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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 help our clients preserve their homes and ensure that they have access to the legal system. He is a relentless... Read More


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 individuals and families in our community. As president and CEO of United Way of Broward County (UWBC), Kathleen has played... Read More

Stories of Justice: Suzanne

Suzanne* came to CCLA on behalf of her minor child to obtain an Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence action. The victim advocate from local law enforcement had referred the family to our office. The Petition alleged sexual abuse by the father perpetrated against the 6-year-old.  The child provided very detailed statements to the police, the Sexual Assault Treatment Center, and the State Attorney’s Office. By the time the initial return hearing took place, the... Read More

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 of Miami School of Law. Michael is very active in our legal community. As a founding member of the Florida... Read More

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 clients who are medically needy with substantial hospital debts. He has also helped clients reinstate their driver’s licenses when they... Read More

Broward Legal Aid Organizations Recognized as Sun-Sentinel Top Workplaces for Fourth Year in a Row

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) and Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) have been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by the Sun Sentinel for the fourth year in a row. The Top Workplaces list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection.... Read More

Coast to Coast Legal Aid Launches Family Court Self Advocacy Program at Broward County Courthouse

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) has launched a Family Court Self Advocacy Program, one of the many new community services that are offered at the Broward County Courthouse. The program provides general legal information and guidance for people who need assistance on divorce and paternity cases, including child support issues and other family court motions.   The office is located in room WW 04101 of the West Wing of the Broward... Read More
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