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B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207 Maurice Berkowitz Summer Fellowship Announced

University of Miami law student Aaron Graubert selected as the 2019 Fellow The B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207 is pleased to announce that Aaron Graubert was selected as their 2019 Maurice Berkowitz Summer Fellow. Graubert spent a six-week fellowship with the Legal Aid Providers in Broward County, Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (LAS). Graubert is a rising third year law student at the University... Read More

Story of Justice: Shirley*

Shirley* is a low-income and disabled senior who contacted CCLA when her husband suddenly stopped paying spousal support. For Shirley, the spousal support was her livelihood. Without it, she was struggling to pay any of her bills – including her rent – and was imminently facing eviction and homelessness. Pro Bono attorney Hilary Creary offered to take Shirley’s case through Broward Lawyers Care. After filing the necessary pleadings, attending multiple hearings, and participating in mediation,... Read More

Story of Justice: Mike*

When Mike* came to Legal Aid he was in a very precarious position. He had been homeless for some time, and during Hurricane Irma he sought safety in a shelter. Like many in the homeless community, he left his belongings hidden when he went to a shelter during the hurricane. When he returned, he found that his belongings, including a Green Card, were washed away by the hurricane. We assisted Mike in obtaining a replacement permanent... Read More

Story of Justice: Roger*

Giving an 81 year old Veteran facing crushing debts a fresh start through Bankruptcy Roger* is an 81 year old Navy Veteran who fell deeply into debt after experiencing several family and health related hardships.  Roger lost his wife a few years ago, and the income she received from social security was lost to the household.  He also had open-heart surgery in the past, and now has to take 7 pills daily.  He has incurred... Read More

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Natalie F. Guerra-Valdes, Esq.

Natalie F. Guerra-Valdes has been taking pro bono cases from Legal Aid for the past six years. Ms. Valdes goes above and beyond in her efforts to give back to her community by representing low-income residents of Broward County.  In 2013, she generously stepped in to represent a client who needed help to defend a foreclosure suit. At the time, the case was in the middle of litigation after the client’s former attorney had to... Read More

Legal Aid Programs in Broward Hosted 9th Annual Bridge to Justice Breakfast Featuring Nadine Strossen

Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida hosted their 2019 Bridge to Justice Breakfast fundraiser – Protecting the Ideals of Liberty and Justice for All with Nadine Strossen. The annual breakfast serves to increase awareness and raise critical funds for Legal Aid programs in Broward County. Author of the acclaimed 2018 book HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, Strossen is a professor... Read More

Board Member Spotlight: Jeffrey Rubinton, Esq.

Jeffrey Rubinton is the founder and managing partner of Rubinton & Associates, P.A. Drawing upon his broad range of experience, Mr. Rubinton provides his clients with individualized advice and counsel related to all aspects of insurance claims and litigation. An accomplished civil and commercial litigation attorney, Mr. Rubinton has litigated cases and represented clients, on both the state and federal levels, in matters involving first-party property claims, commercial property claims, class action defense, complex high... Read More

Longtime LITC Advocate Ram Venkataramani Retires

Published by the LITC Program Office  – May 31, 2019 After 13 years of service and dedication to low income taxpayers of South Florida, Mr. Ramamurti “Ram” Venkataramani is stepping down as Director of the Legal Aid Services (LAS) of Broward and Collier Counties LITC. Ram’s colleague, Attorney Katherine Riano, shared some highlights from his life, and we share them here to honor him and to thank him for his many years of advocacy, dedication, and service... Read More
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