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Bringing HOPE to the Child Welfare System in Broward County

Bringing HOPE to the Child Welfare System in Broward County By Melissa Green, Esq. When we hear the words restorative justice, there is often a connection with the criminal justice system. But what if we brought “restorative” to child welfare and a civil legal system?  All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need...
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Board Member Profile: Carlos E. Sandoval, Esq.

Carlos E. Sandoval, Esq. I joined the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) in 2017. As a lawyer, knowing that there are so many persons who do not have access to justice because of their lack of financial resources is...
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Story of Justice: Luke Seeks Treatment and Counseling

Luke Seeks Treatment and Counseling Background Luke*, a Veteran, had been arrested and sent to Veterans Treatment Court due to substance abuse, which caused a rift in his family. Luke contacted us regarding his options for reuniting with his children. Assistance The children’s mother was represented by an attorney who was attempting to paint the...
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Story of Justice: Kerry and ACA Healthcare Eligibility

Kerry and ACA Healthcare Eligibility Background Kerry* was an immigration client whose status was in deferred action. Kerry was not eligible for Medicaid as she was required to be a qualified immigrant for at least five years. Nevertheless, since she was lawfully present, Kerry should have been able to qualify for subsidies in the Health...
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Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Ofer Shmucher

Ofer Shmucher, Esq. Mr. Ofer Shmucher is a new member of the Broward Lawyers Care Pro Bono Panel. Since June 2020, Mr. Shmucher has generously accepted several new cases to represent clients being sued by debt collectors to help them reach a fair resolution. His work helps clients to avoid the risk of a wage...
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HOPE BROUGHT TO CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM IN BROWARD COUNTY

Broward County’s HOPE Court Receives Grant to Support Teenage Children in Foster Care Who Are Transitioning to Independent Living Legal Aid Service of Broward County was recently awarded grant funding from the Florida Bar Foundation to support the HOPE (Helping Older Teens Powerfully Engage) Court pilot program for 12 months. The HOPE Court program was...
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U.S. Supreme Court Evaluated the Scope of Title VII and Held That Protections Thereunder Apply to LGBT Employees

By Erin Hantman Weiss, Esq. On October 8, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the following cases: Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (Case No. 17-1618); Altitude Express, Inc., et al. v. Zarda, et al. (Case No. 17-1623); and, R. G. & G. R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,...
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Story of Justice: Affordable Housing

Story of Justice: Affordable Housing In these turbulent and troubling times, there is a bright spot for some of the clients we serve, namely the addition of 48 affordable housing units for 55+ individuals. On June 15th, Crossroads/Carrfour began accepting applications for units at the Residences at Equality Park in Wilton Manors.  Applications will be...
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Story of Justice: Children Escaping Abuse

Story of Justice: Children Escaping Abuse Background The attorneys in the Legal Aid Children’s Advocacy Project work very hard to ensure that their clients have the very best legal representation possible. The nature of the work is particularly challenging because the clients are children. LAS attorney Elizabeth Suttle recently handled a case that literally changed...
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Story of Justice: Mike the Vet and a case for PTSD

Story of Justice: Mike the Vet and a case for PTSD Background: While in the Army in the 1980s, Mike, an African American, was stationed in rural Germany transporting and guarding nuclear weapons to and from small German towns. The locals did not agree with the US occupying and storing nukes in their villages, so...
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