Lombana Hoelle Trial Law believes in supporting and giving back to our community and so do our interns Abdiel Caballero and Amber Mannings. While both of our interns are working towards legal careers, they are also volunteering their time to very worthy causes. We are proud to support their initiative, commitment, and to share their stories.
Abdiel Caballero: A Special Kind of Counsel to Children
Part of an attorney’s job is helping clients navigate through difficult situations. Abdiel Caballero is making time during his gap year to apply those skills as a head counselor for the University of Miami Chapter of Camp Kesem and as the camp advisor at Texas A&M. Camp Kesem operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer.
Nationwide, it is estimated that five million children are impacted by a parent’s cancer. Founded in 2000, Camp Kesem has since expanded to 116 chapters in 42 states. As a volunteer, Abdiel is supporting children as they work through their feelings and beyond the family’s darkest times.
Abdiel, who graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Miami with a bachelors of science degree in Mathematics and a Minor in History, and bachelors of arts in Political Science with a Minor in Religion, plans to attend law school.
Amber Mannings: Lighting the Path for Others
Amber Mannings has always dreamed of becoming a lawyer and had the determination to succeed but the path to academic success hasn’t been an easy one. Amber is a first-generation college graduate who overcame youth homelessness and is now sharing her story to inspire others and raise awareness for programs and causes that assist young people in the community in achieving their dreams.
As a Florida International University (FIU) undergraduate, Amber joined the Fostering Panther Pride (FPP), a program which assists former foster care and homeless youth. Amber, who graduated Summa Cum Laude in April 2019 with a bachelors degree in Political Science, will be returning to FIU this fall to start her first semester of law school. Amber is now serving as a program advocate for FPP and attends events and fundraisers such as FIU’s Annual Vine and Dine event which raised more than $100,000 for students who are transitioning out of foster care or have been classified as homeless. She was also a guest speaker at HANDY, Inc. which is an organization designed to facilitate the healthy progression of at-risk youth from childhood to adulthood.
Amber has also raised awareness for the program by appearing on NBC6’s “In the Mix” to share her personal story of youth homelessness and academic success. Her efforts have earned her the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association Book Scholarship and a recent offer to join the National Sales Network (NSN) network by David N. Reece, President of the South Florida Chapter.