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FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD HONOREE: Dale Webner

The Attorney of the Year Award is presented annually to an attorney who has gone above and beyond to support our mission and those who we serve. This year we honor Dale Webner for his dedication and long time commitment to taking pro bono cases. Dale has dedicated literally hundreds of pro bono hours to...
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FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD HONOREE: Kathleen Cannon

The Spirit of Justice Award recognizes those who embody the “spirit” of the mission and work of Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA). This year’s recipient, Kathleen Cannon, has dedicated her thirty-five year career to improving the lives of low income, at-risk, and vulnerable...
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Stories of Justice: Paula

Paula* entered the U.S. in February 2017 as an Unaccompanied Minor and was released to the care of her great-aunt in Broward County. She was abandoned by her mother at age eight, and suffered a cycle of abandonment by her father throughout her childhood. These circumstances led to Paula being trafficked and abused by caregivers...
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Stories of Justice: Jackson

Jackson* is a student with special needs who receives services through an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Jackson’s levels of performance indicated that he needed Extended School Year (ESY) services through the summer to prevent regression. The school denied eligibility for ESY despite Jackson’s needs, stating that only students with a specific type of disability were...
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Stories of Justice: Carissa

Carissa* is 32 and has a two-year-old son. She was born in Trinidad and Tobago but arrived in the United States when she was six months old. She graduated high school and began college, but due to personal reasons she dropped out to take care of her family. Twelve years later, thanks to Legal Aid’s...
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Board Member Spotlight: Michael Rajtar

Michael Rajtar is the founder of Rajtar & Associates, P.A., a full service commercial law firm with practice areas in condominium and homeowner association law, as well as real estate litigation, commercial and residential closings, and commercial litigation. He was born in Hudson, New York, and moved to Florida in 1995 to attend the University...
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Profile in Good: Legal Aid Attorney Mertella Burris

Mertella Burris is the supervising attorney for the Homeless Legal Rights Project at Legal Aid Service of Broward County. Mertella came to Legal Aid as an Equal Justice Works Fellow supported by the Florida Bar Foundation and Greenberg Traurig and has dedicated her time and talent to defending the rights of homeless and indigent persons. ...
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Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: John Bristol

John Bristol has been an active volunteer with Broward Lawyers Care and Legal Aid for the past 24 years, during which he has handled 43 pro bono cases in the areas of consumer law and bankruptcy. He has assisted elderly clients, homeowners facing the loss of their home to foreclosure and tax deed sales, and...
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Technology Tools for Disaster Recovery

Legal Aid service of Broward County Housing Rights Attorney Alisha D. Hurwood has been chosen as a speaker on a nationwide webinar on the use of technology following a natural disaster.  AIDS United, who is hosting the webinar, advocates for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them by employing...
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Komal S. Mirza Named Florida Bar Leadership Academy Fellow

Legal Aid Service of Broward County Attorney Komal S. Mirza has been named a Fellow for The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy of the Florida Bar, Class VI. She is one of 30 Fellows chosen from a pool of 116 statewide applicants. The Academy was founded in 2012 by then Florida Bar President Eugene...
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