Jay Cohen is the Recipient of the 2022 Attorney of The Year Award. The Attorney of the Year Award is presented to an attorney who has gone above and beyond to support our mission and those who we serve. Jay is a senior partner at Cohen, Blostein & Ayala, P.A. His practice areas include Plaintiff Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice , and Complex Commercial Litigation. Jay Cohen has a long history with the Legal Aid Programs in Broward. Most recently, Jay was instrumental in directing a $350,000 Cy Pres award to Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS). This will directly impact the lifestyle and living conditions for low-income people in our community.
The Attorney of the Year award is presented to an attorney who has gone above and beyond to support our mission and those who we serve.
Past recipients of the award include: Charles L. Simon, Esq. (2002) | Joanne Fanizza, Esq. (2003) | Theodore Kaufman, Esq. (2004) | Richard Hussey, Esq. (2005) | Marian A. Lindquist, Esq. (2006) | Elias L. D’Souza, Esq. (2007) | Jorge E. Hurtado, Esq. (2008) | Robert Murphy, Esq. (2010) | Lawrence G. Marin, Esq. (2011) | Professor Michael Richmond (2012) | David Bazerman, Esq. (2013) | Jay Kim, Esq.(2014) | Michele K. Cummings, Esq. (2015) | Russell M. Thompson, Esq. (2016) | Chad T. Van Horn, Esq. (2017) | Dale Webner, Esq. (2018) | Annabella Barboza, Esq. (2019) | Edward O’Sheehan, Esq. (2020) | Lauren Alperstein, Esq. (2021)
As a Trial Court Administrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Kathleen Pugh’s work certainly reflects and embodies the mission of CCLA. Ms. Pugh was instrumental in coordinating and advocating for space at the Courthouse for CCLA’s Family Court Self Advocacy Center (FCSAC), where thousands of self-represented litigants have been assisted since inception. In addition, during the pandemic, Broward’s 17th Judicial Circuit kept running, thanks to help from Kathleen and the entire Court Administration team. Court proceedings were transferred to Zoom, and our clients received important protection as injunction cases continued to be heard. We celebrate Kathleen Pugh for all that she’s done to assist our clients – and all that she and her team do that we don’t ever see.
The Commitment to Justice Award was established by Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) in 2011. The award honors members of the community whose work reflects and embodies the mission of CCLA to improve the lives of low income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation and empowerment.
Past recipients of the Award include: Elizabeth G. Daugherty, Esq.(2011) | The Honorable Ronald J. Rothschild (2012) | Lisa Goldberg, Esq.(2013) | Edith Schaffer Lederberg (2014) | Samuel S. Goren, Esq. (2015) | Stephen Ferrante, MSW (2016) | Steven Jaffe, Esq. (2017) | Joshua Levenson, Esq. (2018) | Somy Ali (2019) | Juliette Lippman, Esq. (2020) | Theresa Edwards, Esq. (2021)
The Law Firm of the Year Award is presented annually to a firm that has shown their overall commitment to the work that we do and the clients we serve. This year, the Law Firm of the Year award honors Tripp Scott P.A. a Fort Lauderdale law firm that has supported LAS and CCLA in a number of ways, and on various different levels. Tripp Scott continues to demonstrate a commitment to justice at every level to serve our community. The firm encourages and supports its staff in taking on leadership roles and volunteer opportunities with community organizations, including ours.
Past recipients of the Award include: Gunster Yoakley (2002) | Billing, Cochran, Heath, Lyles and Mauro (2003) | Weis Serota Helfman Pastoriza Guedes Cole and Boniske (2004) | Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. (2005) | Law Offices of Sheldon J. Schlesinger, P.A. (2006) | Shutts & Bowen LLP (2007) | Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha, P.A. (2008) | Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC (2009) | Kelley/Uustal (2010) | Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, P.A. (2011) | Ward Kim Vaughan & Lerner LLP (2012) GrayRobinson, P.A. (2013) Holland & Knight (2014) Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC (2015) | Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos, & Lehrman, P.L. (2016) | Talenfeld Law (2017) Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman, PL (2018) | Shutts (2019) | Kelley Kronenberg, Attorneys at Law (2020) | Van Horn Law Group (2021)
Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida’s (CCLA) Laurie Yadoff has been an attorney for more than four decades and for the last 15 years dedicated her practice to transform the Public Benefits Unit at CCLA into a more expansive vision encompassing Economic Advocacy and Community Health. She is a skilled attorney in a wide variety of substantive legal areas including public benefits, unemployment compensation, veteran’s benefits, and social security. She is fearless in her representation. The quality of her work is of the highest caliber, resulting in wonderful results for her clients. During the initial COVID months, Laurie was called upon to speak to national media about legal issues adversely affecting our clients. She has continued to participate in social media presentations and does so with ease, confidence and expertise.
Past CCLA award recipients include: Gladys Gerson (2015) | Heidi Vainio (2017) | Debra Koprowski (2019) | Corrine Lincoln, Esq. (2020)
A former Legal Aid Service of Broward County Board Chair herself, Lorna Brown-Burton has been a dynamic advocate and an active member of the legal community for years. She exemplifies the qualities that Russell Carlisle embodied, donating her time, talent and treasure to assist the most vulnerable members of our community. Not only is Lorna an extremely knowledgeable and talented pro bono attorney, she also has tirelessly volunteered her time and expertise for the betterment of the lives of our constituents. She participates at the local and state level in trainings, mentoring, advocacy and generally supporting legal aid programs. We are grateful for the work Lorna does in the community and pleased that she is the 2022 recipient of the Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award.
The Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award is given annually to an advocate whose actions exemplify a personal and professional commitment to making justice available to the poor and disadvantaged. The Award was named after its first (1998) recipient, Mr. Carlisle himself. He is a lifelong champion of the rights of the poor and disadvantaged and was the first chairperson of the LAS Board of Directors in 1974.
Past recipients of the Award include: Bruce Rogow, Esq. (1999) | Don A. Wich, Jr., Esq. (2000) | Henry Latimer, Esq. (2001) | Sharon Bourassa, Esq. (2002) | Jerome Ira Solkoff, Esq. (2003) | Howard Talenfeld, Esq. (2004) | Nancy W. Gregoire, Esq. (2005) | Levi G. Williams, Esq. (2006) | Terrence Russell, Esq. (2007) | Andrea L. Moore, Esq. (2008) | Adele I. Stone, Esq. (2009) | Belinda Keiser (2010) | Walter Honaman, Esq. (2011) Roy Rogers (2012) The Honorable Arthur J. England, Jr. (2013) The Honorable Mel Grossman (2014) | Jane Curran (2015) | Stephen B. Moss, Esq. (2016) | Jesse H. Diner, Esq. (2017) | Robin Moselle, Esq. (2018) | Douglas Reynolds, Esq. (2019) | Chad Van Horn, Esq. (2020) | Tony Karrat, Esq. (2021)
The Spirit of Justice Award was created in 2014 to recognize those who embody the “spirit” of the work done by CCLA and LAS and to commemorate the 40th and 10th anniversaries of each respectively. Chad Van Horn does just that and has been a long-time support supporter of the Legal Aid Programs in Broward. Chad and his team are committed to the underserved in our community who often have difficulty accessing the legal system. The very mission of his firm is dedicated to restoring peace of mind to individuals in financial distress by providing first rate, affordable legal services with compassion, understanding and respect.
Past recipients of the Award include: Bernard R. Appleman, Esq. (2014) | Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association (2015) | Scott D. Owens, Esq. (2016) | Paul Regensdorf, Esq. (2017) | Kathleen Cannon (2018) | JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (2019) | Anthony Adelson, Esq. (2020) | Ofer Shmucher, Esq. & Shera Anderson, Esq. (2021)