February 2018: Jesse Diner
Jesse Diner has been involved with Legal Aid programs in Broward for more than 20 years, serving on the Board of Directors, the Executive Council, fundraising committees, and in other high profile roles. Many may not realize that Jesse regularly takes pro bono cases, helping clients resolve their housing and consumer issues through dedicated work with Broward Lawyers Care.
Most recently, he represented a client who is a full-time caretaker of a disabled child with only disability income and food stamps. Client was being sued to collect on a 20-year-old debt, however the collector could not prove authority to collect the debt. The original debt was close to $6,000, but with 20 years of interest accrued, the debt collector was seeking roughly $18,000. Diner defended the client, and in the end, the debt collector agreed to dismiss the case without collecting a dime.
Diner explains his commitment to pro bono legal representation, saying, “There is a clear need to assist many people who do not have the skills and resources to help themselves. Lawyers can help fill that void by using their training and abilities to help those less fortunate. We all need to strive to make a difference.”
Jesse is a Past President of The Florida Bar, Past President of the Broward County Bar Association and Past Chair of Legal Aid Service of Broward County. He was honored with the Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award from Legal Aid Service of Broward County in 2017.
Jesse grew up in Hollywood, Florida, receiving a B.A. degree at Gettysburg College and a J.D. from St. John’s University in New York. He is currently a commercial and trusts and estates litigator with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.
January 2018: Michael Costantino
Michael Costantino works with the MISSION UNITED Veterans Pro Bono Project to provide quality legal services to Veterans facing family law issues. Since inception of the project, Michael has taken on eleven (11) pro bono client issues. Michael is a United States Air Force Veteran with thirteen years of honorable service.
Michael is a compassionate advocate who is not afraid to handle some of the more complicated pro bono matters including child custody, adoptions, support enforcement and modification, dissolution of marriage, and visitation. He has deeply impacted the lives of Veterans who trust him to handle their legal issues when they are most vulnerable. One client offered “going through my family problem was the most stressful time of my life. Mr. Costantino helped me understand the confusing process and allowed me to take some of the weight off my shoulders.”
Michael is the sole practitioner at New Horizons Law and specializes in family and marital law.
November 2017: Jennifer Gomez
October 2017: David Glantz
September 2017: Robert M. Bell
August 2017: Hilary Creary
July 2017: Susan Alspector
June 2017: Sara Sandler
May 2017: Annabella Barboza
April 2017: Donald Fucik
March 2017: Dia T. Colbert
February 2017: Cristina Sabbagh
January 2017: Andrea Keiser
December 2016: Alan A. Pascal
November 2016: Robert Murphy
October 2016: Lindsay Massillon
September 2016: Alejandro Larrazabal
August 2016: Todd Clarke
July 2016: Alan Reinfeld
June 2016: Judith Schwartz
May 2016: Lorraine Hoffman
April 2016: Louis Reinstein
March 2016: Tara Intriago
February 2016: Scott D. Owens
January 2016: Charles Fox Miller and Lauren Alperstein