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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

A Fond Farewell to Ramamurti Venkataramani Upon His Retirement

Ramamurti “Ram” Venkataramani manages the daily operations of Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s (LAS) Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. In addition, he oversees the Collier County programs in Naples and Immokalee. After more than fifteen years of dedicated service to Legal Aid’s mission of serving the poor of Broward County, Venkataramani has announced his intent to retire at the end of June 2019. Ram came to Legal Aid for a second career. He started as a... Read More

Story of Justice: Tommy*

Tommy was having behavioral problems at school and an attorney from the Legal Aid Children’s Education Legal Rights Team was appointed to his case. The attorney immediately realized that Tommy’s 504 Plan had not been transferred to his new school; therefore, appropriate accommodations were not in place for Tommy. The attorney was able to track down the 504 Plan from another county and transfer it to Tommy’s new school in Broward County. The new school has... Read More

Story of Justice: Tricia*

Tricia is a 68-year-old widow. She and her husband bought a home in 2002. In 2008, Tricia agreed to have her name removed from the deed to the home so her husband could qualify and obtain a reverse mortgage. The mortgage company assured her that she could easily be added back to the deed and to the reverse mortgage when she turned 62. However, when she contacted the mortgage company after turning 62, she was... Read More