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Story of Justice: Jill Pleads for Protection from Her Abuser

Story of Justice: Jill Pleads for Protection from Her Abuser Background In 2019, with the assistance of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA,) Jill was granted an injunction for protection against her physically abusive former boyfriend, Jerry. Jerry continued to contact Jill, violating the terms of the injunction. The violations were submitted...
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Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida Appoints Louis Reinstein to its Board of Directors

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida Appoints Louis Reinstein to its Board of Directors Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida announces that Louis Reinstein, Esq., of Kelley Kronenberg has joined its Board of Directors. Other Board members include: Chair: Edward Zebersky, Esq. of Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP Vice Chair: Carlos...
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Story of Justice: Michaela Fights to Pursue her Wellbeing

Michaela Fights to Pursue her Wellbeing Background Michaela was going through the most difficult challenge of her life – she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. However, that was not the only challenge in her life. Michaela’s husband, Rick, had been arrested for battery and domestic violence against her during their brief two-year marriage. On...
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Story of Justice: Wanda is Left with a Broken Finger and Emotionally Fragile

Wanda is Left with a Broken Finger and Emotionally Fragile Background Although their relationship was brief, Wanda endured a physically abusive relationship with Jim throughout. During one incident, Jim threw a fork at Wanda with such force that it became lodged in her hand which resulted in a broken finger and stitches. This incident not...
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Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Patrick B. Giunta, Esq.

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Patrick B. Giunta, Esq. Patrick B. Giunta, Esq., is the founder of Patrick Giunta, P.A., where he handles real estate, estate planning, probate, and construction law. Patrick, a member of the Broward Lawyers Care Pro Bono Panel, has volunteered over 155 pro bono hours, demonstrating his generosity and willingness to serve...
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Lisa G. Goldberg, Esq. Appointed Interim Executive Director for CCLA

Lisa G. Goldberg, Esq. Appointed Interim Executive Director for CCLA Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida announced today that Lisa G. Goldberg, Esq. will serve as the nonprofit’s Interim Executive Director. “I am honored to have been chosen by our Board of Directors to lead our staff,” said Lisa G. Goldberg, Esq., Interim...
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Story of Justice: Ms. Zuluaga Appeals to the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission

Story of Justice: Ms. Zuluaga Appeals to the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission Background In the summer of 2020, Ms. Zuluaga* lost her job and proceeded to file for unemployment. After receiving several months of unemployment checks, the Department of Employment Opportunity (DEO) notified Ms. Zuluaga that thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits had to be...
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Story of Justice: Amanda Can’t Reach the DEO

Story of Justice: Amanda Can’t Reach the DEO Background Amanda* was an independent contractor dog groomer. She lost her work in March when Covid resulted in the closings of the dog grooming business she was working for. She tried to apply for unemployment benefits under the CARES ACT but she did not have a computer...
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Profile in Good: Shayna M. Finkelstein, Esq.

Profile in Good: Shayna M. Finkelstein, Esq.  Shayna M. Finkelstein has been a Staff Attorney for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) since 2018. Shayna works with the Family Law, Victims of Crime Unit, representing victims of intimate partner violence. As of October of 2020, Shayna began representing CCLA’s senior population who find themselves...
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Story of Justice: Audrey Endures Verbal and Physical Abuse

Story of Justice: Audrey Endures Verbal and Physical Abuse Background & Assistance The verbal and physical abuse had gone on for years. Audrey* was first represented by an attorney with CCLA’s Victim of Crimes Act Project (VOCA,) who successfully obtained a Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection against Domestic Violence against Sammy, the client’s husband...
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