then Shepard Broad Law Center), where she earned her J.D. in 1997. She also volunteers with Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid through their joint pro bono project, Broward Lawyers Care. Part of her service with Broward Lawyers Care involves staffing its Legal Aid Advice & Counsel Hotline. Over the past 20 years, she has taken nearly 50 full-representation pro bono cases. Since Hilary’s specialty is family law, the bulk of her full-representation pro bono cases have involved divorce, separation, annulment or domestic violence. However, in 2017 she also took on several landlord-tenant cases. Creary also has conducted pro se litigation workshops for litigants in family law cases and has led seminars on family law at churches.

Her career has been one of service.  From 2006 to 2015, Guardian ad Litem work became Hilary’s vocation. She held several positions within the Guardian ad Litem Program and became the Circuit Director for Jacksonville in 2010, and Circuit Director for Broward in 2012.  She returned to private practice in 2015, joining Sheena Benjamin-Wise, P.A., which resulted in the creation of a new partnership, Benjamin-Wise Creary, PLLC, in Pompano Beach.

Hilary has been involved with many local organizations, including the T.J. Reddick Bar Association; the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association; and aside from the CBA Executive Board, she also currently serves on the Executive Board of the Gwen S. Cherry Women Lawyers Association. She is a founding member of Jamaican Women of Florida, and currently serves as Treasurer. Hilary also represented Broward County for many years as a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division. In her continued pursuit of service, Hilary is seeking election to the Florida Bar Board of Governors, for the 17th Circuit (Broward County) Seat 4.  The election will be held in March 2018.

Completely ignoring the rule that bono legal service is aspirational, Hilary lives by her own rule to serve others as a matter of course.  She has been recognized for her service on numerous occasions. To name a few, in 2014, CBA honored Hilary with the Empowering Award at its annual gala; and in August 2017, Hilary was recognized as the Attorney of the Month by Legal Aid Service of Broward County.