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Komal S. Mirza Named Florida Bar Leadership Academy Fellow

Legal Aid Service of Broward County Attorney Komal S. Mirza has been named a Fellow for The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy of the Florida Bar, Class VI. She is one of 30 Fellows chosen from a pool of 116 statewide applicants. The Academy was founded in 2012 by then Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis to enhance the skills of a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers selected from across the state and to... Read More

Broward Legal Aid Organizations Recognized as Sun-Sentinel Top Workplaces for Fourth Year in a Row

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) and Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) have been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by the Sun Sentinel for the fourth year in a row. The Top Workplaces list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection.... Read More

Legal Aid’s Sharon Bourassa Receives Florida Bar Foundation Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award

Sharon Bourassa, attorney and director of special projects at Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS), was recently selected to receive The Florida Bar Foundation’s Jane Elizabeth Curran Distinguished Service Award. The award is named for the Foundation’s first executive director and recognizes individuals who have achieved meaningful, effective and lasting increases in access to civil justice for the poor in Florida throughout the course of their career. At LAS, Bourassa pursues and prosecutes cases... Read More

Help Lead the Charge for Access to Justice for All

As President of the Florida Bar Foundation I am asking for your time and money. Let’s face it, people really need your help. We know that there are never going to be enough lawyers, and we do not have enough money to serve everyone with a legal issue. However, I am working hard to be one of the agents of rapid, effective and high impact change. I have gained many personal benefits from doing pro bono... Read More

Lighten the Burden for Someone Less Fortunate

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”  -Charles Dickens There is a large segment of our community who we may never meet. These are the disadvantaged and low income individuals who could benefit the most from our legal services.   Thankfully, Legal Aid is there for those who cannot otherwise afford legal services. They provide access to quality legal representation to seniors, veterans, children and families.   But this organization,... Read More

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida featured on WPLG Local 10 News

    Friday June 8th, CCLA launched a Family Court Self Advocacy Program, one of the many new community services that are offered at the Broward County Courthouse. The program provides general legal information and guidance for people who need assistance on divorce and paternity cases, including child support issues and other family court motions. Click here to watch the full segment 

Stories of Justice: Nicole

Nicole* is 31 years old, a veteran and a mother of seven children. On top of all of this, she works full time. She has spent the last six years of her life trying to build a better life for herself and her family. She works hard and attends school so that her children will not have to face the same struggles she’s faced without an education. She is currently attending Broward College. She plans... Read More

Lawyers: Emergency Responders at Parkland School Shooting*

By: Anthony Karrat Executive Director Legal Aid Service of Broward County When you think of emergency responders, most people think of firefighters, police officers and paramedics. However, in the case of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD), many attorneys from Legal Aid Service of Broward County acted as emergency responders for the students, families and teachers who were affected by the violence that ripped through the City of Parkland. The day... Read More
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