Chad Van Horn – Attorney of the Year
Mr. Van Horn has been a relentless advocate for the disadvantaged in Broward County, particularly our Veterans, facing financial crisis. He provides a holistic approach to practicing law that is invaluable to our clients who often have more than one legal issue, and due to his zealous advocacy he has helped many low-income Veterans escape the physical and emotional burdens of bankruptcy.
Talenfeld Law – Law Firm of the Year
Talenfeld Law was established with the sole focus of protecting the rights of physically and sexually abused, medically fragile, foster and other at-risk children. Collectively and individually, attorneys at the firm have been longtime supporters of many community initiatives that support individuals and families in need, including our Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Childrens Advocacy Project.
Paul Regensdorf – Spirit of Justice Award
Mr. Regensdorf has personally contributed hundreds of pro bono hours in Broward County, serving as co-counsel to CCLA attorneys on complex mortgage foreclosure cases. He is a vital resource in litigating reverse mortgage foreclosures at both trial and appellate levels, and has become a one-man driving force in seeking changes to reverse mortgage servicing practices statewide. He is a tireless ally in the fight for the rights of senior homeowners, working with a number of legal aid organizations across the state. Paul Regensdorf embodies the “spirit” of ensuring access to justice for all.
Steven Jaffe – Commitment to Justice Award
Mr. Jaffe has a multi-faceted dedication and commitment to ensuring the low income population in Broward County has access to legal representation. He personally takes pro bono cases, recently logging over 150 hours on a housing conditions case for a former Special Forces disabled veteran. He also has donated his time by serving on our Board of Directors since 2013. Jaffe understands that financial contributions are critical to the success of the organizations as well. To that end, he has initiated generous financial support from his firm, Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos, & Lerhman for the legal aid fundraisers, For the Public Good and Bridge to Justice. Most recently, Jaffe helped generate more than $118,000 in cy pres awards for legal aid programs in Broward through his successful efforts in a class action case. Led by Jaffe, the law firm has directed in excess of $325,000 in cy pres awards to legal aid over the last three years.
Jesse H. Diner – Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award
Throughout his career spanning over forty years, Jesse Diner has been a steadfast supporter of funding for legal assistance to the poor. A past president of The Florida Bar, past president of the Broward County Bar Association, immediate past chair of the LAS and CCLA Executive Council, and past board chair for LAS and CCLA, Diner has tirelessly used those platforms to support and advance the availability of legal services to the poor. He has personally and professionally made direct financial contributions, leading by example among his peers and colleagues. Jesse also does not shy away from pro bono work, taking a number of cases from Broward Lawyers Care over the years.
Heidi Vainio – Jacquelyn and Bruce Rogow Employee of the Year Award
A native of Finland, Heidi earned a Paralegal Certificate after moving to the United States. She fell in love with the law and embarked on a second career as a Paralegal. After initially volunteering, she began working with CCLA in 2005 in their newly created position of Administrative Assistant. She has never looked back. Heidi is a key member of the team and keeps the program running smoothly, from case management and tracking to managing reporting and compliance for the organization.
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