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Spirit of Justice Award Honors JM Family Enterprises

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. has privately and publicly supported Legal Aid Programs in Broward since 1998. In addition to pro bono contributions, they are a ground floor corporate partner in several key initiatives and collaborative programs. Their comprehensive support benefits thousands of clients, and they are the first corporate partner to join our League of Justice, pledging a sustained annual commitment of $10,000. JM Family’s demonstrated history of corporate philanthropy and community partnerships has made Broward County... Read More

Debra Koprowski Named the 2019 Jacquelyn and Bruce Rogow Employee of the Year

Debra Koprowski, Esq. has been the Regional Director of Advocacy for Legal Aid Programs in Broward and Collier Counties since 2010. In that capacity, she supervises, mentors, co-counsels, and advises staff attorneys and paralegals in litigation matters.  In addition, she executes administrative and project duties for the programs. Prior to this, Debra focused her practice on Senior Law, representing individuals over sixty in foreclosure, eviction, and fraud matters at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of... Read More

Legal Aid Programs in Broward County to Recognize Honorees on Law Day

Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) are pleased to announce the recipients of their 2019 Annual Recognition Awards. The awards will be presented during a Law Day Luncheon co-hosted with the Broward County Bar Association on Friday, May 3, 2019. The Attorney of the Year is Annabella Barboza, Esq., Law Firm of the Year is Shutts, and the Spirit of Justice Award recipient is... Read More

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Dia Teresa Colbert

Recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award by the Florida Supreme Court for the 17th Circuit Dia Teresa Colbert didn’t take the usual route to becoming a lawyer. After graduating from Boston College’s school of management, she became a paralegal, working with firms in New York and South Florida. She always had wanted to go to law school and open her own office, but work came first. So, over the course of... Read More

Story of Justice: Karrie*

Karrie*, a six year old with autism, was recently reunified with her father after being in foster care. Karrie was having academic and behavioral difficulties in school while she was in foster care. These difficulties increased in the school setting during the placement transition to her father. Attorneys with Legal Aid’s Education Legal Rights Project (ELRP) advocated on Karrie’s behalf and obtained an appropriate and adequate Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the eligibility of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)... Read More

Story of Justice: Home Ownership

The dream of home ownership recently came true for four families, thanks in part to our Community Economic Development Project team here at Legal Aid who worked in conjunction with the Central County Community Development Corporation (“CCCDC”), an affiliate of the Urban League of Broward County. The efforts were part of 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... Read More

Story of Justice: Justin*

In July 2017, Justin* bought a 2017 Nissan Sentra from a car dealer selling vehicles purchased at auction. The car was in bad shape, and Justin spent thousands of dollars on repairs. Once the repairs were complete, he took the car to the DMV for the inspection required to get the car back on the road. During that inspection, Justin discovered that the car was no longer titled in his name. The title had been... Read More

Story of Justice: Laura*

Laura* was living in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) that received her social security payment and payment from Medicaid to pay for her care at the facility. The ALF was over-billing Laura and a new management company filed a Chapter 83 action for tenant eviction against her. Laura and her children sought assistance from Legal Aid to avoid eviction from the ALF. A team of Legal Aid housing attorneys defeated the eviction on a motion to dismiss and... Read More