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16th Annual Legal Aid For the Public Good Event Draws More than 300 to Honor Community Advocates

Howard Talenfeld, Stacie Schmerling, Jessie Diner, Steve Jaffe, Chad Van Horn, Paul Regensdorf, Heidi Vainio

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2017)- More than 300 people came out to celebrate community advocates in the legal industry during the 16th annual Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) For the Public Good event. The event took place at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.
The evening reception paid tribute to six outstanding community advocates including Jesse Diner Esq., who received the Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award; Steve Jaffe, Esq. who received the Commitment to Justice Award; Talenfeld Law; which received the Law Firm of the Year Award; Paul Regensdorf, Esq. who received the Spirit of Justice Award; Chad Van Horn, Esq. who received Attorney of the Year Award; and Heidi Vainio of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida who received the Jacquelyn and Bruce Rogow Employee of the Year Award.
Now in its 16th year, the event celebrated members of the community who go above and beyond in their efforts to secure justice and change lives for the underprivileged and underserved in Broward County. More than 300 Broward County lawyers, judges and community leaders were in attendance. The annual For the Public Good event is widely-noted throughout Broward as the leading pro-bono recognition event of the year.
Proceeds from the event benefit children and families served by LAS and CCLA and enable both organizations to serve greater numbers of those in need.  A few of the many legal services provided include: helping seniors and veterans gain much needed benefits, seeing to the legal needs of abused children in foster care, the homeless, children in need of special education, victims of domestic violence and persons living with HIV/AIDS and families losing their homes to foreclosure. Both organizations aim to improve access to justice and deliver social and economic freedoms to low-income, vulnerable and other marginalized populations. 
Event sponsors include Broward County Bar Association; Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association; Birnbaum Lippman Gregoire, PLLC; Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC; CopyScan Technologies; C3 Communications; Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, PL; Gray Robinson PA; Haliczer Pettis Schwamm, PA; JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; Keiser University; Kim Vaughan Lerner, LLP; Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria; Patty and Miles McGrane, Esq.; Stephen and Rhoda Moss; Setnor Byer Insurance and Risk; Talenfeld Law; US Legal Support; Valley National Bank; Van Horn Law Group, PA; Veritext Legal Solutions and Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.
For more information about the event, or how to get involved with LAS and CCLA, please contact Dorian Lange, or call 954-736-2429.
Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida is a not-for-profit law firm established in 2003 and funded, in part, by the Legal Services Corporation. Our mission is to improve the lives of low income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation and empowerment.
Legal Aid Service of Broward County is not-for-profit law firm established in 1973. Our mission is to provide high quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the poor of Broward County so as to improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the low-income community and to encourage self-sufficiency.
Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) are 501(c)(3) corporations registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer services (LAS #SC-02337 and CCLA #CH19226).  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state OR VISITING WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM.  Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.