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Stories of Justice: Henry

Henry* is a 53 year-old man who moved to Florida from New England. Prior to his move, he had a home health care aid because he suffered from debilitating chronic pain and was not able to care for himself. Although he was receiving Social Security Disability and Medicare funds, he didn’t know how to access the needed services here in Broward County. CCLA’s healthcare access attorney was able to assist Henry by coordinating and arranging for... Read More

Board Member Spotlight: Edward O’Sheehan

We are pleased to welcome Edward O’Sheehan, Esq. to our joint LAS/CCLA Board of Directors. This is just the latest in his long-standing and extensive involvement with our legal aid programs. He has mentored our attorneys, testified for attorney fee cases, handled pro bono cases, and is actively involved with the Mission United Veterans Pro Bono Project. O’Sheehan is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a... Read More

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida Names Marta Estevez Chief Innovation Officer

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) is pleased to announce that Marta Estevez, Esq. has been promoted to Chief Innovation Officer. The Chief Innovation Officer role was created as a way to advance sustainable and new ideas and promote leadership within CCLA in an effective and meaningful way. Ms. Estevez will be responsible for idea development and the efficient and transparent implementation of innovative projects and processes for the organization.  “It is... Read More

Legal Aid Programs in Broward Announce New Board Officers and Members

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) and Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) announce that Jeffrey M. Wank, Esq. of Kelley Kronenberg, Attorneys at Law will serve as the 2019 Chair of the joint Board of Directors. Board Officers for the 2019 term are: Vice Chair: Sherylle Francis, Esq. of Akerman, LLP Secretary: Michael A. Rajtar, Esq. of Rajtar & Associates, P.A. Treasurer: Arnold E. Nazur, C.P.A., C.F.E., of Nazur &... Read More

Stories of Justice: Rick

When Rick* came to us through the SSVF program, he was homeless and living at Keystone Halls after having served for three years on Active Duty and in the Reserves. Rated at 90 percent disabled by the VA, Rick had not worked since his medical discharge from the Army in 2009. We assisted Rick with filing a claim for Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU) due to his inability to work as a result... Read More

Story of Justice: Sasha

Sasha*, who is disabled, and her husband bought their first home in 2006. They have six children, two of whom have special medical needs. To purchase the home, they took a first mortgage for $440,000 and a second mortgage for $80,000, both from the same lender.  Sasha’s husband is self-employed, and they could not afford the mortgage payments due to the family’s medical issues. They were at risk of homelessness as a result of mortgage... Read More

Letter from the 2019 Board Chair: Jeffrey Wank, Esq.

I am honored to be the 2019 Board Chair for the Legal Aid Programs in Broward. As I take the gavel, I am renewing my personal and professional commitment to continue to serve the south Florida community. Several years ago, I accepted a position on this Board of Directors to help further my dream that everyone in our community would have fair and equal access justice, including people experiencing homelessness, elder abuse, family violence, and... Read More

Farewell to our Founding Executive Director: Barbara J. Prager

The Board of Directors of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) recently announced that its founding executive director, Barbara J. Prager, will retire on December 31, 2018.  Barbara is passionate about the difference that free legal services make in leveling the playing field for those in our community who cannot afford an attorney, but whose cause is deserved of one. Under her strong leadership, Barbara’s vision to improve the lives of low-income... Read More
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