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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

Profile in Good: Paul B. Yune, Esq.

Paul B. Yune is an attorney with the new RISE Project at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida. Since the passage of Marsy’s Law as a Florida Constitutional Amendment in November of 2018, victims of crimes now have enforceable and protected rights in criminal court proceedings throughout the State of Florida. As a RISE attorney, Paul represents victims of intimate partner violence and advocates for their rights in criminal court proceedings. Prior to... Read More

Board Member Spotlight: Douglas Reynolds, Esq.

Douglas Reynolds, Esq. is a Director at Tripp Scott, PA and Board Certified by the Florida Bar in both Business Litigation and Marital and Family Law. Assisting local legal aids for over 30 years, he represents pro bono clients in various forms of litigation, including business disputes, civil rights, family law, guardianships, housing and personal injury claims. Dedicated to helping the most vulnerable members of our community gain access to our legal system, Doug believes there is no... Read More

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Howard Greitzer, Esq.

Howard Greitzer has served as both mentor, co-counsel and pro bono attorney assisting the family law team at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA). One case Greitzer has assisted with is an Affidavit of Violation and Order to Show Cause. This case was originally handled by a CCLA staff attorney. After the Final Judgment was entered, the respondent failed to comply with a court order and the civil Judge initiated contempt proceedings. This type of... Read More
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