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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 work, but... Read More

Story of Justice: Linda*

Linda came to Legal Aid because her condominium association was refusing to waive mandatory cable fees for her family. According to Florida law, a household that receives SNAP benefits or Social Security is eligible for a waiver of the condominium basic bulk service costs.  Linda has a disabled son who receives disability and the family receives SNAP benefits, making her eligible for such a waiver. However, her condominium association refused to waive the fees and... Read More

Story of Justice: Johnson* Family

The dream of homeownership came true for the Johnson family recently. They were selected to participate in Broward County’s neighborhood revitalization and beautification project in the unincorporated area known as the Broward Municipal Services District. The project assists low and moderate-income people to become homeowners. The Community Economic Development Project team at Legal Aid works in conjunction with the Central County Community Development Corporation (“CCCDC”), an affiliate of the Urban League of Broward County on... Read More

Story of Justice: Bethany*

Bethany is a sixth grade student with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the eligibilities of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Speech Impairment (SI).  Bethany’s mother sought assistance from Legal Aid because Bethany had received over 200 discipline referrals in just one school year. A review of Bethany’s special education file revealed that she had significant difficulty following directions, whether a simple command or more complex instructions regarding academic work. Our attorneys requested a re-evaluation, resulting... Read More

Story of Justice: Joanna*

Originally from the Philippines, Joanna dated an American citizen for many years before she agreed to marry him and move to the United States. He made many promises and assurances, and even helped her submit paperwork for a Green Card. After Joanna arrived in the United States, her husband denied access to the outside world and even limited her movement to certain rooms in the home. Eventually, Joanna was able to connect to resources at... Read More

Douglas Reynolds, Esq. is the 2019 Recipient of the Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award

As lawyers, each of us has earned the unique privilege and is given the unique opportunity to stand with those people and provide them with the ability to meaningfully participate in our justice system. Every time we do, we help to change their lives, the lives of their families, and our own lives in positive, special, and often unforeseen ways. And by doing so we are reminded that there is no greater calling than helping... Read More

Annabella Barboza Named 2019 Attorney of the Year

Annabella Barboza, Esq. is a shareholder of Barboza Law & Associates, a boutique law firm dedicated to serving clients in the areas of real estate, probate, estate planning and business law. She is one of a select number of Florida attorneys who are Board Certified in Real Estate Law. In addition to her practice, Ms. Barboza is devoted to giving back to the legal profession and her community. She is actively involved with several local... Read More

2019 Law Firm of the Year Award Presented to Shutts

The 2019 Law Firm of the Year award honors a firm that has a long history of supporting LAS and CCLA. Shutts demonstrates a commitment to justice at every level. Attorneys are encouraged to volunteer their time and make financial donations. Partner Edward O’Sheehan heads their Pro Bono Committee and serves on the joint LAS/CCLA Board of Directors. Other attorneys have been involved with the Advice and Counsel Hotline and numerous pro bono cases, logging in excess... Read More