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Story of Justice: Bryan*

Just when you think you know someone and their behavioral habits, they show you their true colors. This was the case for Bryan* and his long time best friend/mentor Coby*. Bryan contacted Legal Aid and filed a stalking injunction against Coby when their relationship took a turn for the worst.  In 2014, both parties met and developed a great relationship. With ample knowledge of Bryan’s life, Coby sought revenge against Bryan for reasons that are... Read More

Board Member Spotlight: Michael Rajtar, Esq.

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: Ed O’Sheehan

Ed O’Sheehan is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. He has handled 18 pro bono matters for Broward Lawyers Care and the Mission United Veterans Pro Bono Project at Legal Aid since 1999, including consumer, probate, housing and public benefits issues. In recent years he has represented seniors to assist... Read More

Legal Aid Programs of Broward County to Host 18th Annual For the Public Good Annual Fundraiser

Legal Aid Programs of Broward County  are hosting the 18th Annual For the Public Good Annual Fundraiser to honor Howard Finkelstein, Broward County Public Defender, for his life-long commitment to ensuring equal access to justice and his career in public service. The annual fundraiser will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6 p.m. at The Signature Grand (6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317). “Now in its 18th year, this annual fundraiser celebrates... Read More

Story of Justice: Lisbeth*

Lisbeth* was only 12 years old when she married Ihan* in Guatemala. She suffered physical, sexual, and emotional abuse daily. At 13, Lisbeth became pregnant with the first of their three children. Ihan ordered his relatives to kidnap Lisbeth and smuggle her into the United States where frequent rapes and abuse continued, while he left the children behind in Guatemala with a friend. Lisbeth was separated from her children for many years. In 2011, a... Read More

Story of Justice: Imelda*

Imelda* is a 37 year-old mother of two, who was referred to CCLA by a local police department’s victim advocate. Seriously injured during a domestic violence incident, Imelda had been stabbed numerous times and hospitalized for 16 days. Her hands were so severely cut that she had no use of either hand and was unable to complete the Petition for Injunction by herself. The victim advocate brought Imelda to CCLA where staff attorneys prepared and... Read More

Story of Justice: Mahala*

Mahala* and Sam* met in the Middle East where Sam saved Mahala from a life of being trafficked in prostitution which began at the age of 11. Early in their relationship, it became clear that Sam’s physical violence was a habit. He would punch, slap and verbally abuse Mahala. He controlled her every move. Mahala felt trapped. But, her luck changed shortly after the family moved to the United States where women have equal rights.... Read More

Story of Justice: Rose*

Rose* was severely beaten by Charles*, the father of her child, and was hospitalized for days. Charles was arrested and hired an attorney. A CCLA staff attorney represented Rose and obtained a Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence. Then, Charles filed a paternity action for custody of their son. CCLA represented Rose for that case as well and answered his petition. While the paternity case was pending, Rose was cooperating with the... Read More
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