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Unemployment Benefits for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Survivors of domestic violence should have the right to move on with their lives, to work and live in peace. But the threats, the stalking, and the violence which occurred throughout their relationships, often continue long after the Court has issued an Order for Protection. To truly protect themselves and their children, survivors sometimes have no choice but to terminate leases and move, leave their jobs, and flee from everything familiar to them and their... Read More

Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association Announces Summer Fellow at Legal Aid Service of Broward County

Nova Southeastern University School of Law student Nabila Rahim selected as the 2019 Fellow The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Broward County Bar Association is pleased to announce that Nabila Rahim was selected as their 2019 Summer Fellow. Rahim is spending a six-week fellowship with the Legal Aid Providers in Broward County, Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (LAS). Rahim is a rising second-year... Read More

Story of Justice: Sofia*

Sofia* is a young adult living with her mother who has cancer. Their only income is Sofia’s SSI benefits. When the Social Security Administration decided Sofia was no longer disabled, and therefore stopped her SSI benefits, she was referred CCLA for assistance. Sofia was unable to tell time or identify coins but Social Security had determined that she could work at a regular full time job without accommodations.  CCLA attorney Courtney Magnus took this case... Read More

Story of Justice: Eleanor*

Eleanor* is a senior who lives on a fixed income. She and her mother shared title to their home. In 2012, Eleanor’s mother passed away. Since then, Eleanor was unable to qualify for the full homestead exemption and reduction in property taxes. The Property Appraiser’s office told her that she would not receive the full homestead exemption benefit until her mother’s will was probated. Without this benefit, her property taxes increased. She was at risk... Read More

Story of Justice: Hank*

Hank is a Veteran who was adjudicated totally and permanently disabled in 2016 by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) due to injuries sustained while he was serving our country. When Hank came to Legal Aid to speak with an attorney regarding a different issue, we discovered that the VA had mistakenly been underpaying Hank. After investigating further, we discovered that the Hank was retroactively due nearly three years of partial disability payments. The Legal... Read More

Profile in Good: Heidi Vainio

A native of Finland, Heidi Vainio has always loved learning languages, travelling, and being able to communicate with people of different cultures. She earned a degree in Business Administration and Internaional Marketing, and spent her career in Finland working in marketing and the export of leather and fur fashions. She worked with designers and agents around the world and traveled to international fairs and exhibitions. After moving to the United States, Heidi lived in New... Read More

Board Member Spotlight: Brian Lerner, Esq.

I became involved with LAS and CCLA in 2014 when I joined the board of directors and I now am serving my second three-year term. I joined the board because I felt this was a natural extension of my involvement in Pro Bono work, including representation of an individual at trial in regard to claims of discrimination and retaliation against the Department of Homeland Security. I also successfully assisted an elderly individual in having her... Read More
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