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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

Story of Justice: Betty

Betty* was provided representation for her Injunction for Protection and her divorce from CCLA’s family law attorneys, who represent victims of intimate partner violence in a holistic manner. Betty and her husband married in 2015 and separated two years later after the birth of their child, who then lived with Betty. After the husband was served with the Temporary Injunction for Protection, he violated it. Our Family Law attorney represented Betty at the return hearing, and... Read More

Story of Justice: Fred

Fred*, a 68-year-old senior, was in jeopardy of losing the house where he had lived for 35 years. The senior was unable to afford the mortgage payments after the death of his partner and fell behind. CCLA attorneys contacted the mortgage company to negotiate a payment schedule and referred the senior to the Goodman Jewish Family Services for assistance. The Jim Moran Foundation Grant provided the senior with financial assistance to bring his mortgage payments... Read More